The books

The (almost) final list, in the order I (currently) intend to read them. There are reasons for the order, some of which might be obvious, many of which are tenuous: most are based on a quick assignation of genre or subject matter.

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