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. Impossible Things Before Breakfast – Rebecca Front
  2. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  3. The AI Does Not Hate You – Tom Chivers
  4. Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die – Amber Massie-Blomfield

Works already consumed, as viewed from the current observer moment

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