Books read since 1995 to date by Justine Solomons

Posted by Justine Solomons on 3 December 2020, in News

Someone once told me, "It's not what a person is like that matters but what they like that matters."

Since 1995 I've have written a list of every book I've read. In case you're wondering what I'm like/what I like, here's a digital version of that list: (click on the highlighted ones to read our reviews.

Books in 2022

The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
4000 Weeks - Oliver Burkeman (audio)
Beefy's Burden - Paul Blaney
What I Talk About When I Talk about Running - Haruki Murakami
Ten Men.- Kitty Ruskin
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl - Mona Awad
The Blind Man of Hoy (uf) - Rod Svell
Wintering - Katherine May (audio)
Delicacy - A Memoir About Cake and Death -Katy Wix

Books in 2021
Leap In - Alexandra Heminsley (audio)
Shoe Dog - Phil Knight (audio)
On Chapel Sands - Laura Cummings
Insomnia Diaries - Miranda Levy
Jews Don't Count - David Baddiel
The Future of Stuff - Vinay Gupta
The Artists Way - Julia Cameron
Coming In - Justin Gibbons
Love Nina - Nina Stibbe (audio)
This is Going to Hurt  - Adam Kay
Nobody Will Tell You This But Me - Bess Kalb
Sex Robots and Vegan Meat - Jenny Kleeman
Heartburn - Nora Ephron
Mrs Death Misses Death - Selena Godden
Happiness - Jack Underwood
This Is Where We Live - Kate Hardie
Beautiful World Where Are You? - Sally Rooney
The Night Always Comes - Willy Vlautin
Jailbait - Kathy Evans
The Island of Sea Women - Lisa See
The Fortune Men - Nadifa Mohammed
Flash Count Diaries - Darcey Steinke
Animal - Lisa Taddeo
Open Water - Caleb Nelson (uf)
Dear Tosh - Ninette Hartley
EYE Marty  - Marty Feldman
Swimmoir - Justine Solomons
Sorrow and Bliss - Meg Mason
Swimming Lessons - Leanne Shapton
Postcards from the Edge - Carrie Fisher

Books in 202
Stop at Nothing - Tammy Cohen
Josie's Doorways - Rachel Mann (unpublished)
West  - Carys Davies
Nikel Boys - Colsen Whitehead (Audio)
How To Kill Your Mother - Jeremy Austin (unpublished)
The Salt Path - Raynor Winn
Adults - Emma Jane Unsworth
Mazel Tov - JS Margot
How to Stop Time - Matt Haig (audio)
Naked - Beyla Ziv-Guest (unpublished)
Now We Shall Be Entirely Free - Andrew Miller
No Good Brother - Tyler Keevil
The Dutch House - Ann Patchett (audio)
Very Nice - Mary Dermansky
My Salinger Year - Joanna  Rakoff
The Five - Hallie Rubenhold (audio)
In At The Deep End - Kate Davies
Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid
I Feel Bad About My Neck - Nora Ephron
Bitter - Francesca Jakobi
The Switch - Beth O'Leary
The Discomfort of Evening - Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
Lowborn - Kerry Hudson
Nothing to See - Kevin Wilson
Red at the Bone - Jacqueline Wilson
Why We Eat (Too Much) - Andrew Jenkinson
An American Marriage - Tayari Jones
Eileen - Ottessa Moshfegh
Nidbranch - Irenosen Okojie
Peace Talks - Tim Finch
The Mothers - Brit Bennett
The House of Journalists - Tim Finch
Coming Undone - Terri White
Bel Canto - Ann Patchet
The Family Fang - Kevin Wilson
Hamnet - Maggie O'Farrell (audio)
This is Happiness - Niall Williams
Intimations - Zadie Smith
Anti Diet - Christy Harrison
Intuitive Eating - Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
Dear Reader - Cathy Rentzenbrink
The Midnight Library - Matt Haig
The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett (audio)
My Dark Vanessa - Kate Elizabeth Russell
Redhead at the Side of the Road - Anne Tyler
Trust Exercise - Susan Choi
Dominicana - Angie Cruz
The Broygus - Laurence Kershook (unpublished)
On Earth We are Briefly Gorgeus - Ocean Vuong
Ghosts - Dolly Alderston (audio)
Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart
Once Upon a River - Diane Setterfields
Just Like You - Nick Hornby
Just Ignore Him - Alan Davies
Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
Small Pleasures - Clare Chambers
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simson
The Glass Hotel - Emily St John
The Wrong 'Un - Catherine Evans
Get Rich, Lucky Bitch - Denise Duffield-Thomas
Portrait of Britain - Hoxton Press



