Best you ever read

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I don't know if this has been asked before, but I would be interested in what you honourable posters consider to be the best book that you ever read. For me it is "The Land God Gave To Cain", by Hammond Innes. I read it in record time, because I just could not put it down.


I think mine is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck with Watership Down by Richard Adams a very close second.


I don't know about being the "best" book, but "The Diary of a Nobody" by George & Weedon Grossmith is the one I never tire off and it cheers me up each time I pick it up.
The one I have has wonderful illustrations by Paul Hogarth and Philip Hood.



I always think the current book I'm reading is the best. I am hooked on Michael Connolly at the moment but next week it could be somebody totally different :wink:

One that i've recently read and found fascinating is "Rules of engagement" by Colonel Tim Collins. It gives an excellent insight into the liberation of Iraq and of course reminds one of his rousing speech to his troops:

We go to liberate not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country. We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own. Show respect for them.
There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly. Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory.

Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there. You will see things that no man could pay to see and you will have to go a long way to find a more decent, generous and upright people than the Iraqis. You will be embarrassed by their hospitality even though they have nothing. Don't treat them as refugees for they are in their own country. Their children will be poor, in years to come they will know that the light of liberation in their lives was brought by you.

If there are casualties of war then remember that when they woke up and got dressed in the morning they did not plan to die this day. Allow them dignity in death. Bury them properly and mark their graves.

It is my foremost intention to bring every single one of you out alive but there may be people among us who will not see the end of this campaign. We will put them in their sleeping bags and send them back. There will be no time for sorrow.

The enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction. There are many regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are stoking the fires of hell for Saddam. He and his forces will be destroyed by this coalition for what they have done. As they die they will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity.

It is a big step to take another human life. It is not to be done lightly. I know of men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts, I can assure you they live with the Mark of Cain upon them. If someone surrenders to you then remember they have that right in international law and ensure that one day they go home to their family.

The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please.

If you harm the regiment or its history by over-enthusiasm in killing or in cowardice, know it is your family who will suffer. You will be shunned unless your conduct is of the highest for your deeds will follow you down through history. We will bring shame on neither our uniform or our nation.

[Regarding the use by Saddam of chemical or biological weapons] It is not a question of if, it's a question of when. We know he has already devolved the decision to lower commanders, and that means he has already taken the decision himself. If we survive the first strike we will survive the attack.

As for ourselves, let's bring everyone home and leave Iraq a better place for us having been there.

Our business now is north.


Very difficult question. I loved Rebecca, read it when quite young so it had quite an impact. Led me to read a lot of Daphne Du Maurier, who is one of my favourite authors. There was a D Du M festival in Fowey, Cornwall, one year when I was down there.

I'm a big fan of the Arthurian myth, so some of my favourite "lose yourself" books are..Bernard Cornwell's trilogy The Winter King, Enemy of God and Excalibur and Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon, which I have just re ordered on Amazon, as original is tatty and I want to read again.

Sorry there is more than one book there... :oops:


Anyone remember Hank Jansen?

I read all his stuff, years ago.

Can't remember a thing now.

Am now reading 'Emperor; The field of Swords' by Conn Iggulden, the third in a 4 book series about Caesar and Rome.

It's gripping stuff.

Ian Mac

Difficult to pick a favourite, but i was spellbound by Watership Down.

Richard Adams.


""Sounds like a sex crime.""

In those days, the fifties, he was the bizz. Forget Chandler, Hammet and the rest.

He wrote sex, for those days, like none other. I remember many a stirring night poring over his purple prose!
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