The Library

Welcome to an oasis of calm in the otherwise over-stimulated, madcap world of GofaDM.

Imagine if you will a small collection of over-stuffed, wing-backed, dark-red, leather armchairs companionably clustered around a roaring fire (for those still feeling the chill, tartan blankets and matching slippers are also available).  As you settle comfortably into one of the chairs you notice that all around you (except where proximity to the fire would make this dangerous – the Library is no place for health and safety related anxiety – are shelves full of books.  These shelves stretch as far as the eye can see in all directions except down, where you will find the floor covered in luxurious carpet, perhaps something Persian or from Wilton’s Prestige range.

The books are those read by the author during his sojourn in this vale of tears.  Most of the books will be paperbacks as I try and avoid the hardback – not as a result of its greater cost (though this is a minor factor) but because of the greater storage requirements.  Even in this electronic memory palace I still need to be spatially efficient as it is, in a very real sense, merely a reflection of the underlying (or at least, an underlying) reality and I have yet to master the permanently-locked hyperdimensional vortical expansion (there will be a small prize for anyone who can “get” that allusion without reference to internet search – but the book is on the shelves somewhere).  Given the thousands of works that have hurried nervously (probably whistling, glancing regularly behind them) across the gap between my ears over the decades, this page will be a work-in-progress for some time.  I shall start with works currently being read and gradually fill in such history as I can re-construct from my bookshelves, books in storage and fading memory.

As a student of Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, the idea for this page has been freely plagiarised from a friend – by way of Iliysk and Novorossiysk.  As with the source, I shall probably refrain from rating the works listed – though might, should the fancy take me, indicate (in a manner yet to be decided) any that have particularly taken my fancy.

