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CollectionsYour library (2,672), To read (1,118), Kindle (558), Currently reading (113), Folio Society (389), 1000 Books to read before you die (150), Favorites (28), Read but unowned (129), Slightly Foxed (12), A's (110), Reference (43), Given away (654), All collections (3,450)

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TagsFiction (1,812), British (1,720), American (608), History (391), Folio Society (314), Art (259), Short stories (252), Crime (230), 1001 (221), Fantasy (217) — see all tags

MediaNot set (8), Book (3,441), Paper Book (2,612), Ebook (549), Other (1)

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About me“We read books to find out who we are.”
— Ursule Le Guin, The Language of the Night, 1979

About my libraryI have recorded the books that I have finished reading since September 1981 and listed them all in a, now fragile, black book. I have attempted to list some of the books I read prior to 1981, but there are a lot of unrecorded science fiction/fantasy titles from that period.
I still enjoy the occasional fantasy title, but read a mix of history, travel, "literary" fiction, historical fiction and what would appear to be an above average proportion of short story collections. I also like books-about-books (both the physical artefact and reading), having spent a lot of time mooching around bookshops.
I only started writing reviews of the books I have read a few years ago (about 2009).

GroupsAncient History, Anglophiles, Folio Society devotees, Slightly Foxed - An appreciation, Travel and Exploration literature

Favorite authorsPenelope Fitzgerald, E. M. Forster, Rudyard Kipling, Carson McCullers, George Orwell, Annie Proulx, Dorothy L. Sayers, W. G. Sebald, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBorders - Oxford, Borzoi Bookshop, Jaffé & Neale, Oxfam Bookshop Oxford (St Giles), Waterstones Oxford

Favorite listsThe Guardian's 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read

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Real nameCarlton


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Member sinceJun 11, 2008

Currently readingLolita (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) by Vladimir Nabokov
A House of Air by Penelope Fitzgerald
How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen
On the Natural History of Destruction by W.G. Sebald
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