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About my libraryMy library is an eclectic assemblage of some 8000 books. Feel free to send me anything on my
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★ - no significant merit (often abandoned unfinished).
★★ - disappointing.
★★★ - average. Enjoyable or interesting but nothing special.
★★★★ - very good.
★★★★½ - thoroughly recommended.
★★★★★ - so good that I hope to read it again.

GroupsAll Things Cricket, Archaeologists, Baseball, Best of British, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Board Game Geeks, Book Care and Repair, Book Collectors, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, BookCrossersshow all groups

Favorite authorsD. J. Watkins-Pitchford, Douglas Adams, Dante Alighieri, Jane Austen, G. R. Balleine, M. C. Beaton, Ambrose Bierce, William Blake, Lawrence Block, William Boyd, Malcolm Bradbury, Ernest Bramah, Bill Bryson, Eddie Campbell, Raymond Chandler, Leslie Charteris, Tracy Chevalier, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Bernard Cornwell, Will Cuppy, Len Deighton, Philip K. Dick, John Donne, Umberto Eco, James Ellroy, Ian Fleming, George MacDonald Fraser, Brian Freemantle, Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, H. Rider Haggard, Dashiell Hammett, Harry Harrison, Jack Higgins, Anthony Horowitz, Clive James, Jerome K. Jerome, Fritz Leiber, Edward Marston, Armistead Maupin, Spike Milligan, Alan Moore, Baroness Orczy, Robert B. Parker, Philip Pullman, Damon Runyon, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Dorothy L. Sayers, Alexander McCall Smith, Neal Stephenson, Tom Stoppard, Studs Terkel, James Thurber, Hervé Tullet, Evelyn Waugh, James Wellard, Donald E. Westlake, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBesleys Books, Brattle Book Shop, Bridport Old Books, Browsers Bookshop and Café, Chapel Books, Claude Cox Old and Rare Books, Poor Richard's Books, Stanfords, Wild and Homeless Books

Favorite librariesStoke Library Ipswich

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Real nameTheo Clarke

LocationIpswich, Suffolk, UK

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Member sinceFeb 23, 2008

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1) I clicked on your favourite D.J. Watkins-Pitchford (only because the name, like 'Nether Stowey', sounds simultaneously evocative and stiflingly prosaic) and saw a remarkable number of aka names at top of author page. Did s/he write stuff under 'BB', Bb', 'bB', etc., or is that (I hope not) the result of odd author ascriptions made by a member?

2) I truly am dead curious: Has anyone responded to your gentle hint re WISH LIST!!!!?

Cheers. Nice to know that someone has read A-Z of Possible Worlds & The Soap Letters.
Three guesses: I'm Goldiebug there too. ;-) but like I said, only about half of my games are in it so far. And I haven't really explored all the forums and other avenues on BGG. I often get distracted by people's lists of games that include games I'd love to play and own someday...
yes, I need to continue updating my BGG catalog as well. I started it and then got sidetracked. It's not the most user-friendly design, though, is it? I find every time I'm on there that I have to search harder than I should to figure out where things are that I want to look at (like my collection list). Oh well. Happy gaming and reading too!
Hi, thank you!

Getting to the point I could read for pleasure took a lot of work. These days, though, doesn't cause me any real problems, just the occasional misspelling.

Happy New Year!
Hi Theo, Thank you for your suggestions to help the person choosing my SantaThing books. Both books were sent to me and they look great. Best wishes for the new year. Sarah
Dear Theo,

The Searle books I was thing off was Slightly Foxed

I pointed you to Amazon because they allow you to "look inside the book".

I have been meaning to get it for a while. Searle & books!

Guido
Dear Theo,

What exactly did you get from me?
I recognizied that Jane Austin commentary but nothing else. I can't find my other choice. A history of London in maps. Both of these were from your wish list. Which I did read thoroughly. I am rather partial to Maps, having once served in The Royal Australian Survey Corps as a conscript. 2 trips to The Northern Territory 4 months each and the same to Indonesian Borneo in 1970. I now almost cry when I see pictures of modern Borneo. It has been raped!

I nust confess it was fun choosing for you. Not easy, but fun.

