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My Ideal Bookshelf

Ages 10 to 20 of my life. You can literally map my adolescence...

Ages 10 to 20 of my life.  You can literally map my adolescence across these books.
My Ideal Bookshelf

Off the Top of My Head - Because That's Where The Best Books Are

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens High Fidelity - Nick Hornby The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy - Douglas Adams Lord of the Flies - William Golding Almost anything by James Thurber
My Ideal Bookshelf

My Ideal Bookshelf

corrected version http://pinterest.com/pin/278941770642792138/ The Geography of the Imagination by Guy Davenport The Way of Chinese Painting by Mai Mai Sze The I Ching or Book of Changes, Wilhelm/Baynes Conversations with Antonio Tapies by Barbara Catoir Cooking for Life by Michael Abehsera Square Zen Square Moon by Paul Reps Body of Time by Robert Gibbons The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura The...
My Ideal Bookshelf

My Ideal Bookshelf All Old and Well Used A traveller in 1822...

My Ideal Bookshelf All Old and Well Used A traveller in 1822 Britain relied on this very copy of Paterson’s Roads for a milestone by milestone guide along any one of England’s roads. It was updated by Edward Mogg whose foreword reads “To His most Gracious Majesty The King, Sire,   Permitted to lay at Your Majesty’s feet this humble tribute of grateful respect, I can only regret my inability to render it as deserving Your Majesty’s patronage”. Unfortunately this traveller would not have been able to identify the butterflies they saw on their route as Morris’ Guide to Butterflies was not available until 1860.  Perhaps though, 1820’s England was not yet conducive to the entomologist as it was to the Victorians  who used this copy of Morris’  guide. James Greenwood shares his journeys through London in his book published in 1873 and by 1984 armchair travel could be had around the world courtesy of  Rev. Francis E. Clark and his  wife Harriet (who is allocated a mere 30 pages for ‘a woman’s view’  at the end of a 600 page tome. In ‘Other Worlds Than Ours’ in 1898, Richard Procotor B.A. F.R.A.S. speculates, with typical Victorian wordiness,  that life on Mars is far more likely than not.  He may yet prove to be right.  But so exciting to hold a book from an era when the possibility of reaching the moon was not yet entertained and leaving the ground for more than a moment was almost unheard of. The Handbook of Travel  produced by Harvard University Press in 1935 includes advice on aeroplanes and automobiles versus llamas and pack-horses for transport,   as well as advice on field surgery and elephant shooting.    Hints to Travellers, of the same year, provides detailed gidance on field astronomy and surveying for the amateur planning to map the few remaining unexplored lands. And by 1941 in the midst of WWII,   this Steimazky’s guide helped a traveler plan their trip and find food, accommodation and places of interest in Palestine. My Ideal Bookshelf is real and evokes a time when travel was a true adventure, lands remained unexplored and reaching the moon was a distant dream for future generations.
My Ideal Bookshelf

I loved the process of picking my top 10 - winnowing and refining...

I loved the process of picking my top 10 - winnowing and refining until I had the ideal bookshelf. It sums up the things I love - A slighty spooky, sensuous & sensual selection of art, beauty, and wit. The Pre-Raphaelites by Christopher WoodFornasetti: Designer of dreams by Patrick MauriesArmour wherein he trusted by Mary WebbChatterton by Peter AckroydAnthropology and a hundred other stories by Dan RhodesMisadventures by Sylvia SmithPerfumes: the guide by Luca Turin and Tania SanchezMisty annual 1980Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siécle Culture by Bram DijkstraThe Readers Digest book of strange stories, amazing facts
My Ideal Bookshelf

My ideal bookshelf (plus a cheeky couple of extras)

My ideal bookshelf would include: The curious incident of the dog in the night - MHThe Stranger - ACDirt Music - TWThe God of Small Things - ARLife as Pie - YMThe Glass Menagerie - TWAnimal Farm - GOThe Road - CMThe Moon in the Gutter  - DG Waiting for Godot - SBKafka on the Shore - HMSusan Sontang on PhotographyOh, the Places You’ll Go - Dr S. 
My Ideal Bookshelf

My Ideal Bookshelf

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Norwegian Wood by  Haruki Murakami Blankets by Craig Thompson Love is a Mixtape: Life & Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides Arcadia by Tom Stoppard The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
My Ideal Bookshelf

My Ideal Bookshelf

Books that shaped my life: The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty Botchan by Natsume Soseki The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Life of Pi by Yann Martel Forrest Gump by Winston Churchill The Remains of the Day by Kazuo...