Reading 2006
Reading 2007
Reading 2008

The definitive list of books I have read in 2010. As usual, links are to posts where I have discussed the book in question, either here or elsewhere online.

1. The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark
2. Finding Darwin’s God by Kenneth Miller
3. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
4. Magician by Raymond E Feist
5. Silverthorn by Raymond E Feist
6. A Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond E Feist
7. Krondor: The Betrayal by Raymond E Feist
8. Krondor: The Assassins by Raymond E Feist
9. I can make you Thin by Paul McKenna

updated 13th March

Reading 2009

1. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
2. Change your Life with NLP by Lindsey Agness
3. Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks by Christopher Brookmyre
4. Clarissa Oakes by Patrick O'Brien
5. Father Brown – Selected Stories by GK Chesterton
6. The Resurrectionist by James Bradley
7. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
8. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
9. Fat in the middle by Marilyn Glenville
10. Blood Detective by Dan Waddell
11. In search of the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple
12. Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling
13. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
14. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
15. Somme Mud by EP Lynch
16. The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie
17. Fat Chance by Lyndsey Russell
18. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
19. The Sacred Cut by David Hewson
20. Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor
21. Are we Rome? by Cullen Murphy
22. The Elements of Murder by John Emsley
23. Why Shoot a Butler by Georgette Heyer
24. The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman
25. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins
26. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
27. A Short History of Ireland by Sean McMahon
28. The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
29. Testament by Alis Hawkins
30. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
31. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
32. Darwin's Dangerous Idea by Daniel Dennet
33. The Last Rose of Kashmir by Barbara Cleverly
34. The Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones
35. Castleton Caves by Trevor Ford
36. 50 Walks in the Peak District by John Morrison et al
37. The Burren and the Aran Islands by Tony Kirby
38. 50 Walks in Edinburgh and Eastern Scotland by Rebecca Ford
39. 25 Walks in the Scottish Borders by Peter Jackson
40. The Scottish World by Billy Kay
41. Revelation by CJ Sanson
42. The Way of all Flesh by Samuel Butler
43. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
44. Scottish Woodland History by TC Smout
45. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
46. The Triumph of the Political Class by Peter Oborne
47. The Motivated Mind by Dr Raj Persaud
48. The Unbelievers by Alistair Sim
49. Darwin's Lost World by Martin Brasier
50. Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
51. Death of an Englishman by Magdalene Nabb
52. A Whispered Name by William Broderick
53. Affinity by Sarah Waters
54. The Death Maze by Ariana Franklin
55. The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker
56. The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins
57. The Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
58. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer
59. Ragtime in Simla by Barbara Cleverly
60. The Credit Draper by J David Simons
61. Beyond the Pale by Donal Hickey
62. Doubts and Loves by Richard Holloway
63. The Coral Island by RM Ballantyne
64. Frederica by Georgette Heyer
65. Flashman by George McDonald Fraser
66. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
67. Sylvester by Georgette Heyer
68. The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer
69. The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer
70. Scared to Death by Brooker and North
71. Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer
72. A Death in Tuscany by Michele Guitarri
73. The Political Gene by Denis Sewell
74. The Book Thief by Markus Suzak
75. Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer
76. Sleekit Mr Tod (Fantastic Mr Fox) by Roald Dahl.


2 responses to “Reading

  1. Hello – discovered your website today, linked from

    You mention writing about the Great War and I too have written about that era. Finished my second novel in January and I am working hard on finding an agent. I would be happy to share some of the titles I read as background to my writing efforts.

    Hope to hear from you

    • Sorry not to reply earlier. It would be great to hear what background research you did – I started with as many memoirs as I could lay my hands on, as well as various histories. My favourite is a copy of the Manual of Military Law which I picked up in a second hand book shop.

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