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About me: I'm an Anglophile by birth and domicile. I was born to an American father and an English mother, and am steeped in the cultures of both. A dual citizen, my childhood was in the States (or at whatever American Air Force base my dad was stationed), but I have lived in England for the last 37 years, so I suppose I'm really a Brit at heart.
I love organising things. I was the sort of person who, as a student, would spend hours making revision timetables for exams, and then revise them over and over as I didn't bother with the actual studying. LibraryThing is tailor-made to kick start me into reading again on the realisation of how much I've missed it. It's also a refuge for me from an imploding fandom in which I am involved (never again). I'm doing my best to get back into the more civilised activity of reading with Peter Ackroyd's London: The Biography. I like Peter Ackroyd for his ability to paint the mood of place with words even though he does sometimes bemuse me -- see The House of Doctor Dee.
I'm another dual citizen - born in the UK, but lived all over the world (mostly in the US) before returning to and settling in the UK. Although my father wasn't American or in the military, it sounds as if we have somewhat similar backgrounds, InigoMontoya.
And, yes, I love organising things as well. I have a feeling most LT members are people with a fondness for organisation and list-making.
Anyway I'm always pleased to come across groups devoted to the UK and its residents who are LTers.
There are a couple of other UK based LT groups.
I'd love to hear peoples' surprise finds and reccomendations away from books pushed at us in chain stores - seems like there are so many gems that get missed.
I enjoy reading a variety of genres but really enjoy books that are well researched so you end up learning interesting stuff as well as being entertained.
Actually, I am German and I have studied French and Spanish literature at uni but my passion bookwise has always been everything English (and British). Especially the classics (including the corresponding BBC DVDs), but also mysteries and more and more contemporary fiction. I am looking forward to discussing with you!
I feel honoured to be here, as I am neither British nor American nor Australian.
I am an Italian "transplanted" in the US, and I love British literature.
I studied (and graduated in) English lang & lit at the university (this was several decades ago, btw), and my interest in the literature and fiction of English speaking countries has been steadily increasing over the years.
Well, I am happy to be here!
Born and raised in the US, but I've always loved everything British - Literature/Fiction/Masterpiece Theatre/British Sitcoms/your brilliant use of the language (and of course, your lovely accents!)
Because of LT, I've been even more inspired to read (and reread) more British classics as well as the newly discovered Persephone Press.
My literary anglo-love started with Countess Elizabeth Longford's Oxford Book Of Royal Anecdotes, in recent times that is. My fascination of English Culture started with translating "La Mort d'Arthur" when I was 9.
My friends all know about my anglophilic proclivities and often favour me with books they find. My all time favourite two books are "the Queen's Jewels - the personal collection of Elizabeth II" by Leslie Field and from Alison Weir, "Britain's Royal Families : the Complete Genealogy." Yes, they're both non fiction.
other than those, I am also a huge Shakespeare, Isherwood and Wilde fan.
oh, and Dylan Thomas at xmas time, natch
I read my first Agatha Christie at the age if eight or nine, my first Arthur Conan Doyle at ten. I remain a big fan of both. I also love Dickens, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Jane Austen, Douglas Adams, and especially Robert Graves.
I love English literature - it's my favourite and I subscribe to Literary Review (UK) which is my favourite magazine of all time. I'm Australian.
Many of my favourite authors are British, such as Margaret Drabble, Louis de Bernieres and Laurie Graham (love her take on the States in The Future Homemakers of America). I tend to like books set in Britain even if the authors aren't British, for example Three Junes by Julia Glass.
Consider myself lucky to get PBS from the States, which has broadcast so much great British TV starting with the Forsyte Saga (the first one!)
I noticed that you have two books by Mary Webb, one published by Virago Press. There is a group here on Virago Modern Classics that you might find interesting. Also, in a similar vein, there is another group for Persephone Readers.
Here are the two website links to check out:
Looking forward to see you around LT!
Yes, Cyprus is beautiful. And so many layers of history on such a small island.
I've never been to England (the closest was Paris, last year), but I hope to visit in the next few years. I'm Asian, by the way. My parents introduced me to books by E.M. Forster and Jane Austen when I was a teenager. Oh, I also enjoyed some works by Nick Hornby, particularly How to be Good, About a Boy and High Fidelity. Didn't care much for the movie versions of the latter two, though.
I'm wondering if anyone familiar with Dickins's work has seen this production and can offer an opinion/critique? I caught it on tape, so an opinion by someone who's up on Dickins might save me 6 hours or might convince me to finallly carve out some time on a weekend.
I've never been able to go to the U.K., but I'm hoping to in the next year or so (but it's looking less likely due to our lousy dollar!).
I was born in the UK (and got citizenship because of it!) but I have lived most of my life in Australia. I've been hooked on all things British ever since I read my first Enid Blyton book. When I was six, I wanted to go to Oxford University (who wants to be a doctor/fire fighter/marine biologist when you could be a student instead...). Truth be told, I'd still like to, but it'll be a few years off, if ever.
