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. Connections – James Burke
  2. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell
  3. The Glamour Boys – Chris Bryant
  4. More than a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  5. Stoner – John Williams

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

  1. The Great Pretender – Susannah Cahalan
  2. Jingo – Terry Pratchett
  3. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré
  4. Exercised – Daniel Lieberman
  5. This Poison Will Remain – Fred Vargas
  6. The Man in the Red Coat – Julian Barnes
  7. The Angel of the Crows – Katherine Addison
  8. The Midnight Library – Matt Haig
  9. Pandora’s Jar – Natalie Haynes
  10. The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  11. Bone Silence – Alastair Reynolds
  12. Into the Tangled Bank – Lev Parikian
  13. How to Make the World Add Up – Tim Harford
  14. God’s Gift to Women – Don Paterson
  15. Feet of Clay – Terry Pratchett
  16. Lords and Ladies – Terry Pratchett
  17. Richards and Klein – Guy Haley
  18. Bessie Smith – Jackie Kay
  19. The Gospel of the Eels – Patrik Svensson
  20. Maskerade – Terry Pratchett
  21. how to– Randall Munroe
  22. Interesting Times – Terry Pratchett
  23. Alexa, what is there to know about love? – Brian Bilston
  24. The Three-Body Problem – Cixin Liu
  25. The Anarchy – William Dalrymple
  26. Small Gods – Terry Pratchett
  27. Abaddon’s Gate – James S A Corey
  28. The Liar’s Dictionary – Eley Williams
  29. Dominion – Tom Holland
  30. Isn’t Forever – Amy Key
  31. The Human – Neal Asher
  32. Battle Ground – Jim Butcher
  33. Interior Chinatown – Charles Yu
  34. Peace Talks – Jim Butcher
  35. Difficult Women – Helen Lewis
  36. Why do Birds Suddenly Disappear? – Lev Parikian
  37. A Murder of Quality – John le Carré
  38. A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – Emma Southon
  39. Mondeo Man – Luke Wright
  40. A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz
  41. Origins – Lewis Dartnell
  42. The Oscillations – Kate Fox
  43. The Five – Hallie Rubenhold
  44. Their Brilliant Careers – Ryan O’Neill
  45. In Mid-Air – Adam Gopnik
  46. A Song for the Dark Times – Ian Rankin
  47. Weapons of Math Destruction – Cathy O’Neil
  48. The Artful Dickens – John Mullan
  49. Eating the Sun – Oliver Morton
  50. Music to Eat Cake By – Lev Parikian
  51. The Toll – Luke Wright
  52. Caliban’s War – James S A Corey
  53. The Art of Statistics – David Spiegelhalter
  54. The Riddle of the Fractal Monks – Jonathan Pinnock
  55. This is Your Brain on Music – Daniel Levitin
  56. Reckless Paper Birds – John McCullough
  57. I Contain Multitudes – Ed Yong
  58. A Thousand Small Sanities – Adam Gopnik
  59. The Art of Falling – Kim Moore
  60. The First Book of Lankhmar – Fritz Leiber
  61. Invisible Women – Caroline Criado Perez
  62. How to Fly – Barbara Kingsolver
  63. Yellow Blue Tibia – Adam Roberts
  64. Transition – Iain Banks
  65. The Body – Bill Bryson
  66. Dead Famous – Greg Jenner
  67. what if? – Randall Munroe
  68. Agent Jack – Robert Hutton
  69. Deep Lane – Mark Doty
  70. The Hidden Half: Michael Blastland
  71. Mordew – Alex Pheby
  72. Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
  73. Forbidden Line – Paul Stanbridge
  74. Sentenced to Life – Clive James
  75. The Rules of Contagion – Adam Kucharski
  76. As kingfishers catch fire – Gerard Manley Hopkings
  77. Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar – Olga Wojtas
  78. Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die – Amber Massie-Blomfield
  79. Impossible Things Before Breakfast – Rebecca Front
  80. The AI Does Not Hate You – Tom Chivers
  81. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  82. Intae the Snow – Thomas Clark
  83. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K Jerome
  84. Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken – The Secret Barrister
  85. Tongues of Fire – Seán Hewitt
  86. Francis Plug: Writer in Residence – Paul Ewen
  87. The Secret Life of Snow – Giles Whittell
  88. Lotharingia – Simon Winder
  89. Fall, or Dodge in Hell – Neal Stephenson
  90. 40 Sonnets – Don Paterson
  91. Gene Machine – Venki Ramakrishnan
  92. Don’t be a dick, Pete – Stuart Heritage
  93. All that remains: a life in death – Sue Black
  94. The Secret World – Christopher Andrew
