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CollectionsYour library (2,316), To read (41), Read but unowned (279), All collections (2,596)

Reviews508 reviews

Tagsgenre - fiction (1,044), location - americas - us (282), location - uk (258), genre - biography and memoirs (257), genre - travel (200), genre - autobiography (190), genre - non-fiction (171), subject - history (160), subject - family - women (155), subject - family (141) — see all tags

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About meI'm a freelance proofreader, copyeditor, copywriter, transcriber... anything to do with words, really! I also work at a library, which will be part time from 2011. I live in Birmingham with my partner Matthew, and am a less-active-than-I-used-to-be BookCrosser, although I still run a few BookCrossing Zones across the city.

About my libraryI've been reading and collecting books since I can remember. I collect literary fiction, travel, biography, music and psychology, also have quite a few children's books from the 1950s, though I'm trying to stop collecting encyclopaedias.

Note: Any bookcrossing ( books which I am not intending to keep, are not recorded on here but can be found on my BookCrossing page . Any BC books which I am keeping for the moment are tagged as BC while I look for non-BC replacements!

GroupsAfrican-American Fiction/Nonfiction, Asian Fiction & Non-Fiction, Barbara Pym, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, BookCrossers, Brits, Broke!, Charity Shop Swap - UK, Children's Literature, Deep Southshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Jane Gardam, Linda Gillard, Paul Magrs, Larry McMurtry, Iris Murdoch, Barbara Pym, Paul Theroux (Shared favorites)


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LocationBirmingham, UK

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Member sinceNov 13, 2005

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I'm a LTer who is most active over on the 75 Books Challenge Thread, where I know both gennyt (Genny) and souloftherose(Heather), whom I believe you know through the Virago group. Anyway, it has fallen to me to arrange an LT meet up in Birmingham, as it is now Genny's home patch. We are planning to meet on Saturady 20th of September, and would be delighted if you could join us! Plans of where we will go are sketchy at the moment - either to the new library in the centre, or more likely, somewhere in the suburbs where all the second hand bookshops are! But, if you would like to come, please simply message me and I will make sure you are kept in the loop about further plans.
Hannah (HanGerg)
'Heritage' has arrived safely. Thank you very much,

Liz, if you have time to answer, I have a question born of frustration.
In a Word document with lots of headings and sub-headings, I had to increase the font size. That left me with half-lines and single word lines and page numbers disastrously misplaced. Is there any quick fix beyond a laborious line-by-line correction? (I'm going to run into this time and time again as I revise our church's manual of operations.)
Many thanks for even thinking about this!
The author page looks GREAT!!!!!
*tapping foot and waiting impatiently*
Dear Liz,
Go right now and do whatever needs to be done to get your own author page! You have 2 books to your credit, and I would be excited to see you do it!!!!
There is an opening day thread!
Lots of people are saving theirs for Christmas day, but I love letting some of my gift-frenzy evaporate legally.
Liz, you'll be interested to know that an Iris Murdoch group of sorts is springing up here in the 75 Challenge group. Our current plan is to read what we are attracted to and post when we feel like it. We're hoping that the very randomness will throw out some insights and connections that we might not make otherwise. Right now nobody is feeling called to the rigors of a group read. That may change.... They talked about joining the existing IM group without realizing that it was yours....I thought it might be, so I'm going to join just because. Anyway, you're very welcome to drop in and give us a hand if you're so inclined.
Although it's early for me, I hope you're beginning to get into the Christmas spirit.
Liz, I just came by to commiserate and extend fellow feeling on your reading of Christina Stead. I made it all the way through For Love Alone with a lot of head banging. I've always said that I'll give her another chance since she is supposed to be such a seminal writer, but yicth.
I'm off to enjoy your review.
HI Liz,

I've just got round to reading "A GIrl's RIde in Iceland" which I downloaded after you posted your review. I'm only up to the boat trip, so they've not arrived in Iceland yet. I just looked the author up on Wikipedia and it says her husband's name was Alexander Leslie Tweedie, so I think he must be the A. L. T. who went on the Iceland trip with her.
Perhaps there is an omnibus edition of the first three that will match the one you found. (That might be too good to be true!) It's always good to meet people who don't think you are mad for still reading children's books!

