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Old 3rd Jan 2011, 13:27   #21
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32. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
31. One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner (current, and looking like a stinker a la One Day)
30. From Aberystwyth with Love by Malcolm Pryce
29. Room by Emma Donoghue
28. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick De Witt
27. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
26. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
25. A Question of Upbringing (A Dance to the Music of Time #1) by Anthony Powell
24. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan and a half
23. Jump! by Jilly Cooper (current)
22. Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
21. The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
20. Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt
19. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
18. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
17. Long Time, No See by Dermot Healy at least, maybe
16. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
15. The Cat Who Went Underground by Lilian Jackson Braun
14. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
13. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
12. When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro. Curiously didn't impress me as much as on first reading.
11. Aberystwyth Mon Amour by Malcolm Pryce and a half
10. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
9. A Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore
8. All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque
7. Brooklyn by Colm Tóib*n
6. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
5. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore. On reflection,
4. A Plea of Insanity by Priscilla Masters
3. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
2. The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
1. The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie. For enjoyment and rip-roaringness,

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1. WW1: A Short History by Norman Stone
2. Zonder noorden komt niemand thuis - Nelleke Noordervliet
3. Een dagje naar het strand - Heere Heeresma
4. Goodbye to All That - Robert Graves
5. Wunderkind - Carson McCullers
6. Dear Illusion - Kingsley Amis
7. Youth - Joseph Conrad
8. Him With His Foot In His Mouth - Saul Bellow
9. Cold Spring Harbor - Richard Yates
10. The Blue Flower - Penelope Fitzgerald
11. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
12. Small Island - Andrea Levy
13. Reality Hunger - David Shields (current)
14. 12 Angry Men - Reginald Rose
15. Pride of Baghdad - Brian Vaughan
16. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
17. Maus - Art Spiegelman
18. De Renner - Tim Krabbe
19. Education of a British-Protected Child - Chinua Achebe
20. Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
21. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
22. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
23. A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf (R)
24. Juliet, Naked - Nick Hornby
25. Blindness - Jose Saramago
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33. Player One - Douglas Coupland
32. The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (Penguin Classics version)
31. Lush Life - Richard Price
30. The Clown - Heinrich Boll
29. The Biggest Game in Town - Al Alvarez
28. Free - Katherine Hibbert
27. Willenbrock - Christoph Hein
26. My Moneyless Year - Mark Boyle
25. Sunset Park - Paul Auster
24. How to be Idle - Tom Hodgkinson
23. How to be Free (R) - Tom Hodgkinson
22. On a Day Like This - Peter Stamm
21. The Upgrade - Paul Carr
20. The 4-Hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss
19. Just Kids - Patti Smith
18. Push Yourself Just a Little Bit More - Johnnie Green
17. The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
16. The Age of Absurdity - Michael Foley
15. North Face of Soho - Clive James
14 In a Strange Room Damon Galgut
13. Virtually You Elias Aboujaoude
12. Wilco: Learning How to Die Greg Kot
11. Playing Days - Benjamin Markovitz
10. A Landing on the Sun - Michael Frayn
9. The Reader - Bernard Schlink
8. Lennon Remembers - Jan Wenner
7. Tunnel Visions - Christopher Ross
6. Snowdrops - A.D. Miller
5. The Invention of Curried Sausage - Uwe Timm
4. The White Stuff - Simon Armitage
3. On Intelligence - Jeff Hawkins
2. Book of Clouds - Chloe Aridjis
1. Brother Ray - Ray Charles and David Ritz

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Old 3rd Jan 2011, 23:53   #24
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01. Serena - Ron Rash
02. El Decano - Lars Gustafsson
03. The Famished Road - Ben Okri
04. Aqu* vivieron - Manuel Mujica Láinez 1/2
05. Unless - Carol Shields 1/2
06. Cuando ya no importe - Juan Carlos Onetti
07. Mother, Missing - Joyce Carol Oates
08. El orden natural de las cosas - António Lobo Antunes
09. Arthur & George - Julian Barnes
10. Instinto de Inez - Carlos Fuentes
11. Memed, My Hawk - Yashar Kemal
12. Dirt Music - Tim Winton
13. Final del juego - Julio Cortázar
14. The Manticore - Robertson Davies
15. Kafka en la orilla - Haruki Murakami
16. Birds of America - Lorrie Moore 1/2
17. Pantaleón y las visitadoras - Mario Vargas Llosa
18. Beside the Ocean of Time - George Mackay Brown 1/2
19. Remembering Babylon - David Malouf 1/2
20. El hombre roto - Tahar Ben Jelloun
21. Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty
22. La ausencia - Peter Handke
23. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
24. The Long Song - Andrea Levy
25. Tu rostro mañana. 2 Baile y sueño - Javier Mar*as
26. Love and Summer - William Trevor
27. Solomon Gursky Was Here - Mordecai Richler
28. Gabriela, clavo y canela - Jorge Amado
29. Youth - J.M. Coetzee 1/2
30. La piel fr*a - Albert Sánchez Piñol
31. Morality Play - Barry Unsworth
32. Oxygen - Andrew Miller
33. La inmortalidad - Milan Kundera
34. Child of All Nations - Pramoedya Ananta Toer 1/2
35. The Tomb and Other Tales - H. P. Lovecraft
36. Medianoche de amor - Michel Tournier
37. Coloured Lights - Leila Aboulela
38. White Noise - Don DeLillo 1/2
39. Hotel World - Ali Smith
40. The Piano Man's Daughter - Timothy Findley
41. Rabbit is Rich - John Updike 1/2
42. The Journey of Ibn Fattouma - Naguib Mahfouz
43. El Maestro y Margarita - Mija*l Bulgákov
Currently Reading: Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood

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1. Civil War - Trevor Royle - good narrative history, but overlong
2. One Day - David Nicholls - review here
3. The Peloponnesian War - Donald Kagan
4. Life - Richard Fortey - - review here
5. A Time to Kill - John Grisham -
6. The Fortune of War - Patrick O'Brian -
7. Empires of the Word - Nicholas Ostler - - a language history of the world, esoteric or what?
8. B Road Britain - Robbie Coltrane - - soft and fluffy
9. Carthage Must be Destroyed - Richard Miles -
10. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - Alexander McCall Smith -
11. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson -
12. Devil's Charge - Michael Arnold -
13. Earth, An Intimate History - Richard Fortey
Currently Reading: Earth, An Intimate History - Richard Fortey

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Flowers in the Attic ~ Virginia Andrews
The Winter Ghosts ~ Kate Mosse
The Master Bedroom ~ Tessa Hadley
When I Lived in Modern Times ~ Linda Grant
Current book Summertime by Liz Rigbey

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1. The Loss Adjuster – Aifric Campbell
2. A Kind Man– Susan Hill

3. Jamrach's Menagerie– Carol Birch

4. Disputed Land – Tim Pears
- The Book of Lies– Mary Horlock Abandoned

5. Annabel– Kathleen Winter
6. The Sentimentalists– Johanna Skibsrud
7. February – Lisa Moore
8. The Last Gift– Abdulrazak Gurnah
9. The Woman in Black – Susan Hill

10. Alone in the Classroom– Elizabeth Hay
11. Touch – Alexi Zentner
12. Gillespie and I– Jane Harris
13. Cold Light– Jenn Ashworth
14. Wish You Were Here – Graham Swift

15. Pure – Andrew Miller
16. There but for the - Ali Smith
17. The Proof of Love - Catherine Hall
18. A Summer of Drowning - John Burnside

19. The Vintage and the Gleaning - Jeremy Chambers
20. Bed - David Whitehouse
21. The Cloud Messenger - Aamer Hussein
22. The Stranger's Child - Alan Hollinghurst 1/2
23. On Canaan's Side - Sebastian Barry

24. The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
25. The Testament of Jessie Lamb - Jane Rogers
26. The Fates Will Find Their Way - Hannah Pittard
27. Vital Signs - Tessa McWatt
28. My Former Heart - Cressida Connolly
29. Everything Beautiful Began After - Simon Van Booy
30. The Translation of the Bones - Francesca Kay

31. Natural Order - Brian Francis
32. Glass Boys - Nicole Lundrigan
33. Monoceros - Suzette Mayr

34. The Antagonist - Lynn Coady
35. The Cat's Table - Michael Ondaatje
36. The Claude Glass - Tom Bullough
37. Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

38. The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka
39. You Deserve Nothing - Alexander Maksik
40. Open City - Teju Cole
41. The London Satyr - Robert Edric
42. The Forgotten Waltz - Anne Enright

43. The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach
44. The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides
45. The Hunger Trace - Edward Hogan
46. Requiem - Frances Itani
47. The Beautiful Indifference - Sarah Hall
48. American Boy - Larry Watson
49. Vault - David Rose
50. The Coward's Tale - Vanessa Gebbie

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The Inferno”, by Dante Alighieri (a month-long re-reading of a classic in various translations)
Mefisto (1986), by John Banville
Reading Rilke (1999), by William H. Gass
The Duino Elegies/ Die Duino Elegien by R.M Rilke
The Quiet American (1955), by Graham Greene (re-read)
W. H. Auden (1982): A Biography, by Humphrey Carpenter
The Redress of Poetry: Oxford Lectures (1995), by Seamus Heaney
Blood Meridian (1985), by Cormac McCarthy
Underworld (1985), by Don DeLillo
Reading Modern Poetry (1989), by Michael Schmidt
Waterland (1983), by Graham Swift