  95. I Never Said I Loved You – Rhik Samadder
  96. Patience – Toby Litt
  97. Living with Buildings – Iain Sinclair
  98. The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  99. It’s All About the Bike – Robert Penn
  100. Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  101. Liege Killer – Christopher Hinz
  102. The Science of Storytelling – Will Storr
  103. The Maker of Swans – Paraic O’Donnell
  104. If all the world and love were young – Stephen Sexton
  105. Leviathan Wakes – James S A Corey
  106. Haunts of the Black Masseur – Charles Sprawson
  107. Significant Other – Isabel Galleymore
  108. Calling a Wolf a Wolf – Kaveh Akbar
  109. The Happy Brain – Dean Burnett
  110. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  111. Permanent Record – Edward Snowden
  112. Absorption – John Meaney
  113. The Vinyl Detective – Andrew Cartmel
  114. Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel – Tom Wainwright
  115. The Big Book of the Continental Op – Dashiell Hammett
  116. In a House of Lies – Ian Rankin
  117. The Hard Word Box – Sarah Hesketh
  118. The October Man – Ben Aaronovitch
  119. Reality is Not What It Seems – Carlo Rovelli
  120. Sleeping Lies – Ben Aaronovitch
  121. Diary of a Somebody – Brian Bilston
  122. The New Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
  123. Emergency Window – Ross Sutherland
  124. Seashaken Houses – Tom Nancollas
  125. Admissions – Henry Marsh
  126. Forms of Protest – Hannah Silva
  127. The Seduction of Curves – Allan McRobie
  128. The House on Vesper Sands – Paraic O’Donnell
  129. The Book of Humans – Adam Rutherford
  130. Tamed – Alice Roberts
  131. The Hare with Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal
  132. Selected Poems – Federico García Lorca
  133. Children of Ruin – Adrian Tchaikovsky
  134. The Player of Games – Iain M Banks
  135. Lanny – Max Porter
  136. Look to Windward – Iain M Banks
  137. The Warship – Neal Asher
  138. Death in Ten Minutes – Fern Riddell
  139. West – Carys Davies
  140. The Perseverance – Raymond Antrobus
  141. Consider Phlebas – Iain M Banks
  142. Record of a Spaceborn Few – Becky Chambers
  143. In Your Defence – Sarah Langford
  144. The Empathy Problem – Gavin Extence
  145. Jeeves and the Wedding Bells – Sebastian Faulks
  146. Some Ending – Ben Norris
  147. Falling Awake – Alice Oswald
  148. Use of Weapons – Iain M Banks
  149. Bayonets, Mangoes and Beads – Nairobi Thompson
  150. Wyntertide – Andrew Caldecott
  151. Hello World -Hannah Fry
  152. The Revenant Express – George Mann
  153. Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi
  154. The Magus – John Fowles
  155. The Accordionist – Fred Vargas
  156. Built – Roma Agrawal
  157. Uncommon Type – Tom Hanks
  158. Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  159. The Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss
  160. The Alan Coren Omnibus – Alan Coren
  161. Lantern – Seán Hewitt
  162. Viking Britain – Thomas Williams
  163. The Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
  164. Erebus – Michael Palin
  165. Early Riser – Jasper Fforde
  166. The Pyramid of Mud – Andrea Camilleri
  167. Let’s explore diabetes with owls – David Sedaris
  168. The Pirates! In an adventure with Napoleon – Gideon Defoe
  169. Caeser’s Last Breath – Sam Kean
  170. Brief Cases – Jim Butcher
  171. Gnomon – Nick Harkaway
  172. Other Minds – Peter Godfrey-Smith
  173. The Soldier – Neal Asher
  174. Dent’s Modern Tribes – Suzie Dent
  175. The Fetch – Gregory Leadbetter
  176. Ten Little Astronauts – Damon L Wakes
  177. The Bedlam Stacks – Natasha Pulley
  178. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts – Christopher de Hamel
  179. Advice to a Young Skydiver – Joshua Seigal
  180. The Horologicon – Mark Forsyth
  181. Ticker Tape – Rishi Dastidar
  182. Sweet Sixteen – A L Kennedy
  183. The Unexpected Truth about Animals – Lucy Cooke
  184. Arbitrary and Unnecessary – Daniel Piper
  185. Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  186. 1971: Never a Dull Moment – David Hepworth
  187. Playtime – Andrew McMillan
  188. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  189. This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
  190. The Bicycle Book – Bella Bathurst
  191. The Road to Little Dribbling – Bill Bryson
