Index of Books discussed

Alphabetical by Title (ignoring in/definite articles)


About Love and Other Stories – Anton Chekhov

Accidental Death of an Anarchist – Dario Fo  (play)

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding – Agatha Christie (short story)

After Leaving Mr MacKenzie – Jean Rhys

Agua Viva – Clarice Lispector

Alba – Ezra Pound (poem)

The Alchemist – Ben Jonson (play)

All Dogs Are Blue – Rodrigo Souza Leao

All the Names – Jose Saramago

The Amateur Marriage – Anne Tyler

Animals – Emma Jane Unsworth

Antarctica – Claire Keegan

Arrest the Bishop? – Winifred Peck

The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach

As Meat Loves Salt – Maria McCann

At Freddie’s – Penelope Fitzgerald

At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien

August – Tobias Hill (poem) from Nocturne in Chrome and Sunset Yellow


The Ballad of Peckham Rye – Muriel Spark

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe – Carson McCullers

Behind the Scenes at the Museum – Kate Atkinson

Berlin Stories – Robert Walser (short stories/autobiography)

The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

The Birthday Boys – Beryl Bainbridge

Blackberry Picking – Seamus Heaney  (poem)

The Blue Room – Hanne Orstavik

The Bloody Chamber (The Snow Child) – Angela Carter (short story)

The Bloody Chamber (The Tiger’s Bride) – Angela Carter (short story)

The Blue Fox – Sjon

Bonjour Tristesse – Francoise Sagan

The Bottle Factory Outing – Beryl Bainbridge

The Bridge of Beyond – Simone Schwarz-Bart

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

Brokeback Mountain – Annie Proulx (short story)

Brownout on Breadfruit Boulevard – Timothy Mo

Buddha Da – Anne Donovan

The Busconductor Hines – James Kelman


Capital – John Lanchester

Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold

The Case of the Gilded Fly – Edmund Crispin

Casino Royale – Ian Fleming

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County – Mark Twain (short story)

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding – Julia Strachey

Chewing Gum Dreams – Michaela Coel  (play)

A Chinese English Dictionary for Lovers  – Xiaolu Guo

Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons (short story)

Christmas Pudding – Nancy Mitford

Christmas with Dull People – Saki

The Clothes on their Backs – Linda Grant

Cluny Brown – Margery Sharp

The Commitments – Roddy Doyle

Compartment No.6 – Rosa Liksom

Confessions of an English Opium Eater – Thomas DeQuincey

Conservative Government Unemployment Figures – Roger McGough (poem)

The Constant Nymph – Margaret Kennedy

Constellations – Nick Payne (play)

The Cornish Coast Murder – John Bude

A Country Doctor’s Notebook – Mikhail Bulgakov

The Country of Ice Cream Star – Sandra Newman

The Courage Consort – Michel Faber

A Crime in the Neighbourhood – Suzanne Berne

The Crow Road – Iain Banks


Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem – Peter Ackroyd

Daughter of Time – Josephine Tey

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens (character of Uriah Heep)

The Daylight Gate – Jeanette Winterson

Death and the Penguin – Andrey Kurkov

Death Comes to Pemberley – PD James

Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller (play)

The Death of the Heart – Elizabeth Bowen

The Death of Vishnu – Manil Suri

Democracy – Michael Frayn (play)

The Dinner – Herman Koch

The Diving Pool – Yoko Ogawa (short stories)

The Door – Miroslav Holub  (poem)

Down the Rabbit Hole – Juan Pablo Villalobos

Dr Faustus – Christopher Marlowe (play)

The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark

Dubliners – James Joyce  (short stories)

Duchess of Malfi – John Webster (play)

Dulce et decorum est – Wifred Owen (poem)


The Electric Michelangelo – Sarah Hall

Elmina’s Kitchen – Kwame Kwei-Armah (play)

Embers – Sandor Marai 

The Emigrants – WG Sebald

Emma – Jane Austen

The Enchanted April – Elizabeth von Arnim

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer

The Eye of Love – Margery Sharp

The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde


Fair Play – Tove Jansson

The Faithful Servants – Margery Sharp

Fallen – Lia Mills

Family History – Vita Sackville-West

Festen – David Eldridge (play)

The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson

First Love and Other Novellas – Samuel Beckett

The Forgotten Waltz – Anne Enright

Frost in May – Antonia White


Gaglow – Esther Freud

The Game of Hide and Seek – Elizabeth Bowen

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride

Girl Meets Boy – Ali Smith

The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark

The Glass Bees – Ernst Junger

A Glimpse of Starlings – Brendan Kennelly  (poem)

