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About meEternal student, jack of all trades and master of none. Presently studying literature with The Open University and pursuing very casual intermittent language study (French, Spanish, Italian, SerboCroat - sadly none fluent though the first two passable) if time and discipline permit, though both usually lacking. I like tour cycling, trekking, camping, piano, chess, cryptic crosswords, and of course reading, exploring the written world as excitedly as the physical. I enjoy meeting avid readers, adventurers (mental or geographical), anyone with broad horizons who perhaps sees the world in a way less preoccupied with social status and material wealth than the norm. I love things that make me laugh out loud.
About my libraryA Folio book discovered me in a charity shop in 2009 and I was quickly adopted by the beautiful bindings and original illustrations common to all its brethren. My earlier family members were all standard editions but in the past few years a steadily increasing number of LEs have taken me on too, a sure sign of either worsening addiction, or increasingly pious devotion, depending on your viewing lens. Over eight hundred Folios have now created a warm loving home for me, and the flame of acquisitive impulsivity is now intermittently dampened by the exhaustion of wallet, partner and horizontal surfaces.
Favorite authorsMaya Angelou, W. H. Auden, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Elizabeth Bishop, Jorge Luis Borges, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Robert Browning, Lord Byron, Albert Camus, Anton Chekhov, Kate Chopin, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, John Donne, Fyodor Dostoevsky, George Eliot, E. M. Forster, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Nadine Gordimer, Helene Hanff, Thomas Hardy, Ernest Hemingway, Khaled Hosseini, Henry James, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Katherine Mansfield, Gabriel García Márquez, W. Somerset Maugham, Yukio Mishima, Toni Morrison, Patrick O'Brian, George Orwell, Daniel Pennac, Robert Ranke Graves, W. G. Sebald, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, John Steinbeck, Robert Louis Stevenson, Anthony Trollope, Jules Verne, Voltaire, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Émile Zola (Shared favorites)
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