Books read 2015 - 2022

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 - Jessamyn 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 Aberdeen 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 - Clare 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 - (Virago collection)

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

A Note in Music - Rosamond Lehmann (Virago collection)


Homicide - David Simon (NF)

The Crocodile by the Door - Selina Guinness (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

OCTOBER 2019 - looks like Fashion month!

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

Erte Fashion - Erte (NF)

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

Vogue Fashion: 100 Years of Style by Decade and Designer - Linda Watson (NF)

The New House - Lettice Cooper (VMC)


Fashion Makers and Fashion Shapers - Anne-Celine Jaeger (NF)

The Librarian - Sally Vickers

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell - David Yaffe (NF)

Staring at Lakes: A Memoir - Michael Harding (NF)

All Among the Barley - Melissa Harrison

A House Full of Daughters - Juliet Nicholson (NF)

The Wych Elm - Tana French


Olive, Again - Elizabeth Strout

Dear Mrs. Bird - A.J. Pearce

Once upon a River - Diane Setterfield

The Style Source Book: Visual Directory of Fabrics, Wallpapers, Paints, Flooring and Tiles.  - Judith Miller (NF)

Fidelity - Susan Glaspell (Persephone)

Groundwork: Writings on Places and People - Tim Dee (NF) Christmas Present

Total for 2019 = 81 books


On Chapel Sands - Laura Cumming (NF)

Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile - Alice Jolly

Why Women Read Fiction: The Story of our Lives - Helen Taylor (NF) Xmas present

Hovel in the Hills - Elizabeth West (NF)

Timesong: In Search of Doggerland - Julia Blackburn (NF)

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone - Olivia Laing (NF) Xmas present

Outskirts: Living life on the edge of the Green belt - John Grindrod (NF) Xmas present

Elisabeth's Lists: A Family Story - Lulah Ellender (NF)

The Century Girls: The Final Word from the Women Who've Lived the Past One Hundred Years of British History - Tessa Dunlop (NF)


Beyond the Regions of Kindness - Alice Jolly

What the Eye Doesn't See - Alice Jolly

Home - Sarah Stovell

Guard Your Daughters - Diane Tutton (Perspehone - Christmas present from OH)

National Provincial - Lettice Cooper (Persephone - present to myself!)

The Taxi Driver's Daughter - Julia Darling

MARCH 2020

Car Boot Collectibles - Marshall Cavendish

The Mirror and the Light - Hilary Mantel

The Comforts of Home - Susan Hill (Book 9 in the Simon Serailler series)

Motherwell - Deborah Orr (NF)

APRIL 2020

Square Haunting: Five women, freedom and London between the wars. Francesca Wade (NF)

Fenny - Lettice Cooper  (Virago collection)

The Reader on the 6.27 - Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Being Emily - Anne Donovan

The Long Cry - Ann Cleeves

The Past - Tessa Hadley

The Hand that Trembles - Kjell Eriksson

MAY 2020

22 Britannia Road - Amanda Hodgkinson

Spilt Milk - Amanda Hodgkinson

Ironopolis - Glen James Brown (Kindle)


The Other Woman - Laura Wilson

The Darkest Day - Hakan Nesser

In the Darkness - Karin Fossum

Don't Look Back - Karin Fossum

The Undesired - Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Victory Square - Olen Steinhauer

The Blood Spilt - Asa Larsson

The Savage Altar - Asa Larsson

Why Did You Lie? - Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The Silence of the Sea - Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The Root of Evil - Hakan Nesser

Burned - Thomas Enger

Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow - Peter Hoeg

Family Roundabout - Richmal Crompton (Persephone)

Quartet - Richmal Crompton (Kindle)

JUNE 2020

Caitlin: Life with Dylan Thomas - Caitlin Thomas and Geoffrey Tremlett (NF)

The Village - Marghanita Laski (Persephone)

Housebound - Winifred Peck (Persephone)

Miss Buncle's Book - D.E. Stevenson (Persephone)

The Hill Station - J. G. Farrell

The Siege of Krishnapur - J.G. Farrell

The Spare Room - Helen Garner

The Hours of the Night - Sue Gee

Thin Air - Sue Gee

The Taxi Queue - Janet Davey

Earth and Heaven - Sue Gee

The Princess of Burundi - Kjell Eriksson (Kindle)

From here, you can't see Paris: Seasons of a French Village and its restaurant - Michael Sanders (NF)

I Feel Bad about my Neck - Nora Ephron (NF)

JULY 2020

The  Year of Reading Dangerously -Andy Miller (NF)

Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

Canvey Island - James Runcie

Sea Room - Adam Nicolson (NF)

Over the Hills and Far Away: An English Odyssey - Candida Lycett-Green (NF)

