Reading List 2017


For anyone who cares about these matters, here is a list of books I have read this year.

Aside from publishing two novels of my own, and a small poetry collection, all which has been somewhat time consuming, much of the year has been spent writing and researching a forthcoming non-fiction book, Under The Rock (watch this space etc). This has entailed dipping into many books on many subjects (bats, nettle tea, swimming, serial killers), which I haven’t included here. I’ve also overlooked a lot of poetry books that I have read extracts from. And also the backlog of books that I intend to tackle over Christmas.

In short: this list isn’t very comprehensive at all. I’d recommend any of these (except the Gene Simmons one, which was for work and one of the worst books I’ve ever read).

Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary by MR James

I’m Not With The Band by Sylvia Patterson

Memoirs Of A Dipper by Nell Leyshon

The Year Of The Hare by Arto Paasilinna


Fox by Jim Crumley

Wild Harbour by Ian Macpherson

The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott

Dead Man Upright by Derek Raymond

Moonstone by Sjon


Pond by Claire-Louise Bennet

The World-Ending Fire by Wendell Berry

Anticipatory History ed. Caitlin DeSilvey, Simon Naylor & Colin Sackett

The Wall by Marlen Haushofer 


Running To The Hills by Horatio Clare

Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange by Adam Scovell

Tristimania by Jay Griffith

The Moon Is A Balloon by David Niven

Truant: Notes From The Slippery Slope by Horatio Clare

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile by Adelle Stripe 

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Cage Of Shadows by Archie Hill

How You Might Know Me by Sabrina Mahfouz

Sane New World: Taming The Mind by Ruby Wax

Kingdom Cons by Yuri Herrera


The Paper Cell by Louise Hutcheson

The Streetcleaner by Nicole Ward Jouve

Edgelands by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts

Walking On Lava by Dark Mountain Project

Getting Carter: Ted Lewis And The Birth Of Brit Noir by Nick Triplow


Owning Up by George Melly

Petite Fleur by Iosi Havilio

The End Of Eddy by Edouard Louis

Pincher Martin by William Golding

Alma Cogan by Gordon Burn

Atrib by Eley Williams


The North Of England Home Service by Gordon Burn

Superstitions of the Countryside by E and MA Radford

Uncommon Ground by Dominic Tyler

First Love by Gwendoline Riley


Roald Dahl’s Book Of Ghost Stories ed. Roald Dahl

The Valley At The Centre Of The World by Malachy Tallack

The Wrestling by Simon Garfield


Coal Black Mornings by Brett Anderson

On Power by Gene Simmons

The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl

Folk by Zoe Gilbert

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford


Depression by William Styron

Tales From The Dead Of Night anthology

Hollow Shore by Gary Budden

Arkady by Patrick Langley

All The Devils Are Here by David Seabrook


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