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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.
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.
Favorite authorsIsabel Allende, Elizabeth von Arnim, Jane Austen, J. M. Barrie, Louis de Bernières, Lord 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 librariesThe Charles Seale-Hayne Library, University of Plymouth
Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway
Account typeprivate, lifetime
Member sinceJan 10, 2008