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. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell
  2. Notes on the Sonnets – Luke Kennard
  3. Word Perfect – Susie Dent
  4. Cibola Burn – James S A Corey
  5. Ancestors – Alice Roberts

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

  1. Equal Rites – Terry Pratchett
  2. My Mess is a bit of a Life – Georgia Pritchett
  3. You say potato – Ben and David Crystal
  4. False Value – Ben Aaronvitch
  5. Written in Bone – Sue Black
  6. Adventures in Form – ed. by Tom Chivers
  7. Doing Time – Jodi Taylor
  8. Think Like an Anthropologist – Matthew Engelke
  9. Moving Pictures – Terry Pratchett
  10. The End of Everything – Katie Mack
  11. The Witness for the Dead – Katherine Addison
  12. Empireland – Sathnam Sanghera
  13. Jack Four – Neal Asher
  14. The Feel-Good Movie of the Year – Luke Wright
  15. Science Fictions – Stuart Ritchie
  16. The Beast, The Emperor and The Milkman – Harry Pearson
  17. Breath – James Nestor
  18. Sensemaking – Christian Madsbjerg
  19. All the Men I Never Married – Kim Moore
  20. Humankind – Rutger Bregman
  21. Inhibitor Phase – Alastair Reynolds
  22. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  23. Witches Abroad – Terry Pratchett
  24. The Importance of Being Interested – Robin Ince
  25. Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett
  26. Vesper Flights – Helen Macdonald
  27. Connections – James Burke
  28. Sway – Pragya Agarwal
  29. Soul Music – Terry Pratchett
  30. The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison
  31. The Constant Rabbit – Jasper Fforde
  32. River Kings – Cat Jarman
  33. The Farthest Corner – Harry Pearson
  34. Piranesi – Susanna Clarke
  35. Kindred – Rebecca Wragg Sykes
  36. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London – Garth Nix
  37. Sword of Fire – Katherine Kerr
  38. The Glamour Boys – Chris Bryant
  39. More than a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  40. Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro
  41. The Great Pretender – Susannah Cahalan
  42. Jingo – Terry Pratchett
  43. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré
  44. Exercised – Daniel Lieberman
  45. This Poison Will Remain – Fred Vargas
  46. The Man in the Red Coat – Julian Barnes
  47. The Angel of the Crows – Katherine Addison
  48. The Midnight Library – Matt Haig
  49. Pandora’s Jar – Natalie Haynes
  50. The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  51. Bone Silence – Alastair Reynolds
  52. Into the Tangled Bank – Lev Parikian
  53. How to Make the World Add Up – Tim Harford
  54. God’s Gift to Women – Don Paterson
  55. Feet of Clay – Terry Pratchett
  56. Lords and Ladies – Terry Pratchett
  57. Richards and Klein – Guy Haley
  58. Bessie Smith – Jackie Kay
  59. The Gospel of the Eels – Patrik Svensson
  60. Maskerade – Terry Pratchett
  61. how to– Randall Munroe
  62. Interesting Times – Terry Pratchett
  63. Alexa, what is there to know about love? – Brian Bilston
  64. The Three-Body Problem – Cixin Liu
  65. The Anarchy – William Dalrymple
  66. Small Gods – Terry Pratchett
  67. Abaddon’s Gate – James S A Corey
  68. The Liar’s Dictionary – Eley Williams
  69. Dominion – Tom Holland
  70. Isn’t Forever – Amy Key
  71. The Human – Neal Asher
  72. Battle Ground – Jim Butcher
  73. Interior Chinatown – Charles Yu
  74. Peace Talks – Jim Butcher
  75. Difficult Women – Helen Lewis
  76. Why do Birds Suddenly Disappear? – Lev Parikian
  77. A Murder of Quality – John le Carré
  78. A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – Emma Southon
  79. Mondeo Man – Luke Wright
  80. A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz
  81. Origins – Lewis Dartnell
  82. The Oscillations – Kate Fox
  83. The Five – Hallie Rubenhold
  84. Their Brilliant Careers – Ryan O’Neill
  85. In Mid-Air – Adam Gopnik
  86. A Song for the Dark Times – Ian Rankin
  87. Weapons of Math Destruction – Cathy O’Neil
