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. October – China Miéville
  2. how to– Randall Munroe
  3. How to Make the World Add Up – Tim Harford
  4. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

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