Was it you who didn't have a green copy of The Brontes went to Woolworths? If so, would you like me to send you my duplicate? I'd have brought it on Saturday if I'd known.

I am going to see if the library has a copy of The Bell this week.

Claire x


The cats not only do not die, but they are spoiled rotten!

I'm getting Uk withdrawal....

I did, and I really must get round to reviewing it. Next few days are an ideal opportunity
Hi Lyzzeebee,

I see you are in a group that reads Virago Modern Classics and I have the Virago Modern Classics edition of Good Behaviour by Molly Keane. I read this book years and years ago and would like to re-read it before passing it on, so if you would like it after me, I will read it his month and hand it over at the Unconvention.
No problem - thanks for suggesting the group read. Otherwise I probably would have gone on unfairly disliking Murdoch based solely on my negative reaction to [Under the Net].
No, I read it solo - seems like all the Viragoites who'd expressed interest in forming a group had forgot all about it. Oh, well.
Hi LyzzyBee,

I have posted my review of The Bell. Sorry, don't know how to link to it, but it's #22.


HI Lyzzybee, I just friended you.

IsabelX (aka kittiwake on BookCrossing)
Thank you, Liz! I've just noticed you gave the book a one star rating so I won't look at your review until I've tried it myself!

I hope you're beginning to feel better- chest infections are awful, I know!

Unless my husband is suddenly overwhelmed by work and can't get to the PO, your book - The Squire -should be in the post today.

Beauty is so awesome! Really enjoying it. Thank you for sending it out around Europe through BC. :)
Dear Liz,
Thank you for posting the book you didn't want so quickly! It arrived this morning, and I'm looking forward to getting into it. Meanwhile, I can't get Bookcrossing to accept my update. I have entered my country, state, town, kept it as TBR - and it says "Enter the BCID of the book." I'd be happy to - I did it once already to get to the correct page, but I can't see anywhere to do that. Can you please instruct this stupid woman, and I'll get it done!
I've posted my (formal) review here of M M Knight's "Journey to the End of Islam", but wanted to tell you that he references "The Taqwacores", with a brief excerpt - sounds like you'd get what I mean when I say I found this one both "intense" and "laid back" at the same time! Please leave me a message when you've read it as I'm quite interested in your take.

P. S. If you haven't read Barbara Demick's "Nothing to Envy" I'd highly recommend that for your towering TBR pile.
Hello Liz,

The wonderful Kathleen Dayus arrived in this mornings poste....thank you ever so much!
How I wish I could visit Birmingham (and ALL of England) one day soon!
I'll log her arrival on Bookcrossing right away.

Thank you again, dear LyzzyBee!

Kind regards,
That is wonderful news indeed!!!!! I am so glad it finally got there (I suspect it swam all the way). Enjoy!

Paola :-))
Hey Liz,

Just browsing through Virago group members' libraries which has proven to be detrimental to my
amazon queue! I have your blog bookmarked and check in on it from time to time. Also dangerous!!

Anyway, just a wave hello. The US is now in 'daylight savings time' which means
it will be dark as midnight at 5pm this evening. This also means early to bed & much more reading time!!

Hope you had a lovely weekend.


Ah. Join the Board for Extreme Thing Advances (other message) and THEN click that link.

