Oh AIrs about the Ground! I LOVE Mary Stewart! (her novel This Rough Magic, about Corfu is great too, as is Nine Coaches Waiting, in France is great too.Her Merlin series is not bad either , very different from Once and Future King.
And James Herriott! for sure! Can listen to his books over and over and over (sometiems take my TAPE RECORDER,d ates me, to the barn and listen to his stories while cleaning!)
I reread Flame Trees of Thika over and over. Its about a girl growing up in Africa, it touches on the turmoil all around her, but its told from such a true girl point of view- its naieve in away, but not completely unaware. Its just perfect. My copy recently dissolved, so I must aquire another!
My favorite was the one where the protagonist was a professional groom specializing in transporting horses by air to foreign countries. He was also a pilot, and therein lies the plot... (See what I mean? I can't remember titles).
Flying Finish There was another on about a pilot called Rat Race.
HUGE Dick Francis fan here...I could read them over and over and never get bored!
My favorite was 10 Pound Penalty...there was something about the relationship between father and son that really made that book special. I also loved To The Hilt and just read it again recently.
I forgot to mention Ian Rankin. His Rebus series especially are like comfort food to me because they are all based in Edinburgh. I love following Rebus around the city I miss more than words can describe.
"Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
"With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Can you recommend some? I devoured O'Brian's Master and Commander. I love reading about the olden days.
You might like Bernard Cornwalls Sharpe series (from the early 1800s). Sharpe is a sharp shooter for the Brits. Really well written, in Sharpe's Trafalgar, a very very well written story about that battle, lots of historical data and a good story, and for a contemporary (80s I thinnk) high seas adventure, his Stormchild is great! and of course mutiny on the bounty, although I guess bligh was no where near as bad as others were! Love the movie M & C as well!!!