The scene now safely set, the curtains now part to reveal…

Works being digested at the current observer moment

  1. Dead Famous – Greg Jenner
  2. Agent Jack – Robert Hutton
  3. October – China Miéville
  4. Deep Lane – Mark Doty

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

  1. The Hidden Half: Michael Blastland
  2. Mordew – Alex Pheby
  3. Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
  4. Forbidden Line – Paul Stanbridge
  5. Sentenced to Life – Clive James
  6. The Rules of Contagion – Adam Kucharski
  7. As kingfishers catch fire – Gerard Manley Hopkings
  8. Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar – Olga Wojtas
  9. Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die – Amber Massie-Blomfield
  10. Impossible Things Before Breakfast – Rebecca Front
  11. The AI Does Not Hate You – Tom Chivers
  12. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  13. Intae the Snow – Thomas Clark
  14. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K Jerome
  15. Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken – The Secret Barrister
  16. Tongues of Fire – Seán Hewitt
  17. Francis Plug: Writer in Residence – Paul Ewen
  18. The Secret Life of Snow – Giles Whittell
  19. Lotharingia – Simon Winder
  20. Fall, or Dodge in Hell – Neal Stephenson
  21. 40 Sonnets – Don Paterson
  22. Gene Machine – Venki Ramakrishnan
  23. Don’t be a dick, Pete – Stuart Heritage
  24. All that remains: a life in death – Sue Black
  25. The Secret World – Christopher Andrew
  26. I Never Said I Loved You – Rhik Samadder
  27. Patience – Toby Litt
  28. Living with Buildings – Iain Sinclair
  29. The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  30. It’s All About the Bike – Robert Penn
  31. Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  32. Liege Killer – Christopher Hinz
  33. The Science of Storytelling – Will Storr
  34. The Maker of Swans – Paraic O’Donnell
  35. If all the world and love were young – Stephen Sexton
  36. Leviathan Wakes – James S A Corey
  37. Haunts of the Black Masseur – Charles Sprawson
  38. Significant Other – Isabel Galleymore
  39. Calling a Wolf a Wolf – Kaveh Akbar
  40. The Happy Brain – Dean Burnett
  41. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  42. Permanent Record – Edward Snowden
  43. Absorption – John Meaney
  44. The Vinyl Detective – Andrew Cartmel
  45. Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel – Tom Wainwright
  46. The Big Book of the Continental Op – Dashiell Hammett
  47. In a House of Lies – Ian Rankin
  48. The Hard Word Box – Sarah Hesketh
  49. The October Man – Ben Aaronovitch
  50. Reality is Not What It Seems – Carlo Rovelli
  51. Sleeping Lies – Ben Aaronovitch
  52. Diary of a Somebody – Brian Bilston
  53. The New Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
  54. Emergency Window – Ross Sutherland
  55. Seashaken Houses – Tom Nancollas
  56. Admissions – Henry Marsh
  57. Forms of Protest – Hannah Silva
  58. The Seduction of Curves – Allan McRobie
  59. The House on Vesper Sands – Paraic O’Donnell
  60. The Book of Humans – Adam Rutherford
  61. Tamed – Alice Roberts
  62. The Hare with Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal
  63. Selected Poems – Federico García Lorca
  64. Children of Ruin – Adrian Tchaikovsky
  65. The Player of Games – Iain M Banks
  66. Lanny – Max Porter
  67. Look to Windward – Iain M Banks
  68. The Warship – Neal Asher
  69. Death in Ten Minutes – Fern Riddell
  70. West – Carys Davies
  71. The Perseverance – Raymond Antrobus
  72. Consider Phlebas – Iain M Banks
  73. Record of a Spaceborn Few – Becky Chambers
  74. In Your Defence – Sarah Langford
  75. The Empathy Problem – Gavin Extence
  76. Jeeves and the Wedding Bells – Sebastian Faulks
  77. Some Ending – Ben Norris
  78. Falling Awake – Alice Oswald
  79. Use of Weapons – Iain M Banks
  80. Bayonets, Mangoes and Beads – Nairobi Thompson
  81. Wyntertide – Andrew Caldecott
  82. Hello World -Hannah Fry
  83. The Revenant Express – George Mann
  84. Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi
  85. The Magus – John Fowles
  86. The Accordionist – Fred Vargas
  87. Built – Roma Agrawal
  88. Uncommon Type – Tom Hanks
  89. Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  90. The Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss
  91. The Alan Coren Omnibus – Alan Coren
  92. Lantern – Seán Hewitt
  93. Viking Britain – Thomas Williams
  94. The Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
  95. Erebus – Michael Palin
  96. Early Riser – Jasper Fforde
  97. The Pyramid of Mud – Andrea Camilleri
  98. Let’s explore diabetes with owls – David Sedaris
  99. The Pirates! In an adventure with Napoleon – Gideon Defoe
  100. Caeser’s Last Breath – Sam Kean
  101. Brief Cases – Jim Butcher
  102. Gnomon – Nick Harkaway
  103. Other Minds – Peter Godfrey-Smith
  104. The Soldier – Neal Asher
  105. Dent’s Modern Tribes – Suzie Dent
  106. The Fetch – Gregory Leadbetter
  107. Ten Little Astronauts – Damon L Wakes
  108. The Bedlam Stacks – Natasha Pulley
  109. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts – Christopher de Hamel
  110. Advice to a Young Skydiver – Joshua Seigal
  111. The Horologicon – Mark Forsyth
  112. Ticker Tape – Rishi Dastidar
  113. Sweet Sixteen – A L Kennedy
  114. The Unexpected Truth about Animals – Lucy Cooke
  115. Arbitrary and Unnecessary – Daniel Piper
  116. Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  117. 1971: Never a Dull Moment – David Hepworth
  118. Playtime – Andrew McMillan
  119. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  120. This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
  121. The Bicycle Book – Bella Bathurst
  122. The Road to Little Dribbling – Bill Bryson
  123. Kumukanda – Kayo Chingonyi
  124. What we Cannot Know – Marcus du Sautoy
  125. Poet-to-Poet: Thom Gunn – selected by August Kleinzahler
  126. No-one Cares About Your New Thing – John Osborne
  127. Jackself – Jacob Polley
  128. East West Street – Phillippe Sands
  129. The Witchwood Crown – Tad Williams
  130. Exile and the Kingdom Stories – Albert Camus
  131. The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables – Robert Henryson, tr. Seamus Heaney
  132. 9Tail Fox – Jon Courtnay Grimwood
  133. Journey of Love – Nairobi Thompson
  134. The Furthest Station – Ben Aaronovitch
  135. Universal – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  136. The Only Story – Julian Barnes
  137. The Grace of Kings – Ken Liu
  138. Women and Power – Mary Beard
  139. Algorithms to live by – Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths
  140. The Iron Wyrm Affair – Lilith Saintcrow
  141. Seventh Decimate – Stephen Donaldson
  142. To the Letter – Simon Garfield
  143. The Bertie Project – Alexander MacCall Smith
  144. The Idiot Brain – Dean Burnett
  145. The Drosten’s Curse – A L Kennedy
  146. Elysium Fire – Alastair Reynolds
  147. The Sparsholt Affair – Alan Hollingshurst
  148. You Took The Last Bus Home – Brian Bilston
  149. The Buried Life – Carrie Patel
  150. Kill Baxter – Charlie Human
  151. The Three Evangelists – Fred Vargas
  152. Ten Cities that made an Empire – Tristram Hunt
  153. Exodus – Alex Lamb
  154. Neither Nowt nor Summat – Ian McMillan
  155. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
  156. Nemesis – Alex Lamb
  157. Revenger – Alasdair Reynolds
  158. A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived – Adam Rutherford
  159. Miss Treadaway and the Field of Stars – Miranda Emmerson
  160. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel
  161. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig
  162. Other People’s Money – John Kay
  163. The End of the Day – Claire North
  164. Infinity Engine – Neal Asher
  165. A Voice in the Night – Andrea Camilleri
  166. The Hanging Tree – Ben Aaronovitch
  167. Selected Poems – Fernando Pessoa
  168. The Many Selves of Katherine North – Emma Geen
  169. Rather be the Devil – Ian Rankin
  170. The Naked Diplomat – Tom Fletcher
  171. A Quantum Murder – Peter F Hamilton
  172. Poseidon’s Wake – Alastair Reynolds
  173. Grimm Tales for Young and Old – Philip Pullman
  174. Grief is the thing with feathers – Max Porter
  175. The Lost Time Accidents – John Wray
  176. This Orient Isle – Jerry Brotton
  177. Words of Radiance, Part Two – Brandon Sanderson
  178. Killing Pretty – Richard Kadrey
  179. Words of Radiance, Part One – Brandon Sanderson
  180. The Getaway God – Richard Kadrey
  181. Empire of Things – Frank Trentmann
  182. A Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man – Jon Holmes
  183. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness – Robert Yates
  184. The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
  185. Alan Stoob: Nazi Hunter – Saul Wordsworth
  186. Slow Bullets – Alastair Reynolds
  187. Judas Unchained – Peter F Hamilton
  188. Gut – Giulia Enders
  189. The Heart of what was Lost – Tad Williams
  190. Judas Unchained – Peter F Hamilton
  191. The Last Days of New Paris – China Miéville
  192. A closed and common orbit – Becky Chambers
  193. The Sudden Appearance of Hope – Claire North
  194. The Invention of Nature – Andrea Wulf
