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. A Kist o Skinklan Things – An Anthology of Scots Poetry
  2. Fabric – Victoria Finlay
  3. Christmas is Murder – Val McDermid

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

  1. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs – Steve Brusatte
  2. Death and Fromage – Ian Moore
  3. The Legion of Flame – Anthony Ryan
  4. Murder Before Evensong – Richard Coles
  5. Why is This a Question? – Paul Anthony Jones
  6. Being You – Anil Seth
  7. The galaxy, and the ground within – Becky Chambers
  8. The Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything – Rutherford and Fry
  9. The Library of the Unwritten – A J Hackwith
  10. Black Holes – Brain Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  11. The Waking Fire – Anthony Ryan
  12. Word Perfect – Susie Dent
  13. The Anomaly – Hervé Le Tellier
  14. Monty, His Part in my Victory – Spike Milligan
  15. The Library: A Fragile History – Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen
  16. Ignore it and hope it goes away – Nic Aubury
  17. Ask a Historian – Greg Jenner
  18. The Twyford Code – Janice Hallett
  19. Say Why to Drugs – Suzi Gage
  20. The This – Adam Roberts
  21. Four Thousand Weeks – Oliver Burkeman
  22. What Abigail Did That Summer – Ben Aaronovitch
  23. Reasons to be Cheerful – Nina Stibbe
  24. The First Sister – Linden A Lewis
  25. The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman
  26. Light Rains Sometimes Fall – Lev Parikian
  27. A Very British Murder – Lucy Worsley
  28. Greed is Dead – Paul Collier and John Kay
  29. The Women of Troy – Pat Barker
  30. Anthro-Vision – Gillian Tett
  31. The Anglo-Saxons – Marc Morris
  32. God: An Anatomy – Francesca Stavrakopoulou
  33. Dead Man in a Ditch – Luke Arnold
  34. A Desolation Called Peace – Arkady Martine
  35. The Year I Stopped to Notice – Miranda Keeling
  36. Yes But What is This? What Exactly? – Ian McMillan
  37. Spook Street – Mick Herron
  38. Letters to Camondo – Edmund de Waal
  39. Amongst our Weapons – Ben Aaronovitch
  40. Rain – Don Paterson
  41. Winchelsea– Alex Preston
  42. Hard Time – Jodi Taylor
  43. Notes on the Sonnets – Luke Kennard
  44. Fake Law – The Secret Barrister
  45. The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett
  46. Jigs and Reels – Joanne Harris
  47. Eversion – Alastair Reynolds
  48. Elizabeth Finch – Julian Barnes
  49. Weaponized – Neal Asher
  50. The Elements of Eloquence – Mark Forsyth
  51. Ancestors – Alice Roberts
  52. Equal Rites – Terry Pratchett
  53. My Mess is a bit of a Life – Georgia Pritchett
  54. You say potato – Ben and David Crystal
  55. False Value – Ben Aaronvitch
  56. Written in Bone – Sue Black
  57. Adventures in Form – ed. by Tom Chivers
  58. Doing Time – Jodi Taylor
  59. Think Like an Anthropologist – Matthew Engelke
  60. Moving Pictures – Terry Pratchett
  61. The End of Everything – Katie Mack
  62. The Witness for the Dead – Katherine Addison
  63. Empireland – Sathnam Sanghera
  64. Jack Four – Neal Asher
  65. The Feel-Good Movie of the Year – Luke Wright
  66. Science Fictions – Stuart Ritchie
  67. The Beast, The Emperor and The Milkman – Harry Pearson
  68. Breath – James Nestor
  69. Sensemaking – Christian Madsbjerg
  70. All the Men I Never Married – Kim Moore
  71. Humankind – Rutger Bregman
  72. Inhibitor Phase – Alastair Reynolds
  73. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  74. Witches Abroad – Terry Pratchett
  75. The Importance of Being Interested – Robin Ince
  76. Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett
  77. Vesper Flights – Helen Macdonald
  78. Connections – James Burke
  79. Sway – Pragya Agarwal
  80. Soul Music – Terry Pratchett