  88. The Artful Dickens – John Mullan
  89. Eating the Sun – Oliver Morton
  90. Music to Eat Cake By – Lev Parikian
  91. The Toll – Luke Wright
  92. Caliban’s War – James S A Corey
  93. The Art of Statistics – David Spiegelhalter
  94. The Riddle of the Fractal Monks – Jonathan Pinnock
  95. This is Your Brain on Music – Daniel Levitin
  96. Reckless Paper Birds – John McCullough
  97. I Contain Multitudes – Ed Yong
  98. A Thousand Small Sanities – Adam Gopnik
  99. The Art of Falling – Kim Moore
  100. The First Book of Lankhmar – Fritz Leiber
  101. Invisible Women – Caroline Criado Perez
  102. How to Fly – Barbara Kingsolver
  103. Yellow Blue Tibia – Adam Roberts
  104. Transition – Iain Banks
  105. The Body – Bill Bryson
  106. Dead Famous – Greg Jenner
  107. what if? – Randall Munroe
  108. Agent Jack – Robert Hutton
  109. Deep Lane – Mark Doty
  110. The Hidden Half: Michael Blastland
  111. Mordew – Alex Pheby
  112. Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
  113. Forbidden Line – Paul Stanbridge
  114. Sentenced to Life – Clive James
  115. The Rules of Contagion – Adam Kucharski
  116. As kingfishers catch fire – Gerard Manley Hopkings
  117. Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar – Olga Wojtas
  118. Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die – Amber Massie-Blomfield
  119. Impossible Things Before Breakfast – Rebecca Front
  120. The AI Does Not Hate You – Tom Chivers
  121. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  122. Intae the Snow – Thomas Clark
  123. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K Jerome
  124. Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken – The Secret Barrister
  125. Tongues of Fire – Seán Hewitt
  126. Francis Plug: Writer in Residence – Paul Ewen
  127. The Secret Life of Snow – Giles Whittell
  128. Lotharingia – Simon Winder
  129. Fall, or Dodge in Hell – Neal Stephenson
  130. 40 Sonnets – Don Paterson
  131. Gene Machine – Venki Ramakrishnan
  132. Don’t be a dick, Pete – Stuart Heritage
  133. All that remains: a life in death – Sue Black
  134. The Secret World – Christopher Andrew
  135. I Never Said I Loved You – Rhik Samadder
  136. Patience – Toby Litt
  137. Living with Buildings – Iain Sinclair
  138. The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  139. It’s All About the Bike – Robert Penn
  140. Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  141. Liege Killer – Christopher Hinz
  142. The Science of Storytelling – Will Storr
  143. The Maker of Swans – Paraic O’Donnell
  144. If all the world and love were young – Stephen Sexton
  145. Leviathan Wakes – James S A Corey
  146. Haunts of the Black Masseur – Charles Sprawson
  147. Significant Other – Isabel Galleymore
  148. Calling a Wolf a Wolf – Kaveh Akbar
  149. The Happy Brain – Dean Burnett
  150. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  151. Permanent Record – Edward Snowden
  152. Absorption – John Meaney
  153. The Vinyl Detective – Andrew Cartmel
  154. Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel – Tom Wainwright
  155. The Big Book of the Continental Op – Dashiell Hammett
  156. In a House of Lies – Ian Rankin
  157. The Hard Word Box – Sarah Hesketh
  158. The October Man – Ben Aaronovitch
  159. Reality is Not What It Seems – Carlo Rovelli
  160. Sleeping Lies – Ben Aaronovitch
  161. Diary of a Somebody – Brian Bilston
  162. The New Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
  163. Emergency Window – Ross Sutherland
  164. Seashaken Houses – Tom Nancollas
  165. Admissions – Henry Marsh
  166. Forms of Protest – Hannah Silva
  167. The Seduction of Curves – Allan McRobie
  168. The House on Vesper Sands – Paraic O’Donnell
  169. The Book of Humans – Adam Rutherford
  170. Tamed – Alice Roberts
  171. The Hare with Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal
  172. Selected Poems – Federico García Lorca
  173. Children of Ruin – Adrian Tchaikovsky
  174. The Player of Games – Iain M Banks
