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From Cheltenham, Gloucestershire United Kingdom

Age 48

Joined Monday, April 25, 2005

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4 weeksall time
books registered 15 1,398
released in the wild 9 1,013
controlled releases 0 21
releases caught 0 121
controlled releases caught 0 9
books found 0 156
tell-a-friend referrals 0 128
new member referrals 0 18
forum posts 0 6

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I have become an author!

My first book, The Lives Around Us: Daily Meditations for Nature Connection came out on 24th June 2016. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter. Click on the title above to go to the publisher's website.

I first heard about BookCrossing on Radio 4. I have also lost books in public places (so if you picked up The Hunt for Red October in Italy, it's mine) and found them (so if you left Catch 22 under a bench at Harrow on the Hill and want it back, let me know!) but the idea of doing it deliberately really appeals. Who knows where these old, well-thumbed friends may turn up? And wouldn't it be great if one day, perhaps when you are old and grey, you picked up your own book, decades after "releasing" it....

At the moment I am reading:

and I have 'on hold':

Wish list

My wishlist has become very long. Here are the top books I'm after:

Cameron, Julia, The Artist's Way : A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self
Klein, Naomi (2014) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
Marshall, George (2014) Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

I'm also looking out for these books:

Wild catches

To date I have caught these books:

03 Feb 2007
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

25 Jul 2007
Ark Angel
An Introduction to Aikido
Encounters with Qi

06 Aug 2007
Being Peace

31 Dec 2008
The End of Mr. Y

10 Nov 2009
With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed
The Honourable Schoolboy

11 Dec 2009
Harm Done

29 Oct 2010

12 Feb 2011
The wheels on the Bus
Look out for the Big Bad Fish

27 Oct 2013
An Instance of the Fingerpost

30 Jul 2016
Dead Famous

06 Jan 2017
A Tale of Two Cities
Chicken - 100 Everyday Recipes
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Life of Pi
Organising from the Inside Out
Sons and Lovers
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Great Gatsby
The Trial
Three Men in a Boat
Time Management from the Inside Out
Why Are Orangutans Orange?

19 Jan 2017
Woman in the Mists
The Lords of the North
Jonathan Livingstone Seagull

The sudden explosion of catches in 2017 is mostly due to the excellent BookCrossing Zone at The Railway in my home town of Cheltenham. All my other "catches" are books that have been given to me, that were released by someone I know in my presence, or that I have picked up at an UnConvention.

Wild releases

Here are all my Wild Releases in the order in which I released them:












Greenbelt Festival, 28-31 August 2015:

2015 continued


Greenbelt Festival, 26-29 August 2016:

2016 continued


Greenbelt Festival, 25-28 August 2017:

2017 continued

One thing I have learned since doing this is that I really want my books to travel. It's great to see some that I have released turning up in different countries. So far, of all my wild releases, the following have been caught:


The Valkyries
Private Eye's Colemanballs (triple jumper: Leeds, Birmingham, South Shields, Norway)
At The Mountains of Madness
Dressed to Kill (double jumper)
Touching the Void
Snoopy Stars As The World Famous Literary Ace
Odo's Hanging
Death In The City
The Moonstone


I, Claudius
French Revolutions
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (double jumper)
Ultimate Pub Quiz Book
Five Are Together Again
Farmer Giles of Ham & The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
The Acid House
The Golden Keel
The Famous Five and the Blue Bear Mystery
Master and Commander
Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle
The Valley of Adventure
The Eye of the World
Love for Lydia


Private Eye's Colemanballs No.7
Doctor in the House and at Sea
The Wench is Dead
Heart of Darkness
The Island of Adventure (gone to BC Graveyard)
Five on Kirrin Island Again (gone to BC Graveyard)
The Deceiver
Good Old Secret Seven
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Seven Years in Tibet
Circus of Adventure
In Siberia


A Falcon Flies
The Black Arrow
Sharpe's Tiger
The Sunday Philosophy Club
Generation X
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (caught and then released from the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley's One and Other project)
The Riddle of the Sands (caught and then released from the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley's One and Other project)
New Testament and Psalms
Stonehenge and Neighbouring Monuments
Master and Commander (1st in Series)
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency


Enemy in Sight
Cup of Gold


Gallows Thief
The Sun Over Breda
The Moonstone
Pole to Pole
It's not what you think
Lake Woebegone Days
De Silmarillion (Dutch)


Cannery Row
Fear of Flying


Under Milk Wood
Joyce Grenfell Requests the Pleasure
Dont's for husbands
Dont's for wives
Ramage and the Rebels
African Cookery
The Invisible Dog
English Dictionary
Night Without Stars
The Tinner's Corpse
Lime Street at Two
Oxford Study Bible (probably caught in 2013)


A Plague on Both Your Houses
How Horatius Held The Bridge
The Resurrection: Fact or Fiction?


