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The Dickens encyclopaedia: An alphabetical dictionary of references to every character and place mentioned in the works of fiction, with explanatory notes on obscure allusions and phrases by Arthur Lawrence Hayward
On the Origin of Species [Folio Society] by Charles Darwin
Heart of Darkness and two other stories by Joseph Conrad
Chance by Joseph Conrad
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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, Italian, Latin, 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.
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.
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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