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Member: DuncanHill

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Favorite authorsCharles Allen, Anthony Burgess, William S. Burroughs, Tim Butcher, Edward Carpenter, William Cobbett, William Crossing, Roald Dahl, Richard Fortey, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Hopkirk, Alfred Aloysius Horn, Richard Jefferies, Rudyard Kipling, Laurie Lee, Eric Newby, Terry Pratchett, Julian Rathbone, Simon Raven, A. L. Rowse, Saki, Nevil Shute, David Sinclair, John Tompkins, Raleigh Trevelyan, Craig Weatherhill, Angus Wilson, Colin Wilson (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBognor Regis Paperback Exchange, Colin Page Antiquarian Books, E. D. Galgotia & Sons, Go St Austell Bookshop, Just Books, New Book Depot, PostScript, PS Brighton, The Cornish Bookworm

Other favoritesWheal Martyn Museum and Country Park

Favorite listsCountry life

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LocationBrighton, East Sussex, England, UK

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceFeb 2, 2009

Currently readingCider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War by Tim Butcher

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