The Shoes of the Fisherman
The Man Who Wore All His Clothes
Easy Healthy (picked up by someone at YHA Oxford and released at the 2015 BC Convention)
The Lays of Beleriand (History of Middle-Earth)
It's Not What You Think (also in 2011)
A Tale of Two Cities
A Galaxy of Saints
The Reformed Pastor
Picnic Sites in Britain and Ireland
The Testament


RSPB Handbook of British Birds (double jumper)
The Nations Favourite Poems
Ready Steady Cook: Fast Meals for Two


A Prayer for the Dying
The Worm Ouroboros
Baedeker's Greece
Lonely Planet Krakow Encounter

And these have travelled to other countries:

Australia The Glass-Blowers
Austria Pole to Pole, The Lays of Beleriand
Canada Stonehenge and Neighbouring Monuments
Denmark Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation (all three sent by me on request)
France Dr Zhivago, African Cookery (now back in the UK)
Germany Maya A Tale of Two Cities
Hungary In Siberia
Malaysia Now Here's A Funny Thing and Holy Bible (Authorised Version)
Norway Colemanballs, Under Milk Wood
Portugal, Spain and Belgium Heart of Darkness
Spain (Canary Islands) Gallows Thief
USA A Moveable Feast

Book Crossing Challenge

Picnic Sites in Britain and Ireland has started its long journey to every one of the places listed in its pages.

19 Sep 2015 An anonymous finder took it to site 21 (Coughton Ford)...

Controlled Releases

New Joiners

I've been really pleased to see that people have joined BookCrossing as a result of finding books I have left. These include Killer-Kate KatStep atrihospithikos Cymroydwi blutac600 rococo Brittle-Bones shepus am-mayers Jnan ElkeVR individualist coastwalker1 MikeMJ Nariluggald grijrholmes fisky Sue-Innes MadMcKs robcottee Peterworldwide timcorby CQ2S richmondlady MiddlesexEm AnnickH Gaddipoolu sailor3000 ghost54321 Tobytoos KnittingNan7 malabarwellness ThomUdall seanthurgood greeme jaffa121 Ullamouse jonglew and Unjustdesserts

and the following are people who have joined BookCrossing through finding one of my books left by someone else:

supacurt (book wild released by me and passed on by Killer-Kate)
Falcon100 (book wild released by me; found and released by KatStep)
possumpal (book released by me at the 2008 UnConvention and released into the wild by daemonwolf)
Perikleous (book passed by me to Mytilus and left at Polmary's restaurant in Cornwall)
helenbyrne (book released by me at the 2007 UnConvention, taken on a release walk by candy-is-dandy and left outside helenbyrne's shop)
Furzy (book passed to Mytilus at a meeting in Plymouth, who wild released it in Polperro)
janette-w/(African Cookery left in France by Tobytoos)

The following are people who joined BookCrossing because I told them about it:



I am now aiming to see all of Shakespeare's plays (just under 40 known works). These are:

Comedy of Errors (1589)
Henry VI, Part II (1590)
Henry VI, Part III (1590)
Henry VI, Part I (1591)
Richard III (1592)
Taming of the Shrew (1593)
Titus Andronicus (1593)
Romeo and Juliet (1594)

Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594)
Love's Labour's Lost (1594)
The Rape of Lucrece (1594) - narrative poem
Richard II (1595 )
Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)
King John (1596)
Merchant of Venice (1596)
Henry IV, Part I (1597)
Henry IV, Part II (1597)
Henry V (1598)
Much Ado about Nothing (1598)
Twelfth Night (1599)
As You Like It (1599)
Julius Caesar (1599)

Hamlet (1600)
Merry Wives of Windsor (1600)
Troilus and Cressida (1601)
All's Well That Ends Well (1602)
Othello (1604)
Measure for Measure (1604)
King Lear (1605)
Macbeth (1605)
Antony and Cleopatra (1606)

Coriolanus (1607)
Timon of Athens (1607)
Pericles (1608)
Cymbeline (1609)
Winter's Tale (1610)
Tempest (1611)

Henry VIII (1612)
Cardenio (1613) (attributed to Shakespeare and John Fletcher)
The Two Noble Kinsmen (1614) (with John Fletcher)

Other plays:

2007 UnConvention

I brought 42 books to release:

Of these 21 have been journalled so far:

A Moveable Feast
Bible (Authorised Version)
Comic Speeches for the Legal Profession
Dictionary of Maori Place Names
Florence Nightingale
Harm Done; Going Wrong
Jonathan Livingstone Seagull
Killing A Mouse On Sunday
Narnia: Susan's Journey
Now Here's a Funny Thing
Running Blind
Strip Jack
The Glass Blowers (Exeter - Brighton - Leeds - Bradford - Gosford, NSW, Australia)
The King Must Die

The following were taken on a release walk the next day:

Dr Zhivago (caught by helenbyrne and taken to France)
I Capture the Castle
The Singer Not The Song
The Spoilers

My catches:

Books Read in 2008

Books Read in 2009

Books Read in 2010

Books Read in 2011

Books Read in 2012

Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2014

Books Finished in 2015

Books Finished in 2016

Books Finished in 2017

Thanks to Katybean for letting me know how to do these cool boxes.

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