Novels and biographies read in 2016

Not all novels, and many more biographies in here then previous years, but these were the (mainly) non-work books I read in 2016.

  1. John Fowles, Daniel Martin 
  2. Mason Currey, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (non-fiction)
  3. Helga Schneider, Let Me Go: My Mother and the SS (memoir)
  4. Kate Grenville, The Idea of Perfection
  5. Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Islands
  6. Walter Benjamin, Radio Benjamin (non fiction – radio broadcasts)
  7. George Eliot, Adam Bede (again – first time since A-level)
  8. Christian Meier, Caesar (biography)
  9. David Graeber, Debt: The First 5000 Years (non-fiction)
  10. Ian Rankin, The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Short Stories
  11. Keri Hulme, The Bone People
  12. Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge
  13. Reinhard Mehring, Carl Schmitt: A Biography
  14. William Golding, Rites of Passage
  15. José Saramago, The Notebook (diaries)
  16. Barry Unsworth, Sacred Hunger
  17. Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began
  18. Henrik Ibsen, Four Major Plays
  19. Patrick Baert, The Existentialist Moment: The Rise of Sartre as a Public Intellectual
  20. Simon Jenkins, A Short History of England
  21. A.S. Byatt, The Virgin in the Garden
  22. Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea
  23. Ellis Peters, One Corpse Too Many
  24. Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes
  25. Edmund White, Genet (biography)
  26. Robin Sloan, Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore
  27. Aaron Swartz, The Boy Who Could Change the World (non-fiction)
  28. Martin Amis, The Zone of Interest
  29. Philippa Langley and Michael Jones, The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III (non-fiction)
  30. Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture
  31. Kazuo Ishiguro, The Unconsoled
  32. Vilém Flusser and Louis Bec, Vampyroteuthis Infernalis: A Treatise
  33. John Banville, The Untouchable
  34. Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim
  35. Iris Murdoch, The Philosopher’s Pupil
  36. Ellis Peters, Monk’s Hood
  37. Benedict Anderson, A Life Beyond Boundaries (memoir)
  38. James Shapiro, 1606: The Year of Lear (biography)
  39. Robert Macfarlane, The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (memoir)
  40. Iain Sinclair, London Orbital (non fiction)
  41. Umberto Eco, Numero Zero
  42. Robert Harris, Dictator
  43. Diana Fuss, The Sense of an Interior: Four Writers and the Rooms that Shaped Them (non-fiction)
  44. John Berger and Jean Mohr, A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor (non-fiction)
  45. Sebastian Faulks, Where my Heart used to Beat
  46. Han Kang, The Vegetarian
  47. Tendai Huchu, The Maestro, The Magistrate and the Mathematician
  48. George Monbiot, How did we get into this mess? (non-fiction)
  49. Jonathan Frantzen, Purity
  50. China Mieville, King Rat
  51. Emile Zola, Germinal
  52. Tiphaine Samoyault, Barthes: A Biography
  53. J.G. Ballard, High Rise
  54. Walter Benjamin, The Storyteller: Tales out of Loneliness
  55. John Rees and Lindsey German, A People’s History of London (non-fiction)
  56. Gustav Flaubert, The Temptation of Saint Anthony (again)
  57. David Farrell Krell, Son of Spirit: A Novel
  58. Ian Rankin, Standing in Another Man’s Grave
  59. Alex Scarrow, A Thousand Suns
  60. Stanley Weintraub, Silent Night: The Remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914 (non-fiction)
  61. Haruki Murakami, Hear the Wind Sing
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  1. Pingback: A year in review – talks, publications and writing, plus links to my ‘best-of’ lists | Progressive Geographies

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