2020 Reading Lists

Friends. Here is a by-no-means-comprehensive list of the books I most enjoyed this year.

(I read quite a lot more for work, research and review purposes, not included here.)

A Meal In Winter by Hubert Mingarelli

Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland by Sarah Moss

Acid for The Children by Flea

The Catch by Mick Herron

The Penguin Book Of Oulipo – anthology

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord Of The Flies by John Carey

Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan

A Few Green Leaves by Barbara Pym

The Sound Mirror by Heidi James

The Spire by William Golding

We Are The Young Men by Rob Doyle

Millstone Grit by Glynn Hughes

Of Love And Hunger by Julian McLaren-Ross

With Nails by Richard E Grant

There Are Little Kingdoms by Kevin Barry

This Is The Ritual by Rob Doyle

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Whos Fuckin Planet by Martyn Goodacre

Summerwater by Sarah Moss

Northern Exposures by Chris Steel-Perkins

The Tiler’s Afternoon by Lars Gustaffson

The Life To Come & Other Stories by EM Forster

A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry

Dark Lies The Island by Kevin Barry

King of Dust by Alex Woodcock

The Gentle Art Of Tramping by Stephen Graham

Glitch by Lee Rourke

Beatlebone by Kevin Barry

Cherry by Nico Walker

This Is Pleasure by Mary Gaitskill

Pink Floyd Are Fogbound In Paris by Ben Graham

Graham Bond: The Might Shadow by Harry Shapiro

Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan

Death In Venice by Thomas Mann

The Order Of The Day Eric Vuillard

Smash by Ian Winwood

Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez

Crow Court by Andy Charman

Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins by Rupert Everett

Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

The Seed by Tarjei Vessas  

Wild Swims by Dorthe Nors

The White People & Other Stories by Arthur Machen

Somebody’s Husband, Somebody’s Son by Gordon Burn

Greyhound For Breakfast by James Kelman

Mainly About Lindsay Anderson by Gavin Lambert

The Sound Of My Voice by Ron Butlin

One Clear Ice-cold January Morning at the Beginning of the 21st Century by Roland Schimmelpfennig

The Freak Brothers Omnibus by Gilbert Shelton

Believe In Magic: 30 Years Of Heavenly Recordings by Robin Turner

A Lonely Man by Chris Power

Tales From The Colony Room: Soho’s lost Bohemia by Darren Coffield

The Death Of Francis Bacon by Max Porter


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