Read It 2011 – November

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The challenge for November, should you accept it, is #moreads; it’s a month for the men,  especially men with moustaches!

There are plenty of mo-ed up men from history and literature for you to read about. here are some I thought of :

  • Hercule Poirot 
  • William Shakespeareplays & critique, biographyfiction
  • Adolf Hitler ( a young friend has never been allowed to forget that she said, “Hitler and Shakespeare, I get them muddled up!”)  in history, biography and fiction – In Stephen Fry’s book, Making History, he has the protagonist go back in history and put a contraceptive in the water of the well of the village Adolf Hitler’s parents lived in so that Hitler is never born. But you can’t mess with history like that  . . .
  • Albert Einstein in biography and fiction
  • Bill Bryson (mo and beard) prolific writer well-known for his dry wit. I’ve recently re-read Notes from a Small Island and my favourite ever piece of comic writing is his chapter on cricket in Down Under (aka – In a Sunburned Country) – Ch 7 I believe.
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Peter Fitzsimons (mo and beard again) – his recent book, Batavia, is a hair-raising read.
  • DH Lawrence (ditto) in fiction and non-fiction. Still recovering from Sons and Lovers in high school . . .
  • Yosemite Sam
  • Charles Dickens
  • Freddy Mercury – in 1973 or so our indulgent music teacher, Miss Cameron, allowed us to listen to Bohemian Rhapsody each lesson (we were in boarding school with no other access to record player or radio) 
  • Groucho Marx
  • Salvadore Dali published a book dedicated solely to his moustache
  • Clark Gable
  • Harry Paget Flashman in the historical series by George Macdonald-Fraser, refers quite frequently to his ‘whiskers’, of which he is immensely proud.

I’m sure you can think of many, many more.

The Art of Manliness Blog has a list of 50 Best Books for Boys and Men

And while I’m here, might as well plug Movember where men are invited to grow a mo during Movember and raise money for The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue  to combat prostate cancer and depression.

You can join us and tweet about what you are reading in November using the Twitter hashtag #moreads. And at the end of the month, join the Twitterati for a real time Twitter about your month of hairy-faced reading.

For more information on Read It 2011 take a look at the blog.

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