  195. How the French Think – Sudhir Hazareesingh
  196. Killing Moon – N K Jemisin
  197. England, England – Julian Barnes
  198. Applied Mathematics – Dan Simpson
  199. Theatre of the Gods – M Suddain
  200. The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  201. Skyfaring – Mark Vanhoenacker
  202. Still falling – Sara Hirsch
  203. The Path of Anger – Antoine Rouaud
  204. Germany – Neil McGregor
  205. Pulse – Julian Barnes
  206. Cain – Luke Kennard
  207. The Algebraist – Iain M Banks
  208. Shadow of the Swan – M K Wren
  209. Stars, A Very Short Introduction – Andrew King
  210. SPQR – Mary Beard
  211. Sword of the Lamb – M K Wren
  212. Secrets of the Fire Sea – Stephen Hunt
  213. A Climate of Fear – Fred Vargas
  214. Montalbano’s first case and other stories – Andrea Camilleri
  215. How to Write About Theatre – Mark Fisher
  216. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  217. The Vorrh – B Catling
  218. A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  219. Reading like a Writer – Francine Prose
  220. The Rook – Daniel O’Malley
  221. Sum – David Eagleman
  222. Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms – Paul Willetts
  223. The Brewer of Preston – Andrea Camilleri
  224. The Silo Effect – Gillian Tett
  225. The Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
  226. Memoirs of a Porcupine – Alain Mabanckou
  227. The Adjacent – Christopher Priest
  228. Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
  229. All is Silence – Manuel Rivas
  230. Neurotribes – Steve Silberman
  231. The Vital Question – Nick Lane
  232. Resistance is Futile – Jenny T Colgan
  233. InterRail – Alessandro Gallenzi
  234. Between the Woods and the Water – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  235. A Sense of Direction – Gideon Lewis-Kravs
  236. A Million Years in a Day – Greg Jenner
  237. The Evolution of Inanimate Objects – Harry Karlinsky
  238. The Spies – Luis Fernando Verissimo
  239. Chipmunk seeks squirrel – David Sedaris
  240. Adventures in the Anthropocene – Gaia Vince
  241. A Darker Shade of Magic – V E Schwab
  242. The Undercover Economist Strikes Back – Tim Harford
  243. Egghead – Bo Burnham
  244. On the Steel Breeze – Alastair Reynolds
  245. Adapt – Tim Harford
  246. Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
  247. The Mirror World of Melody Black – Gavin Extence
  248. Kalooki Nights – Howard Jacobson
  249. Birth of a Theorem – Cédric Villani
  250. Rogue Teacher – Mark Grist
  251. This Night’s Foul Work – Fred Vargas
  252. The Table of Less Valued Knights – Marie Phillips
  253. Devil Said Bang – Richard Kadrey
  254. Blood Rain – Michael Dibdin
  255. The Ghost Riders of Ordebec – Fred Vargas
  256. A Quantum Mythology – Gavin Smith
  257. The Chalk Circle Man – Fred Vargas
  258. A gladiator only dies once – Steven Saylor
  259. Life on the Edge – Jim Al-Khalili & Johnjoe McFadden
  260. Dog will have his day – Fred Vargas
  261. The Osiris Ritual – George Mann
  262. An Uncertain Place – Fred Vargas
  263. Curious – Rebecca Front
  264. The Affinity Bridge – George Mann
  265. Angels over Elsinore – Clive James
  266. Millenium – Tom Holland
  267. Have mercy on us all – Fred Vargas
  268. Grown Up – Scott Tyrell
  269. The Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss
  270. Stuff Matters – Mark Miodownik
  271. The Ego Trick – Julian Baggini
  272. Born Liars – Ian Leslie
  273. Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro
  274. I think you’ll find its a bit more complicated than that – Ben Goldacre
  275. The Circle Line – Steffan Meyric Hughes
  276. Confronting the Classics – Mary Beard
  277. How’s the pain? – Pascal Garnier
  278. Things to make and do in the 4th Dimension – Matt Parker
  279. The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi – Mark Hodder
  280. How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran
  281. How it all began – Penelope Lively
  282. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
  283. Kill the Dead – Richard Kadrey
  284. Game of Mirrors – Andrea Camilleri
  285. The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett
  286. Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint – Michael Bond
  287. Screwtop Thompson – Magnus Mills
  288. A Long Finish – Michael Dibdin
  289. Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey
  290. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  291. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains – Neil Gaiman
  292. The Chimes – Anna Smaill
  293. 45 Mercy Street – Anne Sexton
  294. The Pleasant Light of Day – Philip Ó Ceallaigh
