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Member: Caffy

CollectionsYour library (850)


Tagsfantasy (148), historical (88), history (79), horror (76), fiction (69), travel (55), short stories (46), sci fi (45), crime (40), cornwall (37) — see all tags

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About meMiddle-aged grandma with incurable reading and book collecting habit.

About my libraryI mainly keep only the books I like, therefore ratings will usually be quite high if I've read the volume in question. I read most genres but have a particular liking for fantasy and sci-fi, horror, historicals, travel, history and books about my home county of Cornwall.

GroupsAll Books Africa, Bloggers, BookCrossers, Books in Books, Books on Books, Cornish books, FantasyFans, Historical Fiction, Livejournalers, Maps and Atlasesshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Patricia Briggs, Trudi Canavan, Charles de Lint, Arthur Conan Doyle, Clare B. Dunkle, Ursula K. Le Guin, Georgette Heyer, Robin Hobb, Laurie R. King, Charles de Lint, Peter Lovesey, Brian Lumley, Daphne du Maurier, Anne McCaffrey, Anne Mustoe, Garth Nix, Diana Norman, Terry Pratchett, Will Randall, J. K. Rowling, Anya Seton, Alexander McCall Smith, Sheri S. Tepper, Sarah Waters (Shared favorites)


LocationDevon, UK

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMar 2, 2006

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I recently joined the All Books Africa Group. As a publisher who has just released a novel about the Angolan Civil War, I thought it might be worth bringing to your attention. Ondjaki's Good morning Comrades has just been released (indeed, i'm not sure amazon has changed it status yet). Ondjaki is a Lusophone writer of international reputation, and our edition of Good morning Comrades introduces him to an English speaking audience for the first time. It will not be the last: Aflame Books in the UK is set to release his fable The Whistler, and I know New Directions is also looking at publishing something by him soon. We expect he will become one of the most celebrated African novelists of his generation.

Anyway, if you would like further information on Comrades, you can chcekc out our website at It is also available online on amazon and elsewhere, and available through any good bookstore.

Thansk for your time, and I do hope that this was not too intrusive. (We're a small literary press based in Canada, and we're just trying to do whatever we can to let potential readers know about the book.

Best wishes,

Dan Wells
Cath, I haven't read The Seamstress or On Hitler's Mountain - both are fairly new acquisitions. I enjoyed looking to see which books we share!
Hi Cath, thanks for 'friending' me here!
Hi Cath,
thank you for joining Virago Modern Classics!
Paola :-))
Hi, I got your message about Robin Hobb - thanks! I'm looking forward to reading her second book.
Mrs. R.
Hello and thanks for your nice comments about my travel section.

I would say two things:

1. Go for the well-known and generally good ones - Paul Theroux, Eric Newby

2. Also pick up anything that looks interesting. I've had some great reads from second hand or older books that I knew nothing about.

3. Anthologies are good too as you can try out a few authors in one go then pick up their other stuff.

4. Sometimes good to pick a few themes - I collect around road trips across America, round the world trips of all kinds, sailing, and exploration polar and mountain. Easy to identify and nice to build that way.

Oh, that's 4 things. Hope it helps, anyway! Happy collecting!
Thanks, I'll keep my eyes open for them.
Well, as an anthology it's good. The stories vary, some of them are excellent and I'd like to see more by the same authors, others are very so-so.
Hi, I see we're the only ones with Hugh Greene's Rivals of Sherlock Holmes.
Hooray! We now share five books! ;-) I must read more Terry Pratchett. I like him :-)
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