Books read 1995 – to date

Someone once told me,

“It’s not what a person is like that matters but what they like that matters.”

Since 1995 I’ve have written a list of every book I’ve read. In case you’re wondering what I’m like/what I like, here’s a digital version of that list: (click on the highlighted ones to read our reviews.

Books in 2018

Home Fire – Kamla Shamsie
Swimming Lessons – Claire Fuller
Harmless Like You – Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
What Didn’t Quite – Chris Meade
Lullaby – Leila Slimani

Books in 2017

Grief is a Thing with Feathers – Max Porter
Everyone Brave is Forgiven – Chris Cleave
Here I Am – Jonathan Safran Foer (audio and kindle)
The Life to Come – Dudley Cruse
Mindfulness – Prof Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman
4321 –  Paul Auster (audio and kindle)
Give and Take – Adam Grant
Pond Stories – Claire-Louise Bennett
The Underground Railroad – Cols0n Whitehead
The Power – Naomi Alderman
Days Without End – Sebastian Barry (audio)
The Good Immigrant – Nikesh Shukla (audio)
The Lesser Bohemians – Eimer McBride
The Vanishing Man – Laura Cumming (audio)
Unami – Laia Jufresa
The Nix – Nathan Hill
The Fact of a Body – Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Leaving from Atocho Station – Ben Lerner
The She was Gone – Lisa Jewell
They All Fall Down – Tammy Cohen
A Manual for Heartache – Cathy Rentzenbrink
London Lives – Jon Appleton
Brother of the More Famous Jack – Barbara Trapido
Man Walks Into a Bar – David Grossman
Under the Sun – Lottie Moggach
Love to The Power of Three – Tony Pletts
I Let you Go – Clare Mackintosh
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
Seas of Snow – Kerensa Jennings
The Dark Circle – Linda Grant
Tin Man – Sarah Winman
Swing Time – Zadie Smith
Anatomy of a Scandal – Sarah Vaughan
Autumn – Ali Smith
The Matter of Faith – Bethany Wren
Elmet – Fiona Mozley
Essays in Love Story – Andy Matheson
The History of Wolves – Emily Findland (audio)
Mrs – Caitlin Macy
As a God Might Be – Neil Griffiths
Into The Mouth a Lion – Amelia Kyazze
My Animal Life – Maggie Gee
Fresh Complaint – Jeffery Eugenides
Mindset – Carol Dweck
Thirst – Kerry Hudson
Winter – Ali Smith
How To Stop Time – Matt Haig
Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
Reservoir 13 – Jon McGregor
Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
Little Fires Everwhere – Celeste Ng
Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney

Books in 2016

Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
Nemesis: One Man and His Battle for Rio – Misha Glenny
First One Missing – Tammy Cohen
Dangerous When Wet – Jamie Brickhouse
The Illuminiations – Andrew O’Hagan
On the Move: A Life – Oliver Sacks
Why Can You Be Happy When You Can Be Normal – Jeanette Winterson (audio)
Alive, Alive Oh – Diana Athill (audio)
16 – Alistair Roberts
A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara (audio and kindle)
The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson
Ready to Love – Jon Appleton
The Vegetarian – Han King
Glorious Heresies – Lisa McInerney
Almost Happy – Brian Kaplan
Paper Houses – Michele Roberts
Curation: The Power of Selection in a World of Excess – Michael Bhaskar
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things – Bryn Greenwood
Owl Song at Dawn – Emma Claire Sweeney
The Infinite Home – Kathleen Alcott
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth – Lindsey Lee Johnson
The Girls – Emma Cline
Client A. J. – V Schonfeld
Hampstead Fever – Carol Cooper
The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt – Tracey Farr
Number 11 – Jonathan Coe
Blindside – Jennie Ensor
The Many – Wyl Menmuir
Watching Willow Watts – Talli Roland
Purity – Jonathan Franzen
Fates and Furies – Laura Groff
The Swimming Pool – Louise Candlish
She Was Bad – Tammy Cohen
When Were On a Break – Lindsey Kelk
Yesterday – Felicity Yap
The Sellout – Paul Beatty
The Techno Pagan Octopus Messiah – Ian Winn
Wicked Whispers – Jessica Callum
Sixteen, Sixty-One – Natalie Lucas

