Hello, and welcome to the Badger’s Sett.
Where to begin? I suppose with the fundamentals – I’m male, in my late twenties, but with a soul many have located as being in it’s mid forties. I’m also English – meaning that writing something even as tame as an “About me” section feels like flagrant exhibitionism.
I’m also madly in love with literature, and everything that surrounds it – literary criticism, literary history, books themselves – pretty much any angle you can think of, I’m interested. This is the fault not only of my parents, but everyone in my family. My mum tells me she remembers my Uncles’ shelves splitting under the weight of the books he stored on them, and it is very much in this spirit that I have plunged, and been plunged into, reading.
A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be able to study English Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, but since then the demands of earning a living have led me down other paths. The Badger’s Sett is my way in keeping in touch with my passion, and of hopefully providing some interest and enjoyment to some other people too.
In regard to my tastes, I’d say that while not a devotee of any particular period, my inclinations are pretty classical. I’m unabashed in believing that Shakespeare is the greatest writer to have set pen to paper, and the rest of the top ten is filled in with the likes of Austen, and T.S. Eliot. My favourite “hidden gem” is probably John Fowles’ The Magus. Everyone should read it. In fact they should stop reading this “About me” section and only come back once they’ve finished it.
About 18 months ago I also started collecting books, largely as a result of a very good value stall turning up near my then workplace. In a way I’m surprised I wasn’t a course I’d embarked on earlier – buying an antiquarian book allows access to both a great work of literature and a piece of history in its own right. It’s also a relatively cheap hobby to indulge in. Like my tastes, my collection is somewhat haphazard, but at it’s core are various first editions and old books concerning my “guilty pleasures” – the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, spy-fiction, and travel books. I’ll be profiling a lot of these over the site in due time.
Anyway, enough about me. Thanks very much for visiting the site, and if there’s anything else you’d like to know (within reason!) please feel free to ask in the comments below.