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Member: cronshaw

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About meEternal student, jack of all trades and master of none. Presently studying Literature with The Open University while pursuing very casual intermittent language study (French, Spanish, Serbo-Croat, and most recently Mandarin, a long-procrastinated ambition) if time and discipline permit, though both usually lacking. I'm actually now learning Mandarin as my last year of university (you're allowed one 'free subject' module during the course): it's challenging but fascinating, I love it.

I like tour cycling, trekking, camping, piano, chess, cryptic crosswords, and of course reading and more reading, exploring the written world as excitedly as the physical. I enjoy meeting avid readers, adventurers mental or geographical, anyone with wide horizons who sees the world in a inspiring way, perhaps less preoccupied with social status and material wealth than the norm. I love anything that makes me laugh out loud.

Unfortunately, I have a fat lazy streak running vertically through me which makes me wholly averse to administration and cataloguing. I catalogued a fraction of my library during an absence seizure some time ago, but have since not progressed a jot and am unlikely to do so.

Current motto: 種瓜得瓜,種豆得豆。(Zhòng guā dé guā, zhòng dòu dé dòu) 'Plant melon get melon, plant beans get beans' (or, 'You reap what you sow').

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. Roughly a thousand Folio volumes now claim me at home, and the flame of acquisitive impulsivity is now becoming dampened by the exhaustion of wallet, partner and horizontal surfaces.

I've accumulated many Collins New Naturalist volumes, two or three dozen Everyman's Library editions, and a similar number of Jean de Bonnot editions, Franklin Library editions, and Heritage Press volumes. More recently, I've succumbed to the dangerous appeal of LEC and Imprint Society volumes, which continue to pose further challenges to storage space.

I enjoy a broad range of fiction, history, travel narrative, natural history and poetry. My favourite fictional works may be historical or modern, often quirky, and typically prod me to see something in a new light, and make me regret not having been able to know an author in person, or to actually meet the characters. I hope to live an abnormally long life so as to be able to experience all the more such regret.

GroupsBook Care and Repair, Everyman's Library, Fine Press Forum, Folio Society devotees, George Macy devotees

Favorite authorsMaya Angelou, W. H. Auden, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Alan Bennett, Elizabeth Bishop, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Albert Camus, Jung Chang, Anton Chekhov, Kate Chopin, Joseph Conrad, Edmund Crispin, 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, David Mitchell, Toni Morrison, Patrick O'Brian, George Orwell, Daniel Pennac, W. G. Sebald, William Shakespeare, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, John Steinbeck, Robert Louis Stevenson, Anthony Trollope, Voltaire, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Émile Zola (Shared favorites)


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Member sinceJun 18, 2010

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