  192. Kumukanda – Kayo Chingonyi
  193. What we Cannot Know – Marcus du Sautoy
  194. Poet-to-Poet: Thom Gunn – selected by August Kleinzahler
  195. No-one Cares About Your New Thing – John Osborne
  196. Jackself – Jacob Polley
  197. East West Street – Phillippe Sands
  198. The Witchwood Crown – Tad Williams
  199. Exile and the Kingdom Stories – Albert Camus
  200. The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables – Robert Henryson, tr. Seamus Heaney
  201. 9Tail Fox – Jon Courtnay Grimwood
  202. Journey of Love – Nairobi Thompson
  203. The Furthest Station – Ben Aaronovitch
  204. Universal – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  205. The Only Story – Julian Barnes
  206. The Grace of Kings – Ken Liu
  207. Women and Power – Mary Beard
  208. Algorithms to live by – Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths
  209. The Iron Wyrm Affair – Lilith Saintcrow
  210. Seventh Decimate – Stephen Donaldson
  211. To the Letter – Simon Garfield
  212. The Bertie Project – Alexander MacCall Smith
  213. The Idiot Brain – Dean Burnett
  214. The Drosten’s Curse – A L Kennedy
  215. Elysium Fire – Alastair Reynolds
  216. The Sparsholt Affair – Alan Hollingshurst
  217. You Took The Last Bus Home – Brian Bilston
  218. The Buried Life – Carrie Patel
  219. Kill Baxter – Charlie Human
  220. The Three Evangelists – Fred Vargas
  221. Ten Cities that made an Empire – Tristram Hunt
  222. Exodus – Alex Lamb
  223. Neither Nowt nor Summat – Ian McMillan
  224. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
  225. Nemesis – Alex Lamb
  226. Revenger – Alasdair Reynolds
  227. A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived – Adam Rutherford
  228. Miss Treadaway and the Field of Stars – Miranda Emmerson
  229. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel
  230. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig
  231. Other People’s Money – John Kay
  232. The End of the Day – Claire North
  233. Infinity Engine – Neal Asher
  234. A Voice in the Night – Andrea Camilleri
  235. The Hanging Tree – Ben Aaronovitch
  236. Selected Poems – Fernando Pessoa
  237. The Many Selves of Katherine North – Emma Geen
  238. Rather be the Devil – Ian Rankin
  239. The Naked Diplomat – Tom Fletcher
  240. A Quantum Murder – Peter F Hamilton
  241. Poseidon’s Wake – Alastair Reynolds
  242. Grimm Tales for Young and Old – Philip Pullman
  243. Grief is the thing with feathers – Max Porter
  244. The Lost Time Accidents – John Wray
  245. This Orient Isle – Jerry Brotton
  246. Words of Radiance, Part Two – Brandon Sanderson
  247. Killing Pretty – Richard Kadrey
  248. Words of Radiance, Part One – Brandon Sanderson
  249. The Getaway God – Richard Kadrey
  250. Empire of Things – Frank Trentmann
  251. A Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man – Jon Holmes
  252. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness – Robert Yates
  253. The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
  254. Alan Stoob: Nazi Hunter – Saul Wordsworth
  255. Slow Bullets – Alastair Reynolds
  256. Judas Unchained – Peter F Hamilton
  257. Gut – Giulia Enders
  258. The Heart of what was Lost – Tad Williams
  259. Judas Unchained – Peter F Hamilton
  260. The Last Days of New Paris – China Miéville
  261. A closed and common orbit – Becky Chambers
  262. The Sudden Appearance of Hope – Claire North
  263. The Invention of Nature – Andrea Wulf
  264. How the French Think – Sudhir Hazareesingh
  265. Killing Moon – N K Jemisin
  266. England, England – Julian Barnes
  267. Applied Mathematics – Dan Simpson
  268. Theatre of the Gods – M Suddain
  269. The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  270. Skyfaring – Mark Vanhoenacker
  271. Still falling – Sara Hirsch
  272. The Path of Anger – Antoine Rouaud
  273. Germany – Neil McGregor
  274. Pulse – Julian Barnes
  275. Cain – Luke Kennard
  276. The Algebraist – Iain M Banks
  277. Shadow of the Swan – M K Wren
  278. Stars, A Very Short Introduction – Andrew King
  279. SPQR – Mary Beard
  280. Sword of the Lamb – M K Wren
  281. Secrets of the Fire Sea – Stephen Hunt
  282. A Climate of Fear – Fred Vargas
  283. Montalbano’s first case and other stories – Andrea Camilleri
  284. How to Write About Theatre – Mark Fisher
  285. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  286. The Vorrh – B Catling
