Books read 2015 - 2019

FROM NOVEMBER 2015 (when I first started blogging!)

Irma Voth - Miriam Toews

My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante

The Story of a New Name - Elena Ferrante

The Glorious Heresies - Lisa McInerney

The End of Vandalism - Tom Drury

Night Waking - Sarah Moss

Bodies of Light - Sarah Moss

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay - Elena Ferrante

The Story of the Lost Child - Elena Ferrante

The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood (Kindle)

Exposure - Helen Dunmore

Every Eye - Isobel English (Persephone)

There Were No Windows - Norah Hoult (Persephone)

The Centre of the Bed - Joan Bakewell (NF)

Signs for Lost Children - Sarah Moss

Under a Silent Moon - Elizabeth Haynes

Into the Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes

The Family on Paradise Pier - Dermot Bolger

The Hummingbird - Kati Hiekkapelto

Joy and Josephine - Monica Dickens

The Winds of Heaven - Monica Dickens (Perspehone)

The Shell Seekers - Rosamund Pilcher

The Happy Prisoner - Monica Dickens

One of the Family - Monica Dickens

In the Morning I'll be Gone - Adrian McKinty

Rain Dogs - Adrian McKinty

I Hear the Sirens in the Street - Adrian McKinty

Emma and Kate - Monica Dickens

Closed at Dusk - Monica Dickens

Last Year When I was Young - Monica Dickens

The Fancy - Monica Dickens

No More Meadows - Monica Dickens

Thursday Afternoons - Monica Dickens

Thin Air - Ann Cleeves

Meadowland: the Private Life of an English Field - John Lewis-Stempel (NF)

Three Houses (NF) - Angela Thirkell

Burnt Diaries (NF) - Emma Tennant

In a Fish Bone Church - Catherine Chidgey

The Shadows in the Street - Susan Hill

My Father's House (NF) - Miranda Seymour

The Bend for Home (NF) - Dermot Healy

Martin John - Anakana Schofield

The Museum of You - Carys Bray

A Song for Issy Bradley - Carys Bray

Malarky - Anakana Schofield

The Running Hare (NF)- John Lewis-Stempel

Six Facets of Light (NF) - Ann Wroe

The Power of the Dog - Thomas Savage

My Name is Lucy Barton - Elizabeth Strout

Nobody is Ever Lost - Catherine Lacey

Vinegar Girl - Anne Tyler

Rebel Footprints (NF) - David Rosenberg

Dreamstreets: A Journey through Britain's Village Utopias (NF) - Jacqueline Yallop

The Outrun - Amy Liptrott

The House at the Edge of the World - Julia Rochester

The Woman who Walked into the Sea - Mark Douglas-Home

The Railwayman's Wife - Ashley Hay

Emerald Square - Lar Redmond (NF)

Accidents in the Home - Tessa Hadley

In the Woods - Tana French

Iris and Ruby - Rosie Thomas

The Gardens of the Dead - William Broderick

A New View of the Irish Language - (Eds) Caoilfhionn Nic Phaiden & Sean O' Cearnaigh (NF)

By Night Unstarred - Patrick Kavanagh

Sligo: Land of Yeat's Desire - John Cowell (NF)

An Unconsidered People: The Irish in London - Catherine Dunne (NF)

The Lives of Women - Christine Dwyer Hickey

Grace Williams Says it Loud - Emma Henderson

Tea at Four o Clock - Janet McNeil

The Small Widow - Janet McNeil

Hawthorn and Child - Keith Ridgeway

Oh Dear, Silvia - Dawn French

Revenge of the Tide - Elizabeth Haynes

The Likeness - Tana French

Advice for Strays - Justine Kilkerr

Holy Orders - Benjamin Black

Even the Dead - Benjamin Black

Faithful Place - Tana French

Tidal Zone - Sarah Moss

Gun Street Girl - Adrian McKinty

Nightingale Wood - Stella Gibbons

Westwood - Stella Gibbons

The Plot: A Biography of My Father's English Acre - Madeleine Bunting (NF)