  81. The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison
  82. The Constant Rabbit – Jasper Fforde
  83. River Kings – Cat Jarman
  84. The Farthest Corner – Harry Pearson
  85. Piranesi – Susanna Clarke
  86. Kindred – Rebecca Wragg Sykes
  87. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London – Garth Nix
  88. Sword of Fire – Katherine Kerr
  89. The Glamour Boys – Chris Bryant
  90. More than a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  91. Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro
  92. The Great Pretender – Susannah Cahalan
  93. Jingo – Terry Pratchett
  94. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré
  95. Exercised – Daniel Lieberman
  96. This Poison Will Remain – Fred Vargas
  97. The Man in the Red Coat – Julian Barnes
  98. The Angel of the Crows – Katherine Addison
  99. The Midnight Library – Matt Haig
  100. Pandora’s Jar – Natalie Haynes
  101. The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  102. Bone Silence – Alastair Reynolds
  103. Into the Tangled Bank – Lev Parikian
  104. How to Make the World Add Up – Tim Harford
  105. God’s Gift to Women – Don Paterson
  106. Feet of Clay – Terry Pratchett
  107. Lords and Ladies – Terry Pratchett
  108. Richards and Klein – Guy Haley
  109. Bessie Smith – Jackie Kay
  110. The Gospel of the Eels – Patrik Svensson
  111. Maskerade – Terry Pratchett
  112. how to– Randall Munroe
  113. Interesting Times – Terry Pratchett
  114. Alexa, what is there to know about love? – Brian Bilston
  115. The Three-Body Problem – Cixin Liu
  116. The Anarchy – William Dalrymple
  117. Small Gods – Terry Pratchett
  118. Abaddon’s Gate – James S A Corey
  119. The Liar’s Dictionary – Eley Williams
  120. Dominion – Tom Holland
  121. Isn’t Forever – Amy Key
  122. The Human – Neal Asher
  123. Battle Ground – Jim Butcher
  124. Interior Chinatown – Charles Yu
  125. Peace Talks – Jim Butcher
  126. Difficult Women – Helen Lewis
  127. Why do Birds Suddenly Disappear? – Lev Parikian
  128. A Murder of Quality – John le Carré
  129. A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – Emma Southon
  130. Mondeo Man – Luke Wright
  131. A Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz
  132. Origins – Lewis Dartnell
  133. The Oscillations – Kate Fox
  134. The Five – Hallie Rubenhold
  135. Their Brilliant Careers – Ryan O’Neill
  136. In Mid-Air – Adam Gopnik
  137. A Song for the Dark Times – Ian Rankin
  138. Weapons of Math Destruction – Cathy O’Neil
  139. The Artful Dickens – John Mullan
  140. Eating the Sun – Oliver Morton
  141. Music to Eat Cake By – Lev Parikian
  142. The Toll – Luke Wright
  143. Caliban’s War – James S A Corey
  144. The Art of Statistics – David Spiegelhalter
  145. The Riddle of the Fractal Monks – Jonathan Pinnock
  146. This is Your Brain on Music – Daniel Levitin
  147. Reckless Paper Birds – John McCullough
  148. I Contain Multitudes – Ed Yong
  149. A Thousand Small Sanities – Adam Gopnik
  150. The Art of Falling – Kim Moore
  151. The First Book of Lankhmar – Fritz Leiber
  152. Invisible Women – Caroline Criado Perez
  153. How to Fly – Barbara Kingsolver
  154. Yellow Blue Tibia – Adam Roberts
  155. Transition – Iain Banks
  156. The Body – Bill Bryson
  157. Dead Famous – Greg Jenner
  158. what if? – Randall Munroe
  159. Agent Jack – Robert Hutton
  160. Deep Lane – Mark Doty
  161. The Hidden Half: Michael Blastland
  162. Mordew – Alex Pheby
  163. Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
  164. Forbidden Line – Paul Stanbridge
  165. Sentenced to Life – Clive James
  166. The Rules of Contagion – Adam Kucharski
  167. As kingfishers catch fire – Gerard Manley Hopkins
  168. Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar – Olga Wojtas
