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. Impossible Things Before Breakfast – Rebecca Front
  2. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K Jerome
  3. The AI Does Not Hate You – Tom Chivers
  4. Intae the Snow – Thomas Clark

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

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