The New Moon with the Old - Dodie Smith

A Question of Identity - Susan Hill

The Soul of Discretion - Susan Hill

The Sixth Lamentation - William Broderick

The Matchmaker - Stella Gibbons

The Betrayal of Trust - Susan Hill

Birders: Tales of a Tribe (NF) - Mark Cocker

The Burning Boys - John Fuller

Freedom - Jonathan Franzen

Barkskins - Annie Proulx

The Dark Circle - Linda Grant

Days without End - Sebastian Barry

Elizabeth Jane Howard: a Dangerous Innocence (NF) - Artemis Cooper

Daddy's Gone a Hunting - Penelope Mortimer (Persephone)

Keeping on, Keeping On - Alan Bennett (NF)

TOTAL from November 2015 to December 31st 2016 = 97 books read


Long Live Great Bardfield - Tirzah Garwood (Persephone)

The Godwits Fly - Robin Hyde (Persephone)

A Harp in Lowndes Square - Rachel Ferguson (Furrowed Middlebrow)


Love, Nina - Nina Stibbe

The Fledgling -  Frances Faviell  (Furrowed Middlebrow)

Stuart : A Life Backwards - Alexander Masters (NF)

Every Eye - Isobel English (Persephone) (a re-read)

Don't Die in Autumn - Eric Dempsey (NF)

Somewhere Towards the End - Diana Athill (NF)

Estuary: out from London to the Sea - Rachel Lichenstein (NF)

MARCH 2017

A Brush with Nature - Richard Mabey (NF)

The Dogs of Littlefield - Suzanne Berne

My Salinger Year - Joanna Rakoff (NF)

A Line Made by Walking  - Sara Baume

The Three of Us: A Family Story - Julia Blackburn (NF)

Man at the Helm - Nina Stibbe

Wild Food - John Lewis-Stempel (NF)

Common Ground - Rob Cowen (NF)

APRIL 2017

The Blackbird Singularity - Matt Wiven

A Footman for the Peacock - Rachel Ferguson

Evenfield - Rachel Ferguson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson

The Rivers of London - David Aaronovitch

The Mad Lomasneys - Frank O Connor

The Secret Place - Tana French

Bewildering Cares - Winifred Peck

MAY 2017

No News at Throat Lake - Lawrence Donegan (NF)

Miss Mole - E.H. Young

Dadland - Keggie Carew (NF)

All We Shall Know - Donal Ryan

JUNE 2017

Making Conversation - Christine Longford (Persephone)

 The Fortnight in September - J.C. Sherriff

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair - Joel Dicker

The Wood for the Trees: The Long View of Nature from a Small Wood - Richard Fortey (NF)

Marnie - Winston Graham

A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip (NF) - Alexander Masters

Bag Eye at the Wheel - Colin Grant

Summer of my Amazing Luck - Miriam Toews

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins (I know; I'm very late to this party!)

About Time: Ageing Disgracefully - Irma Kurtz (NF)

How to be Both - Ali Smith

JULY 2017

Turned out nice again (NF) - Richard Mabey

Kerracher Man (NF) - Eric Macleod

This Must be the Place- Maggie O Farrell

A World of Love - Elizabeth Bowen

The Ballad of Lee Cotton - Christopher Wilson

Spilling the Beans (NF) Clarissa Dickson-Wright

Blood Ties - Jennifer Lash

Abide with Me - Elizabeth Strout ( re read)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman (Kindle)


The Little Girls - Elizabeth Bowen

Amy and Isabelle - Elizabeth Strout (Kindle)

Bertie, May and Mrs. Fish. - Xandra Bingley

Round Ireland in Low Gear - Eric Newby (NF)

The Ladies of Llangollen - Elizabeth Mavot (NF)

In My House - Alex Hourston - (Kindle)

According to Yes - Dawn French

The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden - Jonas Jonassen

A Death at the Palace - M.H. Bayliss

Place of the Heart - Steinunn Sigurdardottir

Burial Rites - Hannah Kent


Reader for Hire - Raymond Jean

Landskipping - Anna Pavord - (NF)

Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey - Madeleine Bunting (NF)

Timepiece: A Dublin Memoir - John Banville (NF)

The Long Drop - Denise Mina

Anything is Possible - Elizabeth Strout

The Wolf Pit - Will Cohu

Walk the Lines: London Underground, Overground - Mark Mason (NF)

Molly Keane: A Life - Sally Phipps (NF)


Augustown - Kei Miller

Midwinter - Fiona Melrose

A Life of My Own - Claire Tomalin (NF)

The Last London - Iain Sinclair (NF)

Moon Over Soho - David Aaaronovitch

The Nakano Thrift Shop - Hiromi Kawakami

Land of Plenty - Journey through the Fields and Food of Modern Britain - Charlie Pye-Smith (NF)

Just Off for a Walk - Stephen Reynolds (NF)

The Light Between Oceans - M. L. Steadman

Whispers Underground - Ben Aaronovitch

Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch


Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch

The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

At the Edge: Walking the Atlantic Coast of Ireland and Scotland - Joseph Murphy (NF)

The Weather House - Nan Shepherd

New Finnish Grammar - Diego Marani

Nora Webster - Colm Toibin


Smile - Roddy Doyle

All the Birds Singing - Evie Wyld

Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward

The Gift of Reading - Robert McFarlane (NF)

The King of the Badgers - Philip Hensher (re-read)

Rumer Godden: A Storyteller's Life - Ann Chisholm (NF)

TOTAL for 2017 = 92 books read


James Ravilious: A Life - Robin Ravilious (NF)

Greenbanks - Dorothy Whipple (Persephone)

Because of the Lockwoods - Dorothy Whipple

High Wages - Dorothy Whipple

Illumination Nights - Alice Hoffman

Blackbird House - Alice Hoffman

A Map of the World - Jane Hamilton


Grief is the Thing with Feather - Max Porter

A Manual for Cleaning Women - Lucia Berlin

MARCH 2018

A Week in December- Sebastian Faulks

Scottsboro - Ellen Feldman

On the Marshes: A Journey into England's Waterways - Carol Donaldson (NF)

The Excellent Lombards - Jane Hamilton

Nothing But Grass - Will Cohu

The Giant of Aberdeeen County - Tiffany Baker

APRIL 2018

A Winter Away - Elizabeth Fair

Native Heath - Elizabeth Fair

Beatrice - Noelle Harrison

Fair and Tender Ladies - Lee Smith

Seaview House - Elizabeth Fair

The Mingham Air - Elizabeth Fair

When the Floods Came - Clare Morrall

Some Luck - Jane Smiley (1st in a trilogy called 'The Last Hundred Years')

MAY 2018

Early Warning - Jane Smiley (2nd in trilogy)

Golden Age - Jane Smiley (3rd in trilogy)

The Last of the Lockwoods - Claire Morrall

Simon ; the genius in my basement - Alex Masters (NF)

Spring Tide -  Cilla and Rolf Borjlind

JUNE 2018

Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

The Light Years - Elizabeth Jane Howard (Book 1 of 'The Cazalet Chronicle')

Marking Time - Elizabeth Jane Howard (Book 2 of The Cazalet Chronicle')

Confusion - Elizabeth Jane Howard (Book 3 of 'The Cazelet Chronicle')

Casting Off - Elizabeth Jane Howard (Book 4 of 'The Cazelet Chronicle')

All Change - Elizabeth Jane Howard (Book 5 of 'The Cazalet Chronicle')

The Balkan Trilogy - Olivia Manning

JULY 2018

A Dance to the Music of Time 12 Volumes - Anthony Powell

A Question of Upbringing
A Buyer's Market
The Acceptance World
At Lady Molly's
Cassanova's Chinese Restaurant
The Kingly Ones
The Valley of Bones
The Soldier's Art
The Military Philosphers
Books Do Furnish A Room
Temporary Kings
Hearing Secret Harmonies

The Lives of Stella Bain - Anita Shreve

Please Mr.Postman - Alan Johnson (NF)

