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Birdsong
Birdsong | Sebastian Faulks
While staying as the guest of a factory owner in pre-First World War France, Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate affair with Isabelle, the wife of his host. The affair changes them both for ever. A few years later Stephen finds himself back in the same part of France, but this time as a soldier in the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest encounter in British military history. As his men die around him, Stephen turns to his enduring love for Isabelle for the strength to continue and to save something for future generations. For the first time, this beautiful and terrible story about love, courage and the endurance of the human spirit is brought to the stage in a version by Rachel Wagstaff, directed by famed director Trevor Nunn.
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squirrelbrain
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Bit obvious this one, but about all I could come up with...! 🤣

#beatlemaynia

#blackbird

Eggs I like 🤗 1w
Birdsong28 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍📚📖 1w
BarbaraBB Great edition 😍 1w
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EmilieGR
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Claustrophobic and fascinating- learned a lot about the trenches on WWI

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JenReadsAlot
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Great book! Difficult to read at times for me when it focused on the men in the trenches of war. Great generational saga.

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Birdsong28
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I am using the tagged book for this prompt for my #52booksin52weeks challenge

@Schnoebs

Schnoebs Is your Litsy name based on this book? 1mo
Birdsong28 @Schnoebs Yes, as it's my favourite book and it's combined with my birthday which is the 28th April. 😁📚📖 1mo
Schnoebs The more you know 🥰 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh , I never got the birthday connection till now ♥️👍🏻 1mo
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Birdsong28
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I am using the tagged book for this prompt for my #popsugarchallenge

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Birdsong28
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Very good. Love the powerful imagery used in all parts of this book especially the War parts as you feel immersed in the action. Also love the beautiful love story which lasts down the generations. Highly recommended as it stays with you for a long time.

#Vintage
@TrishB #buddyread

TrishB Agree with all you‘ve said 💜 thanks for finally pushing me to read! 1mo
Cathythoughts ♥️ 1mo
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Ms_T
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A book I‘ve been meaning to read for ages. Not quite #99ponkindle but close enough. #Purchased

Cathythoughts Great price for a great book 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 1mo
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Ms_T @TrishB Perfect timing as we were just discussing it after your review! 1mo
TrishB Book karma 💕 1mo
Birdsong28 Thanks for the tag 😘. I have had the Kindle copy for years so it updates as it gets an new edition so it's currently on the 25 years anniversary edition. I have got a physical copy of the version they did for the 100 years of the start of the First World War as well as my well thumbed copy. So at least I won't be tempted to keep buying copies. 😂📚📖 1mo
Ms_T @Birdsong28 It certainly sounds like a firm favourite with you! I‘m looking forward to starting this one 😘 1mo
Peterfox123 Great book. Hope you enjoy. 1mo
Ms_T @Peterfox123 👍🏻 1mo
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TrishB
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@Birdsong28 finished last night but wanted to absorb my thoughts! What a wonderful book about a generally horrific subject. I think the author‘s introduction to this version is so spot on - did actions in this war change the benchmark for what was acceptable in depravity and humanity?
The little stories embedded in the main one were just as powerful as the main story.

CarolynM Great review! I've had a copy of this sitting around for years but I've never been brave enough to start . (edited) 1mo
Ms_T Nice review. This is a book I really must get around to! @Birdsong28 1mo
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Cathythoughts Excellent review! So glad you liked it 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Freespirit I agree it's wonderful! 1mo
Kaye I‘m with a couple of the previous posters. Another I‘ve been meaning to read but have yet to do so. One of these days. 1mo
Birdsong28 @Trishb Love this review. Glad you have enjoyed this ,it was nice to see your thoughts. I will be finishing it this weekend. 1mo
Birdsong28 @Ms_T @kaye Yes you should read it, it is very thought provoking and will change your outlook on life and the First World War. 1mo
TrishB @Birdsong28 look forward to further discussion 👍🏻 I still haven‘t decided whether I do actually like Stephen or not! 1mo
RadicalReader Beautiful book cover 1mo
Birdsong28 @TrishB That is how I feel about him! As you feel sorry for him about Isabelle but then in the War he is so cold about it all but at the end as he helps Jack in the Underground I feel he gets redeemed a bit. I think that is why he is the perfect character in a book as he is flawed like we all are rather than a perfect person and we find a bit of ourselves in him. 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review Trish. 1mo
TrishB @Birdsong28 exactly! Jack brought my heart 💔 1mo
Cinfhen Will refrain from looking at spoilers!!! Adding to my bookclub possibilities for next year!!! 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen definitely a good book club read! 1mo
TrishB @RadicalReader and sad 😔 1mo
KateFulfordAuthor A favourite of mine 1mo
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TrishB
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@Birdsong28 100 pages in 😁 loving it so far. I‘m hoping for a couple of hours tonight to get really stuck into it.

