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Book meme, via dalmeny:

Books I am currently reading: after finishing Valentine Honeyman's Stalking Richard & Judy, an uproariously funny story about a writer obsessed with getting his latest novel onto the R & J booklist, but hardly great literature, I'm now three chapters in to D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover (and yes, it struck me as odd that I hadn't read it before, too). Unless it's for research purposes, I tend to read books sequentially, not simultaneously.

Book I am currently writing: I'm a reader, not a writer.

Books I love most: these would include The Rainbow (D.H. Lawrence), Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh), The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien), Memoirs of Hadrian (Marguerite Yourcenar), Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M. Pirsig) and God Knows (Joseph Heller); but there are many, many more.

The last book I received as a gift: for some reason people rarely give me books; which is weird as everyone knows I like them. The last time I can recall receiving a book as a gift was for my 40th birthday, Donna Tartt's The Little Friend, in hardcover.

The last book I gave as a gift: not sure. I used to give nothing but books as gifts, but then my family complained, so I stopped doing that. In the last year of his life though, my father asked to bring him something to read and so, knowing the sort of books he'd previously liked, I'd buy him war novels and biographies of generals. We donated them to the home's little in-house library after he died.

The nearest book on my desk: my desk is situated in the study right next to my bookcases full of books on art, architecture, archaeology, history, philosophy, theology, palaeoanthropology and astronomy -- and also my cookery books, travelogues and museum catalogues; so that's hard to answer. There are no books on the desk itself.

Last book I bought for myself: the afore-mentioned Lady Chatterley's Lover, plus Aristocrats. Power, Grace & Decadence (non-fiction) by Lawrence James and Stonehenge (prehistorical fiction) by Bernard Cornwell were all bought yesterday afternoon.



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