Mark and I have been discussing the possibility of another group read in November and want your input. We have narrowed it down to two books at this point. "The People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. So chat it up with friends or us and let us know if you are up for it and what you think. Probably the same plan as with "Pillars of the Earth" which seemed to work out perfectly for almost all of us.
Think it over and give one of us a shout.
hugs and looking forward to hearing from you,
I've now finished and reviewed When the Lights Went Out. I didn't like it quite as much as you did, but I still thought it was well worth reading. I'm not too keen on reading statistics and skimmed through those parts quickly, but apart from that I thought it was a great review of the seventies.
Re When the lights went out. I was born in 1960, so went through the 70s in a haze of pop music and teenage things then got sidetracked by Maggie being the first potential woman PM at college, so I'm fascinated with this political history of the decade. Up to chapter 6 and loving it. Good review by the way.
I'm only up to chapter 3 - Heathograd. I'm surprised at how readable it is - I don't normally read political history and it's strange to think of the 70s as history! So far I'm enjoying it. I particularly like the personal touches, the interviews he has with people and his descriptions of places - how they are now as opposed to how they were then. It helps that he is a journalist.

I see you've recently added some interesting-looking books, including Nella's Last Peace. Have you read Our Longest Days: A People’s History of the Second World War by the writers of Mass Observation? I loved it. Nella was one of the contributors.
I've only just started it. It looks as though it won't take too long unless I get bogged down in the detail. I think I'll concentrate on it instead of A N Wilson's After the Victorians which ends in 1952 and is rather rambling and so far I can't really get going with it.
I'm reading Melvyn Bragg's novel Remember Me at the moment and A N Wilson's After the Victorians, both long books, so I haven't started When the Lights Went Out yet, although I've dipped into it. I'm glad you're enjoying it. Do you think you'll finish it within a month?
The Vicar's Daughter has arrived! Thank you so much for sending it all the way to Canada. I truly appreciate your generosity. :)

My copy of When the Lights Went Out arrived this morning too - it's going to take ages to read, but I'm looking forward to it!
I consider leaving your blogspot quite a friendly act for those of us who are too slow to check it out from this page..... and I was. I enjoyed looking at what you had read and was encouraged to see your review of The New House there. It's one that I've picked up and then put down because something else was calling me louder. I surely hope I have another 20 years or so to read and enjoy all this good stuff I've bought!
Hello, Stevie Smith's biography arrived this morning. I will get round to reading it sometime. I love reading about women writer's lives. The indexes at end of book look useful.

Thank you so much for sending this to me.

Best Wishes

PS Love the bull! Such an expressive face!
Liz to Lyz! I just dropped over to prowl and speak. I'm now interested to hear what you'll have to say about Murakami when you've read him. I see that this is the first that you have in your library here anyway. Wind-up Bird Chronicle knocked me out. Great stuff! I also like the fact that somebody else appreciates Murakami and D.E. Stevenson. And letters involving Patrick Leigh Fermor..... I'm glad I came.
Hi LyzzyBee; i just noticed that your review of "The Forsyte Saga" ( is actually for "A Modern Comedy" ~ obviously you're aware they are two different trilogies, but you may not have realised you misposted the review. Cheers. Elsie.

The Old Man and Me arrived today - thanks!

Hi again, I appreciate your interest on this topic. When I started this paper, I actually had a whole other topic in mind (museums' outreaches to children) and I stumbled on some articles about battered women and found the topic really interesting. Apparently, I am not alone because you are the second person to express interest in reading my paper! Right now, the paper is in rough draft form only, and I don't expect to be done until the beginning/middle of December. But if you are still interested, I could send it to you then. I'm also working on a (very) short powerpoint presentation to go along with it.

I checked into Sour Face, and it sounds really interesting, but it doesn't look like the book has made its way to the US just yet. I checked a bunch of libraries in my state, and nobody has it. Maybe it'll make it's way here before I finish my paper. I'd still be interested in checking it out after then though.

My school doesn't have a "Community Librarianship" specialization, which is too bad because that sounds quite interesting!
Thanks for the comments on the battered women/library post. I think that bringing information to where women go alone is a brilliant idea. Most of what I have been reading so far has concerned how women who have actually gone out actively seeking information have been unsuccessful in getting that information! It's quite disheartening to hear. One book I was reading (Barriers to Information) talks about police officers' reactions when they are called to scenes of domestic violence and so many of them have the negative attitude of blaming the victims. It made me so upset to read this. Some of the more recent recent research (from 2005-present) discusses the impact of the digital environment in providing information to battered women.

