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From Tunbridge Wells, Kent United Kingdom
Age 49
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KBHR is a fictional radio station from the TV series 'Northern Exposure' (pronounced by DJ Chris Stevens on his 'Chris in the Morning' radio show as "KayBear"). Interspersed with a very eclectic selection of music there were the philosophical musings of the shows host, together with excepts from some of his favourite authors; Jack London, Walt Whitman, James Joyce, Robert Frost to mention just a few. My idea of radio heaven (only to be improved upon by the odd guest appearance of John Peel and a bit of Radio 4, in an ideal world). Sample a taster at journal entry: Chris In The Morning - The Whole Karmic Enchilada. (ps - moosechick website by bc member JerrilynnL).

If you are particularly interested in a book that is pc (permanent collection) or tbr let me know and all being you can get it back to me, would be happy to send out. Of course all my available's are open to request, just pm me (using the 'send a private message'). Don't mind posting international every now and then.

Currently reading:

The Pillars of Hercules - Paul Theroux (taken on every holiday since about 2002, still haven't finished)
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
In the City - Paul du Noyer

November 2009
The Stone Angel - Margaret Laurence
Just Me - Sheila Hancock (library copy)

September 2009
Evening Class - Maeve Binchy

June/July 2009
Merde Actually - Stephen Clarke
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
A Concise History of Greece - Richard Clogg (library copy)

April/May 2009
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
Zorba The Greek - Nikos Kazantzakes

October/November 2008
Nothing Like A Dame, The Scandals of Shirley Porter - Andrew Hosken (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - avail on request)
Slash - Biography (20 odd years of consumption with Saul Hudson)

August 2008
Bunch of travel books on British Colombia/Canadian Rockies - came in very handy on travels, now back at the library

June 2008
Ratpack Confidential - Shawn Levy

May 2008
Kill Your Friends - John Niven (What a shocker!!)

March/April 2008
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell (very good)

January 2008
The Firm - John Grisham (didn't really appeal)

December 2007
Toast - Nigel Slater (Fab)

November 2007
With Nails - The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant (now travelling)
A Year In The Merde - Stephen Clarke

October 2007
Moab Is My Washpot - Stephen Fry (picked up a meetup - his book, not him)
The Cricklewood Tapestry - Alan Coren (left in bag with my brolly at the Czech Bar, rescued by friends and now waiting for me in Harrow)

June 2007:
Cider With Roadies - Stuart Maconie (excellent)
Chocolat - Joanne Harris
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne (recommend)

May 2007:
Stone Virgin - Barry Unsworth
The Whole Woman - Germaine Greer
Flying Under Bridges - Sandi Toksvig
A Year In Provence - Peter Mayle

Feb/March/April 2007:
Seeds of Greatness - Jon Canter
Semi-Detatched - Griff Rhys Jones
One Hit Wonderland - Tony Hawks
Made In America - Bill Bryson

Jan - 2007:
A Cook's Tour - Anthony Bourdain (excellent)

July/August 2006
The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society - Chris Stewart
Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain
An Unconsidered People; The Irish In London - Catherine Dunne

May/June 2006:
Margrave Of The Marshes – John Peel and Sheila Ravenscroft
Peter Cook: A Biography - Harry Thomson
Tragically I Was An Only Twin: The Comedy of Peter Cook – Peter Cook
Bad Blood - Lorna Sage
Lonely Planet Unpacked – Tony Wheeler
In Search of the Craic: One Man's Pub Crawl Through Irish Music - Colin Irwin
Are You Experienced? - William Sutcliffe
Neither Here Nor There - Bill Bryson
Further Tales of The City - Armistead Maupin
More Tales of the City - Armistad Maupin
This Is Your Life - John O'Farrell
Last Orders – Graham Swift

Started, got distracted, and need to go back and finish:

The Bible, A Biography - Karen Armstrong
Call of the Wild - Jack London
Janis Joplin: Buried Alive – Myra Friedman
Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes (can't find it anywhere)
The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller
The Making of Henry – Howard Jacobson (another one that has disappeared, and its a hardback!)
The Alan Coren Omnibus - Alan Coren (bought as temp replacement for one I lost, sadly just before he passed away)
Written by Herself: Women's Memoirs from Four Continents v. 2

I've only just worked out how to prepare a wishlist thanks to Cliff1976's excellent website, so it's looking a pretty brief at the moment, but keep updating:

My Wish List

Some alltime big impact books that I read, maybe don't own, but have vivid memories of (ongoing list as and when it occurs to me):

Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
In The Land of Oz - Howard Jacobson
The Outsiders - SE Hinton
The Grass Arena - J.Healy
The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brien
On The Road - Jack Kerouac

One of the funniest things about going through my dusty bookshelf is the things I have used as bookmarks in the past. A little piece of personal history - I've found flyer's for gigs; notes from friends; phone numbers for people I have never heard of or at least can't recall; theatre tickets etc. Great for the shoebox.

Official bookcrossing zones (OBCZ's) visited so far:

Humphrey Bean, Tonbridge, Kent
Stamford Arms, Waterloo, London (and it's temporary home Knights Templar near Chancery Lane)
Rosy O'Grady's, Oxford
Bristol - almost! (drove around but couldn't find it and ran out of time...)
Birmingham Unconvention 2006 bcukunconvention
Cafe Venezia, Canterbury, Kent
Fant Arms, Maidstone, Kent
The Pumphouse, Brighton, East Sussex (but couldn't find a bookshelf or any books!)
The Roebuck, Hampstead, London
Muggleton Inn/Roadhouse Cafe, Chequers Centre, Maidstone
East Beach Cafe, Littlehampton
The Hare, Langton Green, Kent

Find an OBCZ near you at: MAP

Love music, reading, film, travel, long walks, good food & wine. And one day will get round to finally learning Spanish.

Going through a beardy weirdy faze with the music at the moment:

Devendra Banhart:
Wayne Coyne:

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