A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd



6th Aug, 1983

My love,

or rather ‘my good man in Oxford’ – to curb all depression and potential grumpiness –



Your Chinese Roots by Thomas Tsu-wee Tan




Dear [full name]

I give this book to you in memory of your grandmother who passed away at 8.00 am 8 Dec 2006 to be with Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven.

I pray the Lord Jesus Christ will always bless you & protect you.


Your Uncle James [surname]

A Book of Milliganimals by Spike Milligan




eikcaJ evol fo stol




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The Inner Eye by Nicholas Humphrey


I had read this book before my interviews for Oxford and it gave me confidence to discuss some aspects of human ‘consciousness’.


(I found the book today, 29 December 2013, clearing my dear Dad’s bookshelves in the dining room at 151.)

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Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

[pipe n lighter smuggle combo]

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How To Go To The Movies by Quentin Crisp


March 1992

Well Alex, remember how you decided not to buy anything for anyone when you were away last year unless an item cried out to be brought home for someone? Well this threw itself at my feet & threatened to commit Hari Kari if I didn’t get it for you.


[heart] Alex

Every time I climb into bed, I am a virgin.  Miles 10-11-26

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain by Steve Jackson & Ian Livingstone


To Tom

from Ben

Christmas 1982

May your dice always be kind to you

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

White Teeth Cover

White Teeth Inside

Jan 2017

I tried to read this book several times and just couldn’t stand it. I hate when that happens as I want to like books, deep down…

I hope you’re one of the lucky ones who manage to appreciate it.


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Babel Tower by A.S. Byatt

To my dearest wiflet – to read when I’m away but dreaming of you.

Silly bear


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