Books in 2019
Educated - Tessa Westover
Free Food for Millionaires - Min Jin Lee
London Calling - Clare Lydon
The Hearts Invisible Furies - John Boyce
How To Build a Girl - Caitlin Moran
Wild Pines - Ben Ross
The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin
The Girl in Her Eyes - Jennie Ensor
This Naked Mind - Annie Grace
The Milkman - Anna Burns
Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia - Tracey Thorn
Circe - Madeline Miller
Don't You Forget About Me - Mhari McFarlane
Queenie - Candice Canty - Williams
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Convenience Store Woman - Sayaka Murata
Love and Other Things To Live For - Louise Leverett
Lost Connections - Johann Hari
Flatshare - Beth O'Leary
The Cows - Dawn O'Porter
Ordinary People - Diana Evans
Sorry Not Sorry - Sophie Renald
The Lost Letters of William Woolf - Helen Cullen
You're a Bad Man Mr Gumm - Andy Stanton
The Fast 5 Diet - Bert Herring
The Way of the Iceman - Wim Hof and Koen de Jong
Lolita Man - Dan Proops
Portrait of An Addict as a Young Man - Bill Clegg
Notes to Self - Emilie Pine
Breakfast Dress - Lisa Edwards
The Most Difficult Thing - Charlotte Philby
Three Women - Lisa Taddeo
Missing - Alison Moore
Jardin Les Animaux - Paul Blaney
The Family Upstairs - Lisa Jewell
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read - Philippa Perry (Audio)
French Exit - Patrick DeWitt
You Don't Die of Love - Stephen May
Fleishman is In Trouble - Taffy Brodesser-Akner‎
Sparks - Stephen Lesile
The Luckiest Guy Alive - John Cooper Clarke
The Future Starts Here - John Higgs (Audio)
Girl, Woman, Other - Bernadine Evaristo
70s Dinner Party - Anna Pallai
Without Seeming to Care at All - Max Sydney Smith
Watling Street - John Higss (Audio)
The Strategy Book - Max McKeown
Amy and Isabelle - Elizabeth Strout
My Name is Leon - Kit De Waal
American Dirt - Jeanne Cummings
The Outrun - Amy Liptrot

Books in 2018
Home Fire - Kamla Shamsie
Swimming Lessons - Claire Fuller
Harmless Like You - Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
What Didn't Quite - Chris Meade
Lullaby - Leila Slimani
Don't Skip Out on Me - Willy Vlautin
The Music Shop - Rachel Joyce
Everything I Know About Love - Dolly Alderton
The Mighty Franks - Michael Frank
How To Murder Your Life - Cat Marnell
Pig Iron - Benjamin Myers
Esquimaux - Tom Tivnan
Born a Crime - Trevor Noah (Audio)
How to Be a Public Author - Francis Plug
When I Hit You - Meena Kandasamy
Hot Milk - Deborah Levy
Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward
Social Media - Socially Mediocre - Misael Trujillo Suarez
Clean - Juno Dawson
Living The Dream - Isabel Duprey
I Am, I Am,  I Am - Maggie O'Farrell (Audio)
The Lido - Libby Page
Motherhood - Sheila Heti
Crudo - Olivia Laing
21 Miles - Jessica Hepburn
Falling Out of Time - David Grossman
Old Baggage - Lissa Evans
Mad Girl - Bryony Gordon
The Female Persuasion - Meg Worlitzer
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - Imogen Hermes Gowar
Take Nothing With You - Patrick Gale
The Party - Elizabeth Day
All That Was Lost - Alison May
Battlestar Suburbia - Chris McCrudden (uf)
The Overstory - Richard Powers
Calypso - David Sedaris (Audio)
Sabrina - Nick Drnaso
Calypso - David Sedaris
The Position - Meg Worlitzer
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil - Stephan Collins
Milkman - Anna Burns
Ordinary People - Sally Rooney
Less - Andrew Grear (Audio)
The Wife - Meg Worlitzer
My Year of Rest and Relaxation - Ottessa Moshfegh
Ulverton - Adam Thorpe
Who We Were Before - Leah Mercier
The Marriage of Opposites  - Alice Hoffman

Books in 2017
Grief is a Thing with Feathers - Max Porter
Everyone Brave is Forgiven - Chris Cleave
Here I Am - Jonathan Safran Foer (audio and kindle)
The Life to Come - Dudley Cruse
Mindfulness - Prof Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman
4321 -  Paul Auster (audio and kindle)
Give and Take - Adam Grant
Pond Stories - Claire-Louise Bennett
The Underground Railroad - Cols0n Whitehead
The Power - Naomi Alderman
Days Without End - Sebastian Barry (audio)
The Good Immigrant - Nikesh Shukla (audio)
The Lesser Bohemians - Eimer McBride
The Vanishing Man - Laura Cumming (audio)
Unami - Laia Jufresa
The Nix - Nathan Hill
The Fact of a Body - Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Leaving from Atocho Station - Ben Lerner
The She was Gone - Lisa Jewell
They All Fall Down - Tammy Cohen
A Manual for Heartache - Cathy Rentzenbrink
London Lives - Jon Appleton
Brother of the More Famous Jack - Barbara Trapido
Man Walks Into a Bar - David Grossman
Under the Sun - Lottie Moggach
Love to The Power of Three - Tony Pletts
I Let you Go - Clare Mackintosh
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
Seas of Snow - Kerensa Jennings
The Dark Circle - Linda Grant
Tin Man - Sarah Winman
Swing Time - Zadie Smith
Anatomy of a Scandal - Sarah Vaughan
Autumn - Ali Smith
The Matter of Faith - Bethany Wren
Elmet - Fiona Mozley
Essays in Love Story - Andy Matheson
The History of Wolves - Emily Findland (audio)
Mrs - Caitlin Macy
As a God Might Be - Neil Griffiths
Into The Mouth a Lion - Amelia Kyazze
My Animal Life - Maggie Gee
Fresh Complaint - Jeffery Eugenides
Mindset - Carol Dweck
Thirst - Kerry Hudson
Winter - Ali Smith
How To Stop Time - Matt Haig
Exit West - Mohsin Hamid
Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor
Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan
Little Fires Everwhere - Celeste Ng
Conversations with Friends - Sally Rooney