Birdsong28 Glad you are enjoying it. Let me know if you want to discuss anything! 😁📚📖 1mo
TrishB @Birdsong28 I‘m up to part 4, back in France. Loving it, but expecting 💔 hoping to finish tonight if family don‘t get in the way.... 1mo
Birdsong28 @TrishB You are racing through it! That's a good sign Hopefully they don't get in the way lol!!! 😂📚📖 1mo
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TrishB
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Quick lunchtime read (at 2.45pm, meetings til now!).
Doing a #buddyread with @Birdsong28 😁 - you can probably tell she likes this book!
Gifted to me by the lovely @Cathythoughts
Won‘t get much more reading done today as off to see Liverpool match.

Velvetfur Sorry to hear you had such a late lunch, you must have been ravenous 🙁 2mo
batsy CL quarterfinal! Exciting 🎉 2mo
Emilymdxn I always try to fit reading in at lunch but it‘s so hard! 2mo
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Tanisha_A @batsy It's at 12:30 AM for me! 🙄 2mo
batsy @Tanisha_A 3 AM for me! I do the very uncool thing of recording certain matches to watch later because time zones 🤷🏾‍♀️😂 2mo
Cathythoughts I hope you love it ♥️👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts Or like it 🤞🏻& good luck Liverpool 👍🏻 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Go Liverpool! 👍 2mo
Tove_Reads Let me know what you think! 2mo
BarbaraBB Liverpool did great! 2mo
TrishB @Velvetfur I certainly was! 2mo
TrishB @Tove_Reads will do 👍🏻 2mo
TrishB @Emilymdxn it is! I do my best. 2mo
BarbaraBB Tonight Ajax ❤️ 2mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB good luck 😉 2mo
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Birdsong28
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When do you want to start our #buddyread @TrishB ? 😘 I am free to start at any point just let me know and if you want to make it later in the year that is fine with me. Also if anyone else wants to join when we get going please feel free just let me know in the comments so I know who to tag when we talk about it. 😁📚📖

TrishB I‘m just finishing my current read (will be done before bed!) then I‘m good to go 😁 I‘m out tomorrow and Wednesday night so probably no real reading time until Thursday night, so will catch up properly then. 2mo
TrishB Read at own pace and then discuss? Not that you don‘t know it inside out! 2mo
Birdsong28 @TrishB Ok I will do. That sounds good, 😂 it will be nice though to get someone else's view on it.📚📖 2mo
TrishB Definitely! If you have some soul searching questions I‘m happy to discuss. Did you know it‘s Brett Anderson‘s fav book - he said he reads it every year on holiday. 2mo
Birdsong28 @TrishB No I didn't know that! 😁📚📖 2mo
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KateFulfordAuthor
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So evocative of a time & the feelings - love & pain - in a beautifully written tale. However, a bit like Captain Corelli's Mandolin, it's a book of two pieces and could have been better tied together.

Birdsong28 😘😘😘😘😘 My all time favourite book ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️📚📖 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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#MarchIntothe70s #AllTheYoungDudes I loved this book & Im thinking of all those young dudes who went off to war - who go off to war ... any war , every war .... 💔

