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More an acquisition; as I’m reading The Conquest of New Spain by Diaz (an endorsement from @Digimonkey). However, having been inspired by works such as The Old Ways (Macfarlane), I was drawn to this one. It has a cartological feel to it; looking at the landscapes that inspired works by M.R. James, Agernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen et al. According to the liner notes ‘It is a unique and elegiac meditation on grief, memory and longing, and the redemptive power of stories and nature.’

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I never got near the 7 books in 7 days, but as a belated review I offer Under pressure: living life and avoiding death on a nuclear submarine.

I have had an interest in the Royal Navy and in the forces generally, for as long as I can remember. I was interested to see a book about the ‘Silent Service’, written about the author’s experiences, rather than a commentary on operations; this did not disappoint.

A relatively short book, where the author (Richard Humphrey’s; a bookseller since he left the Royal Navy) walks through his basic recruit training, and his first posting, on a Boat (I forgot that submarines are referred to as boats) the Polaris sub HMS Resolution.

In my view, Under Pressure is a beautifully told story; Humphrey’s skilfully and plainly shares his memories and experiences – it was clear that he found his time in the silent service physically and mentally demanding. Having spent 5 years on HMS Resolution before leaving “at the top of his game”, leaving on a high, seemed to be a good time to move on, to try new things (university).

I liked that the story started with a sense of purpose and determination; Humphrey was attracted to the Royal Navy and wanted to be and serve with the best – in that sense both his fellow sailors and working and surviving in one of the most complex machines man has ever built and operated.

Each chapter reads like a short story; an each is beautifully named; Chapter 16 ‘Porn’, speaks for itself, what was the more shocking was that Das Boot, was shown on board, and was relatively popular!

I recommend Under Pressure; insightful, open, honest and above all a good view of humanity from the most secretive of worlds.

Now the winter nights are with us, I am going to make more of an effort to watch less TV and read more.

All the best,

Chris

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I never got near the 7 books in 7 days, but as a belated review I offer Under pressure: living life and avoiding death on a nuclear submarine.

I have had an interest in the Royal Navy and in the forces generally, for as long as I can remember. I was interested to see a book about the ‘Silent Service’, written about the author’s experiences, rather than a commentary on operations; this did not disappoint.

A relatively short book, where the author (Richard Humphrey’s; a bookseller since he left the Royal Navy) walks through his basic recruit training, and his first posting, on a Boat (I forgot that submarines are referred to as boats) the Polaris sub HMS Resolution.

In my view, Under Pressure is a beautifully told story; Humphrey’s skilfully and plainly shares his memories and experiences – it was clear that he found his time in the silent service physically and mentally demanding. Having spent 5 years on HMS Resolution before leaving “at the top of his game”, leaving on a high, seemed to be a good time to move on, to try new things (university).

I liked that the story started with a sense of purpose and determination; Humphrey was attracted to the Royal Navy and wanted to be and serve with the best – in that sense both his fellow sailors and working and surviving in one of the most complex machines man has ever built and operated.

Each chapter reads like a short story; an each is beautifully named; Chapter 16 ‘Porn’, speaks for itself, what was the more shocking was that Das Boot, was shown on board, and was relatively popular!

I recommend Under Pressure; insightful, open, honest and above all a good view of humanity from the most secretive of worlds.

Now the winter nights are with us, I am going to make more of an effort to watch less TV and read more.

All the best,

Chris

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Looks good - on the list C. thanks - funny you should recommend this particular book - as I had just listened to an excellent radio treatment of the same subject - the show is called 'The Forum' - it broadcasts on the World Service - you can access their archive via the BBC app - the format is a bit like 'In Our Time' - take some experts and then they discuss the subject for an hour. It covers the history and development of the boats - strategic use and the experience of submariners. I think it would interest you - cheers - I.
 

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Looks good - on the list C. thanks - funny you should recommend this particular book - as I had just listened to an excellent radio treatment of the same subject - the show is called 'The Forum' - it broadcasts on the World Service - you can access their archive via the BBC app - the format is a bit like 'In Our Time' - take some experts and then they discuss the subject for an hour. It covers the history and development of the boats - strategic use and the experience of submariners. I think it would interest you - cheers - I.
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Iain, thanks - on BBC 4 now (started 21:00) good documentary on why people love submarine movies! Did you post your review of 'With the Jocks'? Apologies if I have missed it; looking forward to reading your review.

All the best,

Chris
 
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Since my last post I've finished 61 hours by Lee Child. I enjoyed the book, it wasn't one of those books that you can't put down but it kept my interest alive.

I then went on to read Killing Floors by Lee Child. I think this is probably one of the best novels I've read by this author, at times I kept turning just one more page before I go to sleep while the clock screamed "it's 4am in the morning!!!!" :giggle:

I'm just starting to read Personal by the same author, Lee Child..... too early to comment though.
 
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