Spending a year in England while I was at high school was the nail in the coffin really (grim metaphor)...ever since then I've been determined that I WILL live in England. I hope to be there in about a year's time, once I get this pesky degree out of the way.
I love British books, British TV, Britsh humour, but I will never understand why they like Australian soap operas. Maybe I will discover that after I move.
As an ex-Pom who has lived in Oz for 30 years now, could it be because the sun shines all the time?
#39- I also was led to love all things British by the bands in the 80's! I haven't been to England in 20 years though. We were going to go this fall (my husband has never been overseas) but then, like everyone else, we put it off because of the exchange rate.
Besides the lovely bookshops and historical sites, I have a strong interest in the British theatre and read plays from John Arden,John Osborne and Harold Pinter.
Most of my childhood and student reading was with British authors, of course, and still continues to be now that I have a five year old daughter.
I am sure you will love it here, just like we all do.
I'm new to this group also...I adore English humor the "jeeves" books, and love a good cup of English Breakfast tea, not sure if that counts! Hoping to make some new friends and perhaps learn a thing or two about British Culture.
I've joined the group (and indeed the whole site) recently. I love catalogues and I dream of a home library, all neatly organised!
I'm a Finn, but I've lived in England on a few occasions during my late teens and early twenties (=now). I'm also about to finish my MA degree in English, and there lies my reason for looking for a group just like this. (Although I will probably post the same question in another group as well)
I am looking for a particular type of book, but unfortunately what I am looking for isn't listed in library catalogues. My thesis topic is to compare the working class language in Educating Rita by Willy Russell to a similar, new book. Does this ring a bell at all with anyone? I would prefer a play because they obviously rely more on dialogue, but the main requirements are that it has to be by an English author (a Northener if at all possible!) and at least one of the characters has to use working class vocabulary.
Many thanks if you read my post all the way through, and if you can spare five seconds to think about it. If you point me to the right book I will love you forever! :)
Best wishes to everyone in Best of British!
Not so easy - I don't think Northern working class language is as fashionable in literary terms, or as well-defined, as it used to be. Depends a bit on how "new" the book has to be. Off the top of my head I can think of a couple of things - if you want a play, what about The history boys? - reasonably new, but the author is quite old and the setting isn't exactly contemporary. Or Reginald Hill's detective stories, where you have some characters talking standard English and others more or less broad Yorkshire (and those of Val McDermid, which are often set in the North-West).
If you want modern plays with northern settings, try searching for dramatists with Bretton Hall in their c.v. (John Godber and co.)
Probably the best thing to do is start with a few Tagmashes here on LibraryThing, e.g.
- you'll have to filter out all the historical fiction, which is no use to you, of course.
re: 50, I have actually read History Boys recently, and while it was a brilliant read, I didn't find clear enough social stratification between the characters. I had not even realised I could use the tag search for this purpose: I just checked the subject categories for Educating Rita and found that the only subject was 'comedy', which is of course really quite useless. Anyway I have a whole list of authors to look into now/whenever I can be bothered, so thank you for the tip. :)
I did also find a fair few of Scottish authors, but I'm a bit weary of those because my recent trip to Scotland didn't even begin to convince me that I might be able to make sense of their dialect!
As far as the age of the book is concerned - the very idea of my thesis is to compare old (=1980s) and new, so even early 90s starts to be a bit out of date. I hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew!
Best regards to you all :)
You can read about him and his work on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Voice_(film)
It's a great film, but the play was from 1992, so it probably counts as far too old as well :-(
Secondly, after putting together a long list of potentials, based on your recommendations, and others, here's my final choice: Jonathan Larkin with his Paradise Bound, which doesn't turn up in the touchstone search. No, it wasn't on the list (and nobody else on LT has anything by him), but I sat on the floor in a Cambridge book shop for ages and went through just about everything they had, buying a whole stack of potentials and back-ups.
So I just wanted to thank everyone for all the tips, and, indeed, very nice to make your acquaintance!
I lived in England for several years (1980-1986)...loved it. I lived in Mildenhall in Suffolk, an easy drive from there to Cambridge, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds, Lavenham, Ely/Ely Cathedral, Kings Lynn. A day-trip to London was accomplished by driving part-way, then taking the train into the city. York & Yorkshire were also favorites.
I currently live a mid-size town in North Texas, get my UK 'fix' by reading novels set in the UK and enjoying British films & TV shows. I have lived in, or visited, several different US states, mostly in the American West and the Pacific Coast, plus northern Florida & New Orleans LA. I also spent 18 months living in Yokota, Japan (in the Tokyo metro area) in the late 1960s.
A belated response to your posting....Living in North Texas (just north of the city of Dallas), I 'm somewhat of a neighbor depending upon where you live in Oklahoma.
Kings Lynn in Northwest Norfolk is probably the closest I came to Stamford, when I was in England. Or, Peterborough in Cambridgeshire (went Peterbourough Cathederal). When guests visited us in the UK, they were always surprised when we drove someplace, that places were so close. The terrain and mood could change so much that it felt like we'd driven farther than we had.