Guido.

PS. I wanted to get you a book by Searle (one of my favourite Cartoonists) but that was $3 over the limit. Bummer!
Saw your entry for Secret Santa, noticed your taste in books, made some suggestions on your behalf then checked out your Profile. Interesting library, quite a bit of which we share. Will be looking into your recommendations for me based on our Library Thing literary compatibility. And now I'm off to check out your author page.
Thank you for sponsoring me for Secret Santa.

Penny Marshall
I have some Puffins in my collection but have not catalogued them . Am about to as I have finished cataloguing my main series and some of the other series. I will put up a Puffin list on my blog Travellin Penguin on blogspot.com. I like the old Puffins but only collect first published ones which are quite hard to find. After all they were published for children so I must stop myself for berating the children for destroying them. haha Happy collecting. Puffins are lovely.
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list. I collect vintage Penguin books, all series, first published Penguins before 1970. Love those books. Happy reading. Great library you have too. Travellin Penguin (Pam)
Hi Theo!

I'm getting in touch re Tales of the Beanworld, and series thereof. A while ago I entered my (sadly incomplete) set of the comics, and made this series:
http://www.librarything.com/series/Tales+of+the+Beanworld
I notice that you've created a series of the first set of books here: http://www.librarything.com/series/Larry+Marder%27s+Beanworld%3A+A+Most+Peculiar...

As I've just recently bought the more recent set of books (which don't match up to the set in your series), I thought I'd try to gather them all under the series which I built (with suitable description/explanation).

So... I was wondering if it would be ok with you if I removed your series, and added the 4 books therein to mine? I think it's handy to have one that covers everything as it could be useful to people who could get understandably confused by there being two different books called "Beanworld book 1" (in addition to "Beanworld issue 1" of course) and so on (I was pretty confused for a while!).

If you're ok with this I'll sort out the CK data, though I wonder if you can confirm that the 4 "original" volumes contain comic issues 1-4/5-7/8-11/12-16? It doesn't seem likely, but I've read it on the internet so it must be true!?

Thanks,

Martin
Hi ... I hope you enjoy the book!

Best regards, Glenn
It really is! I'm glad you liked it!
-Ida
Thank you so much for your Santathing picks! The books look great - I've been meaning to tackle Kai Lung for ages, and now that I finally have the book I can do so! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday!
You're welcome re: Name of the Wind. It's part 1 of a planned trilogy--part 3 is yet to be published. This story has started a cult following so I hope you enjoy Wind enough to participate in the fandom.
That's great! The Song of Achilles really is an interesting take on the Iliad. I'm very fond of Homer's epic, but it's also interesting to read a modern-day version of the story. I hope you'll enjoy it!
-Ida
Hi Theo - glad you've liked the rest. I suspect the Chalk Marks which are shorter and probably more about the art than story might not always be your cup of tea. I think his next book will have a bit more depth. cheers Kenny
Only 21/2 for Dino Theo - didn't you like it? I know it's quite slight but these start out books by their nature will tend to be. I think he's a huge talent at least in terms of the drawing - that tends to come first for me over story.

cheers
Kenny
Hi, I just wanted to let you know how very much I appreciate your thoughtful santathing choices. I can't wait to get reading. Thanks so much, Yolana
Hi Theo,

I hope you're well and happy!

I'm writing to let you know that my new book is now available. 'A World Possessed' completes the trilogy about Rebecca, and I am now writing a new, very different book - no alternate world this time, but still something 'other' ...

'A World Possessed' is available now from Amazon (ISBN: 978-09564432-2-9), and I do hope you decide to give it a try. If you do, I'd love to hear what you think of it in due course - I had one stupendous bit of luck with the story line and would love to know if you guess what it was!

Have a lovely Christmas,

Joanna O'Neill
LOL! I hope you don't hate it! The last story was great, though. I think it's worth the price of the book.
LOL about Emma!! You'll see me moving the star rating for that book up and down as I read more of it. I haven't really decided what I think about it as a whole yet. Some days I like it better than others.

In the meantime, though, I just finished reading an amazing short story, "The Headhunter", in a book called The Cantor's Daughter. Hooray for contemporary literature! :)

Madeline
Lazy sod that I am, I finally made it to the post office today to send off your book.