  169. Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die – Amber Massie-Blomfield
  170. Impossible Things Before Breakfast – Rebecca Front
  171. The AI Does Not Hate You – Tom Chivers
  172. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  173. Intae the Snow – Thomas Clark
  174. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K Jerome
  175. Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken – The Secret Barrister
  176. Tongues of Fire – Seán Hewitt
  177. Francis Plug: Writer in Residence – Paul Ewen
  178. The Secret Life of Snow – Giles Whittell
  179. Lotharingia – Simon Winder
  180. Fall, or Dodge in Hell – Neal Stephenson
  181. 40 Sonnets – Don Paterson
  182. Gene Machine – Venki Ramakrishnan
  183. Don’t be a dick, Pete – Stuart Heritage
  184. All that remains: a life in death – Sue Black
  185. The Secret World – Christopher Andrew
  186. I Never Said I Loved You – Rhik Samadder
  187. Patience – Toby Litt
  188. Living with Buildings – Iain Sinclair
  189. The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  190. It’s All About the Bike – Robert Penn
  191. Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  192. Liege Killer – Christopher Hinz
  193. The Science of Storytelling – Will Storr
  194. The Maker of Swans – Paraic O’Donnell
  195. If all the world and love were young – Stephen Sexton
  196. Leviathan Wakes – James S A Corey
  197. Haunts of the Black Masseur – Charles Sprawson
  198. Significant Other – Isabel Galleymore
  199. Calling a Wolf a Wolf – Kaveh Akbar
  200. The Happy Brain – Dean Burnett
  201. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  202. Permanent Record – Edward Snowden
  203. Absorption – John Meaney
  204. The Vinyl Detective – Andrew Cartmel
  205. Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel – Tom Wainwright
  206. The Big Book of the Continental Op – Dashiell Hammett
  207. In a House of Lies – Ian Rankin
  208. The Hard Word Box – Sarah Hesketh
  209. The October Man – Ben Aaronovitch
  210. Reality is Not What It Seems – Carlo Rovelli
  211. Sleeping Lies – Ben Aaronovitch
  212. Diary of a Somebody – Brian Bilston
  213. The New Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
  214. Emergency Window – Ross Sutherland
  215. Seashaken Houses – Tom Nancollas
  216. Admissions – Henry Marsh
  217. Forms of Protest – Hannah Silva
  218. The Seduction of Curves – Allan McRobie
  219. The House on Vesper Sands – Paraic O’Donnell
  220. The Book of Humans – Adam Rutherford
  221. Tamed – Alice Roberts
  222. The Hare with Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal
  223. Selected Poems – Federico García Lorca
  224. Children of Ruin – Adrian Tchaikovsky
  225. The Player of Games – Iain M Banks
  226. Lanny – Max Porter
  227. Look to Windward – Iain M Banks
  228. The Warship – Neal Asher
  229. Death in Ten Minutes – Fern Riddell
  230. West – Carys Davies
  231. The Perseverance – Raymond Antrobus
  232. Consider Phlebas – Iain M Banks
  233. Record of a Spaceborn Few – Becky Chambers
  234. In Your Defence – Sarah Langford
  235. The Empathy Problem – Gavin Extence
  236. Jeeves and the Wedding Bells – Sebastian Faulks
  237. Some Ending – Ben Norris
  238. Falling Awake – Alice Oswald
  239. Use of Weapons – Iain M Banks
  240. Bayonets, Mangoes and Beads – Nairobi Thompson
  241. Wyntertide – Andrew Caldecott
  242. Hello World -Hannah Fry
  243. The Revenant Express – George Mann
  244. Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi
  245. The Magus – John Fowles
  246. The Accordionist – Fred Vargas
  247. Built – Roma Agrawal
  248. Uncommon Type – Tom Hanks
  249. Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  250. The Slow Regard of Silent Things – Patrick Rothfuss
