Over on ELL I was a bit surprised by a (competent) native speaker of American English saying Books hard to find can be expensive is to my AmE ear no less idiomatic than Hard-to-find books can be expensive (to my BrE ear, the former sounds very poetic/stylised).
I know there are contexts like The meteorites contain organic compounds vital to life, where ...vital-to-life organic compounds would be extremely unlikely, but I've no idea why that example doesn't reflect my preference for, say, Well-written books are a joy to read over Books well-written are a joy to read (where the latter sound to me like a "stylised dictum", rather than "natural colloquial English".
Per the question title, what I want to know is whether there really is a significant US/UK distinction about whether to position what I'm calling "adjectival phrases"1 before or after the relevant noun - or is this just a matter of two individuals having different opinions?
1 I'd also like to know what I should really call them, and I'd really like to know if there's some simple reason why my vital to life example doesn't match the others (to my ear, at least! :)