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Member: parmaviolet

CollectionsYour library (1,752), Wishlist (82), Currently reading (4), Read but unowned (846), All collections (2,680)

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Tagsfiction (1,894), English fiction (640), US fiction (536), read before 1973 (212), short stories (186), children's (162), Irish fiction (133), Virago (120), drama (118), memoir (118) — see all tags

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About my libraryMain reading interests include: world literature, biography (particularly literary or artistic), travel writing and essays. Partner growlingsporran has more on art and history, which balances out the collection a bit.
Regularly acquiring more books, both new and second-hand, and filling up small house (may need extension).

Groups50 Book Challenge, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, French Connection, List Five Books Parlour Game, Loitering with Intent, Lost Generation, New York Review Books, Reading Globally, Reading the States, Slightly Foxed - An appreciationshow all groups

Favorite authorsRaymond Carver, Richard Ford, Federico García Lorca, Thomas Mann, William Maxwell, Muriel Spark, Elizabeth Taylor, Colm Tóibín, William Trevor, Richard Yates (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBarter Books, Black Gull Books, Caledonia Books, Daunt Books - Marylebone, Heywood Hill, Houben's Bookshop, John Sandoe Books, London Review Bookshop, Oxfam Books - Portobello Road, Reading Lasses, Skoob Books, Westwood Books

Favorite librariesThe London Library

LocationSurrey, UK

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMay 24, 2007

Currently readingPeter Waring by Forrest Reid
High Rising: A Virago Modern Classic by Angela Thirkell
Restoration by Rose Tremain
What Maisie Knew by Henry James

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Hi Nicky,

You're very welcome! When I saw that William Maxwell was listed as one of your favourite authors, I was really hoping that you didn't have Element of Lavishness yet, so that I could be the one to introduce it to you! I was spoilt, because I love both Maxwell and Warner, but this book is my favourite of either of their output. It's just sublime!

A very happy new year :)
Nicky, you're now on the list! I'm glad you'll be joining us again this year.
Thanks for your note, Nicky. It's always exciting to hear from other readers, especially Slightly Foxed enthusiasts!
Just now ordered A Wreath for the Enemy. Sounds wonderful! Thanks!
The pleasure is mine. Can't wait to plunder your titles. All the best!
Nicky -- Oh I'm glad it arrived -- it seemed to take me forever to get some time to go the post office to send it off -- Jane

Hope you had a good weekend. I was just looking through your books and noticed that you had a Mercier press edition of The Islanders. My boyfriend just wrote a post on his blog on this series by Mercier which you might be interested in:

Bye for now,
Thank you, Nicky, for the marvelous Virago Santa gift! You must have spent quite a bit of time with my library, because all three books are exactly my sort of read. I'm already well into The Eye of Love, and am enjoying it a lot. I only hope I did half as well for my giftee!


Thank you, Nicky!

Hi parmaviolet,

I'm glad you claimed your E.H Young, isn't the Virago forum wonderful!

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on Wiliam when you've finished it. I'm reading The Curate's Wife at the moment which is the sequel to Jenny Wren, the only of her others I've read. I can't make up my mind about Young's writing. I find myself alternating between loving the thoughtfulness and care for the characters and then finding it all a bit heavy handed and cloying! I always want to carry on reading though!

The thing that does make these books special for me and want to collect her others is the connection with Clifton and Bristol. My family are from Bristol. My grandmother lived in Clifton when young and before she died she told me about the problems she had with her family interfering with any potential relationship that came her way and worrying about her marrying "beneath" her, which I think they felt she did when she eventually married my grandfather. Reading these books helps me understand the world she lived in. I think also my own childhood memories of Clifton help the physical descriptions of "Upper Radstowe" to resonate with me!

Happy Reading!

Following my previous message,

I have claimed Chatterton Square and asked Patricia to save The Misses Mallett for you! I hope that's okay with you.


This is just to draw your attention to the following thread on the Virago forum:

where if you scroll down to the bottom you will see that mrspenny is very generously offering to send us both a E.H Young novel, all the way from Australia! We just need to decide on which of us is getting which one and send Pat (mrspenny) our details...

Hi Nicky,
I opened [The Magic Toyshop] today to start reading it, and that's when I noticed the bookmark from Daunt Books for Travellers. I have not really been trying to collect bookmarks, but for some reason a small collection has started. Thanks for the little extra treat! And Daunt Books looks like a great bookstore - I will have to check it out next time I'm in the area.
Hi Parmaviolet
I notice that you are the person on LT with the most books the same as me so far, how bizarre.



Thanks so much for [The Magic Toyshop] VMC. I've slipped it right in to an open spot in my Fantasy category for the 999 Challenge. I'm looking forward to it!


If only we had more shop windows like that in my part of the world - so beautiful to transport you without being tempted to buy !

Grace Paley, E H Young and Barbara Comyns sound like an excellnt reading plan! Tread carefully though - those green spines are addictive!


Thank you for sending the book I mooched so swiftly.

I was recommended Caroline Blackwood here on LibraryThing so it was lovely to find a book straight away when I headed over to BookMooch to search.

I thought you must be the same parmaviolet. I had noticed your library before. Your profile picture is very striking and there with so many excellent books on our shared list I had to browse. My wishlist is longer as a result!

Thank you again,

Hello It is nice to know that other people are intereseted in the covers too. I think that it was one of the attractions of LT for me - the ability to see the covers all together! I noticed that you had the Penguin by Design book - which almost inspired me to rush out and collect some books for their covers alone! I restrained myself - only on the basis that I had difficulty housing those books I bought for their content (although the cover can influence me too ...

I don't think that it matters that some covers are ancient, or even show occassional signs of wear and tear - books are to be read and those that are most dearly loved and re-read regularly can, from time to time, display this attention on their sleeves ... or jackets or ...

I like seeing the old editions, in particular seeing one that I remember as a child - it provides a continuity. I think that the way in which covers change over time is interesting too.

Happy scanning!
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