McCarthy's Bar - Pete McCarthy (NF)

The Grass Arena - John Healy (NF)


Brendan Behan's Island: An Irish Sketchbook - Brendan Behan and Paul Hogarth (Re-read) (NF)

Running for the Hills - Horatio Clare (NF)

Durango - John B. Keane

Smell of Summer Grass: Pursuing Happiness at Perch Hill - Adam Nicholson (NF) (K)

Island on the Edge - Anne Cholawo (NF) (K)

The Rebel Angels - Book 1 of The Cornish Trilogy - Robertson Davies

The Islandman - Tomas O'Crohan (K) NF)

Kilvert's Diary - Vol 1 1870 -1871 - Francis Kilvert

Kilvert's Diary  - Vol 2 1871 - 1874 - Francis Kilvert

Kilvert's Diary -  Vol 3 1874 - 1879  - Francis Kilvert (NF)

The Dutch House - Ann Patchett - (K)

The Patron Saint of Liars - Ann Patchett (K)

Midnight in Havana - Peggy Blair (K)

Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz (K)


Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

The White Road: A Pilgrimage of Sorts  - Edmund De Waal (NF)

Troubled Blood - Robert Galbraith (5th in Cormoran Strike series) (Kindle)


Beechcombings: The Narrative of Trees - Richard Mabey (NF)

The Magician's Assistant - Ann Patchett (Kindle)

Run - Ann Patchett

The Countryside Year  - Steve Barnett (NF)

Making Gardens: A Celebration of Gardens and Gardening in England and Wales - National Gardens Scheme (NF)

Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

Winter: An Anthology For the Changing Seasons - Melissa Harrison (ed) (NF)

Truth and Beauty: a Friendship - Ann Patchett (NF)


Country Dance - Margiad Evans (Kindle)

Nightingale Point - Luan Goldie (Kindle)

A Time to Dance, a Time to Weep - Rumer Godden (NF)

Redhead by the Side of the Road - Ann Tyler (Kindle)

Commonwealth - Ann Patchett

The Faraday Girls - Monica McInerney

The Coroner's Lunch - Colin Cotterill

I Know this Much is True - Wally Lamb

Vertigo - W. G Sebald (NF)

What Remains - Tim Weaver

Breakfast with the Nikolides - Rumer Godden

The Mysteries of Glass - Sue Gee


Jack - Marilynne Robinson  (Kindle)

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead - Olga Tokarczuk (Kindle)

Thrifty Ways for Modern Days - (Ed) Martin Lewis (NF)

Do Not Pass Go: From the Old Kent Road to Mayfair - Tim Moore (NF)

Beryl Bainbridge: Love by All Sorts of Means: A Biography - Brendan King (NF)

Antonia White: A Life - Jane Dunn (NF)

The Wild Silence - Raynor Winn (NF)

The Narrow Land - Christine Dwyer-Hickey

TOTAL for 2020 - 109


Summerwater - Sarah Moss (Christmas present)

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History - Kassia St. Clair (NF)

Gertrude Jekyll - Sally Festing (NF)

Young Anne - Dorothy Whipple (Persephone)

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters - G.W. Dahlquist


Narrowboat Nomads: Living the Dream on the English Waterways - Steve Haywood (NF)

Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach - Jean Sprackland (Kindle) - (NF)

Skint Estate - Cash Carroway (Kindle) (NF)

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times - Katherine May (Kindle) (NF)

Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames - Lara Maiklem (Kindle) (NF)

To Love and Be Wise - Josephine Tey (Kindle)

The Franchise Affair - Josephine Tey

Tiger in the Smoke - Margery Allingham

The Loving Husband - Christobel Kent

Brat Farrar - Josephine Tey

MARCH 2021

Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of A Needle - Clare Hunter (NF)

Thirty Three Teeth - Colin Cotterill

Disco for the Departed - Colin Cotterill

The Book of Colour - Julia Blackburn

Oxford Blue - Veronica Stallwood

Oxford Menace - Veronica Stallwood

Bottle in the Smoke - Angus Wilson

Late Call - Angus Wilson (re-read)

The Middle Age of Mrs. Eliot - Angus Wilson (re-read)

APRIL 2021

Wash This Blood From My Hand - Fred Vargas

Love Songs from a Shallow Grave - Colin Cotterill

A Spell of Winter - Helen Dunmore

Exposure - Helen Dunmore (Re-read)

Talking to the Dead - Helen Dunmore

Your Blue Eyed Boy - Helen Dunmore (Re-read)

The Siege - Helen Dunmore

How Many Camels Are There in Holland: Dementia; Ma and Me - Phyllida Law (NF)

The Provincial Lady in London - E. M. Delafield

The Provincial Lady in America - E. M. Delafield

Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place - Philip Marsden (NF)