I decided on this one. It has been signed by Adam Gilchrist for reasons you fill find here.

I hope you enjoy it.

(Yours hasn't turned up here yet, but looking at the SantaThing threads, it seems to be in some good company!)
Theo, thank you so much for the books you picked for me. They look great and I can't wait to jump into them. The Ice Dragon hasn't arrived quite yet, but I guess that just gives me more time for the other two. Thank you again.
Thanks for the response, Theo - yes, sparer style is what I hope to achieve. I'm currently reading Ender's Game (yep, never read it before) and immediately noticed the power of such straightforward narrative/dialogue. I self-published Twilight's Ashes as a learning experience on so many levels. Best of all, it gives me an opportunity to get candid, untainted opinions, such as yours. Thanks again - Pete
Theo - I appreciate your purchase of Twilight's Ashes and am sorry that it thoroughly disappointed you. Your review is valuable to me, and not entirely unexpected. I've been working on a revision that addresses concerns such as yours. Any further feedback is most welcome. - Pete
Thanks!
Thank you for your help to my SantaThing santa in choosing a book for me! Along the way, you mentioned that The Whole Foods Market Cookbook "is flawed." Can you clarify what you meant by this?
Hi, sorry, I am driving back home and have 1500 kms to go, plus a few floods to navigate. I would have to study your santathing again, and look at my browser history on the home computer to remember which books I was talking about. I'll do it as soon as I get there. As for John Whitbourn, I don't know much about him, I just remember looking at your library and thinking you may enjoy/appreciate him. The book I read was "popes and phantoms". I book mooched it, so if you look at my book mooch history, I wrote a little blurb about it. Sorry this is long.

Jasmina
Most kind!

Are all your cricket books in your catalogue?
Hi Theo,

This is to let you know that my second book, 'A World Denied', is now out and available through Amazon and other on-line booksellers. As you might guess from the title, it continues the story begun in 'A World Invisible', and I am now in the planning stages of the third and final novel in the sequence.

'A World Denied' is published by Wooden Hill Press (ISBN: 978-0956443212) at £7.99. I really hope you will buy it and enjoy it!

Have a great Christmas,

Joanna
Re: Clive Aslet.
Thank you for pointing out the inaccuracy in our library.
We will correct it as soon as possible.
Hi there,

I just read your review of Kate Mosse's Labyrinth in which you say you listened to the audiobook but that you may still sample the book in print. I am here to advise you not to bother.

;P
Hi I deleted it because as soon as I'd added it I realised I'd duplicated the entry for "Westbury Book Exchange" http://www.librarything.com/venue/51101/Westbury-Book-Exchange. (I'd just added two other "phone box libraries" and forgot to do a venue search first for this one).
My goodness! How one thing does lead to another. . . .Just read your review (and the others) of "The Lost Thing." That's a book I'm sure I'd like. Thinking about it took me to Russell Hoban's "The Sea-Thing's Child." When Xerox first became available I'd copied it at library. Just reread it. You would like it, so do try to find it.
Re: Sinclair Ferguson photo - I had looked up images on Google and used from a site. I thought that was acceptable. I have since uploaded my personal photo of Sinclair Ferguson. I used to live in Columbia, SC and he was my pastor.
Have you read 'Too Close to the Sun' by Sara Wheeler - a biography of Finch Hatton? I haven't read Trzebinski's biography of him, although I do have his biography of Josselyn Hay. That Happy Valley crowd and the Kenyan Colonists are fascinating. Debauched, but fascinating.
Oh Gosh - how on earth did that happen? Thank you very much, I have removed it.
Admire your careful review of "The Potter's House." I just faced a different problem: Big 7-vols-in-one April Early Reviewer book came so late that a more manageable May book fell into my hands. As it happened Victor read the biggie and I the good~~~ We each wrote a review, BUT I didn't want to put my name onto his work. Hope no one makes a complaint (possibly no one would have noticed: was I unwise in explaining?~~~~ And, hi!
>>> you did judge a book by its cover: NOT QUITE SO! But reminded me of
"Firmin," a book about a rat which came with its cover "nibbled." (Someone complained!! Most of us thought it clever/suitable.)
As of now. . . .April 6, 2010, 11:42 am our timeit is ok!!!!!!!!! I truly do thank you. ~~~~ restraining myself from listing some books I think you'll like. (But someday. . . .) esta
Due to limited space in apartment my computer is next to bed. This tempts me to check LT before I do much else. Recently I laughed out loud, arousing husband's curiosity. Yes, it was your response to mine about the records book. One amazing fact: it still makes me smile/grin every time I flash back to it. Thank you for that.
Ipswich Town : Head to Head by Peter Waring ~ ~ For you and the grandkids of the team members! (forgive me, I could not resist)
Thanks for your invitations to join your game group, but the participants of "Another Silly Game" like things just the way they are.
I guess the best answer is Yes to both questions. I would like to be more involved but have been timid. I am an Early Reviewer and I have responded on a few forums. I did the SantaThing. Not sure what else I am really looking for from the community
being nosey and looking at peoples libraries and finding unusaual books I guess.