My other class right now is cataloging, so I greatly admire what you do, being as I now realize that cataloging is probably not the career for me! So many rules, so little love of them ;)
Thanks for accepting my friend invitation! I love librarians!

Hi Liz,

I have no problem sending Mary O'Grady to wherever she's wanted!

Thank you for the very helpful comments on Bookcrossing. I do love the idea of sending your books off and tracking where they get to! I am now off to check out the links you sent me and I may well email you re. those labels!

Thanks again,

I soooo hope you're enjoyng that holiday! Surely you're not lying on a beach keeping up with LT on your laptop? I haven't read the book yet but I will definitely be taking it away and, unless I find I can't bear to part with it, we should see it pop up in Greece some day. I hope it likes it there as much as I do! (It has only just occurred to me that we are not only being nice by giving our books to other people, we are also giving the books some very exciting holidays. If there's anything in the idea of reincarnation, I think I might choose to come back as a BookCrossing book next time! Let me know what you think of Collector of Worlds. I tried to watch a TV prog last week about Burton but unfortunately it was narrated by Rupert Everett and he was in a particularly annoying mode at the time. Never mind - I guess Burton and I just aren't fated to be friends.
Well, I just had a good browse around Bookcrossing but I thought their labels etc were an incredibly expensive way of passing on a book that, let's face it, I've already paid for once. Then I came out and discovered a new email in my inbox telling me I can also download them so I may continue with that. I don't mean to be mean but I can buy 2 new books for the price (inc postage) of a pack of labels. I've no doubt most of my oldies will still end up at the charity shop but I'll definitely be printing off a few labels to take on holiday (or maybe to put in the charity shop ones before I take them up there) as I always try to lighten the load by leaving behind any I don't want to read again. It's a great idea though. Have you had any books that ended up in unlikely places yet?
Hi Liz! Just wanted to say thank you for Story of a Marriage which arrived safely this morning. I'm looking forward to reading it but will try and resist so that I can take it on holiday. I'm off to register having got it on bookcrossing now!
Just wanted to keep you up to date in case you're wondering whether I've left the country with your Collector of Worlds. I started trying to read it and just couldn't get into it at all. In the end I became so desperate that I had to put it down and read something else. At this point I would usually have given up but I eventually persevered because I felt I owed it a review. As it happens, I'm enjoying it more this time so I put the trouble down to the fact that I must have been in the wrong kind of mood. I haven't forgotten you - it's just taking a bit longer than usual.
So much for that time difference! (We're both in the UK.) I always forget the nationality of who I'm talking to on this thing. Believe me Liz, thinking about you was the easy part! Glad to hear all went well and that you raised lots of money for your charity - well done!
Just checking to see how the fun run went? Of course, it may not have actually happened yet (this time difference thing) so, if that's the case, I'll make this a good luck wish instead. How far did you have to do? Was it to raise money for something? Hope you enjoyed it anyhow.
Good luck with that fun run (an oxymoron if ever I heard one). Rather you than me!
Hi! Collector of Worlds just popped through the letter box. I've only had 2 books so far - both from F&F and they've been incredibly fast - have you found that too? I feel so sorry for those people who don't seem to have received their books after a couple of months.

Anyway - just wanted to keep you up to date. I'm halfway through something else at the moment and will finish that first. Once I'm done, we can swap addresses and fix up an exchange. The book looks interesting though probably more fictional than I was expecting. Will be in touch again.
Hello there, I thought I would drop by and say hi on reading you response to my post on the Persephone LT group. I couldn't resist the Persephone Classics on offer like that. I don't think I would've bought them as standard Persephones - they are so expensive. I don't have very many Persephones, although I did find Little Boy Lost for 30p in a charity shop it is much easier to collect Viragos! Today I was delighted to find a copy of the Virago 30th anniversary booklet in the New Street Waterstones - it was the last copy though!
Don't worry - it really shouldn't be a problem. This is only my second book so far but the first one arrived very quickly so I'm hoping this will do the same.
Hi there.. actually, as much as I liked EG, I loved A Lifetime Burning.. they were some deep subjects, but because of the way she writes, it was so well handled.

