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About meEternal student, jack of a few trades, master of not one. I'm trying to lessen my ignorance generally with a selection of non-fiction, travel writing, biography, fiction and poetry. Worst traits: distractibility, procrastinatability and neologigenesis.

About my libraryA Folio book discovered me in a charity shop in 2009 and I was soon adopted by the charming bindings and original illustrations of all its sibs and cousins. My early family members were all standard Folio editions but then, insidiously infected by the FAD (Folio Acquisition Disorder) virus, I began to notice an increasing number of limited editions asserting themselves in the limited space of my compact outpatient accommodation.

The virulence of the virus is such that by the end of the seventh year of Foliomania, my person found itself lodger to a landlord of some fifteen hundred Folio volumes. That figure is now reduced thanks to partially recovered mental health and a wish to be able to move sideways whilst indoors. This painful therapeutic adjustment saw the eviction of all books I judged myself unlikely to read within the next two decades. Now able to move sideways at home, I feel I'm moving forward. However, the FAD virus remains incompletely suppressed and I've resigned myself to succumbing to a few fresh Folio temptations every year, particularly if forthcoming readables remain as irresistible as the recent Ulysses, A Story as Sharp as a Knife, and The Yangtze Valley and Beyond.

I've a special fondness for the very earliest Folio editions published in dustjackets in the late 1940s and early 1950s, for the elegant Folio Fine Press series published between 1987 and 1991, and the regrettably scarce Ann Muir limited edition series produced in the 1990s with special bindings of quarter Morocco over boards exquisitely marbled by the eponymous Saint herself.

Everyman's Library, Heron Editions, Collins New Naturalists, Limited Editions Club, Heritage Press, Imprint Society, Franklin Library, Westvaco and innumerable paperbacks all jostle with Folios for attention.

I'd lend a Folio to a friend, but no true friend would ever ask to borrow one.

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

Favorite authorsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, 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, Patrick Leigh Fermor, 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, V. S. Naipaul, Patrick O'Brian, George Orwell, Orhan Pamuk, Daniel Pennac, Joseph Roth, Arundhati Roy, W. G. Sebald, William Shakespeare, Georges Simenon, 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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