Novels and biographies read in 2019

As ever, a list of the books I read as a break from normal academic reading, though the line gets blurred with some of the biographies. I enjoyed the biographies more than the novels, and even abandoned a novel – which I do very rarely. Some of the more recent bios appear on the list of academic books I liked this year.

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

  1. A.J. Finn, The Woman in the Window
  2. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Rest (non-fiction)
  3. M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans
  4. Sebastian Faulks, Paris Echo
  5. C.J. Tudor, The Chalk Man 
  6. Paula Hawkins, Into the Water
  7. Magnus Florin, The Garden
  8. Louise Candlish, Our House
  9. Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House
  10. Terry Pinkard, Hegel: A Biography
  11. Jo Nesbo, Macbeth
  12. Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow
  13. Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train
  14. Rachel Hewitt, Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey
  15. John le Carré, The Looking Glass War
  16. Ray Monk, Bertrand Russell 1921-1970: The Ghost of Madness (biography)
  17. Lucy Foley, The Hunting Party
  18. Dominic Smith, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
  19. Ayse Kulin, Last Train to Istanbul
  20. Alain Boureau, Kantorowicz: Stories of a Historian, translated by Stephen G. Nichols and Gabrielle M. Spiegel (biography)
  21. Mark Ford, Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams (biography)
  22. Anna Seghers, The Seventh Cross
  23. Carole Fink, Marc Bloch: A Life in History (biography)
  24. David Mikics, Who Was Jacques Derrida? (biography)
  25. Robert E. Norton, Secret Germany: Stefan George and his Circle (biography)
  26. Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres
  27. Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire
  28. E.H. Gombrich, A Lifelong Interest: Conversations on Art and Science with Didier Eribon
  29. John le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soidier, Spy
  30. Susan Orlean, The Library Book
  31. Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six
  32. David Nicholls, Us
  33. Peter Brook, The Empty Space (non-fiction)
  34. Ian Carr, Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography
  35. Tracy Chevalier, Remarkable Creatures
  36. Richard Matheson, I am Legend
  37. Mathilda Jacob, Rosa Luxemburg (biography)
  38. Louis-Jean Calvet, Roland Barthes: A Biography
  39. Geraint Thomas, The Tour According to G: My Journey to the Yellow Jersey (autobiography)
  40. Anna Burns, Milkman
  41. Kaitlin Heller and Suzanne Conklin Akbari (Eds.), How We Read
  42. Stuart Hall, Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands (autobiography)
  43. Chris Boardman, Triumphs and Turbulence: My Autobiography
  44. Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (abandoned)
  45. Antony Beevor, The Second World War
  46. Haruki Murakami, Killing Commandatore
  47. Caroline Steedman, Dust: The Archive and Cultural History (non-fiction)
  48. Alain Robbe-Grillet, Ghosts in the Mirror (autobiography)
  49. Alain Robbe-Grillet, In the Labyrinth
  50. Hernan Diaz, In the Distance
  51. George Bataille, Blue of Noon
  52. Jane Harper, The Lost Man
  53. Ben Macintyre, A Spy among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
  54. Raymond Roussel, How I Wrote Certain of my Books
  55. Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem (again)
  56. Hannah Arendt, Men in Dark Times
  57. Kate Kirkpatrick, Becoming Beauvoir: A Life
  58. Sue Prideaux, I am Dynamite: A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche
  59. Clare Carlisle, Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard
  60. Diane Setterfield, Once Upon a River
  61. Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman
  62. Robert Harris, Munich
  63. Amy Sackville, Orkney
  64. Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
  65. Anne Holt, Blind Goddess
  66. David Foster Wallace, The Pale King
  67. George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo
  68. Dominique Eddé, Edward Said: His Thought as a Novel


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