my 3 favourite books are:
[[b]b]THE GODFATHER - Mario Puzo:
bear in mind how good the film is, then imagine SO much more depth. Puzo adapted the book for the screen himself, a real quality read.[/b][/b]CAPTAIN CORRELLI'S MANDOLIN - Louis de BerniÃ¨res:
ignore the film of this one, its shite. the book is beautifully written with a slow, consistent flow and some great character development and some good laughs (if you've got a dark sense of humour like me) and some really sad, provocative bits. i end up reading it pretty much every summer, love it.FATHERLAND - Robert Harris:
alternate history of post-war europe, crime thriller with some great tension and a fantastic ending. must have read it about 4 or 5 times since i was at school and my teacher recommended it to me. great insight into the future intended by the hitler regime with some subtle criticism of it and some heavy cynicism from the main character who is cool as fuck.
notable mention to Robert Heinlein's STARSHIP TROOPERS
(again, the film is a somewhat poor adaptation) but it's quite a short book. also, dont knock then lord of the rings books and the hobbit, they are easy reading and very entertaining if you approach them in a less cynical way in which you pass comment on the arsenal
Most concur with this, i read the Godfather book on Holiday a few years ago having not seen the film(s) (i think i was the only person in the western world that hadnt
) - the book was fucking awesome.
My favourite Sporting books have been big TA's, Perry Groves, Lance Armstrongs.
A fucking great read is Ricky Tomlinson (Jim Royles) autobiography, before being an actor he was a Docker Protester, went to jail, went bankrupt and then even had to put his own son in a mental home. He has has one interesting life that fella!