  251. The Alan Coren Omnibus – Alan Coren
  252. Lantern – Seán Hewitt
  253. Viking Britain – Thomas Williams
  254. The Fifth Business – Robertson Davies
  255. Erebus – Michael Palin
  256. Early Riser – Jasper Fforde
  257. The Pyramid of Mud – Andrea Camilleri
  258. Let’s explore diabetes with owls – David Sedaris
  259. The Pirates! In an adventure with Napoleon – Gideon Defoe
  260. Caeser’s Last Breath – Sam Kean
  261. Brief Cases – Jim Butcher
  262. Gnomon – Nick Harkaway
  263. Other Minds – Peter Godfrey-Smith
  264. The Soldier – Neal Asher
  265. Dent’s Modern Tribes – Suzie Dent
  266. The Fetch – Gregory Leadbetter
  267. Ten Little Astronauts – Damon L Wakes
  268. The Bedlam Stacks – Natasha Pulley
  269. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts – Christopher de Hamel
  270. Advice to a Young Skydiver – Joshua Seigal
  271. The Horologicon – Mark Forsyth
  272. Ticker Tape – Rishi Dastidar
  273. Sweet Sixteen – A L Kennedy
  274. The Unexpected Truth about Animals – Lucy Cooke
  275. Arbitrary and Unnecessary – Daniel Piper
  276. Night Sky with Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  277. 1971: Never a Dull Moment – David Hepworth
  278. Playtime – Andrew McMillan
  279. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  280. This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
  281. The Bicycle Book – Bella Bathurst
  282. The Road to Little Dribbling – Bill Bryson
  283. Kumukanda – Kayo Chingonyi
  284. What we Cannot Know – Marcus du Sautoy
  285. Poet-to-Poet: Thom Gunn – selected by August Kleinzahler
  286. No-one Cares About Your New Thing – John Osborne
  287. Jackself – Jacob Polley
  288. East West Street – Phillippe Sands
  289. The Witchwood Crown – Tad Williams
  290. Exile and the Kingdom Stories – Albert Camus
  291. The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables – Robert Henryson, tr. Seamus Heaney
  292. 9Tail Fox – Jon Courtnay Grimwood
  293. Journey of Love – Nairobi Thompson
  294. The Furthest Station – Ben Aaronovitch
  295. Universal – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  296. The Only Story – Julian Barnes
  297. The Grace of Kings – Ken Liu
  298. Women and Power – Mary Beard
  299. Algorithms to live by – Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths
  300. The Iron Wyrm Affair – Lilith Saintcrow
  301. Seventh Decimate – Stephen Donaldson
  302. To the Letter – Simon Garfield
  303. The Bertie Project – Alexander MacCall Smith
  304. The Idiot Brain – Dean Burnett
  305. The Drosten’s Curse – A L Kennedy
  306. Elysium Fire – Alastair Reynolds
  307. The Sparsholt Affair – Alan Hollingshurst
  308. You Took The Last Bus Home – Brian Bilston
  309. The Buried Life – Carrie Patel
  310. Kill Baxter – Charlie Human
  311. The Three Evangelists – Fred Vargas
  312. Ten Cities that made an Empire – Tristram Hunt
  313. Exodus – Alex Lamb
  314. Neither Nowt nor Summat – Ian McMillan
  315. Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
  316. Nemesis – Alex Lamb
  317. Revenger – Alasdair Reynolds
  318. A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived – Adam Rutherford
  319. Miss Treadaway and the Field of Stars – Miranda Emmerson
  320. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel
  321. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig
  322. Other People’s Money – John Kay
  323. The End of the Day – Claire North
  324. Infinity Engine – Neal Asher
  325. A Voice in the Night – Andrea Camilleri
  326. The Hanging Tree – Ben Aaronovitch
  327. Selected Poems – Fernando Pessoa
  328. The Many Selves of Katherine North – Emma Geen
  329. Rather be the Devil – Ian Rankin
  330. The Naked Diplomat – Tom Fletcher
  331. A Quantum Murder – Peter F Hamilton