Books in 2016
Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
Nemesis: One Man and His Battle for Rio - Misha Glenny
First One Missing - Tammy Cohen
Dangerous When Wet - Jamie Brickhouse
The Illuminiations - Andrew O'Hagan
On the Move: A Life - Oliver Sacks
Why Can You Be Happy When You Can Be Normal - Jeanette Winterson (audio)
Alive, Alive Oh - Diana Athill (audio)
16 - Alistair Roberts
A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara (audio and kindle)
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson
Ready to Love - Jon Appleton
The Vegetarian - Han King
Glorious Heresies - Lisa McInerney
Almost Happy - Brian Kaplan
Paper Houses - Michele Roberts
Curation: The Power of Selection in a World of Excess - Michael Bhaskar
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things - Bryn Greenwood
Owl Song at Dawn - Emma Claire Sweeney
The Infinite Home - Kathleen Alcott
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth - Lindsey Lee Johnson
The Girls - Emma Cline
Client A. J. - V Schonfeld
Hampstead Fever - Carol Cooper
The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt - Tracey Farr
Number 11 - Jonathan Coe
Blindside - Jennie Ensor
The Many - Wyl Menmuir
Watching Willow Watts - Talli Roland
Purity - Jonathan Franzen
Fates and Furies - Laura Groff
The Swimming Pool - Louise Candlish
She Was Bad - Tammy Cohen
When Were On a Break - Lindsey Kelk
Yesterday - Felicity Yap
The Sellout - Paul Beatty
The Techno Pagan Octopus Messiah - Ian Winn
Wicked Whispers - Jessica Callum
Sixteen, Sixty-One - Natalie Lucas

Books in 2015
Us - David Nicholls (Audio)
The Light Between Oceans - ML Stedman
The Screen Savers - Bryan Romaine
Angel on Blackberry Hill - Rachel Mann
Mr Mac and Me - Esther Freud
A Year of Reading Dangerously - Andy Miller (Audio)
The Crimson Petal and The White (uf) - Michael Faber
Mussel Feast - Birgid Vanderbeke
Azareal's Dragonflame - Rachel Stohler
The Crimson Petal and The White (uf)- Michael Faber
(The Last of the) Poly Girls - Helen Bagnall
Envy and the Veil - Dan Proops
The Humans - Matt Haig
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Audio)
Her - Harriet Lane
Life Drawing - Robin Black
The Fat Lady's Daughter - Charles Kriel
How to Thrive in the Digital Age - Tom Chatfield
Girl on a Train - Paula Hawkins
The Ghost - Andrew Lowe
Mira Corpora - Jeff Jackson
Nora Webster - Colm Tobin (Audio)
Home at The End of the World - Julia Rochester
Metalines - Rachel Lynes
Take Me Byt the Hand - Meg Massey
We Were Liars - E Lockhart
The House at Roc Noir - Julia Laflin
Reasons to Be Alive - Matt Haig
The Last Act of Love - Cathy Rentzenbrink
After Before - Jemma Wayne
Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale - Andrew Kane
You Don't Have to Live Like This - Ben Markovitz
This Book Will Change Your Life - A M Homes
The Green Road - Anne Enright
The Third Wife - Lisa Jewell
Outline - Rachel Cusk
The Last Pilot - Benjamin Johncock
My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante
A Place Called Winter - Patrick Gale
Shanghai Passenger - Lucy Brydon
The Good Son - Paul McVeigh
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
Death of a Diva (uf) - Derek Farrell
Jesus' Son - Denis Johnson
Station Eleven - Emily St John Mandel

Books in 2014
Metawars - Jeff Norton
The Lowlands - Jhumpi Lahiri
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
The Curve - Nicholas Lovell
Family Likeness - Caitlin Davies
The Examined Life - Stephen Grosz
The Greengage Summer - Rumer Godden
Professional Intelligence on How to Manage People - Paula Jago
The Cormorant - Chuck Wendig
Yellow Crocus: A Novel - Laila Ibrahim
The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer
Maggie and Me - Damian Barr
Mrs Hemmingway - Naomi Wood
Home - Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone
The Free - Willy Vlautin
Bark - Lorrie Moore
Northline - Willy Vlautin
The Graduate - Charles Webb
Talking to Ourselves - Andres Neuman
Single in the City - Michele Gorman
The Dinner - Herman Koch
Swear Down - Russ Litten
The Butterfly Storm - Kate Frost
The Day My Life Changed - Annie Francis-Clark
This Book Will Change your life - Andy Ritchie
Magpies - Mark Edwards
The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer
Animals - Emma Jane Unsworth
Summer Child - Diane Chamberlaine
Fractured - Dani Atkins
Full Circle - Keith Grissett
All The Birds, Sleeping - Evie Wyld
Elizabeth is Missing - Emma Healey
The Broken - Tamar Cohen
Sod the Bitches - Steven Berkoff
The Modern Depression Guidebook - Dylan Brody
Heirs and Graces - Sally King
Mockstars - Christopher Russell
My Beautiful Game - Nancy Dell'Olio
Breathing Out - Karen Hockney
A Song for Issy Bradley - Carys Bray
As They Slept (Book 1) - Andy Leeks
Summer House with Swimming Pool - Herman Koch
As They Slept (Book 2) - Andy Leeks
History of Rain - Niall Williams
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Jan-Philip Sendker
Social Engineer - Ian Sutherland
Romany and Tom - Ben Watt
J: A Novel - Howard Jacobson
We are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
Digital and Social Media for Authors - Chris McCrudden
How to Be Both (uf) - Ali Smith
The Apologist - Jay Rayner
The Lemon Grove - Helen Walsh
The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think - Julian Baggini
The Dark Net - Jamie Bartlett
How to Age - Anne Karpf
Box of Birds - Charles Fernyhough
Norm Chronicles - Michael Blastland and Professor David Spiegelhalter
March, Women, March - Lucinda Hawksley
Sonic Wonderland - Trevor Cox
The Walkers Guide - Tristan Gooley
The Bigger Prize - Margaret Heffernan
Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll - Zoe Cormier
Report from the Interior - Paul Auster
H for Hawk - Helen MacDonald