  175. Lanny – Max Porter
  176. Look to Windward – Iain M Banks
  177. The Warship – Neal Asher
  178. Death in Ten Minutes – Fern Riddell
  179. West – Carys Davies
  180. The Perseverance – Raymond Antrobus
  181. Consider Phlebas – Iain M Banks
  182. Record of a Spaceborn Few – Becky Chambers
  183. In Your Defence – Sarah Langford
  184. The Empathy Problem – Gavin Extence
  185. Jeeves and the Wedding Bells – Sebastian Faulks
  186. Some Ending – Ben Norris
  187. Falling Awake – Alice Oswald
  188. Use of Weapons – Iain M Banks
  189. Bayonets, Mangoes and Beads – Nairobi Thompson
  190. Wyntertide – Andrew Caldecott
  191. Hello World -Hannah Fry
  192. The Revenant Express – George Mann
  193. Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi
  194. The Magus – John Fowles
  195. The Accordionist – Fred Vargas
  196. Built – Roma Agrawal
  197. Uncommon Type – Tom Hanks
  198. Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  199. The Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss
  200. The Alan Coren Omnibus – Alan Coren
  201. Lantern – Seán Hewitt
  202. Viking Britain – Thomas Williams
  203. The Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
  204. Erebus – Michael Palin
  205. Early Riser – Jasper Fforde
  206. The Pyramid of Mud – Andrea Camilleri
  207. Let’s explore diabetes with owls – David Sedaris
  208. The Pirates! In an adventure with Napoleon – Gideon Defoe
  209. Caeser’s Last Breath – Sam Kean
  210. Brief Cases – Jim Butcher
  211. Gnomon – Nick Harkaway
  212. Other Minds – Peter Godfrey-Smith
  213. The Soldier – Neal Asher
  214. Dent’s Modern Tribes – Suzie Dent
  215. The Fetch – Gregory Leadbetter
  216. Ten Little Astronauts – Damon L Wakes
  217. The Bedlam Stacks – Natasha Pulley
  218. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts – Christopher de Hamel
  219. Advice to a Young Skydiver – Joshua Seigal
  220. The Horologicon – Mark Forsyth
  221. Ticker Tape – Rishi Dastidar
  222. Sweet Sixteen – A L Kennedy
  223. The Unexpected Truth about Animals – Lucy Cooke
  224. Arbitrary and Unnecessary – Daniel Piper
  225. Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  226. 1971: Never a Dull Moment – David Hepworth
  227. Playtime – Andrew McMillan
  228. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  229. This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
  230. The Bicycle Book – Bella Bathurst
  231. The Road to Little Dribbling – Bill Bryson
  232. Kumukanda – Kayo Chingonyi
  233. What we Cannot Know – Marcus du Sautoy
  234. Poet-to-Poet: Thom Gunn – selected by August Kleinzahler
  235. No-one Cares About Your New Thing – John Osborne
  236. Jackself – Jacob Polley
  237. East West Street – Phillippe Sands
  238. The Witchwood Crown – Tad Williams
  239. Exile and the Kingdom Stories – Albert Camus
  240. The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables – Robert Henryson, tr. Seamus Heaney
  241. 9Tail Fox – Jon Courtnay Grimwood
  242. Journey of Love – Nairobi Thompson
  243. The Furthest Station – Ben Aaronovitch
  244. Universal – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  245. The Only Story – Julian Barnes
  246. The Grace of Kings – Ken Liu
  247. Women and Power – Mary Beard
  248. Algorithms to live by – Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths
  249. The Iron Wyrm Affair – Lilith Saintcrow
  250. Seventh Decimate – Stephen Donaldson
  251. To the Letter – Simon Garfield
  252. The Bertie Project – Alexander MacCall Smith
  253. The Idiot Brain – Dean Burnett
  254. The Drosten’s Curse – A L Kennedy
  255. Elysium Fire – Alastair Reynolds
  256. The Sparsholt Affair – Alan Hollingshurst
  257. You Took The Last Bus Home – Brian Bilston
  258. The Buried Life – Carrie Patel
  259. Kill Baxter – Charlie Human
  260. The Three Evangelists – Fred Vargas
  261. Ten Cities that made an Empire – Tristram Hunt
  262. Exodus – Alex Lamb
  263. Neither Nowt nor Summat – Ian McMillan
