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. House of the Wolf – M K Wren
  2. The Science of Storytelling – Will Storr
  3. It’s All About the Bike – Robert Penn

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

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