The Glorious Heresies – Lisa McInerney

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

Good Morning Midnight – Jean Rhys

A Good School – Richard Yates

Grace Notes – Bernard MacLaverty

The Grasmere Journal – Dorothy Wordsworth (diary)

The Gravity of Love – Sara Stridsberg

The Great Lover – Jill Dawson

The Guest Cat – Takashi Hiraide

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift


Half Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan

Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Ham on Rye – Charles Bukowski

The Hand that First Held Mine – Maggie O’Farrell

The Harmony Silk Factory – Tash Aw

Haweswater – Sarah Hall

The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly – Sun-Mi Hwang

Here Lies Our Land – Kathleen Jamie  (poem)

Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry – Elizabeth McCracken (short stories)

Here We Go – Dorothy Parker (short story)

The History of Love – Nicole Krauss

The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling – Henry Fielding

Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hours – Michael Cunningham

The Housekeeper and the Professor – Yoko Ogawa

Human Acts – Han Kang

Hunt the Slipper – Violet Trefusis


I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things – Jon McGregor

In a Lonely Place – Dorothy B Hughes

In a Summer Season – Elizabeth Taylor

In the Country of Men – Hisham Matar

In the Woods – Tana French

Ingenious Pain – Andrew Miller

The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai

Instructions for a Heatwave – Maggie O’Farrell

The Invisible Guardian – Dolores Redondo


Jerusalem – Jez Butterworth (play)

The Joke – Milan Kundera

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan

Jubilee – Shelley Harris

The Judas Kiss – David Hare (play)

The Judge – Rebecca West


King John – William Shakespeare (play)


La Douleur – Marguerite Duras

Last Exit to Brooklyn – Hubert Selby Jnr.

Last Orders – Graham Swift

Last Post – Carol Ann Duffy (poem)

The Last Tycoon – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Le Grand Meaulnes – Alain-Fournier

Len Deighton’s Action Cookbook – Len Deighton (cookbook)

The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

The Lessons- Naomi Alderman

The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of his Friend Marilyn Monroe – Andrew O’Hagan

A Life’s Music – Andrei Makine

Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

The Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst

The List – Joanna Bolouri

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

London Diary – James Boswell (diary)

The London Train – Tessa Hadley

The Long Firm – Jake Arnott

Look Who’s Back – Timur Vermes

The Lost Daughter – Elena Ferrante

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Boll

Lost Souls – Becky Mayhew (short stories)

The Lucifer Box novels – Mark Gatiss

Lucky Break – Esther Freud


Madame Bovary – Gustav Flaubert

The Madman of Freedom Square – Hassan Blasim

The Magic Toyshop – Angela Carter

A Man Lay Dead – Ngaio Marsh

The Mango Season – Amulya Malladi

March – Geraldine Brooks

The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides

Master Georgie – Beryl Bainbridge

Maurice – EM Forster

A Meal in Winter – Hubert Mingarelli

Message – Dorothy Richardson (poem)

Message to P’ai Ti – Wang Wei (poem)

Metroland – Julian Barnes

The Meursault Investigation – Kamel Daoud

Middlemarch – George Eliot

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

A Mighty Horde of Women in Very Big Hats, Advancing – Michel Faber (short story from The Apple)

The Miller’s Tale – Chaucer (poetry, from The Canterbury Tales)

The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson

Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg

The Misses Mallet – EH Young

Moby-Dick – Herman Melville

Mojo – Jez Butterworth (play)

The Monk – Matthew Lewis

A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway (autobiography)

Mr Loverman – Bernardine Evaristo

Mr Phillips – John Lanchester

Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – Elizabeth Taylor

Much Ado About Nothing (the character of Beatrice) (play)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie

Murder Underground – Mavis Doriel Hay

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferante


Nada – Carmen Laforet

The Nakano Thrift Shop – Hiromi Kawakami

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Mind – Edward St Aubyn

Never Trust a Rabbit – Jeremy Dyson

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

New York Trilogy – Paul Auster

Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter

No Surrender – Constance Maud

The Notebook – Agota Kristof

Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller

November – Tobias Hill (poem) from Nocturne in Chrome and Sunset Yellow

NW – Zadie Smith


Ode to Autumn – John Keats  (poem)

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

Omeros – Derek Walcott (epic poem)

On Beauty – Zadie Smith

On My First Son – Ben Jonson (poem)