  332. Poseidon’s Wake – Alastair Reynolds
  333. Grimm Tales for Young and Old – Philip Pullman
  334. Grief is the thing with feathers – Max Porter
  335. The Lost Time Accidents – John Wray
  336. This Orient Isle – Jerry Brotton
  337. Words of Radiance, Part Two – Brandon Sanderson
  338. Killing Pretty – Richard Kadrey
  339. Words of Radiance, Part One – Brandon Sanderson
  340. The Getaway God – Richard Kadrey
  341. Empire of Things – Frank Trentmann
  342. A Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man – Jon Holmes
  343. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness – Robert Yates
  344. The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
  345. Alan Stoob: Nazi Hunter – Saul Wordsworth
  346. Slow Bullets – Alastair Reynolds
  347. Judas Unchained – Peter F Hamilton
  348. Gut – Giulia Enders
  349. The Heart of what was Lost – Tad Williams
  350. Judas Unchained – Peter F Hamilton
  351. The Last Days of New Paris – China Miéville
  352. A closed and common orbit – Becky Chambers
  353. The Sudden Appearance of Hope – Claire North
  354. The Invention of Nature – Andrea Wulf
  355. How the French Think – Sudhir Hazareesingh
  356. Killing Moon – N K Jemisin
  357. England, England – Julian Barnes
  358. Applied Mathematics – Dan Simpson
  359. Theatre of the Gods – M Suddain
  360. The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  361. Skyfaring – Mark Vanhoenacker
  362. Still falling – Sara Hirsch
  363. The Path of Anger – Antoine Rouaud
  364. Germany – Neil McGregor
  365. Pulse – Julian Barnes
  366. Cain – Luke Kennard
  367. The Algebraist – Iain M Banks
  368. Shadow of the Swan – M K Wren
  369. Stars, A Very Short Introduction – Andrew King
  370. SPQR – Mary Beard
  371. Sword of the Lamb – M K Wren
  372. Secrets of the Fire Sea – Stephen Hunt
  373. A Climate of Fear – Fred Vargas
  374. Montalbano’s first case and other stories – Andrea Camilleri
  375. How to Write About Theatre – Mark Fisher
  376. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  377. The Vorrh – B Catling
  378. A Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  379. Reading like a Writer – Francine Prose
  380. The Rook – Daniel O’Malley
  381. Sum – David Eagleman
  382. Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms – Paul Willetts
  383. The Brewer of Preston – Andrea Camilleri
  384. The Silo Effect – Gillian Tett
  385. The Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
  386. Memoirs of a Porcupine – Alain Mabanckou
  387. The Adjacent – Christopher Priest
  388. Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
  389. All is Silence – Manuel Rivas
  390. Neurotribes – Steve Silberman
  391. The Vital Question – Nick Lane
  392. Resistance is Futile – Jenny T Colgan
  393. InterRail – Alessandro Gallenzi
  394. Between the Woods and the Water – Patrick Leigh Fermor
  395. A Sense of Direction – Gideon Lewis-Kravs
  396. A Million Years in a Day – Greg Jenner
  397. The Evolution of Inanimate Objects – Harry Karlinsky
  398. The Spies – Luis Fernando Verissimo
  399. Chipmunk seeks squirrel – David Sedaris
  400. Adventures in the Anthropocene – Gaia Vince
  401. A Darker Shade of Magic – V E Schwab
  402. The Undercover Economist Strikes Back – Tim Harford
  403. Egghead – Bo Burnham
  404. On the Steel Breeze – Alastair Reynolds
  405. Adapt – Tim Harford
  406. Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
  407. The Mirror World of Melody Black – Gavin Extence
  408. Kalooki Nights – Howard Jacobson
  409. Birth of a Theorem – Cédric Villani
  410. Rogue Teacher – Mark Grist
  411. This Night’s Foul Work – Fred Vargas
  412. The Table of Less Valued Knights – Marie Phillips
  413. Devil Said Bang – Richard Kadrey