Helpless - Barbara Gowdy

Claxron: Field Notes from a Small Planet - Mark Cocker (NF)

The Girl on the Wall: One Life's Rich Tapestry - Jean Baggott (NF) (K)

Ablutions - Patrick De Witt (K)

Elizabeth is Missing - Emma Healey (K)

Brampton Wick - Elizabeth Fair (K)

Anny: A Life of Anne Thackeray - Henrietta Garnett

Brendan Behan's Island: An Irish Sketch Book - Paul Hogarth and Brendan Behan (NF)

London Particulars: Memoirs of An Edwardian Boyhood (NF) -  C. H. Rolph

A Bit on the Side - William Trevor (SS)

The Hill Bachelors - William Trevor (SS)

The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie - Charles Osborne (NF)


The Last September - Elizabeth Bowen

The Mulberry Empire - Phillip Hensher

Winter's Bone - Daniel Woodrell

Cold Earth - Ann Cleeves

Hester and Harriet - Hilary Spiers (K)

The Greenhouse - Audur Ava Olafsdottir (K)

The Cove - Ron Rash (K)

An Event in Autumn - Henning Mankell (K)

We are all Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler (K)

Daybreak - Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson (K)

Human Remains - Elizabeth Haynes (K)

A Place Near Heaven: A Year in West Cork - Damien Wright (NF)

The Green Road into the Trees: A Walk Through England - Hugh Thomson (K) (NF)

The Man Who Went into the West: A Life of R.S. Thomas - Byron Rogers (K) (NF)

The Return - Hakan Nesser (K)

The Last Will - Lisa Marklund

Burned - Thomas Enger

My Name is Leon - Kit De Waal

The Invisible Ones - Stef Penney


The Echo Maker - Richard Powers

Things We Set on Fire - Deborah Reed (K)

The Tottenham Outrage - M. H. Baylis

Black Day at the Bosphorus Cafe - M. H. Baylis

Unspoken - Luke Allnut (NF) (K)

The Lie of the Land - Amanda Craig

Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor

The Friendly Ones - Philip Hensher

Dashing for the Post: The Letters of Patrick Leigh-Fermor (NF)

From a Low and Quiet Sea - Donal Ryan

Whistle in the Dark - Emma Healey

All the Good Things - Claire Fisher


Dashing for the Post: The  Letters of Patrick Leigh-Fermor (NF)

The Paper Lovers - Gerard Woodward

Clock Dance - Anne Tyler

The Trick to Time - Kit De Waal

Respectable - Lynsey Hanley (NF)

A Time of Gifts - Patrick Leigh-Fermor (NF)

Out of the Woods: The Armchair Guide to Trees  - Will Cohu (NF)

The English Village: History and Tradition - Martin Wainwright (NF)

The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs. Beeton - Kathryn Hughes (NF)


Lethal White - Robert Galbraith

The Clock Maker's Daughter - Kate Morton

Transcription - Kate Atkinson

The G File - Hakan Nesser


Cotter's England - Christina Stead (An original green Virago edition; I haven't read one of these for ages)

The Great Western Beach: A Memoir of a Cornish Childhood Between the Wars - Emma Smith (NF)

As Green as Grass: Growing Up Before, During and After the Second World War - Emma Smith (NF)

The Salt Path - Rayner Winn (NF)

Greengates - R.C. Sherriff (Persephone)

A Sky Full of Birds: In Search of Britain's Great Bird Gatherings - Matt Merritt (NF)

TOTAL BOOKS READ - 2018 = 113


Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature and the Great War - John Lewis - Stempel (NF) Present from eldest grandson's girlfriend at Christmas.

Lies Sleeping - Ben Aaronovitch  (No.7 in 'The Rivers of London series).

Anthony Powell - Hilary Spurling (NF) Present from eldest grandson at Christmas.

