Novels and biographies read in 2018

These are the books I read as a break from standard academic reading, though the line gets blurred with some of the biographies. I read more of those this year than previous years, including the three volumes of Isaac Deutscher’s epic study of Trotsky.

For lists from previous years see here, and for some responses to questions asked about my novel reading see here.

  1. Maja Lunde, A History of Bees
  2. Alex Danchev, Georges Braque: A Life (biography)
  3. Ian McEwan, Nutshell
  4. Frida Beckman, Gilles Deleuze (biography)
  5. Thomas Flynn, Sartre: A Philosophical Biography
  6. Zadie Smith, White Teeth
  7. Mark Mason, Walking the Lines: The London Underground, Overground
  8. Graham Greene, The Quiet American
  9. Matthew Walker, Why We Sleep(non fiction)
  10. Jon McGregor, Reservoir 13
  11. Jean-Paul Sartre,War Diaries: Notebooks from a Phoney War 1939-1940
  12. Damion Searls, The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test and the Power of Seeing
  13. John Banville, The Blue Guitar
  14. Elisabeth Roudinesco, Jacques Lacan: An Outline of a Life and History of a System of Thought (biography)
  15. Sarah Painter, Beneath the Water
  16. Pat Young, Til the Dust Settles
  17. Anthony McCarten, Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought us Back from the Brink (biography)
  18. Naomi Klein, No is Not Enough (non fiction)
  19. Robert MacFarlane, Landmarks (non fiction)
  20. Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding
  21. Alma Katsu, The Hunger
  22. Cara Hunter, Close to Home
  23. Matthew Richardson, My Name is Nothing
  24. Paul Trynka, Starman: David Bowie (biography)
  25. Lisa Appignanesi, Simone de Beauvoir (biography)
  26. Jane Harper, The Dry
  27. Robert Harris, Conclave
  28. Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
  29. Isaac Deutscher, The Prophet Armed: Trotsky, 1879-1921(biography)
  30. Margaret Atwood, Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold
  31. Heather Morris, The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  32. Graeme MacRae Burnet, The Accident on the A35
  33. Madeline Miller, Circe
  34. Elizabeth Day, The Party
  35. Val McDermid, Beneath the Bleeding
  36. Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent
  37. Isaac Deutscher, The Prophet Unarmed: Trotsky, 1921-1929 (biography)
  38. Belinda Bauer, Snap
  39. Jason Powell, Jacques Derrida: A Biography
  40. John le Carré, The Constant Gardener
  41. Penelope Fitzgerald, The Bookshop
  42. Elizabeth Strout,Anything is Possible
  43. Aldous Huxley, The Devils of Loudun (non-fiction)
  44. Val McDermid, Forensics (non-fiction)
  45. Clare Mackintosh, Let Me Lie
  46. Laura Marshall,  Three Little Lies
  47. Andy Weir, Artemis
  48. Yann Moulier Boutang, Louis Althusser, une biographie: La formation du mythe 1918-1945: La matrice
  49. Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
  50. Yann Moulier Boutang, Louis Althusser, une biographie: La formation du mythe 1945-1956: Ruptures et plis
  51. Mohsin Hamed, Exit West
  52. Michel Surya, Georges Bataille: An Intellectual Biography
  53. Victoria Helen Stone, Jane Doe
  54. Stuart Kendall, Georges Bataille (biography)
  55. Simeon Wade, Foucault in California (memoir)
  56. Naomi Alderman,The Lessons
  57. Scott Hamilton, The Crisis of Theory: EP Thompson, The New Left and Postwar British Politics (biography)
  58. Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects
  59. Isaac Deutscher, The Prophet Outcast: Trotsky, 1929-1940 (biography)
  60. Shirley Jackson, We have Always Lived in the Castle
  61. Ray Monk, Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude 1872-1921 (biography)
  62. Sarah Vaughan, Anatomy of a Scandal
  63. Jane Harper, Force of Nature
  64. John le Carré, A Small Town in Germany
  65. A.S. Byatt, The Children’s Book
  66. Ben Okri, The Famished Road


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1 Response to Novels and biographies read in 2018

  1. Pingback: 2018 in review – publications, talks, other academic stuff, and looking ahead to 2019 | Progressive Geographies

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