  295. Landing Light – Don Paterson
  296. Alex through the Looking Glass – Alex Bellos
  297. The Revolving Door of Life – Alexander McCall Smith
  298. The Aleph and Other Stories – Jorge Luis Borges
  299. Physical – Andrew McMillan
  300. The Connectome – Sebastian Seung
  301. Rain – Don Patterson
  302. Dances Learned Last Night – Michael Donaghy
  303. The Sense of Style – Steven Pinker
  304. Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges
  305. The Epigenetics Revolution – Nessa Carey
  306. The Man Who Couldn’t Stop – David Adam
  307. School of the Arts – Mark Doty
  308. Unkind to Unicorns – A E Housman
  309. Electrified Sheep – Alex Boese
  310. The Water Table – Philip Gross
  311. Conjure – Michael Donaghy
  312. New Light for the Old Dark – Sam Willetts
  313. The Ice Age – Paul Farley
  314. Portrait of my Father in an English Landscape – George Szirtes
  315. Worst Date Ever – Jane Bussman
  316. Look we have coming to Dover! – Daljit Nagra
  317. Bestiary – Helen Dunmore
  318. Manhattan in Reverse – Peter F Hamilton
  319. Atlantis – Mark Doty
  320. Family Values – Wendy Cope
  321. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis – Wendy Cope
  322. The Passages of Joy – Thom Gunn
  323. Barrel Fever – David Sedaris
  324. The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being – Alice Roberts
  325. The Beat Goes On – Ian Rankin
  326. The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  327. Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  328. Silver – Andrew Motion
  329. The A-Z of You and Me – James Hannah
  330. Paris to the Moon – Adam Gopnik
  331. 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical Music World – Darren Henley & Sam Jackson
  332. The Causal Angel – Hannu Rajaniemi
  333. The Treasure Hunt – Andrea Camilleri
  334. Question Everything – New Scientist
  335. The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  336. Letter from America – Alistair Cooke
  337. All the Rage – A L Kennedy
  338. Touch – Claire North
  339. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
  340. Bacteria, A Very Short Introduction – Sebastian G B Aymes
  341. Tigerman – Nick Harkaway
  342. The Mathematical Universe – Max Tegmark
  343. Foxglove Summer – Ben Aaronovitch
  344. the long and the short of it – John Kay
  345. Do No Harm – Henry Marsh
  346. The Price of Inequality – Joseph E Stiglitz
  347. Germania – Simon Winder
  348. How to Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  349. The Undivided Past – David Cannadine
  350. Is that a Fish in Your Ear? – David Bellos
  351. Justice – Michael J Sandel
  352. Deep Sea and Foreign Going – Rose George
  353. The Blind Giant – Nick Harkaway
  354. Into the Woods – John Yorke
  355. One Summer – Bill Bryson
  356. Spell It Out – David Crystal
  357. Danubia – Simon Winder
  358. The Humans – Matt Haig
  359. Saints of the Shadow Bible – Ian Rankin
  360. Standing in a Dead Man’s Grave – Ian Rankin
  361. The Hydrogen Sonata – Iain M Banks
  362. The Quarry – Iain Banks
  363. The Fractal Prince – Hannu Rajamieni
  364. Cold Days – Jim Butcher
  365. The Last Dark – Stephen R Donaldson
  366. Polity Agent – Neal Asher
  367. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  368. The Dark is Rising Sequence – Susan Cooper
  369. Hilldiggers – Neal Asher
  370. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K Jerome
  371. Cetaganda – Lois McMaster Bujold
  372. The Teleportation Accident – Ned Beaumont
  373. The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
  374. The Fractal Prince – Hannu Rajaniemi
  375. Light – M John Harrison
  376. The Universe Against Alex Woods – Gavin Extence
  377. The Cunning Man – Robertson Davies
  378. Endymion Omnibus – Dan Simmons
  379. The Islanders – Christopher Priest
  380. Hogfather – Terry Pratchett
  381. Irrationality – Stuart Sutherland
  382. Contingency, irony and solidarity – Richard Rorty
  383. why does E=mc²? – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  384. What Money Can’t Buy – Michael J Sandel
  385. The Quantum Universe – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  386. The Truth about Markets – John Kay
  387. Reckoning with Risk – Gerd Gigerenzer
  388. A History of the World in Twelve Maps – Jerry Brotton
  389. Finding Moonshine – Marcus du Sautoy
  390. Pieces of Light – Charles Fernyhough
  391. Creation – Adam Rutherford
  392. Why is there something rather than nothing? – Leszek Kolakowski
  393. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings – Caspar Henderson
  394. Why We Build – Rowan Moore
