Reading list

Just in case I should ever find myself short of something to read… here’s the wish list. Categorised by author.


Armitage, Simon – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Albanov, Valerian – In The Land of White Death
Auel, Jean M – The Clan of the Cave Bear
Aw, Tash – Five Star Billionaire


Barnes, Julian – A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters
Black, Cara – Murder in the Marais
Boyne, John – Crippen


Chekhov, Anton – About Love and other stories
Cheney, Annie – The Body-brokers
Clarke, Suzanna – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Collins, Wilkie – The Woman in White
Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness
Conrad, Joseph – Lord Jim
Cooper, Robin – The Timewaster Letters


Dicker, Joël – The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair
Disch, Thomas M – The Prisoner
Dostoevsky, Fyodor – The Gambler
Dubus, Andre – House of Sand and Fog
Du Maurier, George – Trilby


Elton, Charles – Mr Toppit
Faulkner, Neil – The Decline and Fall of Roman Britain
Fischer, Tibor – The Thought Gang
Flanders, Judith – The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians revelled in death and detection and created modern crime
Fowler, Christopher – Roofworld
Fox, Essie – The Sonambulist


Gibson, William, and Sterling, Bruce – The Difference Engine
Grant, Linda – The Clothes On Their Backs
Granta 99 – What Happened Next
Hadley, Tessa – The London Train
Harris, Robert – Imperium
Harris, Robert – Lustrum
Harris, Robert – Pompeii
Hill, Susan – The Various Haunts of Men
Hilton, Isabel – The Search for the Panchen Lama
Hoobler, Thomas and Dorothy – The Crimes of Paris
Hopper, Sarah – Mothers, Mystics and Merrymakers: Mediaeval women pilgrims
Hornby, Nick – Polysyllabic Spree
Hustvedt, Siri – The Blazing World


Indriðason, Arnaldur – Jar City
Indriðason, Arnaldur – Silence of the Grave
Indriðason, Arnaldur – Tainted Blood
Jacobs, Jane – Death and Life of Great American Cities
James, PD – The Private Patient
Jansson, Tove – The Summer Book
Jansson, Tove – The Winter Book
Johnson, Steven Berlin – The Ghost Map


Kalush, William, and Sloman, Larry – The Secret Life of Houdini
Kennedy, Helena – Eve Was Framed
Kennedy, Helena – Just Law
Kent, Hannah – Burial Rites
Koestler, Arthur – The Roots of Coincidence
Kostova, Elizabeth – The Swan Thieves
Laxness, Halldor – Independent People
Leith, Sam – The Coincidence Engine
Lipstadt, Deborah – Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory


Macaulay, Rose – The Towers of Trebizond
Manguel, Alberto – The Library at Night
Mitchell, David – Cloud Atlas
Mitchell, Gladys – The Rising of the Moon
Murakami, Haruki – Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Murdoch, Iris – The Sea, The Sea
Novik, Naomi – His Majesty’s Dragon


Ovenden, Mark, and Hansen, Lise Amy – Metro Maps of the World
Paretsky, Sara – Bleeding Kansas
Pears, Iain – Stone’s Fall
Perkins, John – Confessions of an Economic Hitman
Pullman, Philip – The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ


Rex, Peter – Hereward
Roach, Mary – Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Roth, Philip – The Plot Against America


Sandel, Michael – What Money Can’t Buy
Sankar – Chowringhee
Sansom, CJ – Winter in Madrid
Sedgwick, Marcus – Floodland
Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein
Shriver, Lionel – Big Brother
Stevenson, Robert Louis – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Stoker, Bram – Dracula
Swarup, Vikas – The Accidental Apprentice


Taylor, Craig – Londoners
Thomas, Scarlett – Bright Young Things
Thomas, Scarlett – Going Out
Trilling, Daniel – Bloody Nasty People: The rise of Britain’s far right


Walter, Jess – Beautiful Ruins
Whitworth, John – Writing Poetry
Wilkinson, Toby – The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
Winterson, Jeanette – Sexing the Cherry


Zitwer, Barbara J – The JM Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society

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