Books of the Year / 2019

Here’s a list of the books I read for pleasure (and occasionally for review) this year.

I say “for pleasure” because I read quite a lot more as part of my research for a couple of forthcoming project, though often not in their entirety. I thumbed through another 30 or 40 books to glean the information I needed. So that was work and this is pleasure.



The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler

The Largesse Of The Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson

Vernon Subutex One by Virginie Despentes

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss


Leonard And Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession

Happening by Annie Ernaux

The Finishing School by Muriel Spark

The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Paradise by Edna O’Brien

Return of the Solider by Rebecca West


The Disappeared World by HE Bates

You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian

The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem ed. Jeremy Noel-Todd

Daisy Jones And The Six by Taylor Reid Jenkins


Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders

White by Bret Easton Ellis

Black Car Burning by Helen Mort

A Fortunate Man by John Berger and Jean Mohr

Ash Before Oak by Jeremy Cooper


Some Country Houses And Their Owner by James Lees-Milne

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

St Cuthbert, His Cult and his Community to AD 1200 ed. Bonner, Stancliffe and Rollason

Outlaw Bible Of American Essays ed. Alan Kaufman

Light Years by James Salter  


Lunch With The Wild Frontiers by Phill Savidge

The Silence Of The Girls by Pat Barker

Another World by Pat Barker

This Is Yesterday by Rose Ruane


Savage Gods by Paul Kingsnorth

The Inheritors by William Golding

Afternoons With The Blinds Drawn by Brett Anderson

To The Island Of Tides by Alistair Moffat

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Sudden Traveller by Sarah Hall  

Work Suspended And Other Stories with Charles Ryder’s Schooldays by Evelyn Waugh

Night Boat To Tangier by Kevin Barry


Diaries 1942-1954 by James Lees-Milne

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

Crop Circles by Michael Glickman

Ness by Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood

Trout, Belly Up by Rodrigo Fuentes  


Six by Zaffar Kunial

Bowie’s Books by John O’Connell

Threshold by Rob Doyle

Copsford by Walter JC Murray


In A Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu

The Alarming Palsy of James Orr by Tom Lee

Ghostland by Edward Parnell

Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert von Chamisso

Notes Made While Falling by Jenn Ashworth


Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

Ring The Hill by Tom Cox

Love From The Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-1975 by Gong

Bad Behaviour by Mary Gaitskill

Box Hill by Adam Mars-Jones



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