  395. The Signal and the Noise – Nate Silver
  396. Turing’s Cathedral – George Dyson
  397. Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre
  398. Lost for Words – John Humphries
  399. Obliquity – John Kay
  400. The Arcanum – Janet Gleeson
  401. Complexity – M Mitchell Waldrop
  402. Meaning, medicine and the ‘placebo effect’ – Daniel Moerman
  403. Midnight at the Pera Palace – Charles King
  404. The Penguin Book of Scottish Folktales – ed. Neil Philip
  405. The Fictional Man – Al Ewing
  406. The Incorruptibles – John Horner Jacobs
  407. Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch
  408. Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch
  409. The Fear Institute – Jonathan L Howard
  410. Dead Girl Walking – Christopher Brookmyre
  411. Johannes Cabal the detective – Jonathan L Howard
  412. Dark Intelligence – Neal Asher
  413. Skin Game – Jim Butcher
  414. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  415. Fool’s Gold – Gillian Tett
  416. The Idea of Justice – Amartya Sen
  417. Not that kind of girl – Lena Dunham
  418. God Collar – Marcus Brigstocke
  419. This should be written in the present tense – Helle Helle
  420. See Delphi and Die – Lindsey Davis
  421. Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories – various
  422. The Language of Dying – Sarah Pinborough
  423. Hot Lead, Cold Iron – Ari Marmell
  424. Dead Lagoon – Michael Dibdin
  425. Apocalypse now now – Charlie Human
  426. The Coincidence Engine – Sam Leith
  427. The first fifteen lives of Harry August – Claire North
  428. The Trundlers – Harry Pearson
  429. Anathem – Neal Stephenson
  430. Raising Steam – Terry Pratchett
  431. Flesh Wounds – Christopher Brookmyre
  432. Jupiter War – Neal Asher
  433. The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
  434. Saki: The Complete Short Stories – H H Munro
  435. Evening’s Empire – Paul J McAuley
  436. Boneland – Alan Garner
  437. Kraken – China Miéville
  438. Sunshine on Scotland Street – Alexander McCall Smith
  439. Alif the Unseen – G Willow Wilson
  440. Terra – Mitch Benn
  441. Gradisil – Adam Roberts
  442. Cowl – Neal Asher
  443. The Gypsy Morph – Terry Brooks
  444. All fun and games until somebody loses an eye – Christopher Brookmyre
  445. The Cornish Trilogy – Robertson Davies
  446. Moon over Soho – Ben Aaronovitch
  447. Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers – Alexander McCall Smith
  448. Help! – Oliver Burkeman
  449. For Richer, For Poorer – Victoria Coren
  450. The Technician – Neal Asher
  451. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense – Michael Brooks
  452. 1227 Qi Facts – The QI Elves
  453. Jumpers for Goalposts – Rob Smyth and Georgina Turner
  454. The Ancient Guide to Modern Living – Natalie Haynes
  455. Quirkology – Richard Wiseman
  456. The Self Illusion – Bruce Hood
  457. August Heat – Andrea Camilleri
  458. Gridlinked – Neal Asher
  459. The Etymologicon – Mark Forsyth
  460. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  461. The Parthenon – Mary Beard
  462. At Home – Bill Bryson
  463. The Skinner – Neal Asher
  464. Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks – Alan Coren
  465. Jizz – John Hart
  466. The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  467. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  468. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  469. 1984 – George Orwell
  470. An Inspector Calls – J B Priestley
  471. All Mary – Gwynedd Rae
  472. The Tales of Olga de Polga – Michael Bond
  473. Galactic Patrol – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  474. Grey Lensman – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  475. Second Stage Lensman – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  476. Children of the Lens – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  477. Damiano – R A McAvoy
  478. Damiano’s Lute – R A McAvoy
  479. Raphael – R A McAvoy
  480. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  481. Winnie-the-Pooh – A A Milne
  482. The House at Pooh Corner – A A Milne
  483. Now we are six – A A Milne
  484. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  485. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl
  486. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
  487. Witch World – Andre Norton
  488. My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell
  489. The Talking Parcel – Gerald Durrell
  490. The Caine Mutiny – Herman Wouk
  491. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  492. Changing Places – David Lodge
  493. Small World – David Lodge
  494. Nice Work – David Lodge

