Books reviewed


Abse, Dannie
The Strange Case of Dr Simmonds and Dr Glas

Ali, Ayaan Hirsi

Anderson, Jessica
One of the Wattle Birds
Tirra Lirra by the River
The Last Man’s Head

Arianrhod, Robyn
Seduced by Logic: Émilie Du Châtelet, Mary Somerville and the Newtonian Revolution

Asimov, Isaac
Caves of Steel

Atwood, Margaret
Oryx and Crake

Auster, Paul
The New York Trilogy

Azzopardi, Trezza
Winterton Blue


Bail, Murray

Baker, Nicholas

Banks, Iain M
The Player of Games

Baring-Gould, William S
The Lure of the Limerick

Beckett, Samuel
Krapp’s Last Tape

Berger, John
A Fortunate Man
A Painter of Our Time
From A to X: A Story in Letters
To The Wedding

Bernhard, Thomas
Old Masters

Blanchot, Maurice
The Madness of the Day

Bone, Edith
Seven Years Solitary

Bourdouxhe, Madeleine
La Femme de Gilles

Bradbury, Ray
Farenheit 451
Something Wicked This Way Comes

Bryson, Bill

Burns, Robert
The Complete Poetical Works

Burnside, John
A Summer of Drowning

Byrne, Peter
The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III: Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family


Campbell, Paddy
Wet House

Capote, Truman
One Christmas
The Thanksgiving Visitor and A Christmas Memory

Carey, Peter
The Chemistry of Tears

Carofiglio, Gianrico
Involuntary Witness
Reasonable Doubts
A Walk in the Dark
Temporary Perfections

Carr, Nicholas G
The Shallows What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

Carroll, Sean
Brave Genius

Catte, Elizabeth
What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia

Chabon, Michael
A Model World and Other Stories
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Chandler, Raymond
Farewell, My Lovely

Chaudhuri, Amit
Real Time

Chekhov, Mikhail
A Brother’s Memoir

Chessex, Jacques
A Jew Must Die

Chesterton, GK
The Well and the Shallows

Chopin, Kate
The Awakening

Church, Brian
Learn Greek in 25 Years

Clanchy, John
Breaking Glass
Homecoming: Three Novellas
Lie of the Land
Six New Tales
Vincenzo’s Garden

Slow Man
Waiting for the Barbarians

Cohen, David
Disappearing off the face of the earth

Cook, Kenneth
Play Little Victims
Wake in Fright

Congreve, William The Way of the World

Cormon, Pierre
Swiss Politics for Complete Beginners

Crompton, Richmal
William the Fourth


Dalrymple, Theodore
In Praise of Prejudice
Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass

Davis, Lydia
Samuel Johnson is Indignant

Dibdin, Michael
And then you die

Dick, Philip K
Flow my tears, the policeman said
A Scanner Darkly
The Penultimate Truth

Donaldson, Stephen R
Lord Foul’s Bane

The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B.

Doxiadis, Apostolos
Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture


Ehrenreich, Barbara
Fear of Falling
Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World


Faye, Éric

Feyerabend, Paul
Killing Time

Ferrante, Elena
My Brilliant Friend
The Days of Abandonment
Troubling Love

Fine, Cordelia
Delusions of Gender
More on Delusions of Gender

Fitzgerald, F Scott
The Great Gatsby
The Last Tycoon
The Lost Decade and other stories
Tender is the Night

Fitzgerald, Penelope

Flaubert, Gustave
Madame Bovary

Flower, Pat

Forester, CS
Payment Deferred

Fowler, Christopher
The Invisible Code

Frayn, Michael
A Landing on the Sun
Now You Know
Stage Directions

Freestone, Robert and Bronwyn Hanna
Florence Taylor’s Hats


Gaita, Raimond
Romulus, My Father
After Romulus

Galgut, Damon
The Impostor
In a Strange Room
The Quarry
Small Circle of Beings
Arctic Summer

Gibson, William
Pattern Recognition

Ghosh, Amitav
Circle of Reason
The Glass Palace

Gorky, Maxim
Children of the Sun

Gregory, Jane
Fred Hoyle’s Universe

Grushin, Olga
The Concert Ticket
The Dream Life of Sukhanov


Hamsun, Knut

Hardy, Thomas
Tess of the d’Urberville

Harrison, Harry

Haruf, Kent
Our Souls at Night

Heinlein, Robert A
Farnham’s Freehold
Have Space Suit – Will Travel

Henshaw, Mark
The Snow Kimono

Highsmith, Patricia
The Glass Cell
Those Who Walk Away

Hospital, Janet Turner
North of Nowhere, South of Loss

Hoyle, Fred
Home is Where the Wind Blows

Hyland, MJ
Carry Me Down
How the Light Gets In
This is How


Innes, Michael
A Connoisseur’s Case
Isherwood, Christopher
Goodbye to Berlin
Mr Norris Changes Trains

Ishiguro, Kazuo
The Buried Giant


Itoh, Makiko
The Just Bento Bookbook 2

Jacob, Richard
How to Live with a Huge Penis

Jansson, Tove
Summer Book
A Winter’s Book

Jolley, Elizabeth
The Sugar Mother
The Well

Jones, Gail
Black Mirror

Josipovici, Gabriel
Infinity: The Story of a Moment


Kahneman, Daniel
Thinking, Fast and Slow

Kästner, Erich
Going to the Dogs: The Story of a Moralist

Kawabata, Yasunari
The Master of Go
The Snow Country

Kent, Hannah
Burial Rites

Klemperer, Victor
Language of the Third Reich

Kneale, Matthew
Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance

Krug, Nora

Kuhn, Thomas
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Kundera, Michael