Books in 2015

Us – David Nicholls (Audio)
The Light Between Oceans – ML Stedman
The Screen Savers – Bryan Romaine
Angel on Blackberry Hill – Rachel Mann
Mr Mac and Me – Esther Freud
A Year of Reading Dangerously – Andy Miller (Audio)
The Crimson Petal and The White (uf) – Michael Faber
Mussel Feast – Birgid Vanderbeke
Azareal’s Dragonflame – Rachel Stohler
The Crimson Petal and The White (uf)- Michael Faber
(The Last of the) Poly Girls – Helen Bagnall
Envy and the Veil – Dan Proops
The Humans – Matt Haig
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Audio)
Her – Harriet Lane
Life Drawing – Robin Black
The Fat Lady’s Daughter – Charles Kriel
How to Thrive in the Digital Age – Tom Chatfield
Girl on a Train – Paula Hawkins
The Ghost – Andrew Lowe
Mira Corpora – Jeff Jackson
Nora Webster – Colm Tobin (Audio)
Home at The End of the World – Julia Rochester
Metalines – Rachel Lynes
Take Me Byt the Hand – Meg Massey
We Were Liars – E Lockhart
The House at Roc Noir – Julia Laflin
Reasons to Be Alive – Matt Haig
The Last Act of Love – Cathy Rentzenbrink
After Before – Jemma Wayne
Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale – Andrew Kane
You Don’t Have to Live Like This – Ben Markovitz
This Book Will Change Your Life – A M Homes
The Green Road – Anne Enright
The Third Wife – Lisa Jewell
Outline – Rachel Cusk
The Last Pilot – Benjamin Johncock
My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante
A Place Called Winter – Patrick Gale
Shanghai Passenger – Lucy Brydon
The Good Son – Paul McVeigh
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Death of a Diva (uf) – Derek Farrell
Jesus’ Son – Denis Johnson
Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel

Books in 2014

Metawars – Jeff Norton
The Lowlands – Jhumpi Lahiri
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
The Curve – Nicholas Lovell
Family Likeness – Caitlin Davies
The Examined Life – Stephen Grosz
The Greengage Summer – Rumer Godden
Professional Intelligence on How to Manage People – Paula Jago
The Cormorant – Chuck Wendig
Yellow Crocus: A Novel – Laila Ibrahim
The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
Maggie and Me – Damian Barr
Mrs Hemmingway – Naomi Wood
Home – Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone
The Free – Willy Vlautin
Bark – Lorrie Moore
Northline – Willy Vlautin
The Graduate – Charles Webb
Talking to Ourselves – Andres Neuman
Single in the City – Michele Gorman
The Dinner – Herman Koch
Swear Down – Russ Litten
The Butterfly Storm – Kate Frost
The Day My Life Changed – Annie Francis-Clark
This Book Will Change your life – Andy Ritchie
Magpies – Mark Edwards
The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer
Animals – Emma Jane Unsworth
Summer Child – Diane Chamberlaine
Fractured – Dani Atkins
Full Circle – Keith Grissett
All The Birds, Sleeping – Evie Wyld
Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey
The Broken – Tamar Cohen
Sod the Bitches – Steven Berkoff
The Modern Depression Guidebook – Dylan Brody
Heirs and Graces – Sally King
Mockstars – Christopher Russell
My Beautiful Game – Nancy Dell’Olio
Breathing Out – Karen Hockney
A Song for Issy Bradley – Carys Bray
As They Slept (Book 1) – Andy Leeks
Summer House with Swimming Pool – Herman Koch
As They Slept (Book 2) – Andy Leeks
History of Rain – Niall Williams
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Philip Sendker
Social Engineer – Ian Sutherland
Romany and Tom – Ben Watt
J: A Novel – Howard Jacobson
We are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
Digital and Social Media for Authors – Chris McCrudden
How to Be Both (uf) – Ali Smith
The Apologist – Jay Rayner
The Lemon Grove – Helen Walsh
The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think – Julian Baggini
The Dark Net – Jamie Bartlett
How to Age – Anne Karpf
Box of Birds – Charles Fernyhough
Norm Chronicles – Michael Blastland and Professor David Spiegelhalter
March, Women, March – Lucinda Hawksley
Sonic Wonderland – Trevor Cox
The Walkers Guide – Tristan Gooley
The Bigger Prize – Margaret Heffernan
Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll – Zoe Cormier
Report from the Interior – Paul Auster
H for Hawk – Helen MacDonald