Books in 2013
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
The Lighthouse - Alison Moore
The Audacious Mendacity of Lily Green - Shelley Weiner
The Murder of Halland - Pia Juul
The Good Father - Diane Chamberlain
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
A Serpentine Affair - Tina Serkis
Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemmingway
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
Ten Things I've Learnt About Love - Sarah Butler
Kim - Rudyard Kipling (uf)
Bedsit Disco Queen - How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Popstar - Tracey Thorn
Hellbent and Other Stories - Paul Blaney
Tell the Wolves I'm Home - Carol Rifka Brunt
Central Reservation - Will Le Fleming
Dirt - David Vann
The Pollyanna Plan - Talli Roland
The Middlesteins - Jami Attenberg
The Human Script - Johnny Rich
The Fast Diet - Michael Mosley
Skios - Michael Frayn
Career Change: stop hating your job - Joanna Penn
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Night Rainbow - Claire King
Jia o Yi - Maury Shenk
Yellow Birds - Kevin Powers
The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey
Dear Sister - Judith Summers
Here and Now - Paul Auster and J.M Coetzee
The Orphan Masters Son - Adam Johnson (uf)
Mister Spoonface - Paul Blaney
A Greedy Man in a Hungry World - Jay Rayner
HhhH - Laurent Binet
Stoner - John Williams
Before I Met You - Lisa Jewell
A Virtual Love - Andrew Blackman
Feral Youth - Polly Courtney
Sisterland - Curtis Sittenfeld
One Step Too Far - Tina Seskis
The Little Book of Big Advice, How to be Successful at Work - Paula Jago
Still Alice - Lisa Genova
A Month in Music - Alex Watson
Where'd you go Bernadette - Maria Semple
The Customs House -  Andrew Motion
The Trip to Echo Spring - Olivia Laing
The Mistresses Revenge - Tamar Cohen
Harvest - Jim Crace
The Cruellest Game - Hilary Bonner
The Shipwrecked House - Claire Trevien
Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter
Waiting for Bluebeard - Helen Ivory
Catching the Cascade - Paul Lyalls
Kiss Me First - Lottie Moggach
Kane and Abel - Jeffrey Archer
The Circle - Dave Eggrs
Apple Tree Yard - Louise Doughty
Ghost Town - Catriona Troth
Running Like a Girl - Alexandra Heminsley

Books in 2012
Jamrach's Menagerie - Carol Birch
The Pleasure Seekers  - Tishani Doshi
Tideline - Penny Hancock
The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned - Wells Tower
The Personal History of Rachel Dupree - Ann Weisgarber
Pure - Andrew Miller
Star of the Sea - Joseph O'Connor
A Cupboard Full of Coats - Yvette Edwards
Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
The Interrogative Mood -  Padgett Powell
Tinkers - Paul Harding
The Paris Wife - Paula McLain
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
The Imperfectionists - Tom Rachman
Invisibles - Ed Siegle
Ghost Knigi - written and illustrated by Benjamin Sommerhalder
Until Thy Wrath Be Past: A Rebekah Martinsson Investigation - Asa Larsson
Capital - John Lanchester
Winter Journal - Paul Auster
50 Shades of Grey - E.L. James (re-read for April's book group)
Five to One - Chris Chalmers
Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut (re-read for May's book group)
The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brien
The Hare with the Amber Eyes - Edmund de Waal
Build a Man - Talli Roland
The Card - Graham Rawle
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller
Mr Spoonface - Paul Blaney
Tiny Sunbirds Far Away - Christie Watson
Dark Dates (The Cassandra Bick Chronicles) - Tracey Sinclair
Canada - Richard Ford (uf)
British Voices: The UK in its own words - Joe Hayman
The Ten Secrets of Abundant Wealth - Adam Jackson
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
The Anchoress - Paul Blaney
You Don't Have to Say you Love me - Sarra Manning
Cicada - K Davies
Swimming Home - Deborah Levy
Island of Dreams - Aline P'nina Tayar
Wonder - R J Palacio
Pnin - Vladimir Nabakov
The Posthumous Affair - James Friel
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Underground - Gayle O'Brien
Day of Atonement - Jay Rayner
Cain's Choice - Hekate Papadaki
Golden Handcuffs: The Lowly Life of a City High Flyer - Polly Courtney
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
Two Timing - Alex Stephany
The Driver's Seat - Muriel Spark
The Last Shot - Colin Porter
The Lighthouse - Alison Moore
Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones
Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter (uf)
Handover - Paul Blaney
May We Be Forgiven - A.M. Homes
Broken - Daniel Clay
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett

Books in 2011
To the End of the Land – David Grossman
East of Eden (uf) – John Steinbeck
The Priveledges – Jonathan Dee
Successful Presentation Skills – Andrew Bradbury
Foolish Lesson in Life and Love – Penny Rudge
Boxer Beetle – Ned Beauman
The Fraction of the Whole – Steve Toltz
Super Sad True Love Story  - Gary Shteyngart
A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
Whatever you Love – Louise Doughty
Kill Your Friends – John Niven
Hand Me Down World – Lloyd Jones
The Pesthouse - Jim Crace
Orphelia in Pieces - Clare Jacobs
Rhyming Life and Death - Amos Oz
Ordinary Thunderstorms - William Boyd
Zeitoun - Dave Eggers
Fold - Tom Campbell
Annabel - Kathleen Winter
The Swimmer - Roma Tearne
Cats Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
The Stranger's Child - Alan Hollinghurst
Pigeon English - Stephen Kelman
Before I go to Sleep - S J Watson
The Dukan Diet - Dr Pierre Dukan
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingslover
This is Not About Me - Janice Galloway
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi - Geoff Dyer
An Artist in the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro
Instead of a Book: Letters to a Friend - Diana Athill
Snowdrops - A D Miller
The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
Londoners - Craig Taylor
The Master - Colm Toibin
Lights Out in Wonderland - DBC Pierre
The Moviegoer - Walker Percy
The Language of Flowers -Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Past Imperfect - Julian Fellowes
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness - William Styron
The Financial Lives of Poets - Jess Walter
How to Be a Woman - Caitlin Moran

Books in 2010
American Wife – Curtis Sittenfeld
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson
Invisible – Paul Auster
Property – Valerie Martin
A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood
On Blackberry Hill – Rachel Mann
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
Space Junk – Pauline Smith
A Gate at the Stairs – Lorrie Moore
Brooklyn – Colm Tolbin
Out Stealing Horses – Per Petterson
Diamond Star Halo – Tiffany Murray
The Glass Room – Simon Mawer
Pnin – Vladamir Nabakov
High Rise – J G Ballard
All My Friends are Superheroes- Andrew Kaufman
The Death of Bunny Munro – Nick Cave
Pale Fire (uf)- Vladimir Nabakov
Somewhere Towards the End – Diana Athill
Offshore – Penelope Fitzgerald
Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture: A Novel of Mathematical Obsession - Apostolos Doxiadis
Stet – An Editor’s Life – Diana Athill
Chowringhee by Sankar and Arunava Sinha
The Quickening Maze – Adam Foulds
An Education – Lynn Barber
Clear – Nicole Barker
The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson
C – Tom McCarthy
In a Strange Room – Damon Galgut
Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
Any Human Heart – William Boyd
One Day – David Nicholls
Nourishment – Gerard Woodward
The Hand That First Held Mine – Maggie O’Farrell
Life of Pi – Yann Martell
Sunset Park – Paul Auster
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Canal – Lee Rourke
The Wilding – Maria McCann
26a – Diana Evans
Confession – Campaspe Lloyd Jacobs
Engleby – Sebastian Faulks
Brilliant Presentations – Richard Hall
Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
Nemesis – Paul Roth
The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
Mr Chartwell – Rebecca Hunt
A Change of Climate – Hilary Mantel
I Curse the River of Time – Per Petterson
Zen Presentation – Gary Reynolds

Books in 2009
Fathers – Granta
Sudden Fiction – Robert Shapard
The Children’s Story – James Clavell
Wednesday Night Tupperware – Tracey Gilbert
The End of Alice – A N Hopper
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
The White Tiger – Aravino Adiga
The Death of Grass – John Christopher
Jerwood Arvon Young Writers Apprentiship
The Gathering – Anne Enright
The Believers – Zoe Heller
On the Other Hand – Chris Cleave
Micheal Tolliver Lives – Armistead Maupin
Notes from an Exhibition – Patrick Gale
The Trick is To Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway
The Inventorist – Kate Ansell
The Cutting Room – Louise Welsh
Moab is My Washpot – Stephen Fry
Indignation – Philip Roth
Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
Atmospheric Disturbances – Rivka Galchen
The Lazarus Project – Aleksander Heman
Lullabies for Little Criminals – Heather O’Neil
Stuart – A Life Backwards – Alexander Masters
Legend of a Suicide – David Vann
Breath – Tim Winton
The Whole Day Through – Patrick Gale

Books in 2008
Under the Skin – Micheal Faber
Tulip Fever – Deborah Moggach
Waterloo Sunset (uf) – Justine Shaw
The Sweetest Song – Penny Hancock
Apples – Richard Milward
The King is Dead – Jim Lewis
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
The Gum Thief – Douglas Coupland
In Search of the Crack – Robert Elms
Under Cover of Silence – Tom Merchant
Good Morning Midnight – Jean Rhys
Desperate Remedies – Paul Blaney etc
Gifted – Nikita Lalwani
When We Were Bad – Charlotte Mandelson
The Heart is Decieptful Above All Things – J T Leroy
Fluke – James Herbert
The Higher Realm – James Friel
Last Night Stories – James Salter
Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Shadow of the Wind -  Carlos Ruiz Zafron
Between Each Breath – Adam Thorpe
One Good Turn – Kate Atkinson
A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon
Sarah – J T Leroy
A Golden Age – Tahmina Anam
I Can Make you Thin – Paul McKenna
Like Rabbits – Lynne Bryan
Girl Meets Boy – Ali Smith
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
Pastorralia – George Saunders
A Sort of Life – Graham Greene
On Becoming a Novelist – John Gardner
Three Uses of the Knife – David Mamet
How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
Exit Music – Ian Rankin
The Mysteries of Glass – Sue Gee
London Fields – Martin Amis
Tulip Fever – Deborah Moggach
Neuromancer – William Gibson (uf)
De Niro’s Game – Ravi Hage
The Lanaguage of Others – Clare Morrall
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Personal – Jonathan Saffron Foer
Exit Ghost – Philip Roth
Man in the Dark – Paul Auster
How to Completely Disappear and Never be Found – Doug Richmond