  287. A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  288. Reading like a Writer – Francine Prose
  289. The Rook – Daniel O’Malley
  290. Sum – David Eagleman
  291. Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms – Paul Willetts
  292. The Brewer of Preston – Andrea Camilleri
  293. The Silo Effect – Gillian Tett
  294. The Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
  295. Memoirs of a Porcupine – Alain Mabanckou
  296. The Adjacent – Christopher Priest
  297. Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
  298. All is Silence – Manuel Rivas
  299. Neurotribes – Steve Silberman
  300. The Vital Question – Nick Lane
  301. Resistance is Futile – Jenny T Colgan
  302. InterRail – Alessandro Gallenzi
  303. Between the Woods and the Water – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  304. A Sense of Direction – Gideon Lewis-Kravs
  305. A Million Years in a Day – Greg Jenner
  306. The Evolution of Inanimate Objects – Harry Karlinsky
  307. The Spies – Luis Fernando Verissimo
  308. Chipmunk seeks squirrel – David Sedaris
  309. Adventures in the Anthropocene – Gaia Vince
  310. A Darker Shade of Magic – V E Schwab
  311. The Undercover Economist Strikes Back – Tim Harford
  312. Egghead – Bo Burnham
  313. On the Steel Breeze – Alastair Reynolds
  314. Adapt – Tim Harford
  315. Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
  316. The Mirror World of Melody Black – Gavin Extence
  317. Kalooki Nights – Howard Jacobson
  318. Birth of a Theorem – Cédric Villani
  319. Rogue Teacher – Mark Grist
  320. This Night’s Foul Work – Fred Vargas
  321. The Table of Less Valued Knights – Marie Phillips
  322. Devil Said Bang – Richard Kadrey
  323. Blood Rain – Michael Dibdin
  324. The Ghost Riders of Ordebec – Fred Vargas
  325. A Quantum Mythology – Gavin Smith
  326. The Chalk Circle Man – Fred Vargas
  327. A gladiator only dies once – Steven Saylor
  328. Life on the Edge – Jim Al-Khalili & Johnjoe McFadden
  329. Dog will have his day – Fred Vargas
  330. The Osiris Ritual – George Mann
  331. An Uncertain Place – Fred Vargas
  332. Curious – Rebecca Front
  333. The Affinity Bridge – George Mann
  334. Angels over Elsinore – Clive James
  335. Millenium – Tom Holland
  336. Have mercy on us all – Fred Vargas
  337. Grown Up – Scott Tyrell
  338. The Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss
  339. Stuff Matters – Mark Miodownik
  340. The Ego Trick – Julian Baggini
  341. Born Liars – Ian Leslie
  342. Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro
  343. I think you’ll find its a bit more complicated than that – Ben Goldacre
  344. The Circle Line – Steffan Meyric Hughes
  345. Confronting the Classics – Mary Beard
  346. How’s the pain? – Pascal Garnier
  347. Things to make and do in the 4th Dimension – Matt Parker
  348. The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi – Mark Hodder
  349. How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran
  350. How it all began – Penelope Lively
  351. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
  352. Kill the Dead – Richard Kadrey
  353. Game of Mirrors – Andrea Camilleri
  354. The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett
  355. Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint – Michael Bond
  356. Screwtop Thompson – Magnus Mills
  357. A Long Finish – Michael Dibdin
  358. Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey
  359. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  360. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains – Neil Gaiman
  361. The Chimes – Anna Smaill
  362. 45 Mercy Street – Anne Sexton
  363. The Pleasant Light of Day – Philip Ó Ceallaigh
  364. Landing Light – Don Paterson
  365. Alex through the Looking Glass – Alex Bellos
  366. The Revolving Door of Life – Alexander McCall Smith
  367. The Aleph and Other Stories – Jorge Luis Borges
  368. Physical – Andrew McMillan
  369. The Connectome – Sebastian Seung
  370. Rain – Don Patterson
  371. Dances Learned Last Night – Michael Donaghy
  372. The Sense of Style – Steven Pinker
  373. Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges
  374. The Epigenetics Revolution – Nessa Carey
  375. The Man Who Couldn’t Stop – David Adam
  376. School of the Arts – Mark Doty
  377. Unkind to Unicorns – A E Housman
  378. Electrified Sheep – Alex Boese
  379. The Water Table – Philip Gross
  380. Conjure – Michael Donaghy
  381. New Light for the Old Dark – Sam Willetts
  382. The Ice Age – Paul Farley
  383. Portrait of my Father in an English Landscape – George Szirtes
  384. Worst Date Ever – Jane Bussman
  385. Look we have coming to Dover! – Daljit Nagra
  386. Bestiary – Helen Dunmore
  387. Manhattan in Reverse – Peter F Hamilton
  388. Atlantis – Mark Doty
  389. Family Values – Wendy Cope
  390. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis – Wendy Cope
  391. The Passages of Joy – Thom Gunn
  392. Barrel Fever – David Sedaris
  393. The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being – Alice Roberts
  394. The Beat Goes On – Ian Rankin
  395. The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  396. Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  397. Silver – Andrew Motion
  398. The A-Z of You and Me – James Hannah
  399. Paris to the Moon – Adam Gopnik
  400. 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical Music World – Darren Henley & Sam Jackson
  401. The Causal Angel – Hannu Rajaniemi
  402. The Treasure Hunt – Andrea Camilleri
  403. Question Everything – New Scientist
  404. The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  405. Letter from America – Alistair Cooke
  406. All the Rage – A L Kennedy
  407. Touch – Claire North
  408. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
  409. Bacteria, A Very Short Introduction – Sebastian G B Aymes
  410. Tigerman – Nick Harkaway
  411. The Mathematical Universe – Max Tegmark
  412. Foxglove Summer – Ben Aaronovitch
  413. the long and the short of it – John Kay
  414. Do No Harm – Henry Marsh
  415. The Price of Inequality – Joseph E Stiglitz
  416. Germania – Simon Winder
  417. How to Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  418. The Undivided Past – David Cannadine
  419. Is that a Fish in Your Ear? – David Bellos
  420. Justice – Michael J Sandel
  421. Deep Sea and Foreign Going – Rose George
  422. The Blind Giant – Nick Harkaway
  423. Into the Woods – John Yorke
  424. One Summer – Bill Bryson
  425. Spell It Out – David Crystal
  426. Danubia – Simon Winder
  427. The Humans – Matt Haig
  428. Saints of the Shadow Bible – Ian Rankin
  429. Standing in a Dead Man’s Grave – Ian Rankin
  430. The Hydrogen Sonata – Iain M Banks
  431. The Quarry – Iain Banks
  432. The Fractal Prince – Hannu Rajamieni
  433. Cold Days – Jim Butcher
  434. The Last Dark – Stephen R Donaldson
  435. Polity Agent – Neal Asher
  436. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  437. The Dark is Rising Sequence – Susan Cooper
  438. Hilldiggers – Neal Asher
  439. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K Jerome
  440. Cetaganda – Lois McMaster Bujold
  441. The Teleportation Accident – Ned Beaumont
  442. The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
  443. The Fractal Prince – Hannu Rajaniemi
  444. Light – M John Harrison
  445. The Universe Against Alex Woods – Gavin Extence
  446. The Cunning Man – Robertson Davies
  447. Endymion Omnibus – Dan Simmons
  448. The Islanders – Christopher Priest
  449. Hogfather – Terry Pratchett
  450. Irrationality – Stuart Sutherland
  451. Contingency, irony and solidarity – Richard Rorty
  452. why does E=mc²? – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  453. What Money Can’t Buy – Michael J Sandel
  454. The Quantum Universe – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  455. The Truth about Markets – John Kay
  456. Reckoning with Risk – Gerd Gigerenzer
  457. A History of the World in Twelve Maps – Jerry Brotton
  458. Finding Moonshine – Marcus du Sautoy
  459. Pieces of Light – Charles Fernyhough
  460. Creation – Adam Rutherford
  461. Why is there something rather than nothing? – Leszek Kolakowski
  462. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings – Caspar Henderson
  463. Why We Build – Rowan Moore
  464. The Signal and the Noise – Nate Silver
  465. Turing’s Cathedral – George Dyson
  466. Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre
  467. Lost for Words – John Humphries
  468. Obliquity – John Kay
  469. The Arcanum – Janet Gleeson
  470. Complexity – M Mitchell Waldrop
  471. Meaning, medicine and the ‘placebo effect’ – Daniel Moerman