Books in 2013

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
The Lighthouse – Alison Moore
The Audacious Mendacity of Lily Green – Shelley Weiner
The Murder of Halland – Pia Juul
The Good Father – Diane Chamberlain
The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
A Serpentine Affair – Tina Serkis
Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemmingway
A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki
Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love – Sarah Butler
Kim – Rudyard Kipling (uf)
Bedsit Disco Queen – How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Popstar – Tracey Thorn
Hellbent and Other Stories – Paul Blaney
Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt
Central Reservation – Will Le Fleming
Dirt – David Vann
The Pollyanna Plan – Talli Roland
The Middlesteins – Jami Attenberg
The Human Script – Johnny Rich
The Fast Diet – Michael Mosley
Skios – Michael Frayn
Career Change: stop hating your job – Joanna Penn
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Night Rainbow – Claire King
Jia o Yi – Maury Shenk
Yellow Birds – Kevin Powers
The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey
Dear Sister – Judith Summers
Here and Now – Paul Auster and J.M Coetzee
The Orphan Masters Son – Adam Johnson (uf)
Mister Spoonface – Paul Blaney
A Greedy Man in a Hungry World – Jay Rayner
HhhH – Laurent Binet
Stoner – John Williams
Before I Met You – Lisa Jewell
A Virtual Love – Andrew Blackman
Feral Youth – Polly Courtney
Sisterland – Curtis Sittenfeld
One Step Too Far – Tina Seskis
The Little Book of Big Advice, How to be Successful at Work – Paula Jago
Still Alice – Lisa Genova
A Month in Music – Alex Watson
Where’d you go Bernadette – Maria Semple
The Customs House –  Andrew Motion
The Trip to Echo Spring – Olivia Laing
The Mistresses Revenge – Tamar Cohen
Harvest – Jim Crace
The Cruellest Game – Hilary Bonner
The Shipwrecked House – Claire Trevien
Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter
Waiting for Bluebeard – Helen Ivory
Catching the Cascade – Paul Lyalls
Kiss Me First – Lottie Moggach
Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer
The Circle – Dave Eggrs
Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty
Ghost Town – Catriona Troth
Running Like a Girl – Alexandra Heminsley

Books in 2012

Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch
The Pleasure Seekers  – Tishani Doshi
Tideline – Penny Hancock
The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned – Wells Tower
The Personal History of Rachel Dupree – Ann Weisgarber
Pure – Andrew Miller
Star of the Sea – Joseph O’Connor
A Cupboard Full of Coats – Yvette Edwards
Fifty Shades of Grey – E L James
The Interrogative Mood –  Padgett Powell
Tinkers – Paul Harding
The Paris Wife – Paula McLain
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
Invisibles – Ed Siegle
Ghost Knigi – written and illustrated by Benjamin Sommerhalder
Until Thy Wrath Be Past: A Rebekah Martinsson Investigation – Asa Larsson
Capital – John Lanchester
Winter Journal – Paul Auster
50 Shades of Grey – E.L. James (re-read for April’s book group)
Five to One – Chris Chalmers
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut (re-read for May’s book group)
The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien
The Hare with the Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal
Build a Man – Talli Roland
The Card – Graham Rawle
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
Mr Spoonface – Paul Blaney
Tiny Sunbirds Far Away – Christie Watson
Dark Dates (The Cassandra Bick Chronicles) – Tracey Sinclair
Canada – Richard Ford (uf)
British Voices: The UK in its own words – Joe Hayman
The Ten Secrets of Abundant Wealth – Adam Jackson
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
The Anchoress – Paul Blaney
You Don’t Have to Say you Love me – Sarra Manning
Cicada – K Davies
Swimming Home – Deborah Levy
Island of Dreams – Aline P’nina Tayar
Wonder – R J Palacio
Pnin – Vladimir Nabakov
The Posthumous Affair – James Friel
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Underground – Gayle O’Brien
Day of Atonement – Jay Rayner
Cain’s Choice – Hekate Papadaki
Golden Handcuffs: The Lowly Life of a City High Flyer – Polly Courtney
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Two Timing – Alex Stephany
The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
The Last Shot – Colin Porter
The Lighthouse – Alison Moore
Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones
Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter (uf)
Handover – Paul Blaney
May We Be Forgiven – A.M. Homes
Broken – Daniel Clay
State of Wonder – Ann Patchett

