2016 Reading List

Here are the books that I have read and enjoyed in 2016 – some for review, some for research purposes, and most for pleasure. I can’t claim to have finished every single one, and suspect I am missing a number of anthologies and poetry collections that I have dipped into along the way (and have had to rather a lot of editing of my own work), but would recommend just about any of them.

And forthcoming:

My next novel The Gallows Pole will be published spring 2017.

A sequel to Turning Blue will be published late 2017.

And I’ll soon be announcing exciting news about both a non-fiction book that will be published in 2018, and some of my work that will be coming out in translation. Busy times.

All the best for the coming year.

Sir Orfeo by Anonymous (above)

In Real Life by Chris Killen

Autobiography by Noel Coward

A Shepherd’s Life by WH Hudson

Point Doom by Dan Fante

Welcome to Scarfolk by Richard Littler

The Death of A Beekeper by Lars Gustafson

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

Scorper by Rob Magnuson Smith

The Stone Book Quartet by Alan Garner

Superabundance by Heinz Helle

Body by Harry Crews

Wild Life by Liam Brown

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

Beast by Paul Kingsnorth

Foxes Unearthed by Lucy Jones

Sounds Good: 101 Poems to Be Heard edited by Christopher Reid

Best And Edwards by Gordon Burn

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

The Fighting Irish: Ireland’s Role in World Boxing History by Patrick Myler

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

First Light (Alan Garner Anthology) by various

The Arrival Of Missives by Aliya Whiteley

The Mansio: New Writing Inspired by Hadrian’s Wall by various

The Last English Poachers by Bob & Brian Tovey

Reflections On A Marine Venus by Lawrence Durrell

The Bastard Brother by Mick Guffan

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Werewolf by Steve Ely

The Hepatitis Bath-Tub & Other Stories by NOFX & Jeff Alulis

Naples ’44 by Norman Lewis

Physical by Andrew McMillan

Release The Bats: Writing Your Way Out Of It by DBC Pierre

My Back to Nature by George Shaw

Content Provider: Short Prose Pieces 2011-2016 by Stewart Lee

Resistance: The Underground War Against the Normans by Peter Rex

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

Shock & Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy by Simon Reynolds

The Glue Ponys by Chris Wilson

60 Degrees North by Malachy Tallack

Young Skins by Colin Barrett

Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy

Love And Other Wounds by Jordan Harper

Black Teeth And A Brilliant Smile by Adelle Stripe

Summer edited by Melissa Harrison

Porcelain by Moby

Best of Neighbours by Glyn Hughes

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Haunts Of The Black Masseur by Charles Sprawson

Millstone Grit by Glyn Hughes

Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate

Strange Labyrinth: Outlaws, Poets, Mystics…in London’s Great Forest by Will Ashon

Author! Author!: Society Of Authors anthology by various

No Map Could Show Them by Helen Mort

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnett

The West Yorkshire Moors by Christopher Goddard

Rogues And Running Dogs by Brian Plummer

All That Man is by David Szalay

Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys

The Good Immigrant by various

Lonely Boy by Steve Jones

Eulogy For Nigger & Other Essays by David Bradley and others

Reliquiae anthology by various

Weird Calderdale by Paul Weatherhead

Fell by Jenn Ashworth

Waymarking by Dominic Cooper

Oor Wullie annual




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