A running list of the books I’ve read


  1. A History of Ancient Britain, Neil Oliver

  2. King Solomon’s Mines, Henry Rider Haggard

  3. The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt

  4. Viking Britain: A History, Thomas Williams

  5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, Hunter S. Thompson

  6. How to Build a Boat: A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea, Jonathan Gornall


  1. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx

  2. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett

  3. Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor

  4. Under the Skin, Michel Faber

  5. Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Mark Adams

  6. It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels, Robert Penn

  7. Titus Groan, Mervyn Peake

  8. Reflections in a Golden Eye, Carson McCullers

  9. A World Without Us, Alan Weisman

  10. The Traitor’s Niche, Ismail Kadare

  11. The Orchard Keeper, Cormac McCarthy

  12. The Vorrh, Brian Caitling

  13. Poisoned Arrows: An investigative journey to the forbidden territories of West Papua, George Monbiot

  14. Uncle Willy, and other stories, William Faulkner

  15. Scoop, Evelyn Waugh

  16. Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut

  17. The Crofter and the Laird, John McPhee

  18. The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, Glenn Taylor

  19. The Southern Reach Trilogy: III, Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer

  20. The Girl With All The Gifts, MR Carey

  21. A Month in the Country, JL Carr

  22. The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett

  23. Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson

  24. He Wants, Alison Moore

  25. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje


  1. The Road to Oxiana, Robert Byron

  2. The White Cities: Reports from France 1925-39, Joseph Roth

  3. The Oregon Trail, Francis Parkman

  4. The Plague, Albert Camus

  5. A Rage in Harlem, Chester Himes

  6. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy

  7. Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I, Charles Spencer

  8. The Room, Hubert Selby Jr.

  9. Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe

  10. Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby Jr.

  11. Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett

  12. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, Philip K Dick

  13. Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell

  14. Hotel Savoy, Joseph Roth

  15. A Dance of Folly and Pleasure: Stories, O Henry

  16. Hell at the Breech, Tom Franklin

  17. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

  18. Feral, George Monbiot

  19. Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans, Louis Armstrong

  20. If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young, Kurt Vonnegut

  21. The Marrowbone Marble Company, Glenn Taylor

  22. The Southern Reach Trilogy: I, Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer

  23. The Southern Reach Trilogy: II, Authority, Jeff VanderMeer

  24. The Dog Stars, Peter Heller

  25. The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper

  26. Collected Short Stories, Michael McLaverty

  27. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler

  28. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks