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About meI'm female, a year or two older than Madonna, and retired from full-time work on health grounds. Up until my 30s I simply read everything I could get my hands on but eventually found I had exhausted the shelves of both my local libraries and wasted a lot of time reading a lot of dross. My Damascene moment (or six years of them) came when I took my BA(Hons) in English Language and Literature with the Open University and, not only was introduced to many authors who were new to me, but also learned more about my own tastes and developed an ability to find the kind of books I love without having to trudge through a load of rubbish to get there. I have a husband and two grown up children and am full-time slave to the world's most adorable black labrador and my daughter's two cats. I'm also learning to play the Celtic harp which takes up very nearly as much time these days as reading does.

I'm very grateful to the people who have chosen and continue to choose to tag my library as 'interesting' but don't always have time to reply to everyone who does so. I hope nobody will be offended if I don't get round to writing back - believe me, I would have meant to at the time!

What Kind of Reader Are You? Your Result: Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm You're probably in the final stages of a Ph.D. or otherwise finding a way to make your living out of reading. You are one of the literati. Other people's grammatical mistakes make you insane.Dedicated Reader Literate Good Citizen Book Snob Non-Reader Fad Reader What Kind of Reader Are You?Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

About my libraryAfter all those years of trying anything on paper I now head for the Literary Fiction shelves, though I also enjoy literary criticism and any interesting non-fiction. I've got a bit of a weakness for historical novels especially any set in Victorian times and I also read a lot of non-fiction about the 19th century. I'm also fanatical about the wonderful women writers of the inter-war period, such as Winifred Holtby, Vera Brittain, Storm Jameson, Sylvia Townsend Warner etc.

My library only includes books that I own or have owned since I started LT-ing. If I sell or give away a book I tag it as such but it remains in my LT library to remind me that I've read it once and shouldn't go out and buy it again!

My rating system:
Any number of stars at all means the book is well worth a read.
* Above average
** A good, satisfying read
*** Book has something special about it
**** Very nearly as good as it gets
***** A perfect book. Cannot fault it in any way.
No stars - could mean I found it boring, pointless and not worth the effort of entering a rating. Could also mean I haven't read it yet or just that I haven't got round to rating it yet.

Oh, and to be honest (because I wouldn't really want to mislead anyone) books by authors I know usually get a five star rating - a) for being wonderful people and b) because nobody I know would write a bad book and c) because their books are fine examples of the literary art (think I've covered all bases there).

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 18th-19th Century Britain, 50-Something Library Thingers, Anglophiles, Book Nudgers, Book of the month club, Brits, Daphne du Maurier fans, Duplicate DdM group, Fairy Tales Retoldshow all groups

Favorite authorsIsabel Allende, Elizabeth von Arnim, Jane Austen, J. M. Barrie, Louis de Bernières, George Gordon Byron, Baron Byron, C. P. Cavafy, Chris Cleave, Wilkie Collins, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Jeffrey Eugenides, Michel Faber, Patrick Leigh Fermor, E. M. Forster, John Fowles, Margaret George, Patrick Hamilton, Helene Hanff, Thomas Hardy, Winifred Holtby, Khaled Hosseini, John Irving, Kazuo Ishiguro, Panos Karnezis, Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen King, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Harper Lee, Primo Levi, Joan Lindsay, Yann Martel, Daphne du Maurier, Haruki Murakami, Iris Murdoch, Joseph O'Connor, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, Robert Shearman, Steven Sherrill, Lionel Shriver, José Carlos Somoza, John Steinbeck, John Sutherland, Donna Tartt, Alice Walker, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Sarah Waters, Oscar Wilde (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresThe University Bookseller, Waterstone's Plymouth

