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About meBookworm, Gardener, Amateur naturalist (especially Birds, Bugs & Botany). Fellow of the Linnean Society. I am fan of Agatha Christie and am currently researching horticultural references in her stories 'Gardening; it can be Murder!'

I am only adding books in my 'read' list if I have read them cover to cover.

John is a Senior Design Engineer. He is interested in Politics, Philosophy, Social Sciences and books about England and Englishness. John has a degree in Humanities with the Open University. He is definitely getting into the swing of visiting book shops and buying books, although this is proving 'challenging' in regards to shelf space!

Books read in 2018
1: The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards.
2: The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards.
3: Murder in the Snow by Gladys Mitchell.
4: Portrait of a Murderer; A Christmas Crime Story by Anne Meredith.
5: Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie.
6: The Complete Parker Pyne Private Eye by Agatha Christie.
7: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
8: Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
9: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
10: More For Your Garden by Vita Sackville-West.
11:The Big Four by Agatha Christie.
12: Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne.
13: Agatha Christie: The Art of Her Crimes: The Paintings of Tom Adams by Julian Symons.
14: Serpents in Eden. Edited by Martin Edwards.
15: The Savage Garden by Mark Mills.
16: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.
17: A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope.
18: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond.
19: Even More for your Garden by Vita Sackville-West.
20: Vita: The Life of Vita Sackville-West by Victoria Glendenning.
21: Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie.
22: Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie.
23: The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie.
24: While the Light Lasts by Agatha Christie,
25: Problem at Pollensa Bay by Agatha Christie.
26: Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie.
27: Giant's Bread by Mary Westmacott.
28: Unfinished Portrait by Mary Westmacott.
29: Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott.
30: Grave Mistake by Ngaio Marsh.

Books read in 2017
1: The Devil's Novice by Ellis Peters.
2: A Very British Murder by Lucy Worsley.
3: The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie by Charles Osborne.
4: Mrs McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie
5: Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
6: The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie
7: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie
8: An English Mystery Agatha Christie by Laura Thompson.
9: N or M? By Agatha Christie.
10: Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
11: Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie.
12: Crooked House by Agatha Christie
13: Endless Night by Agatha Christie
14: By The Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie.
15: Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie
16: Agatha Christie Marple: The Life and Times of Miss Jane Marple by Anne Hart.
17: Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie.
18: Cocktail Time by P.G.Wodehouse.
19: The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie.
20: The Mysterious Mr Quin by Agatha Christie.
21: Murder in the Basement by Anthony Berkeley.
22: Murder on the Orient Express.
23: The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West.

Books read in 2016
1: The Sceptical Gardener by Ken Thompson.
2: Pigs Have Wings by P.G.Wodehouse.
3: The Magician's Nephew by C.S.Lewis
4: Plants; from roots to riches by Caroline Fry.
5: The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie.
6: The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie.
7: The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie.
8: Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie.
9: Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie.
10: Halloween Party by Agatha Christie.
11: Leave it to Psmith by P.G.Wodehouse

Books read in 2015
1: Mapp & Lucia by E.F.Benson
2: Cottage Garden Flowers by Margery Fish.
3: The Virgin in the Ice by Ellis Peters.
4: A Slow Passion: Snails, My Garden and Me by Ruth Brookes.
5: Cuttings: A Year in the Garden with Christopher Lloyd.
6: Allotment Folk by Chris Opperman.
7: Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim.
8: The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim.
9: The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim.
10: The Curious Gardener by Anna Pavord.
11. A Letter for Mary by Laurie R. King
12: A Winter on the Nile by Anthony Sattin
13: Birds on the Nile by Lady William Cecil.
14: A Little History of British Gardening by Jenny Uglow.
15: A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Harkup.
16: Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie.
17: Swedish Folk Tales.
18: A Buzz in the Meadow: by Dave Goulson.

Books read in 2014
1: Dragonflight : In Search of Britain's Dragonflies and Damselflies by Marianne Taylor.
2: Compost by Ken Thompson
3: The Military Orchid by Jocelyn Brooke
4: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
5: This Birding Life by Stephen Moss
6: A Sky full of Starlings by Stephen Moss
7: Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst: The Creation of a Garden by Vita Sackville West and Sarah Raven
8: On Guerilla Gardening by Richard Reynolds
9: In My Garden: The Garden Diaries of Great Dixter by Christopher Lloyd.
10: The Dragonfly Diaries by Ruary Mackenzie Dodds.
11: We Made a Garden by Margery Fish.
12: Gnomes by Vivian Russell.
13: Pigs have Wings by P.G.Wodehouse
14: Service with a Smile by P.G. Wodehouse
15: No Nettles Required by Ken Thompson
16: One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan Al Shayak
17: The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie.
18: Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie.
19: Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie.
20: The Victorian Fern Craze by Sarah Whittingham.
21: The Morville Hours by Katherine Swift.
22: The Morville Year by Katherine Swift.
23: Rebecca's World by Terry Nation.
24: Dear Friend and Gardener: Letters on Life and Gardening by Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd.
25: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.
26: Garden People; Valerie Finnis & the Golden Age of Gardening by Ursula Buchan.
27: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson.
28: Come Tell Me How You Live: An Archaeological Memoir by Agatha Christie Mallowan.
29: Wild Hares and Hummingbirds: The Natural History of an English Village by Stephen Moss.
30: One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters.
31: Monks Hood by Ellis Peters.
32: St. Peter's Fair by Ellis Peters.
33: The Leper of Saint Giles by Ellis Peters.

About my libraryI particularly love Natural History, Travel/Exploration, Popular Science, Gardens & Gardening, Arabian Nights and books by & about those who love words and books.

Politics, Social Sciences, Philosophy, England are all part of John's growing collection.

I had to change the name of the profile to befit the fact that the Library now reflects both my husband's and my taste in books. Bowerbirds-Library seemed a relatively fitting description of the range of books and the desire to display them around us.

GroupsAgatha Christie, Birds, Birding & Books, Book Care and Repair, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Evolution, Evolve!, Gardens & Books, Naturalists, Poetry Fool, Rare, Old or Offbeatshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, E. F. Benson, John Betjeman, Agatha Christie, Noel Coward, Charles Dickens, Gerald Durrell, Martin Edwards, Elizabeth Gaskell, F. Edward Hulme, Christopher Lloyd, J. K. Rowling, Vita Sackville-West, Saki, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBlackwell's Oxford

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Real nameRuth B-C

LocationDoncaster, South Yorkshire, England

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceSep 23, 2008

Currently readingThe Story of Egypt by Joann Fletcher

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