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From Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom
Age 62
Joined Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Recent Book Activity
4 weeks all time
books registered 13 2,666
released in the wild 70 3,972
controlled releases 0 471
releases caught 0 1,277
controlled releases caught 0 267
books found 0 997
tell-a-friend referrals 0 25
new member referrals 0 11
forum posts 6 744
Extended Profile
First the local stuff:

Edinburgh BookCrossing meetings are held every 1st Thursday evening & 3rd Sunday afternoon of the month - we use various hostelries, so best to check the meetup group: or facebook group:

You can spot us by the huge pile of books on the table.

All are welcome!

Now a useful shortcut to the pre-numbered labels page:

Now, what to say about myself? I love reading (obviously!), dancing, visiting the theatre - all the usual stuff.

I read all sorts of things, but tend towards crime & science fiction more often than not.

The books I've really enjoyed, I tend to keep (although can be persuaded to loan them out to people I know) - so they're not all registered here.

Some of those kept are:

Andrew Eames - The 8:55 to Baghdad
Jostein Gaarder - Sophies World
Alice Sebold - The Lovely Bones
Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night Time
Salam Pax - Baghdad Blog
David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
Marina Lewycka - A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
Mark Haddon - A Spot of Bother
Andrey Kurkov - Death and the Penguin
Donna Tartt - The Secret History
Kate Atkinson - When will there be good news
Paulo Cueolo - The Alchemist
All the Quint Dalrymple novels by Paul Johnston
All the Thursday Next novels by Jasper Fforde
All the Nursery Crime novels by Jasper Fforde
David Eagleman - SUM: Forty tales from the afterlives
Jon McGregor - Even the Dogs

Unsurprisingly, the "to be read" pile is teetering on the brink of a bookalanche, yet again I need to do some serious reading this year!

In the Autumn of 2010 I decided to have a massive wild release of 50 books to 'celebrate' my birthday. To ease the task I started in mid-August (while the Festival was on) and tried to leave books around Edinburgh with the occasional release in Glasgow and Peebles. It's quite addictive too - was thrilled to actually witness one or two being picked up, but restrained myself from running over to talk to the recipients!

In fact it proved so addictive that it's turned into something of a tradition now as I've repeated it each year during the Festival. In addition, I've been chosen as a World Book Night giver the last couple of years. I'm also very proud to say that I was nominated and chosen to be a member of The League of Extra-ordinary Book Lovers for Book Week Scotland 2012.

I also run an OBCZ in the nearby village of Auchendinny at The Glencorse Centre (screen name, unsurprisingly, is GlencorseCentre).

for details of other OBCZ's you can try:


[last updated 27th February 2015]

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