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I have just finished today this

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And it's as superb as everybody says it is. I'm a big Winslow follower, mind you. And if it's the beginning of a new trilogy. It's the Irish mob against the Italian one in New England. So an end with Mexico and back to the USA.

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My uncle and Ted Hughes got into lots of mischief at Cambridge, so my parents knew him and Sylvia Plath quite well. RPW was a good friend of my grandfather and I remember meeting him several times as a child. I read the Winslow-good but not as good as the narco trilogy which is top tier, IMO.

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13 hours ago, mr jazz said:

My uncle and Ted Hughes got into lots of mischief at Cambridge, so my parents knew him and Sylvia Plath quite well. RPW was a good friend of my grandfather and I remember meeting him several times as a child. I read the Winslow-good but not as good as the narco trilogy which is top tier, IMO.

I met Hughes briefly in 1984 at a course on teaching creative writing. He seemed very approachable.

Is your uncle mentioned in the Hughes biography?

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18 minutes ago, medjuck said:

Just finished both "From Swing to Bop" by Gitler and "Tonight at Noon" by Sue Mingus.  I recommend both.  And I'd like to thank all those here who recommended the Gitler. It's terrific. 

I have it on my shelf waiting a reading. Looking forwards to it.

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Just finished this:

BOOK REVIEW: A Legacy of Spies - Washington Times

It is a very fine book and it's true it connects back to The spy who came in from the cold, which I luckily had read beforehand.

Now on to this one:

Rip it up and start again · Discografías y Técnicas musicales · El Corte  Inglés

Which I like a lot. First because that music interests me very much. And second because I lived through all that when I was about 20. And it's true what Reynolds says about punk being destructive and post-punk (which the book deals in) constructive. I already said once here that I was never so much into punk, but all that came afterwards yes. Because for me post-punk was as exhilarating as 60s music. And here I agree with the author. A book I'll enjoy very much. But I don't know if I have the US or British version. I have that exact version. I know the initial British edition had a different cover, but I don't know if this is a reprint or what. A good review of when the book was published in 2005.

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On 8/30/2022 at 8:05 PM, Bluesnik said:

I know the initial British edition had a different cover, but I don't know if this is a reprint or what.

I have checked today and the book is a 2019 reprint of the English edition from 2005. One year later, in 2006, there was the American. On Penguin. The British is and was on Faber & Faber.

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7 minutes ago, Bluesnik said:

I have checked today and the book is a 2019 reprint of the English edition from 2005. One year later, in 2006, there was the American. On Penguin. The British is and was on Faber & Faber.

I deliberately sought out the UK edition when I read it a couple of years ago.  The US version is abridged and about 200 pages shorter.  It's a great book!

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10 hours ago, ghost of miles said:

I deliberately sought out the UK edition when I read it a couple of years ago.  The US version is abridged and about 200 pages shorter.  It's a great book!

Yes it's a great book, and I was after the UK edition as opposed to the US, because of what you said some time ago. But I ordered it from my local bookshop and didn't know what I got. Specially since the cover was different. But now I know it's a reprint of the UK edition and can be calm. But it was logical they were ordering from the UK. I'm in Europe after all.

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