Lizpixie This sounds lovely but very sad. I‘ve always loved history, especially war, both the fighting & human cost but also the politics & power plays behind it all. WWI is my focus at the moment, when I researched my genealogy I found two family members who were at the Somme & one at Gallipoli. Terrible times. 3mo
Cathythoughts @Lizpixie it is very sad ... but beautifully written.... war , to me , is abuse on a bigger stage ... it‘s awful.... we want peace ✌️ must try to keep on top of this challenge... sometimes I can‘t think of anything new 👍🏻♥️♥️ 3mo
TrishB Going to be reading this year 👍🏻 3mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB I hope you like it when you get there ♥️ 3mo
Birdsong28 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. 3mo
Birdsong28 I'm still on for a buddy read @TrishB 😘📚📖 3mo
TrishB @Birdsong28 how much notice do you need? I don‘t plan very far ahead, but will fit around you 😁 3mo
Birdsong28 @TrishB Not this month as I am doing a buddy read for The Luminaries which is a BIG book but from April onwards I can do it. Just let me know when you are ready 📚📖 3mo
TrishB Will do 👍🏻 I have one end of March and then first weekend in April, so after that should be good for both of us. @Birdsong28 3mo
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Moray_Reads
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1. Birdsong is one of the worst books I've ever read. I've tried the times and have never managed to finish. Faulks days nothing about WWI that isn't done better 1000x better in other books.
2. Salty!
3. Neil and Jean
4. The Princess Bride
5. Lucerne
@howjessreads #friyayintro

TrishB I‘m planning on getting to Birdsong this year! Interesting 👍🏻 4mo
squirrelbrain @TrishB - I don‘t love it, but it‘s not as bad as ‘A Week in December‘...🤣 4mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain that‘s a high/low benchmark 😁 4mo
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Moray_Reads @TrishB So many people love it! 4mo
Melissa_J Now I‘m curious to know which WWI fiction books you like best. It‘s one of my favourite time periods to read about so I‘m always up for recommendations. 4mo
Moray_Reads @Melissa_J off the top of my head I'd say the Middle Parts of Fortune for the eye witness account (that's slightly less well know than All Quiet on the Western Front!), Parade's End and the Regeneration Trilogy. You've probably already them if it's a favourite period but I think they're all vastly superior 4mo
Melissa_J You know, I actually haven‘t read any of those! I did try the first book in the Regeneration Trilogy, but could not get into it. I‘ll probably try again one day. I have Parade‘s End on one of my shelves, so I‘ll make an effort to try it soon. 4mo
Moray_Reads @Melissa_J I really enjoyed Regeneration but the other two in the trilogy are better. 4mo
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JulAnna
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Haunting. WW1 is dark subject matter and some parts of this were very difficult to read. Reading this satisfied my desire to learn more about this time period. Beautiful writing! This will stay with me for a long time! 😊
@Birdsong28 I can see why you love this book! 💕

Birdsong28 Glad you liked it 😘📚📖 4mo
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JulAnna
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I have been re-watching Downton Abbey and feel the need for some more WW1 era drama. I think this will fit my mood nicely. 🤓

Birdsong28 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ let me know what you think it's my favourite book!!! 😍😍😍😍😍📚📖 4mo
CouronneDhiver I‘m in love with that show! 4mo
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Martyn_J_Pass
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When my son is playing his music at full blast and I‘ve got writing and reading to do! Slap this ambient sound on loop and imagine I‘m out in the countryside and not hemmed in by rap music!!
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#writing #wolfandbear #tridentseries #writer #authorsofinstagram #author #authorlife #book #bookstagram #bookshelves #bookquotes #scifi #scififantasy #freebooks #free #5amwriter #martynjpass #martynpass #indieauthor #haldar #independentauthor

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KarenUK
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#winterwonderland #winterkills
This prompt made me think of the soldiers in WWI spending those harsh winters in the trenches.
I read Wilfred Owen‘s WWI poetry this year for a challenge (book you were assigned in school and hated!) and was so incredibly moved by it.
I added this Faulks novel to my #TBR soon after...
About a young man tasked with tunneling during the war, I‘ve heard great things about it...
May use this for #booked19 #soldiersstory

TrishB I‘m going to use for that prompt too 👍🏻 a book I‘ve overlooked for too long. 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! I have these two books on my mind for that prompt too! 😁 6mo
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sprainedbrain I read this book earlier this year. So good. ❤️ 6mo
Andrew65 @TrishB Me too! 6mo
TrishB @Andrew65 it‘s definitely it‘s year in 2019! 6mo
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Birdsong28
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1. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
2. I Heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk
3. Women and Children First by Gill Paul
4. Witch Child by Celia Rees
5. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

