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Old 21-11-2008, 19:42   #1
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Mayo interview. Sue Townshend -Favourite book?

Did anyone here this interview this week on Radio 5?
Before anyone suggests it the iplayer isnt allowing me to listen again.
Sue Townshend spoke about a book which had the last people on earth, in a submarine, waiting to die.
Cheery stuff, but it did sound like an interesting read.
Any help with the title please as I am getting my holiday books together.
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No but it works fine here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00fflvf about 2hrs in

It's called "On the beach" by Nevil Shute and it's on Amazon.co.uk as is the film adaptation [Amazon.co.uk]with Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck or the TV movie [Amazon.co.uk] with Bryan Brown and Arman Assante

Interestingly both versions have a rating of about 7 on the IMDB which is a surprise given the differences in budget and cast

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It's a very good book albeit a very, very depressing one at the end. It can read somewhat dated in parts with lots of stiff upper lips all round...etc. But definitely worth tracking down.

If you're going to watch an adaptation avoid the aforementioned new version like the plague.

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always worth plugging her Adrian Mole series, the last one had me very close to actually wetting myself

Thought it was the last one, but there's a new one out now (though set earlier)
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always worth plugging her Adrian Mole series, the last one had me very close to actually wetting myself

Thought it was the last one, but there's a new one out now (though set earlier)
Whats the new one called ?

EDIT : Found it ,its called the Prostrate years

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In case anyone wants to buy 'On the Beach' it is in stock at Waterstones here but not available at Amazon.
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Would recommend all Nevil Shute's stuff. It is dated and very of it's period,but a good read nevertheless.

On the beach is my favourite, closely followed by A town Like Alice.
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