The Ghost Riders of Ordebec - Fred Vargas

A Climate of Fear - Fred Vargas

This Poison Will Remain - Fred Vargas

MAY 2021

Clean - Michele Kirsch (NF) (Kindle)

Lowborn - Kerry Hudson (NF) (Kindle)

What the Grown Ups Were Doing - Michele Hanson (NF)

Dregs (William Wisting Mystery 1) - Jorn Lier Horst (Kindle)

After the Party - Cressida Connolly

A Very Private Life: An Autobiography in Diaries and Letters -  Barbara Pym (NF) (Kindle)

Some Tame Gazelle - Barbara Pym

Excellent Women - Barbara Pym

Jane and Prudence - Barbara Pym

A Glass of Blessings - Barbara Pym

Exile - Denise Mina

The Chalk Circle Man - Fred Vargas

Less than Angels  -  Barbara Pym

No Fond Return of Love - Barbara Pym

JUNE 2021

The Good; the Bad and the Little Bit Stupid - Marina Lewycka

The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford

A Revolution of the Sun - Tim Pears

The Beggar and the Hare - Tuomas Kyro

All Quiet on the Orient Express - Magnus Mills

Death Deserved - Jorn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger

Snow Blind - Ragnar Jonasson

Everything Under - Daisy Johnson

Modern Nature - Derek Jarman (NF)

An Uncertain Place - Fred Vargas

JULY 2021

Nomadland - Jessica Bruder (NF)

The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District - James Rebanks (NF)

Wild Harvest - Hope L. Bourne (NF)

The Accordionist - Fred Vargas

This Golden Fleece: A Journey Through Britain's Knitted History - Esther Rutter (NF)

The Stubborn Light of Things - Melissa Harrison (NF)

Tomb With A View: The stories and glories of graveyards - Peter Ross (NF)

This Night's Foul Work - Fred Vargas

Rain -  Four walks in English Weather - Melissa Harrison (NF)

The Authenticity Project - Claire Pooley

Educated - Tara Westover (NF)


Spring; An Anthology - (Ed) Melissa Harrison (NF)

Birdcage Walk - Helen Dunmore

East West Street - Philippe Sands (NF)

Childhood, Youth, Dependency: The Copenhagen Trilogy - Tove Ditlevsen (NF)

Rummage: A History of the things we have REUSED, RECYCLED and REFUSED to let go - Emily Cockayne (NF)

Tennis Whites and Teacakes - John Betjeman (NF)


Little Siberia - Anitti Tuomainen

Fallen Skies - Phillipa Gregory

Red Dust - A Path Through China - Ma Jian (NF)

We are not in the World - Conor O Callaghan

Strange Flowers - Donal Ryan

1222 - Ann Holt

Conviction - Denise Mina

To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father,  a Son and a Lifelong Obsession - Dan Koeppel (NF)


The Sandman - Lars Keppler

The Big Year - Mark Obmascik (NF)

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme - Lars Mytting

March Violets - Philip Kerr Book - Book 1 of the Berlin Noir Trilogy

Jenny Wren - E.H. Young (Virago Modern Classic)

The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym - Paula Byrne (NF)

The Less Dead - Denise Mina

Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History - Adam Nicolson (NF)


A Willing Victim - Laura Wilson

This Birding Life  - Stephen Moss

Five Windows - D.E. Stevenson

The House on the Cliff - D.E. Stevenson

A Good Year for Blossom: Women Writer's of The Guardian Country Diary (ed) Martin Wainwright (NF)

The Taming of the Queen - Phillipa Gregory

Enid J Wilson's Country Diary - Enid Wilson (NF)

The Day of the Lie - William Broderick


Absolute Friends - John Le Carre

Unsettled Ground - Claire Fuller

The Book of Form and Emptiness - Ruth Ozeki

Swimming Lessons - Claire Fuller

All Over Creation - Ruth Ozeki

The Juniper  Tree - Barbara Comyns

Mr. Fox - Barbara Comyns

TOTAL = 110 


Where Memories Go - Sally Magnusson (NF)

The Crow Girl - Erik Axl Sund (gave up - horribly sadistic acts/torture/sexual abuse)

Oh William! - Elizabeth Strout

Our Kind of Traitor - John Le Carre

Agent Running in The Field - John Le Carre

Spy Capital of Britain: Bedford - Stephen Bunker (NF)


The Runner - Stephen Leather

Cider with Rosie - Laurie Lee (re-read) (NF)

As I Walked out One Midsummer's Morning - Laurie Lee (NF)

A Moment of War - Laurie Lee (NF)

Mrs. Miniver - Jan Struther (Kindle)

Small Pleasures - Clare Chambers (Kindle)

Landscape in Sunlight - Elizabeth Fair (Kindle)

The Tuscan Child - Rhys Bowen

MARCH 2022

A Death in Vienna - Frank Tallis

The Diary of a Young Naturalist - Dara McAnulty (NF) Cannot believe a then 14 year old wrote this book. It's absolutely marvellous.

