Grizzly Reads:

Intrepid Grizzly reads only those books that grip you with suspense and grit. He likes crossing frontiers and is well-equipped for survival (he loves Kendal mint cake). Grrrr adventure.

In the Heart of the Sea – By Nathaniel Philbrick

Posted by Andrew:  Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary How small and hopeless one would feel, to be wrecked by an 80 foot whale and cast adrift in the Pacific. Short of looking back at Earth from space, I can’t imagine a more vivid impression of humankind’s insignificance in the face of nature and the universe. Nathaniel Philbrick’s In […]

Whicker’s War – by Alan Whicker

Posted by Andrew:  Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary There is something about war that brings into focus the extremes of the human capacity for experience. Perhaps it’s the immediacy of mortality, the unfamiliarity of foreign things, or the camaraderie. I suspect it’s a little of each and more besides. In Whicker’s War Alan Whicker recounts how he […]

Assassin’s Apprentice – by Robin Hobb

 Posted by Andrew: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Robin Hobb doesn’t attempt to reinvent the fantasy wheel – she simply crafts it beautifully. Assassin’s Apprentice is the story of Fitz, a royal bastard, cast out by his impoverished family and forced into the hands of the unsuspecting royal household. As the illegitimate child of Chivalry Farseer, Fitz […]

The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad

Posted by Robin: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary In 1894, Martial Bourdin, a young French anarchist, attempted to bomb the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. On his way through Greenwich Park, however, he tripped over a tree stump, inadvertently set off the device and blew himself up. 12 years later, Joseph Conrad took inspiration from Bourdin’s goof […]

The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series, Book 1) – Conn Iggulden

Posted by Bartley: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary As the fifth instalment of Conn Iggulden’s EMPEROR series publishes to great success and popular acclaim, this reviewer decided that even though Gates of Rome was published in hardback back in 2003, in true NEL style, it was better late than never to join the series. Two young companions, […]

Dracula – by Bram Stoker

Posted by Lawrence: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary I am not sure that Bram Stoker would be mightily impressed with the modern incarnations of his hellish monster. The vampires today seem to devote much more of their time to pouting and preening than sating their unquenchable thirst for blood and murder. Though Stoker cannot be credited with […]

Postcards – By Annie Proulx

Posted by Stevie Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary When an act of violent passion uproots Loyal Blood from his quiet farming life he must keep moving, keep driving, keep away from where it all began. Alone, furious and revolted with himself, Loyal spends his life driving away from his mistakes and constantly paying for them. The only […]

Letters From Father Christmas – By J.R.R. Tolkien

 Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Charming doesn’t quite cover it for me on this one.  I first listened to Derek Jacobi reading this on ‘my first sony’, (I still have the cassette tapes) and what a magnificent actor to give voice to Tolkien’s living, breathing, letter-writing and present-giving Father Christmas. His voice shifts from wilful […]

The Hobbit – By J R R Tolkein

Posted by Fliss: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary This book needs no introduction. It is quite simply one of the most wonderfully enchanting, touching and exhilarating fantasy novels of all time. It is very much a case of curiosity (nearly) killed the cat for the inquisitive Bilbo Baggins, as he, at first somewhat reluctantly, embarks on a […]

Gallows Thief – By Bernard Cornwell

Posted by Parastou: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary The saying goes ‘never judge a book by its cover’; OK then, I’ll judge it by its title: The Gallows Thief: literally – a person who robs the gallows of victims to hang.  Sold! This was another audiobook I was lucky enough to proofread (or proof-listen to, as Emma […]

Shards of A Broken Crown – By Raymond E. Feist

Posted by Parastou: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary To all the die-hard fantasy readers out there, if you haven’t already read this book, or this series, you must do so immediately. Right now. Go! Raymond Feist has been on my ‘to read’ list forever, but I never actually got round to reading any of them.  When Shards […]

House of Many Ways – By Diana Wynne Jones

Posted by Parastou: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Stevie would normally be your ‘go to’ person for children’s books – she absolutely loves them.  Well, all I have to say after reading this book is … step back Stevie, I’m the new children’s fan! This book is chaotically magical and a great read for any age group. Charmain […]

High Rise – By J.G. Ballard

Posted by Fliss: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary “Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.” From the very first line of this bizarrely dystopian novel it is clear Ballard is out to […]

The Shipping News – By Annie Proulx

Posted by Fliss: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Meet Quoyle, a pathetic excuse for a man who lacks motivation and refuses to interject any passion or excitement into his life. All changes when his callous and unloving wife is killed in a car accident. Quoyle is forced to take life by the horns and up and leave […]