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The Mirror and the Light
Hilary Mantel, Ben Miles
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Rachel Cusk, Olivia Manning
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Thomas McNamee, Bob Reed
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Mary Stewart
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The Mirror and the Light
Hilary Mantel
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." ― Mae West

"The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." ― Mark Twain

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." ― Robert A. Heinlein

"Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else." ― Judy Garland
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Current Residence:       Bonn, Germany

Place of Work:                Cologne, Germany

Born in:                           Berlin,  Germany

Zodiac (Western):          Libra

Zodiac (Chinese):          Dragon


Favorite Genres & Topics:

Archeology, Art & Art History, Biographies, Business, Cats, Classics, Contemporary Literature, Cookbooks, Crime, Drama, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Horror, Law, Literary Fiction, Memoirs, Music, Mysteries, Nature, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Photography, Poetry, Politics, Science, Suspense, Theatre, Thrillers, Travel, World Literature


Favorite Authors:

William Shakespeare Jane Austen Thomas Mann Wallace Stegner Friedrich von Schiller Virginia Woolf Beryl Markham Elizabeth Barrett Browning Charlotte Brontë Elizabeth Gaskell George Eliot George Sand Hilary Mantel Salman Rushdie Anne Frank Christine de Pizan Moderata Fonte Queen Elizabeth I Geoffrey Chaucer John Donne Oscar Wilde E.M. Forster Lion Feuchtwanger Willy Brandt Jared Diamond John Steinbeck Ralph Waldo Emerson Henry David Thoreau Mahatma Gandhi Pablo Neruda T.S. Eliot W.H. Auden George Orwell Molière Voltaire Homer Sophocles Aeschylus Euripides Aristophanes Ovid Socrates Plato Aristotle Marcus Aurelius Lucius Annaeus Seneca Hypatia of Alexandria Sappho Naguib Mahfouz Robert Burns William Wordsworth Charles Dickens Kazuo Ishiguro Antonia Fraser Edna O'Brien Hugo Hamilton Dermot Bolger Carol Daugherty Rasnic David McCullough Robert K. Massie Milton Sanford Mayer Tennessee Williams: Harper Lee Flannery O'Connor Eudora Welty  Sharon Maas Debbie Lee Wesselmann Mary Novik Samantha Wilcoxson Sharon Kay Penman Iain Pears C.J. Sansom Dorothy L. Sayers Arthur Conan Doyle Ian Rankin Ellis Peters P.D. James Agatha Christie Ngaio Marsh Tony Hillerman Michael Connelly George Pelecanos Dennis Lehane Henning Mankell Robert van Gulik Ray Bradbury William Goldman Loriot Lauren Bacall Bette Davis Greta Garbo Susan Sarandon Emma Thompson Mark Knopfler Don Henley The Eagles Stevie Nicks Sting


Yours truly at age 10 or thereabouts, with a lion cub named Sasha, and 1 or 2 years earlier, with another lion cub (both cubs then residents of Berlin Zoo):


My avatar is taken from an image of the 18th century statue 'Love, the Captive of Youth' in the Rose Garden of the Huntington Library in San Marino (Los Angeles County), California. Here is the original, and another photo of the same statue:


I suppose I'm best described as a life long dweller of that magic land where John Wayne and Tom Joad meet The Gods of Greek Mythology  and The Heroes of Shakespeare's Plays, where Bogey and Bacall sit down for a game of Cards with Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and Lord Peter Wimsey, and where  and Rhett Butler dance over the rainbow with Sheherazade and Madame Bovary:




Books, music and  have been my great love ever since I was a kid – they are my number one source of inspiration, consolation and entertainment. Each story that I read, each play or movie I watch, and each piece of music I listen to offers me a new and different perspective on life. Many also open my eyes to worlds other than my own ... foreign countries and cultures, societies and people of centuries gone by, and creatures not constrained by the physical limitations of the world we know.

After several years in the U.S.A. (the last three of those in Los Angeles, CA – though nothing to do with the entertainment industry), I have now returned to my native Germany. Here, for the time being I have settled in Bonn, the city where I grew up, and I work in Cologne; though Berlin (where I was born and lived for close to 10 years before moving to the U.S.) remains close to my heart as well ... and I wouldn't rule out another move abroad eventually, either.