The Seagull - Ann Cleeves

The House in the Country - Joyce Playfair  (Perspehone)

Style Me Vintage Accessories: A Guide to Collectable Hats, Gloves, Bags, Shoes, Costume Jewellery and More - Naomi Thompson and Liz Tregenza. (NF)


Basil Street Blues - Michael Holroyd (NF)

Princes in the Land - Joanna Cannan (Persephone)

The Dun Cow Rib: A Very Natural Childhood - John Lister-Kaye (NF) Christmas present from OH

Molly Fox's Birthday - Deirdre Madden

Oliver, Loving - Stephan Merril Block

MARCH 2019

Lady Rose and Mrs. Memmary - Rose Ferguson (Persephone)

The Corner: A Year in the Life of a Inner-City Neighbourhood - David Simon and Edward Burns

Ghost Wall - Sarah Moss

Bricks and Mortar - Helen Ashton (Persephone)

The Woman who Kept Everything - Jane Gilley (Kindle)

The Kindness of Place - Damien Enright (NF)

Hidden Nature: A Voyage of Discovery - Alys Fowler (NF) Birthday present

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading - Lucy Mangan (NF) Birthday present

APRIL 2019

Manhattan Transfer - John Dos Passos

An Imaginative Experience - Mary Wesley

The Mark and the Void - Paul Murray

Winter Break - Bernard MacLaverty

Wilding - Isabella Tree (NF) (Kindle)

Three Things about Elsie - Joanne Cannon

MAY 2019

Song of the Rolling Earth: a Highland Odyssey - Sir John Lister Kay (NF) Birthday present

A Sensible Life - Mary Wesley

Alive, Alive, O - Diana Athill (NF)

The Camomile Lawn - Mary Wesley

Wildings: The Secret Garden of Eileen Soper - Duff Hart-Davies (NF)

Cold Earth - Sarah Moss

Go, Went, Gone - Jenny Erpenbeck

A Green and Pleasant Land: How England's Gardeners Fought the Second World War - Ursula Buchan (NF)

JUNE 2019

Underland - Robert Macfarlane (NF)

To the River - Olivia Laing (NF)

The Ice Princess - Camilla Lackberg

The Lost Boy - Camilla Lackberg

Wild Fire - Ann Cleeves

The Durrells of Corfu - Michael Haag (NF) (Present from Vix of Vintage Vixen)

The Buried Angels - Camilla Lackberg

Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden (NF) - Rachel Lichenstein

JULY 2019

The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne

Care of Wooden Floors - Will Wiles

At the Water's Edge: a walk in the wild - John Lister Kaye (NF) (Birthday present)

Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee (gave up; it didn't grip me in any way)

One Green Field - Edward Thomas - (NF)

Let Us Now Praise Famous Gardens - Vita Sackville West (NF)

Invitation to the Waltz - Rosamond Lehmann - (Green Virago collection)

The Weather  in the Streets - Rosamond Lehmann (Green Virago collection)

A Note in Music - Rosamond Lehmann (Green Virago collection)


Homicide - David Simon (NF)

The Crocodile by the Door - Selina Guiness (NF)

When the Children Came Home - Julie Summers (NF)

American Smoke: Journey's to the End of the Light - Iain Sinclair (NF)

Mikman - Anna Burns

We Need New Names - NoViolet Bulawayo

The Sleeping and The Dead- Ann Cleeves

Between the Assassinations - Aravind Adiga

A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki


The Illustrated Shepherd's Life - W. H. Hudson (NF) First published in 1910!

Big Sky - Kate Atkinson

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things - Bryn Greenwood

Expectation - Ann Hope


Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed - Catrina Davies (NF)

Erte Fashion - Erte (NF)

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life - Justine Picardie (NF) 


  1. What a lot of books. What I especially like is that I have hardly heard of any of these but will be checking them out. I am only acquainted with three of your authors, Harper Lee, Margaret Atwood, and Anne Tyler. So I now have a long list of new reads to try. Thank you.

    1. Hello Susan,

      I have only just seen your comment as I have been away. I will indeed check out Tee Bee Dee's. Thank you!

  2. You might enjoy TEE BEE DEE's Bookoholics group. We were on EONS till it went belly up but now there is a large group here that talks books. I know they will be interested in your list.