The Featured Author section is here.. I don't always announce in advance, because a few people have let me down. (Mainly the more well know authors.) Hopefully, we have the following lined up:
June – Linda Gillard
July – Elizabeth Chadwick
August – Lucy Diamond
September – Sam Hayes

I know how nice it is to get manuscripts, and how wonderful it feels to be mentioned in acknowledgements. I love being in touch with, and friends with authors. :)
Ahh.. you're a bit behind there, with regards Linda. I have reviewed EG, and have been already been in contact with her. She's sent me a copy of A Lifetime Burning (which is an amazing book!), and has asked the publishers to send me an ERC of Star Gazing. She's going to be a Featured Author on the forum next month, so you might want to check that out. :)

Just saying hi - we share a few books, including Emotional Geology, which I've read recently. Have you read it, what did you think?
Ooooooh, you lucky thing! We were in Hay a few years ago, unfortunately it was winter and the stock was a bit low, apparently spring and summer are better seasons. It was beautiful, though, and we loved it. Can't wait to go back. Have a wonderful time!
Hi: Thanks for adding us as links. That is really great! I am tehnologically challenged and I am not sure how to do this, can you help me? Have a great weekend.
LizzyBee, thank you! Rights to publish in England haven't been separately sold, but I just checked and the novel will be available on Amazon in the uk (and with your favorable exchange rate). The link:
And not only did we join LT a day apart, but I used to work in a library. Very, very scary! I often do a double take when I see your name. :=)
Would you mind discussing with the a comparison and contrast of reading habits of children ages 10-18 in Britain vs. the same age group in the colonies?

Did you ever manage to get into the Second Life chat? If so, what did you do to fix the problem (as we shared the same symptom)?

I found you! I'm going to try and sort my list out because I haven't caught up since Christmas. A fair few things to add and a few to take off as I've had a clear out.
Hello Liz,
I've given in at last and signed up! I'm starting with my Virago bookshelf and noticed you pop up as one of the users with similar books to me!
heeeeeeeeeeeeeee I'm here too, I siad I wouldn't, but I have.
I'm curious which ones from the 2006 non-fiction thread you were interested in reading when you said "more for my wishlist"?
My cousin lives in Birmingham and used to dance with the Royal Ballet Company there. We love visiting England. It's just hard to get all the books we buy back into our suitcases!

If you're unhappy that librarianship is under ZZ, imagine how theological librarians feel about the Bible being under BS . . .
Thanks for all your tips. The anthology one is a good idea - a good way to sort out who you like and who you don't like. I'm keen on American travel books too and picked up a few nice ones while on holiday there last month. Another recent buy was Selected Travel Tales by Paul Theroux, so nice to see you recommend him. Thanks again!
I'm very envious of your wonderful collection of travel books. I'm just starting my own collection, are there any you would describe as 'must haves'? We're two of only four people who have the book of the TV series, 'Coast', btw...
Thanks, LizzyBee!
Hi. I noticed that you have the Suffrage of Elvira by V.S. Naipaul. His middle name is actually Surajprasad, not Shiva. Shiva Naipaul was his younger brother, and there's some confusion in different catalogues about the names. If you could change Shiva to Surajprasad it would really help. Thanks!
The nearest organised group was in Bristol,it's not really taken off this far West to my knowledge.
oops where did that name go? sunnylanes disappeared off the end!
Funny you should say that! I was a very early Book Crosser and may still be on there as
Is there any difference between tags fiction and Fiction, or were you caught out by tags becoming case sensitive?
Warning: last time I tried it (a couple of wweks ago), adding tags was case sensitive, but removing them using power edit was not! I selected jim burns cover tag, addded Jim Burns cover, deleted jim burns cover and lost the new tags as well. LT changes so fast it might be different now.
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