Favorite librariesThe Charles Seale-Hayne Library, University of Plymouth

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Welina no. Greetings. What a nice surprise -- your reply. When you were researching Winifred Holtby, did you find reviews that did her novel South Riding credit at the time of its appearance or at the time of the appearance of the BBC film/DVD? I saw the DVD before I read the novel. A NYT reviewer of the DVD threw the novel overboard, saying Andrew Davis did not know what to do with the novel and did the best he could with the film. That piqued my curiosity. It is true in that the last chapter is a summary of hurried charactersʻ stories ends. And it became obvious why. Holtby is in that novel much more society oriented than we are accustomed to expect/find. Her chapter headings tell all -- like Finance, Mental (disorders?), etc. So the Real Subject is, as the title tells us, frankly: SOUTH RIDING! . . .Our poor readersʻ habits are entrenched on favourite subjects being LOVERS, etc. The 1930ʻs were a wonderful period for Society, ILLS and so forth. Iʻm glad there was ONE SOCIALIST. I expected a communist. Considering that Marx wrote his magnum opus in the British Museum (thatʻs wonderfully ironic -- I love the British for that kind of open house attitude. (Oh, yes, please, Mr. Marx. Do come in and tell us how we might improve by ripping our economic guts out for justice. Such respect for immigrant intellectuals who needed a warm place to write, unmolested, actually changed the world -- split it in half for a century. Iʻm always awed by the courage that takes on the part of a people -- who live on islands, at that.

The cello. Itʻs not going. But just bowing the sounds out (not even notes) is awesome, like striking a Grand piano keyboard: any and every key is rich . . . .

I was looking to see if someone had started a Group or Talk or Thread (the distinctions arenʻt always clear to me, except Group is indicated by a single word and the second by phrase and the third by a simple sentence. (I donʻt care which it is. But I find that a Topic/subject may be found in very different places ... than one sees available. E.g. I introduced under Group (I think) "Earl of Oxford vs. Shakespe[a]r" without adding I was introducing Peter Sammartinoʻs book (Crown, 1990) that had not been reviewed on LT. 2 respondents registered (really only one, the other just approved his stand), then the
Group was red flagged and the responses as well as mine to theirʻs deleted. ( Later I discovered that a review of Mark Andersonʻs Shakespeare by Another Name elicited a blaze.) After inquiring what happened, the red flag was removed. My initial intro to the subject remains. I would delete it, because it is not moving; but I think the issue needs to stay live, formally, even if dormant. There are some very knowledgeable people in LT. But the nature of Blogging does not really
invite in-depth answers, with exceptions. One exception is E.M. Forsterʻs "Aspects of the Novel" (I learned a lot from the respondents) and another is by the classicists in LT like Tim Spaulding and Matthew (canʻt recall his surname at this moment -- heʻs very thorough) etc. This is my first entry into a "chat room" (is that what this program? is called?). There seems to be an effective linking system . . . .I have yet to learn fully.
P.S. Re: the harp. Coincidence. I gave away my violin (played amateur) and was given a cello. Never played cello, but actually always wanted to. Moving made that impractical. One of your UK friends plays the harp -- taking lessons and by ear, she says. I live at the end of the island, here, too far for lessons, so thought to learn by INTERNET. Itʻs like an Other-World exercise. So a dreamwish mainly. . . . Also, thank you for Pedants Corner (?) . . .one "thread"? was very, very good. Really NON-BLOG!
Welina nō! (Greetings). Your Favourite Authors list is a pleasant surprise: Winifred Holtbyʻs SOUTH RIDINGI I "discovered" recently. Canʻt get her book out of my mind. Itʻs like catching up on novels about English small towns. I inquired recently about Holtby (Topic on Forgotten Authors?). Delighted to learn she isnʻt forgotten. And here you are, among them. Other books you list . . . .Do people still read Wilkie Collins? Sylvia Townsend Warner I used to hear of --but I never did read her and probably wonʻt now (not from lack of interest). Your "Recent Activity" list -- well! What can one say! Your question "What Kind of Reader are You?" for some reason never occurred to me to ask -- a book shop clerk might . . . .Finally, your screen name is memorable, i.e. easy to remember because itʻs, of course, not true. All provokingly interesting, yes. I could almost write a novella about this. . . . Well, donʻt answer this. I just thought to touch bases, sort of like in a treasure hunt in an attic where all the furniture, clothes, letters, shoe boxed jewelry evoke a strange, semi-resistant, semi-incognito response and the air, musty, helps and yet does not help. Mahalo. (Thank you.)
I can't think what else she's written, but I'm very much looking forward to this one.

