The Books

The book list

You will notice that there are not quite 40 books here yet. Some of my friends are still mulling over their choice, but there are plenty here to be getting on with. This list is in alphabetical order, not reading order – you will have to wait and see what order I read them in…

  1. A boy made of blocks, Keith Stuart
  2. A history of the world in ten and a half chapters, Julian Barnes
  3. An evil cradling, Brian Keenan
  4. Being mortal, Atul Gawande
  5. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
  6. Bounce, Matthew Syed
  7. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
  8. Cat’s cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  9. Darkness Visible, William Styron
  10. Exposure, Helen Dunmore
  11. Faith seeking understanding, Daniel Migliore
  12. Find a way, Diana Nyad
  13. Finite and infinite games, James Carse
  14. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
  15. Imperial reckoning: the untold story of Britain’s gulag in Kenya, Caroline Elkins
  16. I served the King of England, Bohumil Hrabal
  17. May we be forgiven, A.M. Homes
  18. Never Mind, Edward St Aubyn
  19. Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
  20. Raw Spirit, Iain Banks
  21. Rings of Saturn, W.G.Sebald
  22. Running with the Kenyans, Adharanand Finn
  23. Sapiens: A brief history of humankind,  Yuval Noah Harari
  24. Skallagrigg, William Horwod
  25. The book thief, Markus Zusak
  26. The code of the Woosters, P.G. Wodehouse
  27. The Count of Monte Christo, Alexandre Dumas
  28. The curious incident of the dog in the night time, Mark Haddon
  29. The diary of Mr Pepys (abridged), Samuel Pepys
  30. The Go Between, L.P. Hartley
  31. The grapes of wrath, John Steinbeck
  32. The learning game, Jonathan Smith
  33. The mark and the void, Paul Murray
  34. The Outrun, Amy Liptrot
  35. The remains of the day, Kazuo Ishiguro
  36. Visitation, Jenny Erpenbeck, tr. Susan Bernofsky
  37. Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig


  1. Mate, this is all exceptional. What a fantastic thing to be doing. I couldn’t possibly add to your list as anything I said would looks like horseshit against this list. But, the book I have enjoyed more than any other is Durrell’s My family and other animals. If you want something light, funny and easy (just like me in fact!) as a ‘sorbet’ to the above list read that. Or if you already have, Pies and Prejudice by Stewart Maconie x

    1. Thanks James..
      I’m planning making a further list of other books recommended, so I will definitely include yours for the future! Hope all well with you and yours..

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