Books in 2007
Two Tall Tales and One Short Novel: Anthology of Shorter Fiction – Heidi James, Kay Sexton and Lucy Fry
Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
Mother’s Milk -  Edward St Aubyn
Atomised - Michel Houellebecq and Frank Wynne
Crow Lake – Mary Lawson
A Good School – Richard Yates
The Night Watch – Sarah Waters
The Book of Israel – Jeremy Gavron
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamont
Everyman – Philip Roth
Up the Junction – Nell Dunn
Oranges are not the only fruit – Jeannette Winterson
Boy in the World = Niall Williams
Poor Cow  - Nell Dunn
Black Swan Green – David Mitchell
Never the Bride – Paul Magrs
Long Way Down – Nick Hornby
The Book of Dave – Will Self
Gould’s Book of Fish –Richard Flannagan
I am not Jackson Pollock – John Haskell
Happy Accidents – Tiffany Murray
Alice’s Masque – Lindsay Clarke
Ali and Nino – Kurban Said
The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky
The Glass Bees – Ernst Junger
Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell
The Pale Horse – Agatha Christie
Wish I May – Justine Picardie
What Was Lost – Catherine O’Flynn
Be Near Me – Andrew O’Hagan
Moldovian Pimp – Edgardo Cozarjnksy
Kalooki Nights – Howard Jacobson
Disobedience – Naomi Alderman
Travels in the Scriptorium – Paul Auster
Rapid Results Referrals – Ray Sheppard
The Accidental Tourist – Anne Tyler
The New High Protein Diet – Charles Clarke
Apathy and Other Small Victories – Paul Neilan
Vacant Possession – Hilary Mantel
Carry Me Down – HJ Hyland
Not All Tarts are Apples – Pip Granger
The House of Meetings – Martin Amis
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell (uf)
The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
Cider with Rosie –  Laurie Lee
Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon (uf)
Eleanor Rigby – Douglas Coupland

Books in 2006
Beyond Black – Hilary Mantel
Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry – B.S. Johnson
Only Human – Susie Boyt
Only Say The Word – Niall Williams
Skylark – Dezso Kosztolanyi
The Day at Nightfall – Colette Dunne
Eleven Types of Loneliness  - Richard Yates
Mr Spoonface – Paul Blaney
Giving up the Ghost – Hilary Mantel
The Hungry Years – William Leith
Tales of the Decongested Vol I -  edited by Paul Blaney and Rebekah Latin Rawstrone
Digging to America – Anne Tyler
The Accidental – Ali Smith
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Talmud and the Internet – Jonathan Rosen
Windows on the World – Frederic Beigbeder and Frank Wynne
Patrimony – A True Story – Philip Roth
Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Brooklyn Follies – Paul Auster
Electra – Sophocles
Slaves of Solitude – Patrick Hamilton

Books in 2005
What we Talk about when we talk about love – Raymond Carver
Oracle Nights – Paul Auster
Metemorphosis – Franz Kafka
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim – David Sedaris
The Colour of Memory – Geoff Dyer
Trumpet – Jackie Kay
Two Serious Women – Jane Bowles (uf)
The Hiding Place – Trezza Azzopardi
Small Island – Andrea Levy
Penguin Lost – Andrey Kurkov
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
Ghostwritten – David Mitchell
The Light of Day – Graham Swift
The Way we Wore- A Life in Threads – Robert Elms
The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Super Sonic 70s – Ali Smith
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
The Search – Geoff Dyer
Breathing Lessons – Anne Tyler
Nine Lives – Bernice Reubens
The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
The Rotter’s Club – Jonathan Coe
Q and A – Vikas Swarup
An Experiment in Love – Hilary Mantel
The Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst
A Complicated Kindness – Miriam Toews
I’ll Go to Bed at Noon – Gerard Woodward
As Meat Loves Salt – Maria McCann
What a Carve Up – Jonathan Coe
Otherwise Pandemonium – Nick Hornby
Altered Carbon – Richard K Morgan (uf)
The Bee Season – Myla Goldberg

Books in 2004
Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
So the Wind Won’t Blow it Away – Richard Brautigan
Hotel World – Ali Smith
My Loose Thread – Dennis Cooper
Rings of Saturn – W G Sebald
Yoga for People Who Can’t be Bothered to Do it – Geoff Dyer
Uncle Tungsten – Memoirs of a Chemical Boyhood – Oliver Sacks
Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
Out of Sheer Rage – Geoff Dyer
Coma – Alex Garland
Break it Down – Lydia Davis
Popular Music – Mikael Niemi
Celestial Navigation – Anne Tyler
Paris Trance – Geoff Dyer
On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King
A Girl could Stand Up – Leslie Marshall
The Amateur Marriage – Anne Tyler
Collected Short Stories – John Cheever (uf)
For Esme with Love and Squalor – J D Salinger (uf)
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseni
The Good Doctor – Damon Galgut

