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Post by Eigon » Mon November 24th, 2008, 9:26 pm

There's a very long running radio programme on BBC Radio 4 called Desert Island Discs. The idea is that a celebrity chooses eight records to take to a desert island with them. They get the Complete Works of Shakespeare and the Bible (or Holy Scripture of their choice) and one other book, and a luxury.

So, given Shakespeare and the Bible, I'd probably go for Here Be Dragons, Revelations of Divine Love by Dame Julian of Norwich and something by Terry Pratchett starring Granny Weatherwax.

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Post by anne whitfield » Fri November 28th, 2008, 12:56 am

I'd take Savages by Shirley Conran because it's about a group of women having to survive on an island, so I gets tips and a story!
Then I'd take one of my really thick research books and then I journal to write stories in. LOL

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Post by Madeleine » Fri November 28th, 2008, 11:21 am

[quote=""anne whitfield""]I'd take Savages by Shirley Conran because it's about a group of women having to survive on an island, so I gets tips and a story!
Then I'd take one of my really thick research books and then I journal to write stories in. LOL[/quote]

I was on the train once and a woman was reading this book and she nearly fainted and had to be given a seat! I do remember it is pretty gruesome in places.

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Post by Ellie » Sat November 29th, 2008, 2:33 am

Well I wouldn't take the Bible, I tried reading that and couldn't stand it!

Hmmmm
The Lord of the Rings
either Polo or Riders by Jilly Cooper
I don't know about the last one maybe something by Jasper Fforde or EC :D

*Edited to add that I'd take Daniel Craig with me as well...

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Post by Maggie » Sat November 29th, 2008, 7:07 am

That's a hard question. But I guess.

The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
Marley and Me by John Grogan.

Three of my favourite authors.

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Post by Christine Blevins » Sat November 29th, 2008, 2:42 pm

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (for the story and tips)
The complete Works of Shakespeare (for the volume of material in one book)
and Joyce's Ulysses (because then I'd be forced to actually finish it)

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Post by chuck » Tue December 16th, 2008, 5:08 am

The complete unabridged volumes of Dumas, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Tolkien.......

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Post by annis » Tue December 16th, 2008, 5:18 am

Well I wouldn't take the Bible, I tried reading that and couldn't stand it!
I'm with you on that, Eliie though I might still take it with me.
Although I had a working knowledge of the Bible after going through Sunday School and Church as a teenager, I never realised until later when I thought I'd start at the beginning and work my way through, just how bloodthirsty it is! I was quite sickened by all the hewing and smiting by the time I was a third of the way through, and went back to just reading the odd snippet here and there.

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Post by chuck » Tue December 16th, 2008, 5:35 am

Annis....how about all the begot and begat going on?.....I liked some of the Old testament stories.....

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue December 16th, 2008, 5:43 am

[quote=""annis""]I'm with you on that, Eliie though I might still take it with me.
Although I had a working knowledge of the Bible after going through Sunday School and Church as a teenager, I never realised until later when I thought I'd start at the beginning and work my way through, just how bloodthirsty it is! I was quite sickened by all the hewing and smiting by the time I was a third of the way through, and went back to just reading the odd snippet here and there.[/quote]
Reality is pretty bloody. It's worse today, but we prefer not to read about it. And the media only report it if it fits their bias, or sells more product.

Although I can't really recall any ancient works that are very peaceful.

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