It will have to wait until I have finished The Reviver by Seth Patrick though. You might have seen it in the supermarket. It's about a man who can revive the recently dead so they can aid the police in investigating their deaths. Except he's started to feel that he's bringing back something else along with the dead person he is trying to revive. First chapter gave me the creeps quite nicely so I'm hoping it stays good.

I think I have read Naomi's Room but can't remember anything about it other than that I thought it was good at the time. I might have to reread it as well.
I've just bought a book called Longbourne, which is based on Pride and Prejudice but tells the story from a servant's perspective.

It has a quote on the back taken from the book, something along the lines of "If Elizabeth Bennett had to wash her own corsets she wouldn't go about rolling about in the mud with Mr Darcy quite so often" thought housemaid Dowdy McPoor as she gazed at her shrivelled read fingers on wash day.

I might not have that quite accurate, but I'm hoping the rest of the book is better than that sentence. I bought Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld at the same time and that one sounds very promising.
Hello. And slightly belated Happy New Year.

Did you get any lovely books for Christmas? I have a small but interesting pile to add to the library, and Joseph has a few to add to his as well.

He's still doing very well with his reading. He's onto the Yellow shelf at school now, he's been the first in his class to move on each time and he keeps saying lovely things like "hooray! A bookshop!" and "Can we go to Waterstones now?" or "I want to go to the library!" I've also started him early on the horror novels. After refusing to read him Doctor Sleep as his bedtime story we have compromised with a book called Stitch Head, about a tiny creation by a mad scientist.
Hello closest neighbour on LT, Hope you are well. Wow, I didn't realise that you were famous. .. .. It says here that you are the founder of Pedants' Corner. I will have to start calling you “your Bookslothness”.
I had been reading the groups posts for quite a time before I noticed your name there. Did you do the excellent cartoon? If so, may I snag a copy for my profile?
Our mutual friend, Old 42, seems to have dipped below the radar. Nothing I can do seems to tempt him to comment. Sad because I do miss his wit.


I've been trying to email you but my account is playing up at the moment, won't let me send anything.

I was just checking in to see how you were, see what you were reading.

Hope you are all okay xx
HI booksloth!
I've been picked as one of the five artists to play a showcase at the Folk21 West Regional Day in Torrington on Sept. 29. The gig is private, but I was hoping to add a few more since the drive is so long. Do you know of any good acoustic or folk venues in your area?

And it was by a woman called Titia Sutherland, which neither of us believe we forgot. How do you forget a name like that?
Remember that book I almost rewrote for the name that book group? I found it on Amazon earlier and my friend is very excited. It was called A friend of the Family, so I'm not sure why we didn't find it before. The only thing I got wrong was that they had a son and not a daughter.
Just wanted to say thank you for creating the Skeptics and Rationalists group. I'm enjoying it very much.

Just got Poems bewitched and haunted. What a great little collection.
It wasnʻt TPBM That I was looking for;
something not quite as current as that
--with the title "A SIlly Game"
or ""Another SIlly Game" # 33 (?)

But thanks for looking.
I wonder if you know where I could

find the thread in which a player

answers a question quoted in the

previous post? Itʻs title is something

like "A Silly Game...". Itʻs not the

current "Another Silly Game #119".

The one Iʻm thinking of is about at

#33. It was current (but not high up on the

menus) about 2-3 weeks ago. I donʻt

remember what Heading it comes under.

