A List of Books I’ve Read Recently (in inverse chronological order)


The Forever War – Dexter Filkins

The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood


Working the Room – Geoff Dyer

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

Bossypants – Tina Fey

This Town – Mark Leibovich

The Year of the Runaways – Sunjeev Sahota

One of Us – Asne Seierstad

The Fishermen – Chigozie Obiama

Satin Island – Tom McCarthy

The Opposite of Loneliness – Marina Keegan

A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson

Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist – Niall Ferguson

Purity – Jonathan Franzen

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

My Struggle: Boyhood Island – Karl Ove Knausgaard

Any Human Heart – William Boyd

Being Mortal – Atul Gawande

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

The Bees – Laline Paull

Hiroshima – John Hersey

A Hologram for the King – Dave Eggers

A Spy Among Friends – Ben Macintyre

Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood

A Problem from Hell – Samantha Power

Far from the Tree – Andrew Solomon

Instrumental – James Rhodes

The Master of Confessions – Thierry Cruvellier

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller – Italo Calvino

The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

Cambodia’s Curse – Joel Brinkley

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism – Ha-Joon Chang

Headscarves and Hymens – Mona Eltahawy

We Are Not Ourselves – Matthew Thomas

H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

Mort – Terry Pratchett

Chasing the Scream – Johann Hari

Believer – David Axelrod

Fury – Salman Rushdie

Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself – David Lipsky

Private Empire – Steve Coll

People Who Eat Darkness – Richard Lloyd Parry

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins


All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

How to be Both – Ali Smith

On Liberty – Shami Chakrabarti

J – Howard Jacobson

Playing to the Gallery – Grayson Perry

Maus – Art Spiegelman

The Blunders of Our Governments – Anthony King and Ivor Crewe

Under the Dome – Stephen King

The Establishment – Owen Jones

The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

We Are All Completely beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

This Changes Everything – Naomi Klein

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris

Palestine – Joe Sacco

My Struggle: A Man in Love – Karl Ove Knausgaard

The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell

The Children Act – Ian McEwan

The Rule of Law – Tom Bingham

Fraud – David Rakoff

Role Models – John Waters

Command and Control – Eric Schlosser

Hack Attack – Nick Davies

Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood

Margaret Thatcher – The Authorised Biography (Vol. 1) – Charles Moore

Letters to a Young Contrarian – Christopher Hitchens

A Dance with Dragons – George R. R. Martin

White Teeth – Zadie Smith

The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer

My Struggle: A Death in the Family – Karl Ove Knausgaard

Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold

Pure – Andrew Miller

Lost for Words – Edward St Aubyn

In It Together – Matthew d’Ancona

Operation Shylock – Philip Roth

Going Clear – Lawrence Wright

Roth Unbound – Claudia Roth Pierpont

The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver

A Feast for Crows – George R. R. Martin

Zeitoun – Dave Eggers

Double Down – Mark Halpernin and John Heilemann

Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon

The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls – David Sedaris

Barrel Fever – David Sedaris

The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster

Frank – Jon Ronson

Stonemouth – Iain Banks

Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis

Don’t Get Too Comfortable – David Rakoff

The Circle – Dave Eggers

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

In Evil Hour – Gabriel García Márquez

Thinking the Twentieth Century – Tony Judt with Timothy Snyder

Einstein’s Monsters – Martin Amis

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

Gulp – Mary Roach

Money – Martin Amis

Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis

The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende

Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

Brick Lane – Monica Ali

Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist

Hegemony or Survival – Noam Chomsky

The Silent State – Heather Brooke

The Little Friend – Donna Tartt

A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

Collision 2012 – Dan Balz

Skippy Dies – Paul Murray

HHhH – Laurent Binet

Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House – Peter Baker


The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Díaz

What the Dog Saw – Malcolm Gladwell

Telegraph Avenue – Michael Chabon

The Testament of Mary – Colm Tóibín

Justice – Michael J Sandel

Grimm Tales – Philip Pullman

Harvest – Jim Crace

Mortality – Christopher Hitchens

A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki

We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo

The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri

Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

Gentlemen of the Road – Michael Chabon

Wikileaks – David Leigh & Luke Harding

Rabbit, Run – John Updike

The Aquariums of Pyongyang – Kang Chol-Hwan

10 Billion – Stephen Emmott

The Looming Tower – Lawrence Wright

The Craftsman – Richard Sennett

The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow

The War Against Cliché – Martin Amis

The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides

Lost at Sea – Jon Ronson

The End of Mr Y – Scarlett Thomas

The End of Alice – A M Homes

A Storm of Swords – George R R Martin

The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson

Leviathan – Paul Auster

Changing My Mind – Zadie Smith

May We Be Forgiven – A M Homes

Canada – Richard Ford

NW – Zadie Smith

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ben Fountain

Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan

Middlemarch – George Eliot

Maps and Legends – Michael Chabon

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris

A Clash of Kings – George R R Martin

Londoners – Craig Taylor

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

How to be Really Well-Informed in Minutes

The Periodic Table – Primo Levi

A Question of Upbringing – Anthony Powell

Shooting History – Jon Snow

The Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst

Waiting for the Etonians – Nick Cohen

Nothing to be Frightened of – Julian Barnes

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

The Rise of Political Lying – Peter Oborne

World War Z – Max Brooks

What the Media are Doing to Our Politics – John Lloyd

Chavs – Owen Jones

The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls – Peter Biskind

Them – Jon Ronson

Whoops! – John Lanchester

Capital – John Lanchester

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim – David Sedaris

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon

The Bridge – David Remnick

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers

Man in the Dark – Paul Auster

Both Flesh and Not – David Foster Wallace

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Every Love Story is a Ghost Story – D T Max

Underworld – Don Delillo


The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach

You Can’t Read This Book – Nick Cohen

The Big Short – Michael Lewis

When You are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris

No-one Left to Lie to – Christopher Hitchens

The Missionary Position – Christopher Hitchens

So You Want to be a Political Journalist – Shelia Gunn

Joseph Anton – Salman Rushdie

One on One – Craig Brown

Boomerang – Michael Lewis

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

The Discomfort Zone – Jonathan Franzen

Freedom – Jonathan Franzen

Room – Emma Donoghue

Shalimar the Clown – Salman Rushdie

Into the Wild – John Krakauer

A Game of Thrones – George R R Martin

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

The Men who Stare at Goats – Jon Ronson

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

Consider the Lobster – David Foster Wallace

Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes

The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes

The Truth (with Jokes) – Al Franken

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again – David Foster Wallace

Arguably – Christopher Hitchens

Lionel Asbo – Martin Amis

Cosmopolis – Don Delillo

What’s Left? – Nick Cohen

The Journal of Edwin Underhill – Peter Tonkin

The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco

The Rape of Clarissa – Terry Eagleton

The Complete Plays of Christopher Marlowe

Indignation – Philip Roth

The Portable Atheist – Christopher Hitchens

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – Al Franken

Point Omega – Don Delillo

A Man Without a Country – Kurt Vonnegut

The Dog Beneath the Skin – W H Auden & Christopher Isherwood

Fatality in Fleet Street – C S J Sprigg

It’s a Battlefield – Graham Greene

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction – Walter Benjamin

Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh

The Intellectuals and the Masses – John Carey

A Crooked Sixpence – Murray Sayle

Flat Earth News – Nick Davies

My Trade – Andrew Marr

King Lear – William Shakespeare

Unreliable Sources – John Simpson

The Front Page – Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur

Othello – William Shakespeare

Waugh in Abyssinia – Evelyn Waugh

Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell

The Word Weavers – Jean Aitchison

At War with Waugh – W F Deedes

Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare

Coriolanus – William Shakespeare

Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell

British Writers and the Media – Keith Williams


Love, Poverty and War – Christopher Hitchens

Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

Experience – Martin Amis

The Dying Animal – Philip Roth

Nemesis – Philip Roth

Exit Ghost – Philip Roth

The Ghost Writer – Philip Roth

Everyman – Philip Roth

The Prague Orgy – Philip Roth

The Anatomy Lesson – Philip Roth

Zuckerman Unbound – Philip Roth

The Humbling – Philip Roth

The Plot Against America – Philip Roth

The Human Stain – Philip Roth

The Breast – Philip Roth

Our Gang – Philip Roth

Henry IV, Part 1 – William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare

Love’s Labour’s Lost – William Shakespeare

Much Ado about Nothing – William Shakespeare

The Comedy of Errors – William Shakespeare

Measure for Measure – William Shakespeare

The Merry Wives of Windsor – William Shakespeare

Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth

I Married a Communist – Philip Roth

Patrimony – Philip Roth

Deception – Philip Roth

The Facts – Philip Roth

The Counterlife – Philip Roth

Two Gentlemen of Verona – William Shakespeare

The Professor of Desire – Philip Roth

Timequake – Kurt Vonnegut

My Life as a Man – Philip Roth

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

The Complete Cosmicomics – Italo Calvino

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

The Great American Novel – Philip Roth

Ill Fares the Land – Tony Judt

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

Letting Go – Philip Roth

Goodbye, Columbus – Philip Roth

The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Illness as Metaphor – Susan Sontag

2666 – Roberto Bolano

Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth

Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

American Pastoral – Philip Roth

The Pregnant Widow – Martin Amis

The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein

The Moral Landscape – Sam Harris

Clarissa – Samuel Richardson

Disgrace – J M Coetzee

The Fight for English – David Crystal

The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie

The Beaux’ Stratagem – George Farquhar

The End of the Party – Andrew Rawnsley

A Journal of the Plague Year – Daniel Defoe

Paradise Lost – John Milton

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