#SundayFunday @sebrittain

sebrittain ❤❤❤ 6mo
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Birdsong28
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Birdsong28
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Cathythoughts This picture is heart breaking ❤️ 6mo
Andrew65 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
JennyM 🧡 6mo
youneverarrived ❤️ 6mo
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Francesca8
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My first post here 😍 I picked this up in a second hand store, find it a bit slow to start... hoping it drawers me in soon! Excuse the photo I‘m traveling from Dublin to Cork in the train and my 1 year old just fell to sleep so I‘m currently single handed 🙈 taking this rare quiet opportunity to get some reading in!

RaimeyGallant Hope it picks up! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚☕📚 7mo
MaleficentBookDragon Welcome to Litsy! 📚🎉 7mo
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BookaholicNatty Welcome to Litsy!!! Hope you love it here just as much as I do! ❤️📚 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 7mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 7mo
Leftcoastzen Welcome to Litsy! Sounds like you have your hands full. 7mo
Lel2403 Welcome to Litsy 📖 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🎉 6mo
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Agabriv
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Starting to read this book, hope it‘s interesting.

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Birdsong28
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Me with the tagged book as I have a copy I read, one that was for the 100 year anniversary of the start of the WW1 in 2014(different cover lol) , an ebook copy and on Audiobook copy.

Also I have seen the stage version 2 times and I have a copy of the script and both programmes even though they are exactly the same.

Can you tell its my favourite book?😂😂😂😂😂📚📖

Ms_T ...and you have it as your Litsy username 😘 8mo
Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣 yep sometimes you just look at them and think why not then you think maybe I should wait especially if you have a copy at home 😖... and you already have a huge stack in your arms 😬👀😳 (edited) 8mo
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sprainedbrain
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I don‘t think I was prepared for the experience of reading this book. It took me much longer to read it than most books, but it wasn‘t because I was not interested.

Almost like 3 books in one: a love story, a WWI story, and the story of a woman‘s search for knowledge of her ancestors. Every single part of it it was deeply affecting, and so incredibly well-written. I‘m going to need a moment.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

BarbaraBB Great review. I read this book a long time ago. it was a 5 star read for me too. 9mo
Centique Great review! One of my faves too 😍I‘m so glad you loved it. 8mo
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sprainedbrain
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Having successfully completed Volume One Book One of Les Mis this morning, and being already stressed out in the second inning of the Cardinals game, I have resolved to spend the rest of today finishing this book. 😃

#selfie #SIsForSeptember

callunakeep We (meaning the Cards) can still come back from this!! The game is still young! 4.5 games behind the Cubs kills me though!! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
Kalalalatja Wow, you finished that so fast! 9mo
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sprainedbrain @Kalalalatja oh no, it was only book one of volume one...I think 70 pages. I still have a ways to go for this week! (edited) 9mo
sprainedbrain @callunakeep I know they can come back, but I kept thinking they would last night. 😳 Luke Weaver is giving me anxiety. 😂 9mo
Kalalalatja I read that the wrong way, otherwise it would have been super impressive 😅 9mo
vivastory I read this wrong too. I thought you'd already finished for the week. 😂 9mo
callunakeep @sprainedbrain I hear ya!! 😒 9mo
sprainedbrain @callunakeep I‘m just gonna say this once, and then I‘m going to let it go. I do not like it when Bud Norris pitches. 😂 9mo
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kstadt929
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I have not been able to read much at all the last week and a half or so (way too much wedding prep going on!), but I‘m hoping to make more time for it this upcoming week. We will see! Saw this post on Facebook, loved it and had to share ❤️

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erzascarletbookgasm
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This book recently came to my attention and was added to my TBR after @Cathythoughts ‘s positive review.🙂
#ABBAInAugust #soldiers

Reviewsbylola This sounds really good!! 9mo
Cathythoughts I really loved this one ❤️ 9mo
batsy A good read 👍🏽 9mo
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emilyhaldi Sounds great!!! #stacked 9mo
BarbaraBB It‘s so good!! 9mo
Mdargusch Great pick! 👍🏼 9mo
Smarkies It is a good read. 😁 9mo
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Birdsong28
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Purrfectpages I do this with TV shows and movies all the time 😝 9mo
2BR02B That's me with Netflix. I have a queue full of cinematic classics and arthouse flicks I feel I SHOULD watch... yet I opt to watch Moana for the eighth time instead. 9mo
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sprainedbrain
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Starting a new book tonight, with the help of my furry assistant. I think she‘s waiting for the promised birds.