Any way thanks for responding. I'll add you as a friend and library you will be my second or third person.

Ha, thanks. I knew it wasn't possible to make grammatical nit-picks without making at least one mistake of my own!

A very happy New Year to you too :)
oh, and i found the friend tag on your profile (obviously), not sure why you couldn't see it in mine. Reached my quota, perhaps? Just wanted to add that i like the collection name "wibble". Makes me want to put pencils up my nose, Blackadder style.
loves ya mate.
You are really HERE. Glad to hear that your Christmas went well. I have been trying to read a book I got for Christmas but times are busiest this time of year and by the time I get to bed I am too tired to read.

Did you meet any of your LT challenges this year? Unfortunately I didn't but hey lucky there is always a next year.

Nice to hear from you.
Obviously you were missed. Nice to see you are here. Hoping you had a good Christmas and I wish you all the best in the new year.
I thought the year started in June in your half of the world.

No. :)
Almost every day one of your posts here makes me smile.

Almost every day? I've got to actually start doing some paying work, rather than spending all my time here or elsewhere on the interwebs!

Thanks for your kind comments though, and Happy New Year!
Thanks for being my Secret Santa... I am really fascintated by your choice... I'll let you know what I think when I've read it!

Thanks again!

Zums (Liz)
Thanks Theo. I agree the merry band in our little Hangman corner does seem to have fun together. Long may it continue.
Thank you Theo, accepted with pleasure. We seem to share the same attitude to fun in our postings here.
Accepted with a smile - and a bit of a giggle.
Theo: What a lovely message to find on Christmas Eve! You have a true gift with words, and I do enjoy your posts. Thanks. Mary Lou
Theo:

The folksinger I mentioned in #300 of "Hangman": His name, according to Google is spelled [Ewan MacColl]. He is married to the great folksinger [Peggy Seeger] and it was at a concert by both of them in NYC that I heard him.

The MacDonald of the Isles that the "Romance" is about may not be the one I was introduced to by MacColl, for several men have had that title. These MacDonalds were a branch of Clan Donald, and I suppose ". . .of the Isles was inserted in their name, about in the 1300s, to distingish them from other MacDonalds. The earliest and most famous one, back in the 13th c. had a Norse name; he is believed, in legend, to be an enemy of the Norse penetration of Scotland.

Ah thank you so so much for correctly giving me the name & author of that book (Ex Libris - Just got your message).
I can't tell you how much I appreciate that you saw the message and responded..
I went back to the library I borrowed it from and spent about 2 hours in vain trying to find it a few weeks ago (as I wanted to read it again), and then spent another hour driving home racking my brains trying to remember the author or the title and the last few weeks it kept plaguing me at odd moments!
I must be losing my memory as I carried it to work for 6 weeks in my bag and still couldn't remember..
I'm so glad I can read it again now!
Thank you v v much, and a very happy xmas/solstice to you!
posted by rhian777 at 4:19 pm (EST) on Dec 24, 2009 |
Thanks. Killed it.

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It's Stephen,

just having a look round...

