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. Word Perfect – Susie Dent
  2. Cibola Burn – James S A Corey
  3. Light Rains Sometimes Fall – Lev Parikian
  4. Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum – Leonard Susskin & Art Friedman

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

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