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Re: Rory's reading

Postby Flamenca » 03 Feb 2014, 20:34

Tibbierocks wrote:Talking of Rory's book, I read last week the lonely passion of Judith Hearne. I couldn't help but wonder how much of that book Rory related to. An excellent read, but it did make me think about rory in his final years.


Not very I'd say. Don't read too much into it. ;)

Rory chose to spend much of his time in solitude, it wasn't forced upon him by circumstance, and he wasn't disliked by the company he did choose to keep. He was Irish and an avid reader so Irish novels would have been of interest to him anyway.
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Re: Rory's reading

Postby Tibbierocks » 04 Feb 2014, 09:25

Well that's good to hear. I still maintain the man needed regular cuddles :-D Being Irish and Irish culture is something I should explore more as I'm part Irish myself. Never even been to Ireland. As I'm not religious and have little to no knowledge of catholism, I found the book very interesting.
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Re: Rory's reading

Postby RobertaSparrow » 08 Feb 2014, 01:13

Okay, I have gone through the entire poster, and gathered what I could. I do believe these books are part of Rory's collection, but the photo is staged. I think Rory would have kept his books in some sort of order, genre, by author, something. But here they are, those that were not obscured by being out of frame or behind the guitar, and judging by his rather broad range in tastes I seriously doubt that these books even reflect the tip of the iceberg as far as everything he has read- But- here they are, in the order in which they appear from top to bottom:

Rory’s Bookshelf- (As they appear in the poster)

[TOP SHELF]

Trouble is My Business- Raymond Chandler
Ticket of Leave- (author unknown)
Mr. Love & Justice- Colin MacInnes
Miss Marples Final Cases- Agatha Christie
Found In the Street- Patricia Highsmith
The Quiller Memorandum- Adam Hall
Color of Murder- Julian Symons
Hammett- Joe Gores
Tunnel 21- Donald Lindquist
Not Quite Dead Enough- Rex Stout
The Care of Time- Eric Ambler
Innocent Blood- P. D. James
Decline of the English Murder and Other Essays- George Orwell
The Black Curtain- Cornell Woolrich
A View From the Square- John Trenhaile
120 Rue De La Gare- Leo Malet
The Rats of Montsouris- Leo Malet
Dynamite Versus QED- Leo Malet
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold- Le Carre
The Accomplices- Georges Simenon
Brighton Rock- Graham Greene
Fatlands- Sarah Dunant
A Small Town In Germany- John Le Carre
The Continental Op- Dashiell Hammett
Ripley Underground- Patricia Highsmith
The Honorary Consul- Graham Greene
The Dain Curse- Daschiell Hammett
The Glass Key- Daschiell Hammett
Outsider in Amsterdam- Janwillem van de Wetering
Yes From No Man’s Land- Bernard Kops
Beat the Devil- Claud Cockburn
The Outsider- Albert Camus
The Dressmaker- Beryl Bainbridge
Inside Information- Nicolas Bently
At Bertram’s Hotel- Agatha Christie
My Name is Michael Sibley- John Bingham
A Dandy In Aspic- Derek Marlowe
The Porkchoppers- Ross Thomas
The Thriller. The Suspense Film From 1946- Brian Davis
Crime Wave: Edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli, Richard Layman
Delightful Murder- Mandel
The Honorable Schoolboy- John LeCarre
10:30 From Marseille- Sebastian Japriset
The Reluctant Ronin- James Melville

[SECOND SHELF]

Hitler: The Fuhrer and the People- J. P. Stern
Nightwood- Djuna Barnes
Deep Water- Patricia Highsmith
Farewell- Raymond Chandler
A Thief of Time- Tony Hillerman
Kimono of a Corpse- James Melville
The Love-girl and The Innocent- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Captain and the Enemy- Graham Greene
Philby- Page, Leitch, Knightley
Violent Saturday- W. L. Heath
Postmortem- Patricia Cornwell
The Two Faces of January- Patricia Highsmith
The John Franklin Bardin Omnibus
The Blunderer- Patricia Highsmith
A Game for the Living- Patricia Highsmith
Strangers on a Train- Patricia Highsmith
The 31st of February- Julian Symons
Journey Into Fear- Eric Ambler
Steppenwolf- Hermann Hesse
Flic Story- Roger Borniche
The Big Sleep- Raymond Chandler
El Grito: The Scream- Izatt, Chuck
Our Man In Havana- Graham Greene
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne- Brian Moore
The Last Supper- Charles McCarry
Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction-
A Suspension of Mercy- Patricia Highsmith
The Cry of the Owl- Patricia Highsmith
Eleven- Patricia Highsmith
This Sweet Sickness- Patricia Highsmith
Fat City- Leonard Gardner
Assignment Carlotta Cortez- Edward S. Aarons
The Heart of the Matter- Graham Greene

[THIRD SHELF]