Melissa_J I‘m looking forward to your review. This one is on my TBR pile. 9mo
Dolly Ah ha! Kitties are easily fooled! 😾 9mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful, sad book 💔 9mo
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TrishB
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Thank you Cathy 😘 I nearly brought this in a charity shop this morning and then remembered you were sending and it was there when I got home!! I‘m looking forward to this one 💕
My daughter says one of the bars was lovely! The G & T has been saved for me!

Cathythoughts Oh so glad you got this. I hope you love it like I did. Yes the G &‘T is definitely for you. Cheers Trish 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
Cathythoughts It‘s so lovely to share books ! 9mo
TrishB Cheers- it certainly is ❤️ @Cathythoughts 9mo
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batsy Nice! Those chocolates look delish 🍫❤️ 9mo
Tanisha_A How awesome! ❤ 9mo
TrishB @batsy @Tanisha_A I know - lovely 💕 9mo
LeahBergen 😍😍 9mo
LauraJ Such a good book! 9mo
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Cathythoughts
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I loved this from start to finish. I have no fault with it. To me , it was perfect. There are questions left unanswered... but that is true to life. Where did this one come from !?? Isn‘t it wonderful when a book surprises you like this .... ❤️💔 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 golden stars and I think that I will light a candle to remember Stephen & all the people 💫Sebastian Faulks says he wrote this novel as “
“an attempt to offer a belated gesture of love 👇🏻

Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 so real & beautiful, I can see why this is your favorite book. I think it is mine too .... there has been nothing to compare to Birdsong in my reading so far ❤️ (edited) 10mo
Cathythoughts 👇🏻and understanding to the men who were hurled into that catastrophic war “ Sabastian Faulks , 2014. (edited) 10mo
Melissa_J I have this on my TBR pile so I‘m happy to read your glowing review 😊 10mo
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Cathythoughts @Melissa_J thanks 🙏🏻 it‘s a special book I think ❤️ 10mo
Birdsong28 I am glad you have enjoyed it, I wish I could have the joy of starting it afresh. When I have seen either the BBC adaptation or the play it just focuses on the war so when I recently re-read it I had completely forgot that there was the bits in the 1970's and to be honest it doesn't really add to the beautiful love story and the poginant war story. 😘📚📖 10mo
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 I was ok with the 1970s bits. I was ok with it all really. I welcomed the 1970s - they were very brief chapters & I found them interesting too & a relief from the intensity. I have Charlotte Gray waiting ! But I think I‘ll take a break before I go there. 👍🏻💫❤️ (edited) 10mo
Birdsong28 Yeah I can see that it is an intense book. Charlotte Grey is the third in the French 'trilogy' as Birdsong is 'first' then Girl at the lion d'Or is 'second' but it's not an official trilogy. I also have them on my TBR. 😀📚📖 10mo
Cathythoughts @birdsong28 have you read ENGLEBY? ... 10mo
Birdsong28 @Cathythoughts Not read Engleby have looked at it a few times is it good? ❤️📚📖 10mo
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 I think it‘s brilliant... but couldn‘t be more different than the French Trilogy.... I loved it , would highly recommend 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
Birdsong28 @Cathythoughts Thanks 😘📚📖 10mo
CarolynM This has been on my TBR for years, I even have a copy on the shelf, but I've always shied away from actually reading it. I think I need to be brave and just read it. (edited) 10mo
LeeRHarry Loved this one too - needed heaps of tissues!! 10mo
BarbaraBB Great review. It was a five star read for me too‘ 10mo
Centique Great review Cathy! I agree completely - this is one of my all time favourites 😍 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review! Glad you loved it 😘, I will get to this! 🤞 10mo
batsy Beautiful review. I loved this one, too ❤️ 10mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM yes! It‘s so good ❤️ 10mo
Cathythoughts @LeeRHarry yes, lots of tissues. So moving. 10mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB @Centique thankyou ! Sabastian Faulks is a beautiful writer ❤️ 10mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm you won‘t be disappointed... it‘s brilliant 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks! I have Charlotte Gray on the shelf ... I think I‘ll keep it for a weekend break in the next few months. Have you read it ? 10mo
batsy I haven't read that one! But it sounds good too 10mo
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Cathythoughts
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Halfway point ... such an absorbing story .. I have to stop every now & then to cry. Jesus.
“ He found the word Jesus in his mouth. He said it again & again beneath his breath. It was part prayer , part profanity. Jesus , Jesus ... this was the worst ; nothing had been like this ... “

Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s very good ❤️ 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm I hope to get to it soonish. Have it on my TBR. 🤞 10mo
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Centique I‘m a huge fan of Sebastian Faulks (although I‘ve only read 3 so far) He‘s so so good. And yes, he does a heartbreaking scene better than almost anybody! 😰😰😰 10mo
TrishB I love a good book cry 😢 but I‘ll try not to read on the bus! 10mo
Cathythoughts @Centique this in my 3d. I read The Girl at the Lion D‘or & ENGLEBY.... which ones did you read. ? This one is excellent... but then , they all are 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 10mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB This is definitely not a bus book ! It‘s really so good. I‘m nearly finished... but maybe I‘ll wait till you are back from your hols to send it on ... would that be safer ?! (edited) 10mo
Centique @Cathythoughts oh good I‘ll stack those! I‘ve read this one, Charlotte Grey and Human Traces. Human Traces was great but sort of petered out at the end IMO. Charlotte Grey is my fave 😊 10mo
Cathythoughts @Centique. That‘s interesting that you have read this one & Chatlotte Grey .... I thought nothing could compare to this one .... I have Charlotte Grey waiting on my shelf. I think Birdsong is my favorite book of all time now .... S Faulks is such a powerful writer ❤️ 10mo
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Cathythoughts
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What a lovely evening with this one. I can‘t even quote.... wouldn‘t want to give anything away. .... It‘s all I‘d ever ask for in a book. ❤️

Birdsong28 Sounds like you are enjoying it ❤️📚📖 10mo
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 I Am ❤️ 10mo
TrishB Sounds fab 👍🏻 10mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB it‘s good Trish! 10mo
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Cathythoughts
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Starting this now ....

BarbaraBB That‘s a spotlight book too for me... so good. And sad 😢 10mo
Birdsong28 My favourite book as you can tell by my Litsy handle lol! I have 2 physical copies (one was from 2014 to commemorate 100 years to the start of WW1), Audiobook and Kindle and was toying with this version as it's the 25th anniversary 📚📖 10mo
TrishB Will be keeping on eye on your posts! 10mo
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Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB loving it so far .. 10mo
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 I never put that together about your Litsy handle. !! ❤️ You are a serious fan of this one so !! I listened to S Faulks on you tube speaking about this book & his writing ... he comes across as such a lovely, intelligent man ❤️. I‘m only started , its very good 10mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB it‘s off to a great start. 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻💕 10mo
Birdsong28 I am a serious fan. I have also seen the play twice. 😂 @Cathythoughts 10mo
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 I bought the play on kindle, by mistake! Meant to get the book. But all‘s well that ends well because I got the actual book & I think that‘s better. I would love to see the play too ... I‘ll keep you posted. I loved The Girl at The Loin DOr & ENGLEBY. Birdsong is starting off as good old fashioned story ... family saga. my favorite kind of book. 10mo
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JenniferP
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1)Birdsong 2)Bagels 3)A.S. Byatt 4)Buffy the vampire slayer #manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Yes bagels!! Thanks for playing 😊💖 10mo
BarbaraBB Birdsong ♥️ 10mo
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Moray_Reads
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1. Birdsong. I've tried it twice and I just hate everything about it, even the things that are okay have been done better by other writers
2. I pretty versatile snackwise but probably crisps
3. Manuscripts Don't Burn - it's letters and and diaries rather than a biography but they're very well edited and annotated
4. @ferskner @CSeydel

CSeydel Woohoo thanks for the tag! I‘m going to have to think about this ... haven‘t read a true biography in ages! 12mo
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Centique
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#getmovin #thunderstruck

