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War Writing
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The Readers' Voice 2010
On line Discussion

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

following the Convention
A free downloadable e-Book is available here 

Articles from

Readers' Voice
Convention 2009

can be found here.

The Readers' Voice

Authors read by
Books on the Broad
Reading Group: 

Chinua Achebe
Kingsley Amis
Martin Amis
Paul Auster
Pat Barker
Julian Barnes
Saul Bellow
Peter Carey
Lewis Carroll
Angela Carter
Joseph Conrad
Anita Desai
Kiran Desai
Charles Dickens
JP Donleavy
Ralph Ellison
F Scott Fitzgerald
E M Forster
Elizabeth Grant
Graham Greene
Kate Grenville
Mohsin Hamid
Ernest Hemingway
Alan Hollinghurst
Khaled Hosseini
Kazuo Ishiguro
Franz Kafka
Yasmina Khadra
Barbara Kingsolver
Matthew Kneale
Hanif Kureishi
DH Lawrence
Harper Lee
Stanislaw Lem
Doris Lessing
Marina Lewycka
Amin Malouf
Hilary Mantel
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Carson McCullers
Ian McEwan
John McGahern
Andrew Miller
David Mitchell
Vladimir Nabokov
Irène Némirovsky
Jeff Noon
Ben Okri
Orhan Pamuk
Iain Pears
Annie Proulx
Philip Pullman
Ian Rankin
Philip Reeve
Philip Roth
Salman Rushdie
Jean-Paul Sartre
Gillian Slovo
Wesley Stace
John Steinbeck
Kurt Vonnegut
Paul Waters
Evelyn Waugh
Jeanette Winterson
Virginia Wolf
Richard Yates
Marguerite Yourcenar

For details go to the group's website 
 where our newsletters can be downloaded

Additional Event

A Readers' Voice Evening at Blackwell Bookshop,
10 March, 2010:

War Writing
Afghanistan & other conflicts
with Stephen Grey, Sam Kiley 
& Patrick McGuinness

A readers' event in collaboration with Blackwell bookshop.
Chaired by Books on the Broad Reading Group.

The Readers' Voice

Stephen Grey and Sam Kiley will be talking about their new books, Operation Snakebite and Desperate Glory. Patrick McGuinness, Fellow of St. Anne's College and poet, will also be reading some war poems.
Wednesday 10th March, 7pm at Blackwell Bookshop, 48 - 51 Broad Street, Oxford.
Tickets £2.00

from t: 01865 333636 or e:

Stephen Grey is a London-based independent journalist, contributing articles and broadcasts for, among others, the Sunday Times of London, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Times, the New Statesman and the BBC’s Newsnight, BBC Radio Four and BBC World Service, and Channel 4’s Dispatches program.

'Magnificent… the fear, the courage, the uncertainty and the sheer mayhem of two days intensive fighting is frequently more vivid than any film' 
(Misha Glenny, Mail on Sunday)

'Superb, fast-paced. Captures the grit and the gore, the exhaustion and emotion, the killing and the dying' 
(Raymond Bonner, The Guardian)

'This is an uncommonly vivid portrait of battle, matched by sharp investigation of purposes, intrigues and cock-ups… Grey’s descriptions of firefights are exemplary' 
(Max Hastings, Sunday Times)

'A fascinating insight… a catalogue of doubt, criticism and anger' 
(David Crouch, Financial Times)

'A gripping and moving account' 
(Dr Rodney Atwood, Soldier Magazine)

'An exceptional piece of reportage' 
 (Michael Smith, New Statesman)

Award-winning journalist Sam Kiley has covered wars and insurgencies in more than thirty countries over the last twenty years. Educated at Oxford University, he joined The Times in 1987, and since 1990 has worked as a foreign correspondent all over the world, most notably in Africa, where he won acclaim for his coverage of conflicts in the Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. He has worked extensively in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taleban and has made more than twenty television films for Channel Four, Sky 1 and the BBC. He is a frequent contributor to the Mail on Sunday, the Evening Standard, the Observer, The Times and the Spectator. Married and a father of two, Sam Kiley lives in the countryside of East Anglia.

'Riveting. Evocative. Spine Chilling. Taste the bullets and the fear. Kiley writes like a dream, taking the reader into the heart of the heat, blood and dust of the Afghan nightmare' 
(Damien Lewis, author of Apache Dawn)

'A triumph ... Without hyperbole, without any softening or glamorising effects, he takes us to the battlefield and shows us its grimness' 
(Patrick Bishop, Evening Standard)

'Kiley is a remarkable reporter ... He writes with affection as well as insight, through turbulent and bloody experiences' 
(Max Hastings, Sunday Times)

'A vivid writer, not afraid of physicality, able to depict in words a scene that would never be shown on television. He writes fiercely in the just causes of men at war' 
(Kate Saunders, The Times)

The Canals of Mars

Patrick McGuinness was born in Tunisia in 1968. He is a Fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford, where he lectures in French. His poetry has been published in various newspapers and journals including The Independent, London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author and editor of several academic books and a translation of Mallarmé's For Anatole's Tomb (2003), which received a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
His first collection of poetry, The Canals of Mars (2004), was shortlisted for the Roland Mathias Prize, and translated into Italian in 2006. His pamphlet collection, winner of the Poetry Business competition, is 19th Century Blues (2007).
Patrick McGuinness lives in Cardiff. His latest book of poetry is Poems (2009). He is currently working on an anthology of war poems from Homer to the present day.