  414. Blood Rain – Michael Dibdin
  415. The Ghost Riders of Ordebec – Fred Vargas
  416. A Quantum Mythology – Gavin Smith
  417. The Chalk Circle Man – Fred Vargas
  418. A gladiator only dies once – Steven Saylor
  419. Life on the Edge – Jim Al-Khalili & Johnjoe McFadden
  420. Dog will have his day – Fred Vargas
  421. The Osiris Ritual – George Mann
  422. An Uncertain Place – Fred Vargas
  423. Curious – Rebecca Front
  424. The Affinity Bridge – George Mann
  425. Angels over Elsinore – Clive James
  426. Millenium – Tom Holland
  427. Have mercy on us all – Fred Vargas
  428. Grown Up – Scott Tyrell
  429. The Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss
  430. Stuff Matters – Mark Miodownik
  431. The Ego Trick – Julian Baggini
  432. Born Liars – Ian Leslie
  433. Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro
  434. I think you’ll find its a bit more complicated than that – Ben Goldacre
  435. The Circle Line – Steffan Meyric Hughes
  436. Confronting the Classics – Mary Beard
  437. How’s the pain? – Pascal Garnier
  438. Things to make and do in the 4th Dimension – Matt Parker
  439. The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi – Mark Hodder
  440. How to Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran
  441. How it all began – Penelope Lively
  442. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
  443. Kill the Dead – Richard Kadrey
  444. Game of Mirrors – Andrea Camilleri
  445. The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett
  446. Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint – Michael Bond
  447. Screwtop Thompson – Magnus Mills
  448. A Long Finish – Michael Dibdin
  449. Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey
  450. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  451. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains – Neil Gaiman
  452. The Chimes – Anna Smaill
  453. 45 Mercy Street – Anne Sexton
  454. The Pleasant Light of Day – Philip Ó Ceallaigh
  455. Landing Light – Don Paterson
  456. Alex through the Looking Glass – Alex Bellos
  457. The Revolving Door of Life – Alexander McCall Smith
  458. The Aleph and Other Stories – Jorge Luis Borges
  459. Physical – Andrew McMillan
  460. The Connectome – Sebastian Seung
  461. Rain – Don Patterson
  462. Dances Learned Last Night – Michael Donaghy
  463. The Sense of Style – Steven Pinker
  464. Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges
  465. The Epigenetics Revolution – Nessa Carey
  466. The Man Who Couldn’t Stop – David Adam
  467. School of the Arts – Mark Doty
  468. Unkind to Unicorns – A E Housman
  469. Electrified Sheep – Alex Boese
  470. The Water Table – Philip Gross
  471. Conjure – Michael Donaghy
  472. New Light for the Old Dark – Sam Willetts
  473. The Ice Age – Paul Farley
  474. Portrait of my Father in an English Landscape – George Szirtes
  475. Worst Date Ever – Jane Bussman
  476. Look we have coming to Dover! – Daljit Nagra
  477. Bestiary – Helen Dunmore
  478. Manhattan in Reverse – Peter F Hamilton
  479. Atlantis – Mark Doty
  480. Family Values – Wendy Cope
  481. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis – Wendy Cope
  482. The Passages of Joy – Thom Gunn
  483. Barrel Fever – David Sedaris
  484. The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being – Alice Roberts
  485. The Beat Goes On – Ian Rankin
  486. The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  487. Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  488. Silver – Andrew Motion
  489. The A-Z of You and Me – James Hannah
  490. Paris to the Moon – Adam Gopnik
  491. 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical Music World – Darren Henley & Sam Jackson
  492. The Causal Angel – Hannu Rajaniemi