To be continued…

8 thoughts on “The Library

  1. Dimitris Melicertes says:

    Ah, dammit, you thought of counting them! No way I can go back and do that now…

    Gradisil’s author is my Director of Graduates and he discussed with me my university work a week ago during my annual review.

    Also, it’s terrifying how many of these names I don’t even recognize. I blame you for the horror now instilled in me.

  2. Stuart Ffoulkes says:

    I have a small confession to make about the counting: I never wanted nor intended to include it. For some reason, WordPress wanted to double space the list of books, which looked ghastly, and the only method I could find to stop it was to use a numbered list. I’m now pleased I did it, but I can claim little credit for the idea.

    Numbers 1-123 (as of 18 June 2015) are relatively recent reads – so have not required me to go through the contents of the storage unit. Nos. 124-148 are strange recollections from long, long ago – many from my childhood – which sprang unbidden into my mind during the course of yesterday.

    Gradisil was OK, but I really loved Adam Glass. I am starting to feel that I am (unintentionally) stalking you via your academic suzerains (first ALK and now Adam Roberts).

    Your list had a similar effect on me – so many books yet to read, so little statistically-likely life-span remaining. BTW: if you ever want to try something on the list, you are more than welcome to borrow it (assuming it didn’t come from the library) as I could do with freeing up the space for more books!

    • Dimitris Melicertes says:

      You can CTRL+Enter to single space the line or use the simple text editor.

      Haha, #96 was also a teacher during my MA at Warwick, though at the time I chose different courses than the ones he gave. Sci-fi won me over much later, back then I was immensely fascinated by biographical writing. But yes, brilliant people, all of them, and equally luminous as writers.

      Is this becoming a blogging/book-borrowing thing?! I’m much obliged and I’d like to reciprocate the gesture, so of course the same goes for any book on my list. Who knows, I might take you up on your offer. But my books I’m afraid are often underlined, have words circled, are earmarked and include notes in the margins so it’s almost impossible to read them for the first time ignoring my then-thoughts on the narrative, which I guess can be infuriating…

      • Stuart Ffoulkes says:

        OMD! The teachers you had on tap at Warwick – I am consumed by a homophone for a Dutch public limited-liability company! The City and the City absolutely below me away – to the extent that I have bought copies for other people (something I never do).

        I feel that the sharing of good books is a moral imperative (and one of the not very well hidden agendas of GofaDM) – it is just so rare you find a counterparty who would appreciate being shared with (rather than taking it as low-level bullying). I also feel it is a natural next step for our burgeoning blog-pal “relationship”. I will admit, though, that writing in books is one area in which we differ – I am utterly unable to intentionally mark a book in any way. At some level I’m not sure I entirely approve of an author signing a copy of their own book. I’m uncertain where this comes from – if in doubt, I blame the parents – but I seem to apply similar principles more broadly in my life. Having said this, I do recognise the historical significance (and often entertainment value) of marginalia. I suspect your marginalia would be a hoot or a deeply disturbing window into the roiling, obsidian depths of your psyche – either way, count me in!

  3. Dimitris Melicertes says:

    I seem to be unable to reply to your last comment directly. Either we’ve reached your blog’s preferences’s limit in regards to nested comments or WordPress is telling me to stop smearing with my presence this temple of exquisite language that GofaDM is. Probably the latter.

    I’ve yet to read The City & The City though a good friend has reminded me to more than many times… I’ve heard the best for it.

    Glad my marginalia won’t be a problem. On the other hand, you shouldn’t trust me with your books. I’m psychotic, really. Known to inscribe my initials in tiny characters at random parts within the bibliography of books I’ve borrowed from libraries… I can’t help it.

    • Stuart Ffoulkes says:

      A-ha! You are correct (not a Norwegian boyband of the 80s) – I have boosted the nesting limit to the max. I used to programme in Lisp and studied Recursive Function Theory as part of my degree – nesting holds no fears for me! (Well, as far as Aleph null anyway – I think we need to keep the levels countable).

      You share the love for books, all else is mere detail. I shall have fun with a magnifying glass looking for tiny DMs (or DPs) in any returnees.

      • Dimitris Melicertes says:

        You should have inadvertently reminded me of The Aleph, argh. I’ve been meaning to brush up on Borges and specifically reread that one short story because it’s been ages and I don’t for the life of me remember how he ends it. Plus, I wanted to look at the language again.

        Also, a theoretical point: could one just include one entry, ”The Aleph – Jorge Luis Borges”, in their reading list/library archive and count that as having read everything in the known universe? Or is that too meta.

        • Stuart Ffoulkes says:

          It would depend on which Aleph and your view on the correctness (or otherwise) of the Riemann hypothesis. We might also need to consider whether the universe is continuous or becomes granular at a certain level. If you ever fancy a quick Cantor (Gregor of that ilk) through transfinite set theory and the fun of Cardinal arithmetic, I could be your man!

          JLB is one of the most embarrassing omissions in my reading list (or more, not in it) – and one I’ve been meaning to correct for a while (possibly longer than you’ve been alive. I can be quite dilatory).

          We love meta here – and you can never have too much (then again, I did find Inception rather tedious – so perhaps it depends how you do it).

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