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!
Hey: Thank you for the poem. How do you do that? I could NOT trace it. I guess I have a lot to learn. Black lab looks cosy...........
Thank you so much for sharing your group with me - I would love to be a part!
Thanks for the invite. I play wire strung harp. And dabble in music in other ways...
thank you for the link. When I get some extra time I will check it out. I've been playing the celtic harp for 2 years now. Still a lot more to learn but I LOVE it. Previously, I had played the violin, guitar and flute but the harp is by way far the best instrument yet. I am soooo very happy with it.

I'm a retired reference librarian living in southern New Jersey. I have been playing the Celtic harp for almost 10 years. I take weekly private classes and learn by ear, although I read music also. There are not too many other harpers near me. I play quite a few O'Carolan tunes, but am also interested in early music. I have three harps, but I chiefly play my Dusty Strings 36S which is very heavy. I attend the Sommerset Folk Harp conference annually. My favorite performers are Grainne Hambley and Billy Jackson, who frequently perform in my area and from whom I can take lessons from time to time. I have never been to Ireland or Scotland, but I would love to go.

I like your picture of your lab. We have a chocolate lab named Sparky and a Boykin spaniel named Dash. Dash is only a puppy, but he loves to curl up next to my harp when I play. One day he is going to jump on the harp and send it crashing.

I have a ton of music books for both harp and piano that I haven't cataloged yet.

What is it like for a harper in your part of the UK?

Thanks for telling me about your group - I'll check it out.

Best regards, Barb (Barbharper)
Thanks for the invitation. I'm a very out of practice harper at the moment :-( I'll check out your group.
The book is actually my wife's who transposes it for piano.
Your outreach, based on your Celtic harp interests, was appreciated and led my 'back' to the Library Thing site to acknowledge you commnet to me. Unfortunately, at this time, I ma simply an interested person in harps: owning one and looking at it, mostly, as I find it difficult to tune...even though I bought an electronic ool to do so. Will spur myself to pursue some study. Best to you.

It's been a while and haven't seen you in any threads so I thought I would drop in and say hi. To remind yourself who I am, take a look at mine. I was looking at OldSarge's site to see what he is up to, as he lives quite near to me. I'm always happy to find animal lovers and so checked you out. Getting ready to hop into our whirlpool tub for all my aches and pains, while I can still keep my eyes open!

Good night (or morning, technically)) Mary Beth
You're quite welcome! And don't mind me, I simply tend to call all cute canines (and felines) "puppy" (and "kitty"), it's just one of my oh-so-fun idiosyncrasies, LOL. And indeed, I didn't think there was anything wrong with his eye, just being squishy face! on his "pillow" (aka the couch end ;)). :D
Just randomly dropped by, and couldn't leave without commenting on how insanely adorable your pic is!! Not only super cute puppy, but squishy face super cute puppy! Just precious. :))
Ha, I only just saw your #180 in the religion thread! Thanks for the compliment and welcome to our (very sleepy) Hell-Fire. (I take it the summer's not hot enough in UK yet?)
Good afternoon, Booksloth

I've managed to add a profile picture to the Daphne du Maurier site. Hope you like it.

Kind regards,

David (Cappybear)
I've just read your review of "Madeleine" by Kate McCann. I could not agree more. This family have suffered unimaginable agony, yet they are still vilified by some.

My daughter's illegal removal from the UK is completely unknown. I have now published that story (The Key?) which also gives a new insight on the McCann tragedy - check out the Fact Sheet (picture) in my gallery for a quick overview.

"So much nonsense has been spoken about this case that it is refreshing to hear what is known of the truth..." If you read my story, you will know even more. Not even the McCanns know of this.

My book is also a true crime story. I spent considerable effort trying to find out why my four-year-old daughter was removed in that appalling manner. The information uncovered is controversial and goes a long way to explaining why I can't be identified: the UK authorities don't want the public to find out about this story.

The public need to know what happened here. The truth will also help the McCanns, which they certainly deserve. Can you help to raise awareness?

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