  264. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
  265. Nemesis – Alex Lamb
  266. Revenger – Alasdair Reynolds
  267. A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived – Adam Rutherford
  268. Miss Treadaway and the Field of Stars – Miranda Emmerson
  269. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel
  270. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig
  271. Other People’s Money – John Kay
  272. The End of the Day – Claire North
  273. Infinity Engine – Neal Asher
  274. A Voice in the Night – Andrea Camilleri
  275. The Hanging Tree – Ben Aaronovitch
  276. Selected Poems – Fernando Pessoa
  277. The Many Selves of Katherine North – Emma Geen
  278. Rather be the Devil – Ian Rankin
  279. The Naked Diplomat – Tom Fletcher
  280. A Quantum Murder – Peter F Hamilton
  281. Poseidon’s Wake – Alastair Reynolds
  282. Grimm Tales for Young and Old – Philip Pullman
  283. Grief is the thing with feathers – Max Porter
  284. The Lost Time Accidents – John Wray
  285. This Orient Isle – Jerry Brotton
  286. Words of Radiance, Part Two – Brandon Sanderson
  287. Killing Pretty – Richard Kadrey
  288. Words of Radiance, Part One – Brandon Sanderson
  289. The Getaway God – Richard Kadrey
  290. Empire of Things – Frank Trentmann
  291. A Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man – Jon Holmes
  292. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness – Robert Yates
  293. The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
  294. Alan Stoob: Nazi Hunter – Saul Wordsworth
  295. Slow Bullets – Alastair Reynolds
  296. Judas Unchained – Peter F Hamilton
  297. Gut – Giulia Enders
  298. The Heart of what was Lost – Tad Williams
  299. Judas Unchained – Peter F Hamilton
  300. The Last Days of New Paris – China Miéville
  301. A closed and common orbit – Becky Chambers
  302. The Sudden Appearance of Hope – Claire North
  303. The Invention of Nature – Andrea Wulf
  304. How the French Think – Sudhir Hazareesingh
  305. Killing Moon – N K Jemisin
  306. England, England – Julian Barnes
  307. Applied Mathematics – Dan Simpson
  308. Theatre of the Gods – M Suddain
  309. The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  310. Skyfaring – Mark Vanhoenacker
  311. Still falling – Sara Hirsch
  312. The Path of Anger – Antoine Rouaud
  313. Germany – Neil McGregor
  314. Pulse – Julian Barnes
  315. Cain – Luke Kennard
  316. The Algebraist – Iain M Banks
  317. Shadow of the Swan – M K Wren
  318. Stars, A Very Short Introduction – Andrew King
  319. SPQR – Mary Beard
  320. Sword of the Lamb – M K Wren
  321. Secrets of the Fire Sea – Stephen Hunt
  322. A Climate of Fear – Fred Vargas
  323. Montalbano’s first case and other stories – Andrea Camilleri
  324. How to Write About Theatre – Mark Fisher
  325. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  326. The Vorrh – B Catling
  327. A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  328. Reading like a Writer – Francine Prose
  329. The Rook – Daniel O’Malley
  330. Sum – David Eagleman
  331. Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms – Paul Willetts
  332. The Brewer of Preston – Andrea Camilleri
  333. The Silo Effect – Gillian Tett
  334. The Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
  335. Memoirs of a Porcupine – Alain Mabanckou
  336. The Adjacent – Christopher Priest
  337. Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
  338. All is Silence – Manuel Rivas
  339. Neurotribes – Steve Silberman
  340. The Vital Question – Nick Lane
  341. Resistance is Futile – Jenny T Colgan
  342. InterRail – Alessandro Gallenzi
  343. Between the Woods and the Water – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  344. A Sense of Direction – Gideon Lewis-Kravs
  345. A Million Years in a Day – Greg Jenner
  346. The Evolution of Inanimate Objects – Harry Karlinsky
  347. The Spies – Luis Fernando Verissimo
  348. Chipmunk seeks squirrel – David Sedaris
