Reading List 2018

Friends and readers. Here’s a by-no-means comprehensive list of my reading material this year. It almost certainly excludes some poetry books, titles I’ve dipped into in libraries, research material and the several titles I intend to read entirely for pleasure over the coming festive season. They’re listed in vaguely chronological order.


You Should Come With Me Now by M. John Harrison

Our Exploits at West Poley by Thomas Hardy

Impressment of Seaman, and a Few Remarks on Corporal Punishment by Anonymous

Landsman Hay by Robert Hay


Jumpin’ Jack Flash by Keiron Pim

St Cuthbert’s Corpse by David Willem

Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter


Don’t Skip Out On Me by Willy Vlautin

Gazza Agonistes by Ian Hamilton

Bring on The Empty Horses by David Niven


Berg by Ann Quinn

The Street Kids by Pier Paulo Pasolini

Orison For A Curlew by Horatio Clare

Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Veong

The Town by Shaun Prescott


Fine Fine Fine Fine by Diane Williams

Men On Ice by Andrew Greig

Island Home by Tim Winton


It’s Me, Eddie by Eduard Limonov

Saving Grave by Grace Wilson

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

Things I Don’t Want To Know by Deborah Levy


Reunion by Fred Uhlman  

Under The Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy

The Scarecrow by HR Morrieson


The Beautiful Summer by Cesare Pavese

Athelstan by Tom Holland

Where Shall We Run To? by Alan Garner


West by Carys Davies

Bonjour Tristesse by Francois Sagan

Modern Nature by Derek Jarman


The Waterfront Journals by David Wojnarowicz

Francis Plug: Writer In Residence by Paul Ewen

The Light In The Dark: A Winter Journal by Horatio Clare

Heat Wave by Penelope Lively


Us by Zaffar Kunial

Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry by BS Johnson

The Monkey’s Mask by Dorothy Porter


Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine

You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames

Slaughterhouse Prayer by John King

History Of Violence by Edouard Louis

Muscle by Alan Trotter


Help The Witch by Tom Cox

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Mothers by Chris Power

The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler


Festive greetings one and all…


(Pompeii, April 2018).





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