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Member: holy.cow

CollectionsYour library (1,289), Wishlist (41), Favorites (53), All collections (1,289)

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About my libraryI'm a Londoner marooned in the dark wastes of east middle england, counting sheep and dodging bullets by turns! I feel a bit like a monk in the dark ages, guarding a trove of knowledge and art whilst all around sinks into barbarity and iniquity (I live in Nottingham).
I used to reorder my book collection for fun when I was eight, and had issued the neighbours with tickets by nine, so am clearly either or both of obssessive or autistic.

I'm being a bit selective with what I'm cataloguing because there are loads of things that I bought back when I thought it was important to read things that made my brain go curly (that I no longer give two hoots about, and probably never read anyway). I got the most important books on first, i.e. the childrens books - (well some of - there's a nearly complete Enid Blyton that I can't bring myself to list cause there's just too darn many) - and then my fave reads like Master and Margerita and Angela Carter ... and then I'm doing chunks of shelf at a time, but only in that autistic kind of way where you file things because they exist.. um.. I have to go now as my cat's staring at me funny..

GroupsAncient History, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, BBC Radio 4 Listeners, Books that made me think, Children's Literature, Cognitive Science, Doctor Who, Girls Fiction, History at 30,000 feet: The Big Picture, History: On learning from and writing historyshow all groups

Favorite authorsAngela Carter, Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip Pullman, Mary Renault, Oliver Sacks, Vikram Seth (Shared favorites)


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Very belatedly checking comments on my LibraryThing and saw yours, and came to see your library - can only echo 'what good taste you have'!
I came over to do a masters in Roman archaeology, and ended up marrying an Englishman!
Noticed that you liked The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). I thought you might like my novel since it's been compared to that novel by a number of reviewers. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


Yes, I've become, first, a collector and now a completeist - I can't think how it happened. I'm trying to get a copy of all the different covers for the paperback versions and an example of the different covers for the hardback editions. As you noticed I've got all the versions for 'Camp' - until GGBP brings out their version! I do prefer the earlier stories set in Tirol and they are the ones which have most versions. The later Swiss ones often had only one hardback and one paperback edition. Although GGBP will also publish their edition at some time.
Thank you. I'm working through my collection so there is more to come. As you can see it's heavy on 'Girl's Own' literature but I was pleased to see we share an interest for Dorothy Dunnett amongst others. I first read the Lymond Chronicles as a teenager (30-odd years ago now) and was definitely regarded as slightly odd by my grammar schoolgirl peers.
Hi H.C,

It's funny you should mention Golden Gate--it's the only Vikram Seth book I've read--and other than his book about China, I not particularly tempted to read the others, but it's my favorite book to give as a gift, too.


PS I went to the University of Nottingham. I like the place!
hi HC

Bit late getting back here - but better late than never. I've barred the windows and doors since your message. And yes all things molesworthian are welcome here.
If you do have any leads on that prior subject, I forgot to leave my email address. It's

David Hatch, San Francisco
Hi there,
When I was in high school in the 80s I used to read science fiction stories to my younger brothers. I read to them from Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. I can't find anyplace online where I can see a table of contents for that book. Do you happen to know of a web site that lists out the stories?

David Hatch, San Francisco
I like yer name!
Perhaps you by now have forgotten about the comment you wrote to me but ... I wanted to reply and thank you for the positive response to my metastasized wishlist project. The other rational reaction would be to think that I am crazy. I will never buy, let alone be able to read all of the books I list. Some simple math puts the time required at two to three lifetimes. But it does allow me to quickly find a set of relavent books on a topic which interests me. For instance, I have been thinking about reading up on modern Iraian history given the current belligerence directed that way by my government and I quickly found 6 useful books which I can check out of the library. If LibraryThing allows others to make similar use of my list, so much the better. I am currently a bit disapointed by the LibraryThing search engine, so if you have perused my list for something in particular and can't find it, feel free to ask.
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