  472. Midnight at the Pera Palace – Charles King
  473. The Penguin Book of Scottish Folktales – ed. Neil Philip
  474. The Fictional Man – Al Ewing
  475. The Incorruptibles – John Horner Jacobs
  476. Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch
  477. Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch
  478. The Fear Institute – Jonathan L Howard
  479. Dead Girl Walking – Christopher Brookmyre
  480. Johannes Cabal the detective – Jonathan L Howard
  481. Dark Intelligence – Neal Asher
  482. Skin Game – Jim Butcher
  483. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  484. Fool’s Gold – Gillian Tett
  485. The Idea of Justice – Amartya Sen
  486. Not that kind of girl – Lena Dunham
  487. God Collar – Marcus Brigstocke
  488. This should be written in the present tense – Helle Helle
  489. See Delphi and Die – Lindsey Davis
  490. Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories – various
  491. The Language of Dying – Sarah Pinborough
  492. Hot Lead, Cold Iron – Ari Marmell
  493. Dead Lagoon – Michael Dibdin
  494. Apocalypse now now – Charlie Human
  495. The Coincidence Engine – Sam Leith
  496. The first fifteen lives of Harry August – Claire North
  497. The Trundlers – Harry Pearson
  498. Anathem – Neal Stephenson
  499. Raising Steam – Terry Pratchett
  500. Flesh Wounds – Christopher Brookmyre
  501. Jupiter War – Neal Asher
  502. The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
  503. Saki: The Complete Short Stories – H H Munro
  504. Evening’s Empire – Paul J McAuley
  505. Boneland – Alan Garner
  506. Kraken – China Miéville
  507. Sunshine on Scotland Street – Alexander McCall Smith
  508. Alif the Unseen – G Willow Wilson
  509. Terra – Mitch Benn
  510. Gradisil – Adam Roberts
  511. Cowl – Neal Asher
  512. The Gypsy Morph – Terry Brooks
  513. All fun and games until somebody loses an eye – Christopher Brookmyre
  514. The Cornish Trilogy – Robertson Davies
  515. Moon over Soho – Ben Aaronovitch
  516. Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers – Alexander McCall Smith
  517. Help! – Oliver Burkeman
  518. For Richer, For Poorer – Victoria Coren
  519. The Technician – Neal Asher
  520. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense – Michael Brooks
  521. 1227 Qi Facts – The QI Elves
  522. Jumpers for Goalposts – Rob Smyth and Georgina Turner
  523. The Ancient Guide to Modern Living – Natalie Haynes
  524. Quirkology – Richard Wiseman
  525. The Self Illusion – Bruce Hood
  526. August Heat – Andrea Camilleri
  527. Gridlinked – Neal Asher
  528. The Etymologicon – Mark Forsyth
  529. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  530. The Parthenon – Mary Beard
  531. At Home – Bill Bryson
  532. The Skinner – Neal Asher
  533. Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks – Alan Coren
  534. Jizz – John Hart
  535. The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  536. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  537. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  538. 1984 – George Orwell
  539. An Inspector Calls – J B Priestley
  540. All Mary – Gwynedd Rae
  541. The Tales of Olga de Polga – Michael Bond
  542. Galactic Patrol – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  543. Grey Lensman – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  544. Second Stage Lensman – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  545. Children of the Lens – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  546. Damiano – R A McAvoy
  547. Damiano’s Lute – R A McAvoy
  548. Raphael – R A McAvoy
  549. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  550. Winnie-the-Pooh – A A Milne
  551. The House at Pooh Corner – A A Milne
  552. Now we are six – A A Milne
  553. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  554. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl
  555. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
  556. Witch World – Andre Norton
  557. My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell
  558. The Talking Parcel – Gerald Durrell
  559. The Caine Mutiny – Herman Wouk
  560. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  561. Changing Places – David Lodge
  562. Small World – David Lodge
  563. 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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