Books in 2011

To the End of the Land – David Grossman
East of Eden (uf) – John Steinbeck
The Priveledges – Jonathan Dee
Successful Presentation Skills – Andrew Bradbury
Foolish Lesson in Life and Love – Penny Rudge
Boxer Beetle – Ned Beauman
The Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz
Super Sad True Love Story  – Gary Shteyngart
A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
Whatever you Love – Louise Doughty
Kill Your Friends – John Niven
Hand Me Down World – Lloyd Jones
The Pesthouse – Jim Crace
Orphelia in Pieces – Clare Jacobs
Rhyming Life and Death – Amos Oz
Ordinary Thunderstorms – William Boyd
Zeitoun – Dave Eggers
Fold – Tom Campbell
Annabel – Kathleen Winter
The Swimmer – Roma Tearne
Cats Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
The Stranger’s Child – Alan Hollinghurst
Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman
Before I go to Sleep – S J Watson
The Dukan Diet – Dr Pierre Dukan
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingslover
This is Not About Me – Janice Galloway
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi – Geoff Dyer
An Artist in the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
Instead of a Book: Letters to a Friend – Diana Athill
Snowdrops – A D Miller
The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
Londoners – Craig Taylor
The Master – Colm Toibin
Lights Out in Wonderland – DBC Pierre
The Moviegoer – Walker Percy
The Language of Flowers -Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Past Imperfect – Julian Fellowes
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness – William Styron
The Financial Lives of Poets – Jess Walter
How to Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran

Books in 2010

American Wife – Curtis Sittenfeld
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson
Invisible – Paul Auster
Property – Valerie Martin
A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood
On Blackberry Hill – Rachel Mann
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
Space Junk – Pauline Smith
A Gate at the Stairs – Lorrie Moore
Brooklyn – Colm Tolbin
Out Stealing Horses – Per Petterson
Diamond Star Halo – Tiffany Murray
The Glass Room – Simon Mawer
Pnin – Vladamir Nabakov
High Rise – J G Ballard
All My Friends are Superheroes- Andrew Kaufman
The Death of Bunny Munro – Nick Cave
Pale Fire (uf)- Vladimir Nabakov
Somewhere Towards the End – Diana Athill
Offshore – Penelope Fitzgerald
Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture: A Novel of Mathematical Obsession – Apostolos Doxiadis
Stet – An Editor’s Life – Diana Athill
Chowringhee by Sankar and Arunava Sinha
The Quickening Maze – Adam Foulds
An Education – Lynn Barber
Clear – Nicole Barker
The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson
C – Tom McCarthy
In a Strange Room – Damon Galgut
Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
Any Human Heart – William Boyd
One Day – David Nicholls
Nourishment – Gerard Woodward
The Hand That First Held Mine – Maggie O’Farrell
Life of Pi – Yann Martell
Sunset Park – Paul Auster
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Canal – Lee Rourke
The Wilding – Maria McCann
26a – Diana Evans
Confession – Campaspe Lloyd Jacobs
Engleby – Sebastian Faulks
Brilliant Presentations – Richard Hall
Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
Nemesis – Paul Roth
The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
Mr Chartwell – Rebecca Hunt
A Change of Climate – Hilary Mantel
I Curse the River of Time – Per Petterson
Zen Presentation – Gary Reynolds

Books in 2009

Fathers – Granta
Sudden Fiction – Robert Shapard
The Children’s Story – James Clavell
Wednesday Night Tupperware – Tracey Gilbert
The End of Alice – A N Hopper
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
The White Tiger – Aravino Adiga
The Death of Grass – John Christopher
Jerwood Arvon Young Writers Apprentiship
The Gathering – Anne Enright
The Believers – Zoe Heller
On the Other Hand – Chris Cleave
Micheal Tolliver Lives – Armistead Maupin
Notes from an Exhibition – Patrick Gale
The Trick is To Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway
The Inventorist – Kate Ansell
The Cutting Room – Louise Welsh
Moab is My Washpot – Stephen Fry
Indignation – Philip Roth
Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
Atmospheric Disturbances – Rivka Galchen
The Lazarus Project – Aleksander Heman
Lullabies for Little Criminals – Heather O’Neil
Stuart – A Life Backwards – Alexander Masters
Legend of a Suicide – David Vann
Breath – Tim Winton
The Whole Day Through – Patrick Gale