I am amazed by how much there is here. Have I inadvertently signed up to a social networking site? My younger relatives have been telling me for some time that I should be on Facebook, MySpace, etc. but I have yet to understand why.

Going to spend some time looking at the site tomorrow, during the period between opening and 11am (on a good day) when no one is in the shop!

Don't forget to ask for your 10% 'Library Thing' discount when you are next in the shop - if the elderly gentleman at the desk looks blank, that's my father, Piers rather than me!

Stephen.

It's Stephen,

just having a look round...

I am amazed by how much there is here. Have I inadvertently signed up to a social networking site? My younger relatives have been telling me for some time that I should be on Facebook, MySpace, etc. but I have yet to understand why.

Going to spend some time looking at the site tomorrow, during the period between opening and 11am (on a good day) when no one is in the shop!

Don't forget to ask for your 10% 'Library Thing' discount when you are next in the shop - if the elderly gentleman at the desk looks blank, that's my father, Piers rather than me!

Stephen.

Interesting. He must have been worthwhile and entertaining friend, even if a rather alarming shopkeeper.

Best wishes

AT
Thanks!
A friend ~~~~ good to have! I see on Wikipedia your interest in houses. Checking my listing I am surprised to find I did not review one of my all-time favorite books "The Living House" by George Ordish. It is a detailled account of Bartons End from 1556-1949. Most probably it is a book for you! I hope you can track it down. (I do not own the book that followed its history forward.)
Thanks, I'll look it up!
Sadly I am realizing how old we are, and the consequences. We were in England in 1974, 1976 and 1979. Each trip was wonderful. (We even seriously considered retiring to London but that proved impossible.) About Aldeburgh: my "trip diaries" are in storage and we aren't now sure if we were there each trip or only twice. I know we were there when Britten was still alive (or am I imagining that we saw him in a balcony?) I recall one funny thing: we'd bought all tickets in advance but, en route from London, met a man who was only going to "Hear a work by a friend named Bach." We said we did not have tickets for that. BUT, walking along in the afternoon we encountered him, and the young Bach (with his mother!) and they influenced us to attend that performance (which was very worthhwhile.) We saw performances of "The Firey Furnace" and "Curlew River." We attended many concerts. I recall a singing harpist.) We always were glad we had spent the time, energy and money to come to your lovely area. Now here at home we have seen "Peter Grimes" in several incarnations on TV, and a local group has done "Curlew River" beautifully. **** I'm trying to think of the sculptor but am drawing a blank ~~ you know who I mean. All in all we were well rewarded for being there.
After cleaning up a greasy spill (you don't want to know) I paused & checked to see the great Discussion. . . then, to this page which sent me to Aldeburgh and Britten Festival visits! What a wonderful place. . . we had splendid times (and even funny adventures there!) ~~~ Suppose someone had originally replied (to "What to do with inane reviews " IGNORE THEM!" we'd never have met. . . and I wouldn't have been thrown back to England this California afternoon.
THANK YOU!!!!! I am in the midst of ferocious household chores but will add my comments to the Great Discussion asap~~~esta
Hi Theo. I have just had a peek at your library. It's amazing. I can't believe how organised you are. My library needs a lot of work. You also have some great crosswords "how to" books. Are The Times' crosswords as hard as I think they are?

Jennifer
Thanks Theo I will check them out. Are you a crossword fan as well? One of my first jobs (over twenty years ago now) was for a newspaper in Sydney and every morning the staff would do the crossword and puzzles. My husband got me interested in cryptic crosswords and gradually I came to understand how they work. I still class myself as a beginner as I can't finish the cryptics in The Sydney Morning Herald. I haven't had much luck finding books on crosswords so I will be very interested in what's in your library.
Jennifer
Thank you, a friend gave me their old computer a couple of months ago, I am still trying to work out how to do things.
Thank you for your kind comment about my twisted sense of humour.

Looking at the Authors in your Favourite Author list, I am truly surprised that we only share 7 books!

I must get that Sandy Balfour 'What I love about Cricket: etc etc' book that you have. Going right now to add it to my Wishlist Collection (collections - wheee!)

Jim
Why, thank you sir! I am glad to have entertained :-)

*bows*
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