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. Difficult Women – Helen Lewis
  2. October – China Miéville
  3. Interior Chinatown – Charles Yu
  4. Abaddon’s Gate – James S A Corey

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

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