Books in 2008

Under the Skin – Micheal Faber
Tulip Fever – Deborah Moggach
Waterloo Sunset (uf) – Justine Shaw
The Sweetest Song – Penny Hancock
Apples – Richard Milward
The King is Dead – Jim Lewis
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
The Gum Thief – Douglas Coupland
In Search of the Crack – Robert Elms
Under Cover of Silence – Tom Merchant
Good Morning Midnight – Jean Rhys
Desperate Remedies – Paul Blaney etc
Gifted – Nikita Lalwani
When We Were Bad – Charlotte Mandelson
The Heart is Decieptful Above All Things – J T Leroy
Fluke – James Herbert
The Higher Realm – James Friel
Last Night Stories – James Salter
Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Shadow of the Wind –  Carlos Ruiz Zafron
Between Each Breath – Adam Thorpe
One Good Turn – Kate Atkinson
A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon
Sarah – J T Leroy
A Golden Age – Tahmina Anam
I Can Make you Thin – Paul McKenna
Like Rabbits – Lynne Bryan
Girl Meets Boy – Ali Smith
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
Pastorralia – George Saunders
A Sort of Life – Graham Greene
On Becoming a Novelist – John Gardner
Three Uses of the Knife – David Mamet
How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
Exit Music – Ian Rankin
The Mysteries of Glass – Sue Gee
London Fields – Martin Amis
Tulip Fever – Deborah Moggach
Neuromancer – William Gibson (uf)
De Niro’s Game – Ravi Hage
The Lanaguage of Others – Clare Morrall
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Personal – Jonathan Saffron Foer
Exit Ghost – Philip Roth
Man in the Dark – Paul Auster
How to Completely Disappear and Never be Found – Doug Richmond

Books in 2007

Two Tall Tales and One Short Novel: Anthology of Shorter Fiction – Heidi James, Kay Sexton and Lucy Fry
Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
Mother’s Milk –  Edward St Aubyn
Atomised – Michel Houellebecq and Frank Wynne
Crow Lake – Mary Lawson
A Good School – Richard Yates
The Night Watch – Sarah Waters
The Book of Israel – Jeremy Gavron
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamont
Everyman – Philip Roth
Up the Junction – Nell Dunn
Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeannette Winterson
Boy in the World = Niall Williams
Poor Cow  – Nell Dunn
Black Swan Green – David Mitchell
Never the Bride – Paul Magrs
Long Way Down – Nick Hornby
The Book of Dave – Will Self
Gould’s Book of Fish –Richard Flannagan
I am not Jackson Pollock – John Haskell
Happy Accidents – Tiffany Murray
Alice’s Masque – Lindsay Clarke
Ali and Nino – Kurban Said
The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky
The Glass Bees – Ernst Junger
Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell
The Pale Horse – Agatha Christie
Wish I May – Justine Picardie
What Was Lost – Catherine O’Flynn
Be Near Me – Andrew O’Hagan
Moldovian Pimp – Edgardo Cozarjnksy
Kalooki Nights – Howard Jacobson
Disobedience – Naomi Alderman
Travels in the Scriptorium – Paul Auster
Rapid Results Referrals – Ray Sheppard
The Accidental Tourist – Anne Tyler
The New High Protein Diet – Charles Clarke
Apathy and Other Small Victories – Paul Neilan
Vacant Possession – Hilary Mantel
Carry Me Down – HJ Hyland
Not All Tarts are Apples – Pip Granger
The House of Meetings – Martin Amis
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell (uf)
The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
Cider with Rosie –  Laurie Lee
Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon (uf)
Eleanor Rigby – Douglas Coupland

Books in 2006

Beyond Black – Hilary Mantel
Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry – B.S. Johnson
Only Human – Susie Boyt
Only Say The Word – Niall Williams
Skylark – Dezso Kosztolanyi
The Day at Nightfall – Colette Dunne
Eleven Types of Loneliness  – Richard Yates
Mr Spoonface – Paul Blaney
Giving up the Ghost – Hilary Mantel
The Hungry Years – William Leith
Tales of the Decongested Vol I –  edited by Paul Blaney and Rebekah Latin Rawstrone
Digging to America – Anne Tyler
The Accidental – Ali Smith
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
The Talmud and the Internet – Jonathan Rosen
Windows on the World – Frederic Beigbeder and Frank Wynne
Patrimony – A True Story – Philip Roth
Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Brooklyn Follies – Paul Auster
Electra – Sophocles
Slaves of Solitude – Patrick Hamilton

