Novels and biographies read in 2017

A list of the novels and biographies I read in 2017. For the most part these are the reading I do which is not related to work, though some of the biographies blur that line. A mixed bag, of which a couple of the biographies made my list of favourite academic books. Ones I particularly liked were Still Time, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, HHhH (though The 7th Function of Language was disappointing), and His Bloody Project. I enjoyed Sher’s diaries, and am looking forward to his King Lear diary this year. I’m starting the new year with Alex Danchev’s biography of Georges Braque, having liked his Cézanne this year. For lists from previous years see here, and for some responses to questions asked about my novel reading see here.

holiday reading

Holiday reading

  1. Haruki Murakami, Pinball, 1973
  2. Salman Rushdie, Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
  3. Ben Marcus, Leaving the Sea: Stories
  4. Alexandre Koyré, The Astronomical Revolution: Copernicus, Kepler, Borelli (non-fiction)
  5. Cecilia Ekbäck, Wolf Winter
  6. Francis Hardinge, The Lie Tree
  7. Robert E. Lerner, Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life (biography)
  8. A.D. Miller, Snowdrops
  9. Paul Griffiths, The Sea on Fire: Jean Barraqué (biography)
  10. Alena Graedon, The Word Exchange
  11. Stuart Jeffries, Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School (biography)
  12. Brian Friel, Translations (play – a gift)
  13. Eric Hazan, A People’s History of the French Revolution (non-fiction)
  14. Tom Rob Smith, Child 44
  15. Lisa McInerney, The Glorious Heresies
  16. Mario Reading, The Nostradamus Prophecies
  17. Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project
  18. Susanna Jones, The Earthquake Bird
  19. Tess Gerritson, Bloodstream
  20. Andrew Smith, Moon Dust: In Search of the Men who Fell to Earth (non-fiction)
  21. Gabriella Coleman, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous (non-fiction)
  22. Jean Hegland, Still Time
  23. Linda Herrara, Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet (non-fiction)
  24. Jonas Jonasson, The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden
  25. Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild (non-fiction)
  26. Dot Hutchinson, The Butterfly Garden
  27. S.J. Watson, Before I go to Sleep
  28. David Downing, Masaryk Station
  29. Sarah Lotz, The Three
  30. Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You
  31. Hilary Mantel, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street
  32. Catherine McKenzie, Hidden
  33. Jan Rothuizen, The Soft Atlas of Amsterdam (non fiction)
  34. Isabel Allende, The Japanese Lover
  35. Ray Monk, Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius (biography)
  36. Gabrielle Ferrières, Jean Cavaillès: A Philosopher in Time of War, 1903-1944 (biography)
  37. Francoise Gilet, Life with Picasso (autobiography)
  38. Jeannette Winterson, Gut Symmetries
  39. Val McDermid, Splinter the Silence
  40. Anne Holt, 1222
  41. Julian Young, Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography
  42. Vena Cork, The Lost Ones
  43. Saskia de Bodt, Children of Holland::The Image of the Netherlands in American Children’s Books (non-fiction – a gift)
  44. Aoife Clifford, All These Perfect Strangers
  45. Shari Lapena, The Couple Next Door
  46. Emily St John Mandel, Station Eleven
  47. Alex Danchev, Cézanne: A Life (biography)
  48. Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (autobiography – a gift)
  49. Deborah Levy, Hot Milk
  50. Ali Smith, How to be Both
  51. David Lagercrantz, The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  52. Iris Murdoch, The Bell
  53. Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
  54. Sam Baker, The Woman who Ran
  55. Laurent Binet, The 7th Function of Language
  56. Sibylle Lacan, Un père: Puzzle (memoir)
  57. Claire Mackintosh, I See You
  58. Anna Castle, Murder by Misrule
  59. Antony Sher, Year of the Fat Knight: The Falstaff Diaries (non-fiction)
  60. Graeme Mcrae Burnet, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau
  61. Antony Sher, Year of the King: An Actor’s Diary and Sketchbook (non-fiction)
  62. Andy Weir, The Martian
  63. Alison Lurie, The War Between the Tates
  64. China Mièville, October: The Story of the Russian Revolution (non-fiction)
  65. Fiona Barton, The Child
  66. Elisabeth Roudinesco, Freud in His Time and Ours (biography)
  67. David Szalay, All That Man Is
  68. Julian Barnes, The Noise of Time
  69. John le Carré, Call for the Dead
  70. Laurent Binet, HHhH
  71. Irène Némirovsky, Suite française
  72. Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathiser
  73. Graeme Macrae Burnet, His Bloody Project: Documents relating to the case of Roderick Macrae
  74. John le Carré, The Spy who Came in from the Cold
  75. Anthony Mara, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
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