Lackberg, Camilla
The Lost Boy

Lanchester, John

Lander, Christian
Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions

Laxness, Haldor
Independent People

Laurain, Antoine
The Red Notebook

Le Carré, John
A Most Wanted Man
Single and Single

Leon, Donna
Earthly Remains

Levi, Primo and Tullio Regge

Lightman, Alan
Einstein’s Dreams
In Praise of Wasting Time

Lindgren, Astrid
Karlsen on the Roof

Lively, Penelope
The Photograph

Loos, Anita
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


Marouane, Leïla 
The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris

Martel, Yann
The facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios

Martin, AE
Death in the Limelight
The Chinese Bed Mysteries

Marquis, Don
Archy and Mehitabel

Maugham, W Somerset
The Painted Veil

McEwan, Ian
Machines Like Us
On Chesil Beach

McPhee, John
La Place de la Concorde Suisse (The Swiss Army)

Miller, Arthur
Incident at Vichy

Mistry, Rohinton
A Fine Balance
Such a Long Journey

Morrieson, Ronald H
The Scarecrow

Munro, Alice
Dear Life
Hateship, friendship, courtship, loveship, marriage
Lives of Girls and Women
Open Secrets
The Progress of Love
The Love of a Good Woman

Murdoch, Iris
The Sea, the sea


Nabokov, Vlad

Naipaul, VS
An Area of Darkness
Mr Stone and the Knights Companion

Nakamura, Hikaru
Bullet Chess

Némirovsky, Irène
Fire in the Blood

Nicholls, MJ
Scotland Before the Bomb


O’Brien, Edna
Casualties of Peace

Ondaatje, Michael
Anil’s Ghost

O’Neill, Eugene
Strange Interlude


Pamuk, Orhan
The Museum of Innocence
My Name is Red

Perlman, Elliot
The Streetsweeper

Petterson, Per
It’s Fine By Me
Out Stealing Horses

Plath, Sylvia

Potter, Stephen
The Theory And Practice Of Gamesmanship

Powers, Kevin
The Yellow Birds

Priest, Christopher
A Dream of Wessex

Proulx, Annie E
Fine Just The Way It Is


Raymond, Ernest
We, the Accused

Rendell, Ruth
A Demon in My View

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland

Rimington, Stella
The Geneva Trap

Rowling, JK
Harry Potter


Sagan, Carl

Sciascia, Leonardo
The Knight and Death, and One Way or Another
The Moro Affair
The Day of the Owl and Equal Danger
Sicilian Uncles
The Wine-Dark Sea

St John, Madeleine
The Essence of the Thing
Women in Black

Schalansky, Judith
The Giraffe’s Neck

Schultz, Charles M.
Peanuts Treasury

Sebald, WG
The Immigrants

Selwyn, Neil
What is Digital Sociology?

Shakespeare, William
Much Ado About Nothing
Romeo and Juliet
Twelfth Night

Sharp, Margery
Britannia Mews
Cluny Brown
The Eye of Love
The Foolish Gentlewoman
In Pious Memory
Lise Lillywhite
Martha in Paris
Something Light
The Stone of Chastity

Shaw, Irwin
Acceptable Losses
Two Weeks in Another Town

Simsion, Graeme
The Rosie Project

Slater, Nelson compiler
Fruits of Mormonism

Smolin, Lee
The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next

Snow, CP
The Affair

Söderberg, Hjalmar
Doktor Glas
Martin Birck’s Youth

Stead, Christina
The Man Who Loved Children

Strout, Elizabeth
The Burgess Boys

Styron, William
The Long March


Tan, Shaun
The Lost Thing

Tartt, Donna
The Goldfinch

Tefler, Kevin
Peter Pan’s First XI

Thomas, Dylan
Eight Stories

Thompson, David
Thai Food

Thompson, Jim
The Grifters

Tower, Wells
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Tsiolkas, Christos
The Slap
The Jesus Man

Twardoch, Szczepan
The King of Warsaw: A Novel

Tyler, Anne
The Beginner’s Goodbye
Clock Dance
Noah’s Compass
Patchwork Planet



Vonnegut, Kurt
God Bless You, Mr Rosewater
Mother Night


Wakeman, Alan
Hamun & Giben and other stories
Watterson, Bill
The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

Weisel, Elie
Legends of Our Time

Wharton, Edith
The Age of Innocence

White, EB
The Second Tree from the Corner

Wilson, Kevin
The Family Fang

Winton, Tim

Woffinden, Bob and James Plaskett
Bad Show: The Quiz, The Cough, The Millionaire Major

Woolf, Virginia
The Years


Yates, Richard
Revolutionary Road

Yourcenar, Marguerite
Two Lives and a Dream


Zelazny, Roger
The Dream Master

4 thoughts on “Books reviewed

  1. Hi, I found the link to your blog on Goodreads when I was reading the reviews of “The Photograph” by Penelope Lively. On looking at your “Books Reviewed’ page I can see may books I too have read. So I scrolled down to O – for Joyce Carol Oates – and notice that you haven’t read any of her books – or at least reviewed any you may have read. I think she is a fantastic female American author now well into her seventies and still writing prolifically. Just a recommendation for you and the subscribers to your blog. Jill

    • I read The Little Bird of Heaven and I’m sorry to say we just didn’t get on at all. Sometimes you can hate a book and write about it. On this occasion I merely noted on my goodreads page: ‘This book has done the unforgivable. It has put me off my porridge.’

      You think I should try another?

  2. Yes, definitely, The Little Bird was also not one of my favourites either. Try: We Were the Mulvaneys, The Falls, The Grave Digger’s Daughter or My Sister My Love. She has also written Blonde – a novel on the life of Marilyn Monroe – which I haven’t read yet.

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