Books in 2003
One Hit Wonder – Lisa Jewell
My Lover’s Lover – Maggie O’Farrell
Four Lessons of Love – Niall Williams
The Battersea Park Raod to Enlightenment – Isabel Losada
A Child Called It – Dave Pelzer
Poddy and Dingan/Specks in the Sky – Ben Rice
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant – Anne Tyler
What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
The Book of Israel – Jeremy Gavron
Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
Patchwork Planet – Anne Tyler
The Ballard of the Sad Café – Carson McCullers
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things – Jon McGregor

Book in 2002
Jimmy Corrigan or The Smartest Kid on Earth – Mr F C Ware
The Little Prince – Antoine de Sand-Exupery
If I Don’t Know – Wendy Cope
Misdventures – Sylvia Smith
Getting into Poetry – Paul Hyland
A Head Full of Blue – Nick Johnstone
Death and the Penguin – Andrew Kurkov
Angela’s Grotto (uf) – Russell Hoban
And When Did you Last See Your Father – Blake Morrison
Women With Men – Richard Ford
Out of Mind – J Bernlef
The Sports Writer – Richard Ford
The House of Sleep – Jonathan Coe
The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
One for My Baby – Tony Parsons
Austerlitz – W G Sebald
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
The Cast Iron Shore – Linda Grant
Reading in the Dark – Seamus Deane
True Tales of American Life – Edited by Paul Auster
Leadville – Edward Platt
The Emigrants – W.G Sebald
The Leopard – Guisseppe Tomasidi Lampedusa
The Elephant Vanishes – Haruki Murakami
Girl with the Pearl Earring – Tracey Chevalier
Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami

Books in 2001
Great Apes – Will Self
As If – Blake Morrison
Seeing Voices – Oliver Sacks
The Human Stain – Philip Roth
Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton
After you’re gone – Maggie O’Farrell
Regeneration – Pat Barker
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg
Norweigan Wood- Haruki Murakami
Young Adam – Alexander Trocchi
Twelve ‘ How Should a Young Woman Live Now’ – Vanessa Jones
What are you like? – Anne Enright
South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami
Call if you Need me – Raymond Carver
Pilgrim – Timothy Findley
The Ballad of Peckham Rye – Muriel Spark
Snowblind – Robert Sabbag (uf)
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
The Butterfly Battle – Neil Behrmann
Therapy – David Lodge
Love that Dog – Sharon Creech
Rock Springs – Richard Ford
A Wild Sheep Chase – Haruki Murakami
The Pupil (poems) – W. S. Merwin
Carry Me Across the World – Ethan Canin
30 Days in Sydney – Peter Carey (uf)
KPax – Gene Brewer (uf)
Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
Man and Boy – Tony Parsons
The Divine Secret of the Ya Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
The Collected Stories – Alice Munro (uf)
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – Jose Saramago (uf)
Stop Thinking and Start Living – Richard Carlson
Rembrandt’s Whore – Sylvie Matten
Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
Learning to Swim – Graham Swift (uf)

Books in 2000
Eva Luna – Isabel Allende
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich –Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The Pilgrimage – Paulo Coehlo
Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
An Intimate History of Humanity – Theordore Zeldin (uf)
The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
The Mouse and His Child – Russell Hoban
Hunger – Knut Hamsun
Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
I, Dreyfus – Bernice Reubens
Thirty-Nothing – Lisa Jewell
The Horizontal Instrument – Christopher Wilkins
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
Chocolat – Joanne Harris
The Road to Los Angeles – John Fante
As It Is In Heaven – Niall Williams

Books in 1999
Thus Spoke Zaruthrustra – Frederich Nietzche (uf)
Girlfriend in a Coma – Douglas Coupland
Hand to Mouth – Paul Auster
Bright Lights, Big City – Jay McInerney
Aubrey Beardsley – Stephen Calloway
Idylls of the Marketplace – Regenier Gagnier (sp?)
Mao II – Don Delillo
Gut Symmetries – Jeanette Winterson
What Maisie Knew – Henry James
Arms and the Man – Bernard Shaw
Nausea – Jean-Paul Satre
Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
Underworld – Don Delillo
The Importance of Being Ernest – Oscar Wilde
The Essence of the Thing – Madeleine St John
Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the Fin de Siecle – Elaine Showalter
Endgame – Samuel Beckett
The Man of the Crowd – Edgar Allen Poe
Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
Rubbish Theory – Michael Thompson
In the Country of the Last Things – Paul Auster
City of Glass – Paul Auster
Generation X – Douglas Coupland
Underground – Tobias Hill
The Myth of Sisyphus – Albert Camus
Hot Chocolate of the Mysterical Soul – edited by Ameile Ford (sp?)
The Story of My Disappearance – Paul Watkins
The Doctor’s Dilemma – George Bernard Shaw
Timbuktu – Paul Auster
American Pastoral – Philip Roth
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
The Reader – Bernard Schlink
Timequake – Kurt Vonnegurt
Scar Culture – Toni Davidson
I Married a Communist – Philip Roth
Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
Bloomberg by Bloomberg with help from Matthew Winkler