  493. The Treasure Hunt – Andrea Camilleri
  494. Question Everything – New Scientist
  495. The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  496. Letter from America – Alistair Cooke
  497. All the Rage – A L Kennedy
  498. Touch – Claire North
  499. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
  500. Bacteria, A Very Short Introduction – Sebastian G B Aymes
  501. Tigerman – Nick Harkaway
  502. The Mathematical Universe – Max Tegmark
  503. Foxglove Summer – Ben Aaronovitch
  504. the long and the short of it – John Kay
  505. Do No Harm – Henry Marsh
  506. The Price of Inequality – Joseph E Stiglitz
  507. Germania – Simon Winder
  508. How to Be a Woman – Caitlin Moran
  509. The Undivided Past – David Cannadine
  510. Is that a Fish in Your Ear? – David Bellos
  511. Justice – Michael J Sandel
  512. Deep Sea and Foreign Going – Rose George
  513. The Blind Giant – Nick Harkaway
  514. Into the Woods – John Yorke
  515. One Summer – Bill Bryson
  516. Spell It Out – David Crystal
  517. Danubia – Simon Winder
  518. The Humans – Matt Haig
  519. Saints of the Shadow Bible – Ian Rankin
  520. Standing in a Dead Man’s Grave – Ian Rankin
  521. The Hydrogen Sonata – Iain M Banks
  522. The Quarry – Iain Banks
  523. The Fractal Prince – Hannu Rajamieni
  524. Cold Days – Jim Butcher
  525. The Last Dark – Stephen R Donaldson
  526. Polity Agent – Neal Asher
  527. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  528. The Dark is Rising Sequence – Susan Cooper
  529. Hilldiggers – Neal Asher
  530. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K Jerome
  531. Cetaganda – Lois McMaster Bujold
  532. The Teleportation Accident – Ned Beaumont
  533. The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
  534. The Fractal Prince – Hannu Rajaniemi
  535. Light – M John Harrison
  536. The Universe Against Alex Woods – Gavin Extence
  537. The Cunning Man – Robertson Davies
  538. Endymion Omnibus – Dan Simmons
  539. The Islanders – Christopher Priest
  540. Hogfather – Terry Pratchett
  541. Irrationality – Stuart Sutherland
  542. Contingency, irony and solidarity – Richard Rorty
  543. why does E=mc²? – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  544. What Money Can’t Buy – Michael J Sandel
  545. The Quantum Universe – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
  546. The Truth about Markets – John Kay
  547. Reckoning with Risk – Gerd Gigerenzer
  548. A History of the World in Twelve Maps – Jerry Brotton
  549. Finding Moonshine – Marcus du Sautoy
  550. Pieces of Light – Charles Fernyhough
  551. Creation – Adam Rutherford
  552. Why is there something rather than nothing? – Leszek Kolakowski
  553. The Book of Barely Imagined Beings – Caspar Henderson
  554. Why We Build – Rowan Moore
  555. The Signal and the Noise – Nate Silver
  556. Turing’s Cathedral – George Dyson
  557. Bad Pharma – Ben Goldacre
  558. Lost for Words – John Humphries
  559. Obliquity – John Kay
  560. The Arcanum – Janet Gleeson
  561. Complexity – M Mitchell Waldrop
  562. Meaning, medicine and the ‘placebo effect’ – Daniel Moerman
  563. Midnight at the Pera Palace – Charles King
  564. The Penguin Book of Scottish Folktales – ed. Neil Philip
  565. The Fictional Man – Al Ewing
  566. The Incorruptibles – John Horner Jacobs
  567. Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch
  568. Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch
  569. The Fear Institute – Jonathan L Howard
  570. Dead Girl Walking – Christopher Brookmyre
  571. Johannes Cabal the detective – Jonathan L Howard
  572. Dark Intelligence – Neal Asher
  573. Skin Game – Jim Butcher
  574. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  575. Fool’s Gold – Gillian Tett
