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CollectionsYour library (1,792), Currently reading (3), To read (568), Read but unowned (68), Favorites (42), All collections (1,860)

Reviews56 reviews

Tagsfiction (1,248), UK (619), England (494), tbr (462), nonfiction (449), children's (239), reference (233), humour (231), illustrated (209), 1950s (201) — see all tags

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About meCurrently reading:

Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does by Simon Garfield
Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came by M.C. Beaton

2014 Reading List
Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell by M.C. Beaton
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam by M.C. Beaton
The Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill edited by Judy Sternlight
Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden by M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham by M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death by M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist by M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley by M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener by M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
The Lie by Helen Dunmore
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell
The Last Curtsey by Fiona MacCarthy
Native Son by Richard Wright
The Centre of the Bed by Joan Bakewell
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One of Ours by Willa Cather
The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Mr Blossom's Shop by Barbara Euphan Todd
Mr Bridge by Evan S. Connell
At Mrs Lippincote's by Marghanita Laski
Mrs Bridge by Evan S. Connell
The Village by Marghanita Laski
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Massud
The Violins of Saint-Jacques: A Tale of the Antilles by Patrick Leigh Fermor
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George
The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby
Dear Life by Alice Munro
The Setons by O. Douglas
The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon
The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski
Good Behaviour by Molly Keane

About my libraryMy library contains mostly fiction, with lots of women authors and mainly British authors. I love literature of the 1930s and '40s, especially if it's funny. I also own a good number of children's books, and have a special fondness for ones with beautiful illustrations.

GroupsBas Bleu, BBC Radio 4 Listeners, Best of British, Blitz Books: the WWII British Home Front, 1938 to 1945, Book Clubs, Brits, BritWit, Cornish books, Etiquette and Manners, IRATEshow all groups

Favorite authorsEdward Ardizzone, Jane Austen, Ludwig Bemelmans, E. F. Benson, Michael Bond, Elizabeth Bowen, Helen Bradley, Truman Capote, Laurie Colwin, Noël Coward, E. M. Delafield, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Elizabeth George, Margaret Halsey, Oscar Hijuelos, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Jerome K. Jerome, Molly Keane, W. P. Kinsella, Anne Lamott, Hugh Lofting, Katherine Mansfield, Armistead Maupin, Daphne du Maurier, George Du Maurier, Mary McCarthy, Ian McEwan, Christopher Morley, E. Nesbit, Mary Norton, Dorothy Parker, S. J. Perelman, Gwen Raverat, Ruth Rendell, Jean Rhys, Saki, Dorothy L. Sayers, David Sedaris, R. C. Sherriff, Dodie Smith, Julia Strachey, Elizabeth Taylor, Josephine Tey, Angela Thirkell, Dylan Thomas, James Thurber, Barbara Euphan Todd, John Kennedy Toole, Sue Townsend, Sarah Waters, Winifred Watson, Evelyn Waugh, Edith Wharton, T. H. White, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)


Other favoritesHay Festival of Literature & the Arts


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Real nameHelen

LocationCornwall, UK

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceOct 25, 2006

Currently readingCan You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
On The Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does by Simon Garfield
Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came (Agatha Raisin Mysteries) by Agatha Raisin

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I sent you a note about a month ago. I would love to borrow or purchase your 1985 Liber Brunensis. I am a Brown University graduate who unfortunately could not afford a yearbook when I graduated. Please email me at if something like this can be arranged.

Hi Helen
Thanks very much for your birthday good wishes! I had a great day, visited 2 favourite bookshops in beautiful Daylesford.
Hiya :)
Great collection you have here! I'm just off to read your review of 'Room'. I remember reading that but can't remember if I reviewed it.


I am indeed Helen. I'm a sucker for the covers, that lovely dove grey coupled with the patterned endpapers. My current obsession is with Penguin's clothbound classics. I'm afraid I do judge a book by its cover :-)
What excellent service! The Mary webb arrived today, thank you. It's a lovely copy. In my teenage years the Pre-Raphaelites were 'in' and Burne-Jones was always my favourite.

I'm Luci Davin - I have two accounts but one was a mistake, however it's on my most used email address so people send me friend invites on that - I usually accept and then it's easier to find them on the right account. Please use the one which has a family picture on - I think it's Mike, my dad and our two sons when Conor was very new.

I can't find your name on Facebook - you must have privacy settings on.
: ) Glad it arrived ok, enjoy.
I hope you enjoy them! They are both favourite authors of mine so I hope you like them as well. I live in Southern Ontario but I have been to Alberta a few times and oddly enough, I have travelled through Cornwall as well. The last time I was in the UK was for a business trip but I hope at some point to return, rent a car and travel around the countryside. You live in a beautiful place!
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