Novels (mainly) read in 2015

These are the novels or non-fiction I read as a break from work-related reading in 2015. Not as many as previous years, which was mainly due to a slow start.

  1. Daniel Coyle and Tyler Hamilton, The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs (non fiction)
  2. Fred d’Aguilar, The Longest Memory
  3. Rebecca Hunt, Mr Chartwell
  4. Simon Sebag Montefiore, One Night in Winter
  5. Ned Beauman, The Teleportation Accident
  6. Mark Kurlansky, Birdseye (non-fiction)
  7. Peter Temple, Truth (set in Melbourne)
  8. Doris Pilkington/Nugi Garimara, Rabbit-Proof Fence
  9. Arundati Roy, Capitalism: A Ghost Story (non-fiction)
  10. Andrew Miller, Ingenious Pain
  11. Christopher Lee, Lord of Misrule (autobiography)
  12. Honoré Balzac, The Marriage Contract
  13. Michael Connolly, The Black Echo
  14. James Hamilton-Patterson, Seven Tenths: The Sea and its Thresholds (non-fiction)
  15. Hari Kunzru, The Impressionist
  16. Eric Rasmussen, The Shakespeare Thefts (non-fiction)
  17. Marcus Rediker, Outlaws of the Atlantic (non-fiction)
  18. Edmund White, Caracole
  19. Abdelrahman Munif, Cities of Salt
  20. Rob Kitchin, Stumped 
  21. William Golding, Pincher Martin
  22. Julian Barnes, Staring at the Sun
  23. Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking (memoir)
  24. Ian McEwan, The Children Act
  25. Alan Bennett, The Madness of George III (play)
  26. Hervé Guibert, À l’ami qui ne m’a pas sauvé la vie
  27. Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus and other plays
  28. A.L. Kennedy, Day
  29. William Boyd, Restless
  30. Helen MacDonald, H is for Hawk
  31. Ali Smith, The Accidental
  32. Ben Marcus, The Flame Alphabet
  33. James Kelman, How Late It Was, How Late
  34. Kate Atkinson, Life after Life
  35. Rebecca Hunt, Everland
  36. Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North
  37. Val McDermid, The Skeleton Road
  38. Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice (again – in advance of the film, which I didn’t like)
  39. Annie Proulx, Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories
  40. Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage
  41. John Williams, Stoner
  42. Helen Bryan, The Sisterhood
  43. Vladimir Nabakov, Bend Sinister
  44. J. Robert Lennon, Familiar
  45. Greg Baxter, Munich Airport
  46. Chibundu Onuzo, The Spider King’s Daughter
  47. Honoré de Balzac, The Wild Ass’s Skin
  48. Kamila Shamsie, A God in Every Stone
  49. A.S. Byatt, The Matisse Stories
  50. Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger
  51. Michael Moorcock, Mother London
  52. Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary
  53. Anita Brookner, Hotel du Lac
  54. Valerie Martin, Property
  55. Andrea Levy, Small Island
  56. Kingsley Amis, The Old Devils
  57. Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
  58. Ellis Peters, A Morbid Taste for Bones
  59. Edmund White, The Farewell Symphony
  60. Serge Livrozet, De la prison à la révolte: Essai-témoinage (memoir)
  61. Tom Sperlinger, Romeo and Juliet in Palestine: Teaching Under Occupation (non-fiction)
  62. Benoît Peeters, Derrida (biography)
  63. Emile Zola, The Earth

I particularly liked H is for Hawk, Everland, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, Familiar and Bel Canto, and thought the Derrida biography was terrific.  I have another pile to take on holiday in a few days…

These lists tend to generate some questions or suggestions – while I am grateful for both, I say a bit about this here.

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5 Responses to Novels (mainly) read in 2015

  1. Chathan says:

    Very happy that you read The Flame Alphabet. Ben Marcus is one of my favorite new writers. Given your interest in Shakespeare, you might very well like Emily St. John Mandel’s recent release Station Eleven – about a Shakesperean acting company in a post-apocalyptic world. Other titles to consider:
    The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
    Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman (I’m still plodding through this one as of right now).
    The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (this is a new release from this year about an American Southwest in a post-apocalyptic drought scenario a la J.G. Ballard and a fight between states for water resources).

    Sorry if this is too long.

  2. Chathan says:

    PS: what were your thoughts on Munif’s Cities of Salt? Just noticed you read that too.

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