  576. The Idea of Justice – Amartya Sen
  577. Not that kind of girl – Lena Dunham
  578. God Collar – Marcus Brigstocke
  579. This should be written in the present tense – Helle Helle
  580. See Delphi and Die – Lindsey Davis
  581. Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories – various
  582. The Language of Dying – Sarah Pinborough
  583. Hot Lead, Cold Iron – Ari Marmell
  584. Dead Lagoon – Michael Dibdin
  585. Apocalypse now now – Charlie Human
  586. The Coincidence Engine – Sam Leith
  587. The first fifteen lives of Harry August – Claire North
  588. The Trundlers – Harry Pearson
  589. Anathem – Neal Stephenson
  590. Raising Steam – Terry Pratchett
  591. Flesh Wounds – Christopher Brookmyre
  592. Jupiter War – Neal Asher
  593. The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
  594. Saki: The Complete Short Stories – H H Munro
  595. Evening’s Empire – Paul J McAuley
  596. Boneland – Alan Garner
  597. Kraken – China Miéville
  598. Sunshine on Scotland Street – Alexander McCall Smith
  599. Alif the Unseen – G Willow Wilson
  600. Terra – Mitch Benn
  601. Gradisil – Adam Roberts
  602. Cowl – Neal Asher
  603. The Gypsy Morph – Terry Brooks
  604. All fun and games until somebody loses an eye – Christopher Brookmyre
  605. The Cornish Trilogy – Robertson Davies
  606. Moon over Soho – Ben Aaronovitch
  607. Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers – Alexander McCall Smith
  608. Help! – Oliver Burkeman
  609. For Richer, For Poorer – Victoria Coren
  610. The Technician – Neal Asher
  611. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense – Michael Brooks
  612. 1227 Qi Facts – The QI Elves
  613. Jumpers for Goalposts – Rob Smyth and Georgina Turner
  614. The Ancient Guide to Modern Living – Natalie Haynes
  615. Quirkology – Richard Wiseman
  616. The Self Illusion – Bruce Hood
  617. August Heat – Andrea Camilleri
  618. Gridlinked – Neal Asher
  619. The Etymologicon – Mark Forsyth
  620. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  621. The Parthenon – Mary Beard
  622. At Home – Bill Bryson
  623. The Skinner – Neal Asher
  624. Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks – Alan Coren
  625. Jizz – John Hart
  626. The Pearl – John Steinbeck
  627. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  628. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  629. 1984 – George Orwell
  630. An Inspector Calls – J B Priestley
  631. All Mary – Gwynedd Rae
  632. The Tales of Olga de Polga – Michael Bond
  633. Galactic Patrol – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  634. Grey Lensman – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  635. Second Stage Lensman – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  636. Children of the Lens – E E ‘Doc’ Smith
  637. Damiano – R A McAvoy
  638. Damiano’s Lute – R A McAvoy
  639. Raphael – R A McAvoy
  640. Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  641. Winnie-the-Pooh – A A Milne
  642. The House at Pooh Corner – A A Milne
  643. Now we are six – A A Milne
  644. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  645. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl
  646. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
  647. Witch World – Andre Norton
  648. My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell
  649. The Talking Parcel – Gerald Durrell
  650. The Caine Mutiny – Herman Wouk
  651. Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  652. Changing Places – David Lodge
  653. Small World – David Lodge
  654. Nice Work – David Lodge

To be continued…

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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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