Books in 2005

What we Talk about when we talk about love – Raymond Carver
Oracle Nights – Paul Auster
Metemorphosis – Franz Kafka
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim – David Sedaris
The Colour of Memory – Geoff Dyer
Trumpet – Jackie Kay
Two Serious Women – Jane Bowles (uf)
The Hiding Place – Trezza Azzopardi
Small Island – Andrea Levy
Penguin Lost – Andrey Kurkov
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
Ghostwritten – David Mitchell
The Light of Day – Graham Swift
The Way we Wore- A Life in Threads – Robert Elms
The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Super Sonic 70s – Ali Smith
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
The Search – Geoff Dyer
Breathing Lessons – Anne Tyler
Nine Lives – Bernice Reubens
The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
The Rotter’s Club – Jonathan Coe
Q and A – Vikas Swarup
An Experiment in Love – Hilary Mantel
The Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst
A Complicated Kindness – Miriam Toews
I’ll Go to Bed at Noon – Gerard Woodward
As Meat Loves Salt – Maria McCann
What a Carve Up – Jonathan Coe
Otherwise Pandemonium – Nick Hornby
Altered Carbon – Richard K Morgan (uf)
The Bee Season – Myla Goldberg

Books in 2004

Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
So the Wind Won’t Blow it Away – Richard Brautigan
Hotel World – Ali Smith
My Loose Thread – Dennis Cooper
Rings of Saturn – W G Sebald
Yoga for People Who Can’t be Bothered to Do it – Geoff Dyer
Uncle Tungsten – Memoirs of a Chemical Boyhood – Oliver Sacks
Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
Out of Sheer Rage – Geoff Dyer
Coma – Alex Garland
Break it Down – Lydia Davis
Popular Music – Mikael Niemi
Celestial Navigation – Anne Tyler
Paris Trance – Geoff Dyer
On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King
A Girl could Stand Up – Leslie Marshall
The Amateur Marriage – Anne Tyler
Collected Short Stories – John Cheever (uf)
For Esme with Love and Squalor – J D Salinger (uf)
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseni
The Good Doctor – Damon Galgut

Books in 2003

One Hit Wonder – Lisa Jewell
My Lover’s Lover – Maggie O’Farrell
Four Lessons of Love – Niall Williams
The Battersea Park Raod to Enlightenment – Isabel Losada
A Child Called It – Dave Pelzer
Poddy and Dingan/Specks in the Sky – Ben Rice
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant – Anne Tyler
What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
The Book of Israel – Jeremy Gavron
Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
Patchwork Planet – Anne Tyler
The Ballard of the Sad Café – Carson McCullers
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things – Jon McGregor

Book in 2002

Jimmy Corrigan or The Smartest Kid on Earth – Mr F C Ware
The Little Prince – Antoine de Sand-Exupery
If I Don’t Know – Wendy Cope
Misdventures – Sylvia Smith
Getting into Poetry – Paul Hyland
A Head Full of Blue – Nick Johnstone
Death and the Penguin – Andrew Kurkov
Angela’s Grotto (uf) – Russell Hoban
And When Did you Last See Your Father – Blake Morrison
Women With Men – Richard Ford
Out of Mind – J Bernlef
The Sports Writer – Richard Ford
The House of Sleep – Jonathan Coe
The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
One for My Baby – Tony Parsons
Austerlitz – W G Sebald
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
The Cast Iron Shore – Linda Grant
Reading in the Dark – Seamus Deane
True Tales of American Life – Edited by Paul Auster
Leadville – Edward Platt
The Emigrants – W.G Sebald
The Leopard – Guisseppe Tomasidi Lampedusa
The Elephant Vanishes – Haruki Murakami
Girl with the Pearl Earring – Tracey Chevalier
Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami

Books in 2001

Great Apes – Will Self
As If – Blake Morrison
Seeing Voices – Oliver Sacks
The Human Stain – Philip Roth
Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton
After you’re gone – Maggie O’Farrell
Regeneration – Pat Barker
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg
Norweigan Wood- Haruki Murakami
Young Adam – Alexander Trocchi
Twelve ‘ How Should a Young Woman Live Now’ – Vanessa Jones
What are you like? – Anne Enright
South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami
Call if you Need me – Raymond Carver
Pilgrim – Timothy Findley
The Ballad of Peckham Rye – Muriel Spark
Snowblind – Robert Sabbag (uf)
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
The Butterfly Battle – Neil Behrmann
Therapy – David Lodge
Love that Dog – Sharon Creech
Rock Springs – Richard Ford
A Wild Sheep Chase – Haruki Murakami
The Pupil (poems) – W. S. Merwin
Carry Me Across the World – Ethan Canin
30 Days in Sydney – Peter Carey (uf)
KPax – Gene Brewer (uf)
Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
Man and Boy – Tony Parsons
The Divine Secret of the Ya Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
The Collected Stories – Alice Munro (uf)
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – Jose Saramago (uf)
Stop Thinking and Start Living – Richard Carlson
Rembrandt’s Whore – Sylvie Matten
Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
Learning to Swim – Graham Swift (uf)

Books in 2000

Eva Luna – Isabel Allende
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich –Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The Pilgrimage – Paulo Coehlo
Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
An Intimate History of Humanity – Theordore Zeldin (uf)
The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
The Mouse and His Child – Russell Hoban
Hunger – Knut Hamsun
Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
I, Dreyfus – Bernice Reubens
Thirty-Nothing – Lisa Jewell
The Horizontal Instrument – Christopher Wilkins
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
Chocolat – Joanne Harris
The Road to Los Angeles – John Fante
As It Is In Heaven – Niall Williams

Books in 1999

Thus Spoke Zaruthrustra – Frederich Nietzche (uf)
Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
Hand to Mouth – Paul Auster
Bright Lights, Big City – Jay McInerney
Aubrey Beardsley – Stephen Calloway
Idylls of the Marketplace – Regenier Gagnier (sp?)
Mao II – Don Delillo
Gut Symmetries – Jeanette Winterson
What Maisie Knew – Henry James
Arms and the Man – Bernard Shaw
Nausea – Jean-Paul Satre
Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
Underworld – Don Delillo
The Importance of Being Ernest – Oscar Wilde
The Essence of the Thing – Madeleine St John
Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siecle – Elaine Showalter
Endgame – Samuel Beckett
The Man of the Crowd – Edgar Allen Poe
Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
Rubbish Theory – Michael Thompson
In the Country of the Last Things – Paul Auster
City of Glass – Paul Auster
Generation X – Douglas Coupland
Underground – Tobias Hill
The Myth of Sisyphus – Albert Camus
Hot Chocolate of the Mysterical Soul – edited by Ameile Ford (sp?)
The Story of My Disappearance – Paul Watkins
The Doctor’s Dilemma – George Bernard Shaw
Timbuktu – Paul Auster
American Pastoral – Philip Roth
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
The Reader – Bernard Schlink
Timequake – Kurt Vonnegurt
Scar Culture – Toni Davidson
I Married a Communist – Philip Roth
Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
Bloomberg by Bloomberg with help from Matthew Winkler

Books in 1998

Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
Daisy Miller – Henry James
The Real Thing – Henry James
Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
The Awakening – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper  – Kate Chopin
Post Office – Charles Bukowski
The Shipping News – E. Anne Proux
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
Adventures in Capitalism – Toby Litt
Quite Contrary -Suzanne Dunn
The Waste Land – T S Eliot
The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
Cane – Jean Toomber
As I Lay Dying-  William Faulkner
The Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille
The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
The Postmodern Scene, Excremental Culture and Hyper Anasthetics – Kroker and David Cook
Disco Biscuits – edited by Sarah Champion
235  – Geoff Ryman
The Mulching of America – Harry Crews
The Farewell Waltz – Milan Kundera
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Dombey and Son – Charles Dickens
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Illness as Metaphor/AIDS and it’s metaphors – Susan Sontag
Villette- Charlotte Bronte
Against Nature – J.K. Huysmans
North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
The Pre-Raphelites – Christopher Wood
The Zig Zag Kid – David Grossman
Middlemarch – George Eliot

