Reading list

Below I list some books I have really enjoyed.  Some will be “worthy” – others less so.  Where the book is part of a series, I have only included the first (so I include Wolf Hall but not Bring Up The Bodies – but the latter is also excellent).

Where I’ve enjoyed most or all of an author’s books, I’ve only included my favourites.  The list is not (and never will be) complete – I will add to it from time to time.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

The Girl in a Swing – Richard Adams

Brick Lane – Monica Ali

Belle de Jour – Anonymous

Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Complicity – Iain Banks

England, England – Julian Barnes

The Versions of Us – Laura Barnett

Talking Heads – Alan Bennett

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin –  Louis de Bernières

Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood – Martin Booth

The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe

Diary of a Provincial Lady – E. M. Delafield

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

Queen of Subtleties – Suzannah Dunn

French Children Don’t Throw Food – Pamela Druckerman

Crooked Heart – Lissa Evans

The Crimson Petal and the White – Michael Faber

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Lady’s Maid – Margaret Forster

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

The Collector – John Fowles

Mary Queen of Scots – Antonia Fraser

The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen

Spiritual Midwifery – Ina May Gaskin

The Queen’s Fool – Philippa Gregory

The Humans – Matt Haig

Fatherland – Robert Harris

The Light Years (Cazalet Chronicles) – Elizabeth Jane Howard

Hedda Gabler – Henrik Ibsen

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

The English Passenger – Matthew Kneale

The Dinner – Herman Koch

Nella Last’s War – Nella Last

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Lost Girl – Sangu Mandanna

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

Mendel’s Dwarf – Simon Mawer

The Glass Room – Simon Mawer

White Heat – M J McGrath

The Children Act – Ian McKewan

How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran

The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

The Leipzig Affair – Fiona Rintoul

The Plot Against America – Philip Roth

Bonjour Tristesse – Francoise Sagan

We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

The Mandibles – Lionel Shriver

A Town Like Alice – Neville Shute

Prep – Curtis Sittenfeld

Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith

The Farm – Tom Rob Smith

The Essence of the Thing – Madeleine St John

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Life isn’t all ha ha hee hee – Meera Syal

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

Lord of the Rings – J R R Tolkien

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 1/2 – Sue Townsend

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

The Beauty Myth – Naomi Wolf

Call the Midwife – Jennifer Worth

The Chrysalids – John Wyndham

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