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. Connections – James Burke
  2. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell
  3. The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison
  4. Sway – Pragya Agarwal

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

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