Given the number of these that are not really novels, this list should probably be retitled ‘books I read that are not for work reasons…’ Not as many as the first half of the year, but that’s probably a product of being at home and having many other non-work distractions as well as being generally busier.
- Umberto Eco and Jean-Claude Carrière, This Is Not The End Of The Book (not a novel)
- Chris Sidwells, A Race for Madmen: The Extraordinary History of the Tour de France (okay, this isn’t a novel either, but often reads like one)
- W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz
- Bruno Schulz, The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories
- Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere
- Ismael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (a very harrowing true story)
- Matt Rendel, A Significant Other: Riding the Centenary Tour de France with Lance Armstrong (another true story)
- Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare (semi-fictionalised biography)
- James Shapiro, Contested Will: Who wrote Shakespeare? (conclusion: Shakespeare)
- Thaisa Frank, Heidegger’s Glasses (good idea and good start; powerful ending; unconvincing in the middle)
- Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
- Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra (biography but written with a clear sense of much of what we know being a best guess)
- Frank Kermode, Shakespeare’s Language (might end up using a couple of things in this for work reasons)
- David Crystal, Think on my Words: Exploring Shakespeare’s Language
- Michael E. Crutcher, Jr, Tremé: Race and Place in a New Orleans Neighborhood (not a novel, but I wanted to know a bit more background before I watched any more of the TV series)
- Bernard Schlink, The Gordian Knot
- Daniel Mason, The Piano Tuner (soon to be a film directed by Werner Herzog)
- Sebastian Faulks, Engleby
How did you like Neverwhere? I love Gaiman, but I’ve been hearing mixed reviews.
Hi Cassie. It was okay – fairly light and I read it on a long flight. I suppose I was a little disappointed as I’d heard good things. Four months on I can’t remember much about it – though that’s not uncommon with me and novels. Not in a rush to read more of his work.
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