AC/DC call it the ‘thunder of guns‘ in their song - so I thought this was appropriate. In Birdsong there is also the sound of tunnels being blasted on the front line of the Somme. This is a hard book to read but it really made me feel the horror of the trenches in WW1. I was truly #thunderstruck by it myself 😨

Cinfhen Nice choice, Jo🙌🏻The only WWI book I read that really got to me was 12mo
Ruthiella For what ever reason the love story aspect of this book didn‘t quite work for me but the scenes in the trenches were AMAZING! 12mo
Cathythoughts Great interpretation of this prompt ❤️🙏🏻 12mo
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LeeRHarry The trench scenes broke me. 12mo
Centique @Cinfhen I‘ve never read that! Stacking 😘 12mo
Centique @Ruthiella I remember feeling the same way - it‘s the trench scenes and the miners story that have stayed with me. 12mo
Centique @Cathythoughts thanks lovely 😘 12mo
TrishB Another book that‘s always been on my horizon but haven‘t got to yet! 12mo
Centique @LeeRHarry it‘s shattering isn‘t it? 😨😨😨 12mo
Centique @TrishB it is a chunkster but I love his writing. 12mo
TrishB Definitely need to get to! 12mo
eanderson Nice pick! May have to check this book out! 12mo
KateFulfordAuthor Still a very impactful read for me 12mo
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kathedron
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Pickpick

Is there a crib-sheet for writing LitFic love affairs (this one was formulaic enough)? I can't be flippant about the war chapters, though: they are harrowing, brutal and shocking but not gratuitously so. I'm glad I picked the audiobook for my cardio workout: I couldn't have sat calmly and turned the pages. It's a pity that the framing episodes - the romance and the abrupt cut to the late 70s - aren't up to the same standard as the main story. 4⭐

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Kristelh
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sprainedbrain I have Birdsong on my list for 2018. 👍🏻 1y
Joanne1 Read birdsong last year. Beautiful but also brutal in parts. 1y
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Birdsong28
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https://bookriot.com/?p=142839

No as it helped to discover my favourite book which is the tagged book.📚📖

Jabberwocky Actually I love assigned reading, I just hated that your parents had to sign off on every 15 minutes I read 😆 2y
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BarbaraBB
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“This is not a war, this is a test of how far man can be degraded”

My favourite #war novel. Although favourite is a strange word when talking about such a deeply sad book.

#QuotsyNov17

Ms_T ❤️ 2y
Centique It‘s amazing. Love this and Charlotte Gray. 😍 2y
LeeRHarry This was a great one 2y
Cinfhen 💔 2y
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Birdsong28
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Texreader 💙💙💙 2y
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MayJasper
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Haunting descriptions of the vile carnage of the men fighting and dying in the trenches of the Great War.
#neverforget #fallintobooks @RealLifeReading

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Birdsong28
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Look what is coming to my local theatre!! Think I might have to book it as I saw when it came last year and it was really good. 📖📚

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cinann
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I missed yesterday's #awesomeautumnbooks #coverlovers. I usually don't buy books that have the movie covers, but this has been on my tbr, and this used book was really cheap so I couldn't pass it up.

@Jess7

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BarbaraBB
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'This is not a war, this is a test of how far man can be degraded.'

I always feel sad after reading about WWI. It doesn't make sense, all those #brave men, all those victims. I loved the Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker on the subject but this one is still my favourite. Heartbreaking. #AugustGrrrl

Cinfhen I agree, war is messy and unnecessary. And it's the innocent who suffer most 💔 2y
DeborahSmall Love this book ❤️ 2y
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Balibee146
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I have quite a number of books set in the two world wars. Must get to this one this winter #TBRsomeday

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DeborahSmall
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#JubilantJuly #SetinFrance I've only ever been in the south of France, we've done a few city breaks in Nice. Just a few of my many books I have read set in France. I love books set around The Somme and Birdsong is one of my favourites 🇫🇷 thank you to my @TrishB my #Litsypenpal for the gorgeous cards and bookmarks from Shakespeare & Company in Paris and also the Louvre 💙❤️️

MayJasper Birdsong is exceptional ❣ 2y
Centique Oh Birdsong 😍 2y
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