Books in 1997

The Tempest -William Shakespeare
Songs of Innocence and Experience – William Blake
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Coleridge
Marx for Beginners – Ruis
Emma – Jane Austen
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
The Adventures of Huck Finn – Mark Twain
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
Postmodernism for Beginners – Richard Appigansi (sp) and Chris Garret
The Red Notebook – Paul Auster
Things Fall Apart –  Chinua Achebe
Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
The Scarlett Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne
Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg
The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
Turlupin – Leo Perutz
Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
The Last of the Mohicans  – James Fennimore Cooper
Last Orders – Graham Swift
Factotum – Charles Bukowski
The Beach – Alex Garland
Frederick Douglas
Slaves of New York  – Tama Jonowitz
Japanese Fairy Stories – J Robert Magee
Walt Whitman including Song of Myself
Quite Ugly One Morning – Chistopher Brookmyre

Books in 1996

Washington Square- Henry James
Lolita – Vladmir Nabakov
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (uf)
Dr Demarr – Paul Theroux
The Recruiting Officer – George Farquhar
Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Tom Stoppard
The Sandman – Prelude and Nocturnes – Neil Gaiman
Our Country’s Good – TimberDoulake Wertenbaker
Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
The Sandman – The Dolls House – Neil Gaiman
Behind the Scenes at the Museum – Kate Atkinson
Marabou Stork Nightmares – Irvine Welsh
Generation X – Tales for the Accelerated Culture- Douglas Coupland
Smoke – Paul Auster
High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
Emma – Jane Austen
Shampoo Planet – Douglas Coupland
Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger
Microserfs – Douglas Coupland
Prince of West End Avenue – Alan Isler
Tales of Ordinary Madness – Charles Bukowski
Djinn in the Nightingales Eye – A S Byatt
Under the Banyan Tree – R K Narayan
Mister Sandman – Barbara Gowdy
Gorleston – Henry Sutton
Morvern Callar – Alan Warner
Odyssey – Homer
Oedipus The King – Sophocles
Symposium – Plato
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
The Divine Comedy – Dante
The Wife of Bath – Chaucer
The Alchemist – Paolo Coelho
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Unknown
The Metaphyiscial Poets, edited by Helen Gardner
Intimacy (Louise Bourgeois) – Paul Gardner
A Short Guide to Writing About Art- Sylvan Bauer(?)
Gulliver’s Travels – Graham Swift
Patient, true story of a rare illness – Ben Watt
Life After God – Douglas Coupland

Books in 1995

Queen of the Damned – Anne Rice
Mate in Three – Bernice Reubens
The Elected Members – Bernice Reubens
The Moon Palace – Paul Auster
Autobiopsy- Bernice Reubens
Love is a Dog from Hell – Charles Bukowski
Kiss of a Spiderwoman – Manual Puig
Music of Chance – Paul Auster
Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivez
Peeping Tom – Howard Jacobson
Leviathan – Paul Auster
Mr Vertigo – Paul Auster
Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
I Sent a Letter to My Love – Bernice Reubens
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues – Tom Robbins
A Personal Matter – Oe
Swimming to Cambodia – Spalding Gray
Miguel Street – V S Naipaul
In the Country of the Last Things – Paul Auster
Republican Party Reptile – P J O’Rourke
Madame Souzaska – Bernice Reubens
Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes
The Law (uf) – Roger Vailland
Brighter Sun (uf) – Sam Selvin
Invention of Solitude – Paul Auster
Where I’m Calling From – Raymond Carver
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
The House of Mr Biswas – V S Naipaul
Complicity – Iain Banks
Mr Wakefields Crusade – Bernice Reubens
Let Them Call it Jazz – Jean Rhys
Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
The Midnight Love Feast – Michael Fournier
The Te of Piglet – Benjamin Hoff
Christina Rossetti a biography – Frances Thomas
Scar Tissue – Michael Ignatieff
Matisse Stories – AS Byatt
The Watchman – Alan Moore
The Fetishist – Michael Fournier
Espedair Street – Iain Banks
New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
Home at Grasmere – Dorothy and William Wordsworth
Pig – Andrew Cowan
Green River Rising – Tim Willocks
Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich
Clare – a novel – John MacKenna
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat – Oliver Sacks
The Sorrows of Young Werter – Goethe

(uf denotes unfinished)

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