Reading

Currently reading; Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

Read or re-read recently: * indicates a favourite

The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga

Brick Lane, Monica Ali

*Little Women, Louisa M Alcott

Daughter of Fortune, Isabel Allende

Zorro, Isabel Allende

Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkinson

Emotionally Weird, Kate Atkinson

The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood

*The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad, Margaret Attwood

*Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

*Emma, Jane Austen

*Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

*Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

*Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

*Persuasion, Jane Austen

*The Sea, John Banville

The Infinities, John Banville

Arthur & George, Julian Barnes

The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry

The Clothes They Stood Up In, Alan Bennett

*The Uncommon Reader, Alan Bennett

Death of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen

*Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain

*Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

Mummy’s Legs, Kate Bingham

The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown

*Possession, AS Byatt

The Virgin in the Garden, AS Byatt

Angels and Insects, AS Byatt

*The Children’s Book, AS Byatt

*Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote

Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey

My Life as a Fake, Peter Carey

*The Constant Gardener, John le Carre

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

Mrs Fytton’s Country Life, Mavis Cheek

Falling Angels, Tracy Chevalier

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

Elizabeth Costello, J.M. Coetzee

The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

Dear Francesca, Mary Contini

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres

*The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai

Family Afloat, Aubrey de Selincourt

David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Hard Times, Charles Dickens

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Paddy Clarke ha ha ha, Roddy Doyle

A Star Called Henry, Roddy Doyle

The Sea Lady, Margaret Drabble

*Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

My Cousin Rachel, Daphne du Maurier

*Frenchman’s Creek, Daphne du Maurier

The Siege, Helen Dunmore

House of Orphans, Helen Dunmore

Capturing the Stars, Helen Dunmore

*The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco

The Valley and the Farm, Monica Edwards

Middlemarch, George Eliot

Silas Marner, George Eliot

Blast from the Past, Ben Elton

Swift as Desire, Laura Esquivel

On Green Dolphin Street, Sebastian Faulks

The Girl at the Lion d’Or, Sebastian Faulks

Charlotte Gray, Sebastian Faulks

*Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks

Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding

The Edge of Reason, Helen Fielding

*Madame Bovary, Gustav Flaubert

Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer

Lady’s Maid, Margaret Forster

Have the Men Had Enough? Margaret Forster

Diary of an Ordinary Woman, Margaret Forster

Anne Frank’s Diary, Anne Frank

Hideous Kinky, Esther Freud

Catherine de Medici, Leonie Frieda

Hippopotamus, Stephen Fry

The Liar, Stephen Fry

Paperweight, Stephen Fry

Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry

Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell

The White Family, Maggie Gee

*Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

Blink, Malcolm Gladwell

*Shakespeare’s Wife, Germaine Greer

The Queen’s Fool, Philippa Gregory

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid

Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

Chocolat, Joanne Harris

The Great Fire, Shirley Hazzard

Catch 22, Joseph Heller

Notes on a Scandal, Zoe Heller

The Believers, Zoe Heller

A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

Tatty, Christine Dwyer Hickey

*Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, Peter Høeg

The Quiet Girl, Peter Høeg

The Woman and the Ape, Peter Høeg

The Odyssey, Homer

High Fidelity, Nick Hornby

About a Boy, Nick Hornby

Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby

How to be Good, Nick Hornby,

*The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

A Rough Guide to the Heart, Pam Houston

The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

Daisy Miller, Henry James

Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K Jerome

Mister Pip, Lloyd Jones

Mudbound, Hillary Jordan

An Evil Cradling, Brian Keenan

The Water Babies, Charles Kingsley

*The Vintner’s Luck, Elizabeth Knox

The Impressionist, Hari Kunzru

Women in Love, DH Lawrence

*To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

*Small Island, Andrea Levy

The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam, Lauren Liebenberg

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka

Changing Places, David Lodge

The British Museum is Falling Down, David Lodge

Nice Work, David Lodge,

Small World, David Lodge

Beyond Black, Hilary Mantell,

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Four Feathers, AEW Mason

The No1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith

Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith

The Full Cupboard of Life, Alexander McCall Smith

In The Company of Cheerful Ladies, Alexander McCall Smith

Morality for Beautiful Girls, Alexander McCall Smith

The Kalahari Typing School for Men, Alexander McCall Smith

Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt

‘Tis, Frank McCourt

Atonement, Ian McEwan

On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, Jon McGregor

When We Were Bad, Charlotte Mendelson

*Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford

The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford

The Misanthrope, Moliere

Do Not Pass Go, Tim Moore

Astonishing Splashes of Colour, Clare Morrall

Beloved, Toni Morrison

The Wind-up Bird Chronicles, Murakami

Twelve Bar Blues, Patrick Neate

The Tim Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

The Book Group, Elizabeth Noble

The Tenko Club, Elizabeth Noble

The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup, Susan Orlean

The Bolter, Frances Osborne

In the Place of Fallen Leaves, Tim Pears

I Don’t Know How She Does It, Allison Pearson

*The Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney

Before I Say Goodbye, Ruth Picardie

The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx

That Old Ace in the Hole, E. Annie Proulx

The Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

Gilead, Marilynne Robinson

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

The Boy with the Topknot, Sathnam Sanghera

Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott

The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield

Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw

Heartbreak House, George Bernard Shaw

The Last Time They Met, Anita Shreve

*The Accidental, Ali Smith

Girl Meets Boy, Ali Smith

*I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith

*White Teeth, Zadie Smith

The Autograph Man, Zadie Smith

*On Beauty, Zadie Smith

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Kate Summerscale

The Fifth Summer, Titia Sutherland

The Light of Day, Graham Swift

Anita and Me, Meera Syal

Life isn’t all Haha Heehee, Meera Syal

*The Door, Magda Szabo

The Mad Martins, Reginald Taylor

Vanity Fair, Wm M Thackeray

Bone China, Roma Tearne

*Brixton Beach, Roma Tearne

*The House by the Thames, Gillian Tindall

The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings, Parts I, II & III, JRR Tolkien

Unfinished Tales, JRR Tolkien

The Silmarillion, JRR Tolkien

Frankie and Stankie, Barbara Trapido

*The Colour, Rose Tremain

*Music and Silence, Rose Tremain

*The Road Home, Rose Tremain

*Restoration, Rose Tremain

Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

Morality Play, Barry Unsworth

Candide, Voltaire

The Other Side of You, Salley Vickers

Mr Golightly’s Holiday, Salley Vickers

Miss Garnett’s Angel, Salley Vickers

*Fingersmith, Sarah Waters

*The Night Watch, Sarah Waters

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson

A Handful of Dust, Evelyn Waugh

*Scoop, Evelyn Waugh

Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh

**Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

A Dubious Legacy, Mary Wesley

*All Passion Spent, Vita Sackville West

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

*The Powerbook, Jeanette Winterson

*To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf

Gem Squash Tokoloshe, Rachel Zadok

On the shelf, to be read

*indicates started and put down again

The City of Fallen Angels, John Berendt

Agnes Grey, Anne Brontë

The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov*

A Whistling Woman, AS Byatt

Headlong, Michael Frayn

The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James*

Teacher Man, Frank McCourt*

The Innocent, Ian McEwan

Enduring Love, Ian McEwan*

The Comfort of Strangers, Ian McEwan

The Best of Saki (HH Munro)

The Babes in the Wood, Ruth Rendell

The Book of Dave, Will Self

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