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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 anything that makes me laugh out loud.

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.

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 eighteen months an increasing number of LEs have taken me in 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 has latterly been dampened by the exhaustion of wallet, partner and horizontal surfaces.

I've many Collins New Naturalist volumes, a couple of dozen or so Everyman's Library editions, a similar number of Jean de Bonnot editions and a handful of Heritage Press and Franklin Library volumes.

I enjoy a broad range of fiction, history, travel narrative, natural history and poetry. My favourite books are those which have warmth and humour, which prod me to see something in a new light, and which 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

Favorite authorsW. H. Auden, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Elizabeth Bishop, Jorge Luis Borges, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Lord Byron, Albert Camus, Anton Chekhov, Kate Chopin, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, John Donne, Fyodor Dostoevsky, George Eliot, E. M. Forster, Nadine Gordimer, Helene Hanff, Thomas Hardy, Ernest Hemingway, Henry James, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Rudyard Kipling, Katherine Mansfield, Gabriel García Márquez, W. Somerset Maugham, Yukio Mishima, Patrick O'Brian, George Orwell, Daniel Pennac, 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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Member sinceJun 18, 2010

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