  349. Adventures in the Anthropocene – Gaia Vince
  350. A Darker Shade of Magic – V E Schwab
  351. The Undercover Economist Strikes Back – Tim Harford
  352. Egghead – Bo Burnham
  353. On the Steel Breeze – Alastair Reynolds
  354. Adapt – Tim Harford
  355. Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
  356. The Mirror World of Melody Black – Gavin Extence
  357. Kalooki Nights – Howard Jacobson
  358. Birth of a Theorem – Cédric Villani
  359. Rogue Teacher – Mark Grist
  360. This Night’s Foul Work – Fred Vargas
  361. The Table of Less Valued Knights – Marie Phillips
  362. Devil Said Bang – Richard Kadrey
  363. Blood Rain – Michael Dibdin
  364. The Ghost Riders of Ordebec – Fred Vargas
  365. A Quantum Mythology – Gavin Smith
  366. The Chalk Circle Man – Fred Vargas
  367. A gladiator only dies once – Steven Saylor
  368. Life on the Edge – Jim Al-Khalili & Johnjoe McFadden
  369. Dog will have his day – Fred Vargas
  370. The Osiris Ritual – George Mann
  371. An Uncertain Place – Fred Vargas
  372. Curious – Rebecca Front
  373. The Affinity Bridge – George Mann
  374. Angels over Elsinore – Clive James
  375. Millenium – Tom Holland
  376. Have mercy on us all – Fred Vargas
  377. Grown Up – Scott Tyrell
  378. The Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss
  379. Stuff Matters – Mark Miodownik
  380. The Ego Trick – Julian Baggini
  381. Born Liars – Ian Leslie
  382. Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro
  383. I think you’ll find its a bit more complicated than that – Ben Goldacre
  384. The Circle Line – Steffan Meyric Hughes
  385. Confronting the Classics – Mary Beard
  386. How’s the pain? – Pascal Garnier
  387. Things to make and do in the 4th Dimension – Matt Parker
  388. The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi – Mark Hodder
  389. How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran
  390. How it all began – Penelope Lively
  391. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
  392. Kill the Dead – Richard Kadrey
  393. Game of Mirrors – Andrea Camilleri
  394. The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett
  395. Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint – Michael Bond
  396. Screwtop Thompson – Magnus Mills
  397. A Long Finish – Michael Dibdin
  398. Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey
  399. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  400. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains – Neil Gaiman
  401. The Chimes – Anna Smaill
  402. 45 Mercy Street – Anne Sexton
  403. The Pleasant Light of Day – Philip Ó Ceallaigh
  404. Landing Light – Don Paterson
  405. Alex through the Looking Glass – Alex Bellos
  406. The Revolving Door of Life – Alexander McCall Smith
  407. The Aleph and Other Stories – Jorge Luis Borges
  408. Physical – Andrew McMillan
  409. The Connectome – Sebastian Seung
  410. Rain – Don Patterson
  411. Dances Learned Last Night – Michael Donaghy
  412. The Sense of Style – Steven Pinker
  413. Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges
  414. The Epigenetics Revolution – Nessa Carey
  415. The Man Who Couldn’t Stop – David Adam
  416. School of the Arts – Mark Doty
  417. Unkind to Unicorns – A E Housman
  418. Electrified Sheep – Alex Boese
  419. The Water Table – Philip Gross
  420. Conjure – Michael Donaghy
  421. New Light for the Old Dark – Sam Willetts
  422. The Ice Age – Paul Farley
  423. Portrait of my Father in an English Landscape – George Szirtes
  424. Worst Date Ever – Jane Bussman
  425. Look we have coming to Dover! – Daljit Nagra
  426. Bestiary – Helen Dunmore
  427. Manhattan in Reverse – Peter F Hamilton
  428. Atlantis – Mark Doty
  429. Family Values – Wendy Cope
  430. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis – Wendy Cope
  431. The Passages of Joy – Thom Gunn
  432. Barrel Fever – David Sedaris
  433. The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being – Alice Roberts