The Iliad”, by William Fagles (A month-long perusal of a classic in a new translation)
The Sea (2005), by John Banville
The Trilogy (Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable), by Samuel Beckett
Freedom (2010), by Jonathan Franzen (postponed ‘onacounta’)
The Breaking of Style (1995), by Helen Vendler
After Rain: Short Stories (1996), by William Trevor
“Franz Kafka” (1966), by Walter Skokel, (An interpretive essay in the Columbia U. series)
Death in Summer (1997+1), by William Trevor
Nocturnes: Stories of Music and Night (2009), by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1997+1), edited by A S. Byatt

The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1997+1), selected and edited by A S. Byatt (partial)
Death in Summer (1997+1), by William Trevor
No Great Mischief (2001), by Alistair MacLeod
Port Mungo (2005), by Patrick McGrath
Embers (1942, 2001), by Sandor Marai

"The Odyssey",
a new translation by William Fagles
The Archivist (1997+1), by Martha Cooley
On Deconstruction (1982), by Jonathan Culler
**Wo Warst Du, Adam (1963), by Heinrich Bøll
The Bird Artist (1994), by Howard Norman
The Easter Parade (1976), by Richard Yates (recommended by KFC)
Stories (Vintage Classics, 1991), by Katherine Mansfield
The Tanners (New Directions, 2009), by Robert Walser (Trans. by Susan Bernofsky)

Virgil's "Aeneid", John Dryden's verse translation from 1697
Pfitz (1995), by Andrew Crumey
**Tristram Shandy (1760-64), by Lawrence Sterne
A Fearful Joy (1949), by Joyce Cary

The Art of Fiction (1959), by Ayn Rand
The Assault (1982), by Harry Mulisch (translation copyright, 1985)
Strange Pilgrims (1992), by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Stories, trans. copyright, 1993)
The End of the Poem (2006), by Paul Muldoon, essays in the Oxford Lecture Series on Poetry Varieties of Interpretation (1983), by Joseph Anthony Mazzeo

My Ántonia (1917+), by Willa Cather
The Death of Virgil (1945), by Hermann Broch
The Theory of Fiction: Henry James, edited by James E. Miller, Jr. (1972)
The Discarded Image (1964), by C.S. Lewis
The Rules of Chaos (1969), by Stephen Vizinczey
**Everything That Rises Must Converge (1963), posth. published stories by Flannery O'Connor

The Social Misconstruction of Reality (1992), by Richard F. Hamilton
Pale Fire (962), by Vladimir Nabokov
Philosophy, Psychiatry and Neuroscience: Three Approaches to the Mind (1989), by Edward M. Hundert
The Master (2004), by Colm Toibin
Dark Conceit: The Making of Allegory (1976), by Edwin Honig

The Philosophy of Hegel (1923), by W. T. Stace
The Transcendence of the Ego (1936), by Jean Paul Sartre
Phenomenology: Its Genesis and Prospect (1957+1), by Quentin Lauer
The First Person (1981), by Roderick Chisholm
Orlando (1927+1), by Virginia Woolf
**The Odes of John Keats (1983), by Helen Vendler
**Snow (2004), by Orhan Pamuk

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Seminal Influences: These are works, which, for a variety of reasons—some not at all clear—have had a lasting and deep resonance in my heart and mind since I first encountered them. I present them here in no particular order of importance or chronology, since that type of classification would presume an understanding of their importance for me, which is often lacking. Or, in the words of a song, “I don’t know why, I just do!”

The Tower and the Abyss (1976), by Erich Kahler
The Horse’s Mouth (1944), by Joyce Cary
“Araby”, and "The Dead", from Dubliners (1904), by James Joyce
A Preface to "Paradise Lost" (1942), by C. S. Lewis“
The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony
(1993), by Roberto Calasso
The Unquiet Grave (1942), by Cyril Connolly
Der Schandfleck (re-released 1963), by Ludwig Anzengruber
A River Runs Through It, (1976), by Norman Maclean
Der Tod in Venedig (1954), by Thomas Mann
The ABC of Reading, by Ezra Pound
"Peer Gynt" (1867), by Henrik Ibsen
The Rules of Chaos (1969), by Stephen Vizinczey
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Hey guys, there seems to be a lot of interest in rating books on here so I thought you might be able to help me out a bit? I have reviews for Leo Benedictus the Afterparty on my website Artswrap as well as lots of reviews for other books on there and I was wondering if anyone was interested in leaving your comments/reviews as I would like some from some real readers! Any reviews you could leave would be amazing, thanks!

Also, if anyone is interested, I'm reading Dracula by Bram Stoker at the moment. I had recently finished reading the Steig Larsson trilogy and was stuck for something to read so I went back to reading a classic that I have read before but still absolutely love!

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