Windswept; Why Women Walk - Annabel Abbs (NF - Christmas present)

Crow Country - Mark Cocker (NF)

Big Girl Small Town - Michelle Gallen

I am an Island - Tamsin Calidas (NF)

The Bee Keeper of Aleppo - Christy Lefteri

APRIL 2022

My Garden World - Monty Don (NF)

Academy Street - Mary Costello (Re-read)

Hunter - Lars Keppler

Redemption - Jussi Adler-Olssen

The Guts - Roddy Doyle

A Whispered Name - William Broderick

Miss Plum and Miss Penny - Dorothy Evelyn Smith (FMB)

The Late Mrs.Prioleau - Monica Tindall (FMB)

Burial of Ghosts - Ann Cleeves

A Most Wanted Man - John Le Carre

The Constant Gardener - John Le Carre

MAY 2022

Memories - Lucy M. Boston (NF)

Hector and the Search for Happiness - Francois Lelord

The Gravedigger's Daughter - Joyce Carol Oates

The Housekeeper's Tale: the women who really ran the English Country House - Tessa Boase (NF)

The Red House - Mark Haddon

Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart

Empty Cradles - Margaret Humphreys - (NF)

JUNE 2022

Smoke and Ashes - Abir Mukherjee

Early Days - Miss Read (NF)

Beth Chatto's Garden Notebook - Beth Chatto - (NF)

Hidden Depths - Ann Cleeves

Darktown - Thomas Mullen

The Homemaker - Dorothy Canfield-Fisher (PERSEPHONE)

JULY 2022

Hostages to Fortune - Elizabeth Cambridge (PERSEPHONE)

Tea with Mr. Rochester - Frances Towers (PERSEPHONE)

A Morbid Taste for Bones - Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael series)

One Corpse too Many - Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael series)

Monks Hood - Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael series)


Unnatural Causes: The Life and Many Deaths of Britain's Top Forensic Pathologist - Dr. Richard Shepherd (NF)

Stanley and Elsie - Nicola Upson

Threads: the Delicate Life of John Craske - Julia Blackburn (NF)

Women Talking - Miriam Toews

An Irish Navvy: The Diary of an Exile - Donall MacAmlaigh (NF)

The Bedside Book of the Garden - Dr. D. G. Hessayon (NF)

Nourishment - Gerald Woodward

Corduroy - Adrian Bell (NF)

Silver Ley - Adrian Bell (NF)

The Cherry Tree - Adrian Bell (NF)


Tea by the Nursery Fire: A Children's Nanny at the Turn of the Century - Noel Streatfeild (NF)

The Looking Glass War - John Le Carre

Fierce Attachments - Vivian Gornick (NF)

Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus

Coasting - Jonathan Raban (NF)

The Kingdom By the Sea - Paul Theroux (NF)

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

The Handmade Home: A Love Story Set in Concrete - Geraldine Bedell (NF)

William: An Englishman - Cicely Hamilton (Perspehone)


Alas, Poor Lady - Rachael Ferguson (PERSEPHONE)

Greenery Street - Denis Mackail (PERSEPHONE)

Wandering Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way: From Banba's Cave to World's End. - Peter Clements (NF)

Seeking Whom He May Devour - Fred Vargas

Have Mercy on Us All - Fed Vargas

The Three Evangelists - Freed Vargas

The Searcher - Tanya French (Kindle)

Eight Months on Ghazzah Street - Hilary Mantel

William - E.H. Young - (VIRAGO)

Learning to Read - Hilary Mantel (Short Stories)

Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape - Cal Flynn (NF)


Two for Sorrow - Nicola Upson

Sorry for the Dead - Nicola Upson

Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro

I Used to Live Here Once: The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys - Miranda Seymour (NF)

My Year of Meats - Ruth Ozeki

Breathe - Dominick Donald

Shrines of Gaiety - Kate Atkinson

The Benefit of Hindsight - Susan Hill

The End of Vandalism - Tom Drury

Hunts in Dreams - Tom Drury

Pacific - Tom Drury


A Question of Identity - Susan Hill

A Change of Circumstances - Susan Hill

Future Popes of Ireland - Darragh Martin

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World - Laura Imai Messina

Close Relations - Deborah Moggach

These Foolish Things - Deborah Moggach

Seesaw - Deborah Moggach

The Ink Black Heart - Robert Galbraith Christmas present



  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.


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