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson

Orkney – Amy Sackville

The Other One – Colette

Our Endless Numbered Days – Claire Fuller

Our Fathers – Andrew O’Hagan

Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf

The Outcast – Sadie Jones

The Oxford Murders – Guillermo Martinez


A Patchwork Planet – Anne Tyler

Paula – Isabel Allende (autobiography)

The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman – Denis Theriault

A Perfect Spy – John Le Carre

Petals of Blood – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

The Plague (La Peste) – Albert Camus

Plainsong – Kent Haruf

Poem and Message – Dannie Abse (poem)

Pop – Kitty Aldridge

Post Office – Charles Bukowski

The Post Office Girl – Stefan Zweig

A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

Princes in the Land – Joanna Cannan

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

The Public Image – Muriel Spark


Quarantine – Jim Crace

Quartet in Autumn – Barbara Pym

The Quest for Christa T – Christa Wolf

The Quickening Maze – Adam Foulds


The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists -Robert Tressell

Red Dust Road – Jackie Kay

Regeneration – Pat Barker

The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales – Kirsty Logan (short stories)

Richard III – William Shakespeare  (play)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poem)

Room – Emma Donoghue

Room at the Top – John Braine

The Room of Lost Things – Stella Duffy

A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf  (essay)

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

Rotten Reader/The Colour of My Dreams – Peter Dixon (poem)

The Rover – Aphra Behn (play)


The Santa Klaus Murder – Mavis Doriel Hay

Scoop – Evelyn Waugh

The Sea – John Banville 

Sea Monster Tattoo and Other Stories – Ruth Thomas (short stories)

The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch

The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad

The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes

The Shell Collector – Anthony Doerr (short stories)

The Shore – Sara Taylor

Signs Preceding the End of the World – Yuri Herrera

A Single Man – Christopher Isherwood

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Unknown (poem)

The Sisters Brothers – Patrick de Witt

Six Characters in Search of an Author – Luigi Pirandello (play)

Sleep It Off Lady – Jean Rhys (short stories)

Small Island – Andrea Levy

Small World – David Lodge

Snowblind – Ragnar Jonasson

The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey

So Many Ways to Begin – Jon McGregor

Sour Sweet – Timothy Mo

Stir Fry – Emma Donoghue

The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields

Stoner – John Williams

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Strangers on a Train – Patricia Highsmith

Stuff Happens – David Hare

Submarine – Joe Dunthorne

The Summer Book – Tove Jansson

The Sun in Scorpio – Margery Sharp

Sunstroke – Tessa Hadley

Sweet Bean Paste – Durian Sukegawa

Swimming Home – Tessa Hadley

Swimming to the Water Table – Neil Rollinson (poem, from A Spillage of Mercury)


A Tale Without a Name – Penelope S Delta

The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

The Tango Singer – Tomas Eloy Martinez

Tattoo – Manuel Vazquez Montalban

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte

Tendrils of the Vine – Colette (short story)

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K Jerome

Tigers Are Better Looking – Jean Rhys

Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

Together and Apart – Margaret Kennedy

Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma – Kerry Hudson

Trumpet – Jackie Kay

Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky – Patrick Hamilton

Two Lorries – Seamus Heaney  (poem)


Under the Snow – Kerstin Ekman

Under the Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta

Utterly Monkey – Nick Laird


The Vegetarian – Han Kang

The Ventriloquist’s Tale – Pauline Melville

Vera – Elizabeth von Arnim

Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre


War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Warming Her Pearls – Carol Ann Duffy  (poem)

The Waste Land – TS Eliot  (poem)

The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall

What the Water Gave Me IV  – Pascale Petit (poem, from What the Water Gave Me: Poems After Frida Kahlo)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple

Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch

Whose Body? – Dorothy L Sayers

Why Brownlee Left – Paul Muldoon (poem)

Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

William – EH Young

William – An Englishman – Cicely Hamilton

The Winter Book – Tove Jansson (short stories/autobiography)

The Wise Virgins – Leonard Woolf

With My Dog-Eyes – Hilda Hilst

Wives and Daughters – Elizabeth Gaskell

The Woman Who Walked into Doors – Roddy Doyle

The Women’s Room – Marilyn French

Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Selma Lagerlöf

A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen


Year of the King – Antony Sher (autobiography)

Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union – Michael Chabon

Young Adam – Alexander Trocchi


Zazie in the Metro/Zazie dans le Metro – Raymond Queneau


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