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Degas : the uncontested master by Jane Kinsman

The Swan Thieves: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova

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About meI am a librarian, bibliophile, dog lover, art lover, Art Deco lover and love cryptic crosswords. My favourite authors are all those whose books I own and those I have yet to collect. And I'm very choosey. My favourite dog breeds are German Shepherds, especially long haired, and Greyhounds. My favourite artists are Edgar Degas and Albrecht Durer amongst many. My favourite Art Deco piece I possess is the dancer you see.
My most treasured possessions, apart from my dancer, are those books of mine which are signed by their authors.
I feel very privileged to annually participate in the nomination of books for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

About my libraryA dear friend once looked at my book shelves and remarked that I had a very eclectic collection and asked me to leave it to her in my will. But, one day, my library will go to my niece.


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Hi JanetWS.

I am afraid I might be cheating there as my list is largely made up of a monstrous wish list of books that I may never get around to reading..! I think that the list of books that makes up my current collection is largely comparable to yours in terms of numbers (and eclectic appeal). My wife and I are trying to get through the Booker Prize shortlisted books which is a large undertaking (especially when I am frequently distracted by the Pulitzer Prize Winners and random flights of fancy) but a very rewarding one. I will certainly take a look at the Dublin Literary Award nominations as well - a fresh list of books to work through is always welcome in our house!

Woops, Sorry Janet, left a 't' off Jane
Hi Jane
I see we have an awful lot of books in common! Nearly half the books you have are on my shelf too.Hope it says something about my good taste or yours?
I see you are trying to get all the Booker winners.I set myself the same task some time ago and only recently managed to get them all.The 1976 winner "Saville" by David Storey was the most elusive but just stumbled across it one day in a used bookshop.
I also see you gave the "The Book Thief" five stars.I have only just read it myself and it is brilliant.

Happy Reading

Hi Janet,

I saw your post on Antoinetta page and thought this link might interst you. Judges from all of the Booker panels discuss their Booker years! www/


Hello JanetWS,

I'm enjoying having a browse through your books!We have similiar sized libraries & share 62 books.I see you enjoy Thomas Hardy & Anita Brookner,they're two of my favoutite authors & it's good to see a copy of The Master in there,it must rate in my top ten fiction.I still have rather alot of books to add & it will be interesting to see how our libraries develop.I must read Burning Bright soon & plan to browse through the Manbooker shortlist.Linda Grant is on it this year,I highly recommend her novel, When I Lived in Modern Times which I read a few years ago.

Kind Regards,
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