Hitler: A Study in Tyranny- Alan Bullock
The Long Goodbye- Raymond Chandler
The High Window- Raymond Chandler
Me, Hood!- Mickey Spillane
Murder on the Mistrial- Vincent Gaspard Noe
The Lonely Skier- Hammond Innes
Dames Don’t Care- Peter Cheyney
Casino Royale- Ian Fleming
Thunderball- Ian Fleming
The Brotherhood- Stephen Knight
Dashiell Hammett- A life- Diane Johnson
The Dead Don’t Care- Jonathan Latimer
Death In the Afternoon- Earnest Hemingway
The Murder at the Vicarage- Agatha Christie
Trap for Cinderella- Sébastien Japrisot
The Trail of the Fox- David Irving
Flood- Andrew H. Vachss
Death Sentence- Brian Garfield
The Robespierre Serial- Nicholas Luard
My Gun Is Quick- Mickey Spillane
Exile and the Kingdom- Albert Camus
The Fall- Albert Camus
The Taste of Ashes- Howard Browne
City of Spades- Colin Macinnes
Birth Marks- SarahDunart
Berlin Game- Len Deighton
The Second Oldest Profession: Spies and Spying in the Twentieth Century by Phillip Knightley
Underworld USA- (James Ellroy?)
Philby- Patrick Seale, Maureen McConville
The Second Pilgrim- John LeCarre

[FOURTH SHELF]

A Murder of Quality- John LeCarre
Call For the Dead- John LeCarre
A Perfect Spy - John LeCarre
The Bride Wore Black/ Rear Window/ Phantom Lady/ Waltz Into Darkness- Cornell Woolrich
The Big Knockover and Other Stories- Daschiell Hammett
Bloody Murder- Julian Symons
The Father Hunt- Rex Stout
A Perfect Spy- John LeCarre
Armchair Detectives and Screen Crimes- Peter Haining
Last Exit to Brooklyn- Hubert Selby
The Maltese Falcon- Dashiell Hammett
Man Who Watched The Trains Go By / The Breton Sisters- George Siemenon
Suspects- David Thompson
The Herman Melville Collection: 16 Books and Stories
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy- John LeCarre
Cause For Alarm- Eric Ambler
The Philby File- Genrikh Borovik
Judgement on Deltchev- Eric Ambler
Playback- Raymond Chandler
Code Name Hangman- Paul Geddes
Heads You Lose- by Brett Halliday
Limelight and After: The Education of an Actress- Claire Bloom
?- Gerald Syemour
The Thirsty Muse: Alcohol and The American Writer- Tom Dardis
Hangover Square- Patrick Hamilton
A Red Death- Walter Mosley
Nero Wolfe of West Thirty-fifth-Street- William Baring-Gould

Now we have a winter reading list :D
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Re: Rory's reading

Postby Noelle » 08 Feb 2014, 02:35

That's great information - thanks for the hard work, R.S.
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Re: Rory's reading

Postby Tom Jonas » 08 Feb 2014, 10:18

A very good selection!
He really had a sofisticated taste, no rubbish there. Mostly detectivestories, thrillers and spynovels, and Hitler too. And Beryl Bainbridge's The dressmaker.
I am an avid reader and have read most of them, and my favourite at a quick glance is A perfect spy by leCarre. He is one of my favourites, and Bainbridge also wrote excellent books, some times with black humour.

This makes me appreciate Rory even more. He really had other sides than mastering his Strat and a very good voice. Which sometimes gets weaker at the end of the concerts, not surprising with the effort he put in his singing. He should have taken lessons perhaps.
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Re: Rory's reading

Postby SUBY1974 » 08 Feb 2014, 21:46

Thankyou for the booklist Cynthia. Gosh that must have taken a while. After Patricia Highsmith's novel Strangers On A Train I will be reading the Ripley books. Subrata. x
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Re: Rory's reading

Postby RobertaSparrow » 08 Feb 2014, 21:54

SUBY1974 wrote:Thankyou for the booklist Cynthia. Gosh that must have taken a while. After Patricia Highsmith's novel Strangers On A Train I will be reading the Ripley books. Subrata. x

Time flies when I'm doing all things Rory :)
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Re: Rory's reading

Postby Irishcelticgirl » 10 Feb 2014, 11:47

Another book Rory had read was 'Why Beckett'? (Enoch Brater).
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Re: Rory's reading

Postby Tibbierocks » 10 Feb 2014, 20:24

As these books represent the crime thriller section of Rory's reading, I wonder did he read Kerouac, Burroughs, Henry Miller, Norman Mailer, Hunter s Thompson, etc and what of the beat poets like Ginsberg, etc?
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Re: Rory's reading

Postby RobertaSparrow » 10 Feb 2014, 20:51

Tibbierocks wrote:As these books represent the crime thriller section of Rory's reading, I wonder did he read Kerouac, Burroughs, Henry Miller, Norman Mailer, Hunter s Thompson, etc and what of the beat poets like Ginsberg, etc?


Well, these were only the books visible on the poster- not all are crime thriller, but almost all are. Judging by the variety of this relatively short list, and from the observation that nearly everyone who knew Rory knew him as an avid reader, I would say it's a pretty fair assumption that he had read those as well- in fact, I suspect that the books represented on that poster are less than a year's worth of reading for him. I come from a family of readers, and that is hardly anything for one person to consume in a year's time. ;)
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