  434. The Beat Goes On – Ian Rankin
  435. The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  436. Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  437. Silver – Andrew Motion
  438. The A-Z of You and Me – James Hannah
  439. Paris to the Moon – Adam Gopnik
  440. 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical Music World – Darren Henley & Sam Jackson
  441. The Causal Angel – Hannu Rajaniemi
  442. The Treasure Hunt – Andrea Camilleri
  443. Question Everything – New Scientist
  444. The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  445. Letter from America – Alistair Cooke
  446. All the Rage – A L Kennedy
  447. Touch – Claire North
  448. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
  449. Bacteria, A Very Short Introduction – Sebastian G B Aymes
  450. Tigerman – Nick Harkaway
  451. The Mathematical Universe – Max Tegmark
  452. Foxglove Summer – Ben Aaronovitch
  453. the long and the short of it – John Kay
  454. Do No Harm – Henry Marsh
  455. The Price of Inequality – Joseph E Stiglitz
  456. Germania – Simon Winder
  457. How to Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  458. The Undivided Past – David Cannadine
  459. Is that a Fish in Your Ear? – David Bellos
  460. Justice – Michael J Sandel
  461. Deep Sea and Foreign Going – Rose George
  462. The Blind Giant – Nick Harkaway
  463. Into the Woods – John Yorke
  464. One Summer – Bill Bryson
  465. Spell It Out – David Crystal
  466. Danubia – Simon Winder
  467. The Humans – Matt Haig
  468. Saints of the Shadow Bible – Ian Rankin
  469. Standing in a Dead Man’s Grave – Ian Rankin
  470. The Hydrogen Sonata – Iain M Banks
  471. The Quarry – Iain Banks
  472. The Fractal Prince – Hannu Rajamieni
  473. Cold Days – Jim Butcher
  474. The Last Dark – Stephen R Donaldson
  475. Polity Agent – Neal Asher
  476. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  477. The Dark is Rising Sequence – Susan Cooper
  478. Hilldiggers – Neal Asher
  479. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K Jerome
  480. Cetaganda – Lois McMaster Bujold
  481. The Teleportation Accident – Ned Beaumont
  482. The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
  483. The Fractal Prince – Hannu Rajaniemi
  484. Light – M John Harrison
  485. The Universe Against Alex Woods – Gavin Extence
  486. The Cunning Man – Robertson Davies
  487. Endymion Omnibus – Dan Simmons
  488. The Islanders – Christopher Priest
  489. Hogfather – Terry Pratchett
  490. Irrationality – Stuart Sutherland
  491. Contingency, irony and solidarity – Richard Rorty
  492. why does E=mc²? – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  493. What Money Can’t Buy – Michael J Sandel
  494. The Quantum Universe – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  495. The Truth about Markets – John Kay
  496. Reckoning with Risk – Gerd Gigerenzer
  497. A History of the World in Twelve Maps – Jerry Brotton
  498. Finding Moonshine – Marcus du Sautoy
  499. Pieces of Light – Charles Fernyhough
  500. Creation – Adam Rutherford
  501. Why is there something rather than nothing? – Leszek Kolakowski
  502. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings – Caspar Henderson
  503. Why We Build – Rowan Moore
  504. The Signal and the Noise – Nate Silver
  505. Turing’s Cathedral – George Dyson
  506. Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre
  507. Lost for Words – John Humphries
  508. Obliquity – John Kay
  509. The Arcanum – Janet Gleeson
  510. Complexity – M Mitchell Waldrop
  511. Meaning, medicine and the ‘placebo effect’ – Daniel Moerman
  512. Midnight at the Pera Palace – Charles King
  513. The Penguin Book of Scottish Folktales – ed. Neil Philip
  514. The Fictional Man – Al Ewing
  515. The Incorruptibles – John Horner Jacobs
  516. Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch
  517. Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch
  518. The Fear Institute – Jonathan L Howard
