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. Origins – Lewis Dartnell
  2. October – China Miéville
  3. The Art of Statistics – David Spieglhalter
  4. Music to Eat Cake By – Lev Parikian
  5. The Toll – Luke Wright

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

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