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Richard Thomas Osman is an English television presenter, producer, director and novelist, best known for being the creator and co-presenter of the BBC One television quiz show Pointless.
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How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup book cover
How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup
J. L. Carr - 1992-12-01 (first published in 1975)
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Discover how a small village team, without any prior football success, becomes national heroes in this classic and humorous novel. Follow the unlikely journey of Steeple Sinderby, brought about by three great men: a football-disinterested local, a Hungarian academic, and a talented team captain.
Richard Osman
@AndyMawby Love that book. And so insanely different to AMITC.      source
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The Amateurs
A Novel
John Niven - 2009-04-02
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Looking for a hilarious and outrageous novel that explores the world of golf and infidelity? Look no further than The Amateurs! Author John Niven brings his signature humor and skill to this gripping and sexy story about how little white balls can drive some men insane. This side-splitting novel is a must-read for anyone who loves a good laugh and a wild ride.
Richard Osman
@estellecostanza Love that book.      source
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The Girls Who Disappeared
A Novel
Claire Douglas - 2022-09-15
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This mysterious novel follows a journalist who is covering the case of three missing girls from a rural town with a history of strange occurrences. The case involves a 20-year mystery and only one girl was found after a car crash. As the journalist delves deeper into the case, she begins to receive threats and realizes someone wants her out of town before she suffers the same fate. The Girls Who Disappeared is a haunting and suspenseful story of a woman on a mission to uncover the truth.
Richard Osman
Your local bookseller will have loads of great recommendations but I loved 'The Sorrow & The Bliss' by Meg Mason, 'The Girls Who Disappeared' by Claire Douglas', 'Take My Breath Away' by Linwood Barclay and 'A Station On The Path To Somewhere Better' by Benjamin Wood. Enjoy!      source
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Take Your Breath Away
A Novel
Linwood Barclay - 2022-05-17
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This gripping psychological thriller follows the story of a formerly missing woman who suddenly returns under mysterious circumstances. Her husband, who was once suspected of her murder, has now moved on with a new partner, but his peace is shattered when a woman who looks just like his missing wife shows up screaming about her house. Dark suspicions resurface and it becomes clear that discovering the truth about his wife's disappearance is a matter of life and death. Will he be able to stay alive long enough to uncover the answers?
Richard Osman
Your local bookseller will have loads of great recommendations but I loved 'The Sorrow & The Bliss' by Meg Mason, 'The Girls Who Disappeared' by Claire Douglas', 'Take My Breath Away' by Linwood Barclay and 'A Station On The Path To Somewhere Better' by Benjamin Wood. Enjoy!      source
"Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids?" delves into the legacy of the NME's groundbreaking 1986 cassette that shaped indie music for decades. Follow music journalist Nige Tassell as he tracks down the 22 independent, guitar-based bands and uncovers their unique stories of success, failure, and everything in between. With a light-hearted and human approach, this book explores the wide-reaching influence of C86, proving that its legacy lives on today.
Richard Osman
If you understand what this title means then you will love this book, as Nige Tassell tracks down members of all 22 bands on the original C86 cassette. If you don't know what C86 was, then it might be a BIT niche.      source
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Sorrow and Bliss
A Novel
Meg Mason - 2021-02-09 (first published in 2020)
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This compelling debut novel explores the life of Martha Friel, a woman struggling with a mysterious condition that has plagued her for years. Now divorced and without her support system, Martha returns to her childhood home to live with her eccentric parents and start anew. A mix of dark humor and emotional depth, this story delves into the complexities of relationships, self-discovery, and the pursuit of happiness. With touches of Sally Rooney and Nina Stibbe, "Sorrow and Bliss" is a must-read for fans of literary fiction.
Richard Osman
I am behind the curve I know, but what a wonderful book Meg Mason's 'Sorrow And Bliss' is. Wise and sad, but so funny. Like 'actually' funny. What an absolute treat.      source
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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better
Benjamin Wood - 2018-06-28
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This haunting novel delves into the complicated relationship between father and son, exploring the trauma that can leave irreparable emotional scars. With powerful and visceral storytelling, the author weaves a tale of violence and love, taking readers on a road trip that unravels the layers of a father's desperation and the lasting impact it has on his son's life. A chilling study of male violence and dysfunctional family dynamics, this book will leave readers in bits.
Richard Osman
Book recommendation! Blown away by 'A Station On The Path To Somewhere Better' by Benjamin Wood. Dark and disturbing, but wise, moving and beautifully written. Am immediately going to seek out his other books now. What a writer.      source
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With a Mind to Kill
A James Bond Novel
Anthony Horowitz - 2022-05-24
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"With a Mind to Kill" takes readers on a gripping spy adventure as James Bond grapples with the aftermath of M's murder and his own uncertain allegiances. Behind enemy lines, Bond faces treachery at every turn, but must confront even darker questions about his own identity to survive. Will he obey orders, or chart his own path? This thrilling read will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Richard Osman
I'll tell you who's an absolutely wonderful writer, @AnthonyHorowitz. So many brilliant books, including his new Bond novel 'With A Mind To Kill'.      source
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The Dirtiest Race in History
Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the 1988 Olympic 100m Final (Wisden Sports Writing)
Richard Moore - 2012-06-01
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Discover the infamous story of the men's 100 meters final in the 1988 Seoul Olympics - the dirtiest race in history. This event is remembered as the most scandalous in athletics history, with Ben Johnson's world-record time only being the beginning. Johnson's positive drug test following the race shocked the world, but he wasn't alone - Carl Lewis and Linford Christie both competed while using performance-enhancing drugs. In this book, witness interviews provide remarkable new revelations, reconstructing the build-up to the race, the race itself, and the fallout when news of Johnson's positive test broke. Explore the continuing relevance of this event on the sport today.
Richard Osman
Sad to hear of the death of Richard Moore. His book 'The Dirtiest Race In History' about the Seoul 100m final is one of my favourite sports books of all time. Do please buy one if you want an incredible story written by an incredible writer.      source
Richard Osman
Also, I'm rereading JL Carr's 'A Month In The Country'. What a beautiful, funny, sad book. Just an absolute treat.      source
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Moonflower Murders
Anthony Horowitz - 2021-11-09
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