  519. Dead Girl Walking – Christopher Brookmyre
  520. Johannes Cabal the detective – Jonathan L Howard
  521. Dark Intelligence – Neal Asher
  522. Skin Game – Jim Butcher
  523. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  524. Fool’s Gold – Gillian Tett
  525. The Idea of Justice – Amartya Sen
  526. Not that kind of girl – Lena Dunham
  527. God Collar – Marcus Brigstocke
  528. This should be written in the present tense – Helle Helle
  529. See Delphi and Die – Lindsey Davis
  530. Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories – various
  531. The Language of Dying – Sarah Pinborough
  532. Hot Lead, Cold Iron – Ari Marmell
  533. Dead Lagoon – Michael Dibdin
  534. Apocalypse now now – Charlie Human
  535. The Coincidence Engine – Sam Leith
  536. The first fifteen lives of Harry August – Claire North
  537. The Trundlers – Harry Pearson
  538. Anathem – Neal Stephenson
  539. Raising Steam – Terry Pratchett
  540. Flesh Wounds – Christopher Brookmyre
  541. Jupiter War – Neal Asher
  542. The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
  543. Saki: The Complete Short Stories – H H Munro
  544. Evening’s Empire – Paul J McAuley
  545. Boneland – Alan Garner
  546. Kraken – China Miéville
  547. Sunshine on Scotland Street – Alexander McCall Smith
  548. Alif the Unseen – G Willow Wilson
  549. Terra – Mitch Benn
  550. Gradisil – Adam Roberts
  551. Cowl – Neal Asher
  552. The Gypsy Morph – Terry Brooks
  553. All fun and games until somebody loses an eye – Christopher Brookmyre
  554. The Cornish Trilogy – Robertson Davies
  555. Moon over Soho – Ben Aaronovitch
  556. Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers – Alexander McCall Smith
  557. Help! – Oliver Burkeman
  558. For Richer, For Poorer – Victoria Coren
  559. The Technician – Neal Asher
  560. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense – Michael Brooks
  561. 1227 Qi Facts – The QI Elves
  562. Jumpers for Goalposts – Rob Smyth and Georgina Turner
  563. The Ancient Guide to Modern Living – Natalie Haynes
  564. Quirkology – Richard Wiseman
  565. The Self Illusion – Bruce Hood
  566. August Heat – Andrea Camilleri
  567. Gridlinked – Neal Asher
  568. The Etymologicon – Mark Forsyth
  569. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  570. The Parthenon – Mary Beard
  571. At Home – Bill Bryson
  572. The Skinner – Neal Asher
  573. Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks – Alan Coren
  574. Jizz – John Hart
  575. The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  576. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  577. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  578. 1984 – George Orwell
  579. An Inspector Calls – J B Priestley
  580. All Mary – Gwynedd Rae
  581. The Tales of Olga de Polga – Michael Bond
  582. Galactic Patrol – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  583. Grey Lensman – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  584. Second Stage Lensman – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  585. Children of the Lens – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  586. Damiano – R A McAvoy
  587. Damiano’s Lute – R A McAvoy
  588. Raphael – R A McAvoy
  589. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  590. Winnie-the-Pooh – A A Milne
  591. The House at Pooh Corner – A A Milne
  592. Now we are six – A A Milne
  593. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  594. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl
  595. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
  596. Witch World – Andre Norton
  597. My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell
  598. The Talking Parcel – Gerald Durrell
  599. The Caine Mutiny – Herman Wouk
  600. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  601. Changing Places – David Lodge
  602. Small World – David Lodge
  603. 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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