Books in 1998
Fugitive Pieces - Anne Michaels
Daisy Miller - Henry James
The Real Thing - Henry James
Fear of Flying - Erica Jong
The Awakening - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper  - Kate Chopin
Post Office - Charles Bukowski
The Shipping News - E. Anne Proux
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton
Adventures in Capitalism - Toby Litt
Quite Contrary -Suzanne Dunn
The Waste Land - T S Eliot
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
Cane - Jean Toomber
As I Lay Dying-  William Faulkner
The Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille
The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield
The Postmodern Scene, Excremental Culture and Hyper Anasthetics – Kroker and David Cook
Disco Biscuits – edited by Sarah Champion
235  - Geoff Ryman
The Mulching of America – Harry Crews
The Farewell Waltz – Milan Kundera
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Dombey and Son – Charles Dickens
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Illness as Metaphor/AIDS and it’s metaphors – Susan Sontag
Villette- Charlotte Bronte
Against Nature – J.K. Huysmans
North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
The Pre-Raphelites – Christopher Wood
The Zig Zag Kid – David Grossman
Middlemarch – George Eliot

Books in 1997
The Tempest -William Shakespeare
Songs of Innocence and Experience - William Blake
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Coleridge
Marx for Beginners - Ruis
Emma - Jane Austen
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Adventures of Huck Finn - Mark Twain
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
Postmodernism for Beginners - Richard Appigansi (sp) and Chris Garret
The Red Notebook - Paul Auster
Things Fall Apart -  Chinua Achebe
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
The Scarlett Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne
Writing Down the Bones - Natalie Goldberg
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
Turlupin - Leo Perutz
Hallucinating Foucault - Patricia Duncker
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
The Last of the Mohicans  - James Fennimore Cooper
Last Orders - Graham Swift
Factotum - Charles Bukowski
The Beach - Alex Garland
Frederick Douglas
Slaves of New York  - Tama Jonowitz
Japanese Fairy Stories - J Robert Magee
Walt Whitman including Song of Myself
Quite Ugly One Morning - Chistopher Brookmyre

Books in 1996
Washington Square- Henry James
Lolita - Vladmir Nabakov
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie (uf)
Dr Demarr - Paul Theroux
The Recruiting Officer - George Farquhar
Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
The Sandman - Prelude and Nocturnes - Neil Gaiman
Our Country's Good - TimberDoulake Wertenbaker
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
The Sandman - The Dolls House - Neil Gaiman
Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Kate Atkinson
Marabou Stork Nightmares - Irvine Welsh
Generation X - Tales for the Accelerated Culture- Douglas Coupland
Smoke - Paul Auster
High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
Emma - Jane Austen
Shampoo Planet - Douglas Coupland
Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
Microserfs - Douglas Coupland
Prince of West End Avenue - Alan Isler
Tales of Ordinary Madness - Charles Bukowski
Djinn in the Nightingales Eye - A S Byatt
Under the Banyan Tree - R K Narayan
Mister Sandman - Barbara Gowdy
Gorleston - Henry Sutton
Morvern Callar - Alan Warner
Odyssey - Homer
Oedipus The King - Sophocles
Symposium - Plato
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
The Divine Comedy - Dante
The Wife of Bath - Chaucer
The Alchemist - Paolo Coelho
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Unknown
The Metaphyiscial Poets, edited by Helen Gardner
Intimacy (Louise Bourgeois) - Paul Gardner
A Short Guide to Writing About Art- Sylvan Bauer(?)
Gulliver's Travels - Graham Swift
Patient, true story of a rare illness - Ben Watt
Life After God - Douglas Coupland

Books in 1995
Queen of the Damned – Anne Rice
Mate in Three – Bernice Reubens
The Elected Members – Bernice Reubens
The Moon Palace – Paul Auster
Autobiopsy- Bernice Reubens
Love is a Dog from Hell – Charles Bukowski
Kiss of a Spiderwoman – Manual Puig
Music of Chance – Paul Auster
Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivez
Peeping Tom – Howard Jacobson
Leviathan – Paul Auster
Mr Vertigo – Paul Auster
Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
I Sent a Letter to My Love – Bernice Reubens
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues – Tom Robbins
A Personal Matter – Oe
Swimming to Cambodia – Spalding Gray
Miguel Street – V S Naipaul
In the Country of the Last Things – Paul Auster
Republican Party Reptile – P J O’Rourke
Madame Souzaska – Bernice Reubens
Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes
The Law (uf) – Roger Vailland
Brighter Sun (uf) – Sam Selvin
Invention of Solitude – Paul Auster
Where I’m Calling From – Raymond Carver
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
The House of Mr Biswas – V S Naipaul
Complicity – Iain Banks
Mr Wakefields Crusade – Bernice Reubens
Let Them Call it Jazz – Jean Rhys
Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
The Midnight Love Feast – Michael Fournier
The Te of Piglet – Benjamin Hoff
Christina Rossetti a biography – Frances Thomas
Scar Tissue – Michael Ignatieff
Matisse Stories – AS Byatt
The Watchman – Alan Moore
The Fetishist – Michael Fournier
Espedair Street – Iain Banks
New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
Home at Grasmere – Dorothy and William Wordsworth
Pig – Andrew Cowan
Green River Rising – Tim Willocks
Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich
Clare – a novel – John MacKenna
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat – Oliver Sacks
The Sorrows of Young Werter – Goethe

(uf denotes unfinished)

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