There are a few reviews here


Vox – Christina Dalcher
The Tattoist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood
As Old as Time – Liz Braswell
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
Mirror, Mirror – Jen Calonita
Part of your World – Liz Braswell
1Q84 Book One – Haruki Murakami
Poor Unfortunate Soul – Serena Valentino
The Beast Within – Serena Valentino
Behind the Scenes at the Museum – Kate Atkinson
1Q84 Book Two – Haruki Murakami
1Q84 Book Three – Haruki Murakami
Talking it Over – Julian Barnes
Transcription – Kate Atkinson
The White Tiger – Aravinda Adiga
Milkman – Anna Burns
The Man Who Saw Everything – Deborah Levy
Overdrawn – N J Crosskey
The Beekeeper of Aleppo – Christy Lafteri
The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder – Sarah J Harris
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Lanny – Max Porter
Birthday Girl – Haruki Murakami
You Were Gone – Tim Weaver
A Short History of Falling – Joe Hammond

Ducks, Newburyport – Lucy Ellman
The Overstory – Richard Powers
A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles



North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
In the Days of Rain – Rebecca Stott
Haroun and the Sea of Stories – Salman Rushdie
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon
The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
A Brush with Nature – Richard Mabey
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller – Ital Calvino (DNF)
The Penelopiad – Margaret Attwood
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Attwood
A Time to Love and a Time to Die – Erich Maria Remarque
The House on the Strand – Daphne du Maurier
Exceeding my Brief – Barbara Hosking
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
(Review here)
Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman (Really, Mr Gaiman? Such a disappointment)
Estoril – Dejan Tiago-Stankovic (DNF but will return)
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows – Balli Kaur Jaswal (DNF – dreadful)

Educated – Tara Westover
A Grand Old Time – Judy Leigh (Review here)
Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson
Wonder – R J Palacio
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon (DNF, clearly written by a script writer!)
The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
Caged Bird – Katy Morgan Davies
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics – Carlo Rovelli
Insidious Intent – Val McDermid
The Grand Babylon Hotel – Arnold Bennett
The Invisible Library – Geneveve Cogman
Beatrice and Virgil – Yann Martel
Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
Max and the Cats – Moacyr Scliar
The Last Letter from Instanbul – Lisa Foley (Review here)
Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
Moon Tiger – Penelope Lively
Swing Time – Zadie Smith
Less – Andrew Sean Greer
In a Free State – V S Naipaul
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
House of Names – Colm Toibin
Exit West – Moshin Hamid
Arthur and George – Julian Barnes
How Hard Can it Be – Allison Pearson (DNF – utter tripe)
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy (DNF – will resume)
Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakam
The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie (DNF – will resume)
A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
The Forgotten Guide to Happiness – Sopie Jenkins
See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt
Somebody I Used to Know – Wendy Mitchell
Our Endless Numbered Days – Claire Fuller
Don’t You Cry – Cass Green
The Water Cure – SOphie Mackintosh
Love is Blind – William Boyd
Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes
The Little Snake – A L Kennedy
The Salt Path – Raynor Winn
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak
Eggshells – Catriona Lally
A House for Mr Biswas – V.S.Naipaul
Target: Alex Cross – James Patterson
Vernon Godlittle – DBC Pierre


2017 (Wowsers, what a huge gap…I have listed nothng for four years! So let’s just take it up from here)

Grief is a Thing with Feathers – Max Porter
The Human – Matt Haig
H is for Hawk – Helen MacDonald
Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wiher – Saraa Baume
Solar Bones – Mike McCormack
Good Me, BAd Me – Ali Land
The Heretics – Will Storr
Fingers in the Sparkle Ar – Chris Packham
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Brick Lane – Monica Ali
Cider with Rosie – Laurie Lee
As I walked out one Mid-Summer Morning – Laurie Lee
A Moment of War – Laurie Lee
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
We Need to Talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption – Stephen King
Apt Pupil – Stephen King
Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
A Boy called Chritsmas – Matt Haig
Defying Hitler – Sebastian Haffner
A Village Christmas – Laurie Lee
The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
Eliabeth is Missing – Emma Healey


Currently Reading
Race for the South Pole – Roland Huntford
Pickwick Papers – Charles Dickens (I’m chuckling as I read this!)

On Hold A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (Have put this on hold as I’ve decided to re-read all of Dickens in order throughout 2013, having been inspired by this)

On my: To Be Read Next Table
(There are many more on my “To be read” shelves and yet more on my wish list!)
Capatin Scott – Ranulph Fiennes
The Heart of the Antarctic – Ernest Shackleton
South, The Endurance Expedition – Ernest Shackleton
Small is Beautiful – E F Schumacher
A Guide for the Perplexed E F Schumacher


I’ve been so busy working and not had much time to read. I’m not sure if my cancer will give me more time to read or if I’ll feel too rubbish. Of course, if I feel ok I’ll be working anyway. Hmmm…

Ooh, I have a Kindle Touch now (never thought I’d do it!) and it’s wonderful  1.9.12

Scott’s Last Expedition – Steve Parker
The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott – David Wilson

Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer

The Voyage of The Discovery – Captain Scott


Shadow Forest – Matt Haig (With my step son)

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry (Re-read as I have 48 copies to give away on World Book Night)
Passion – Jude Morgan
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

Immortality – Milan Kundera
A Day in the Life of Ian Denisovich – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Arthur & George – Julian Barnes

Fury – Salman Rushdie
A Mercy – Toni Morrison
Flawed Angel – John Fuller
Journals,  Scott’s Last Expedition – Edited by Max Jones

The Worst Journey in the World – Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Currently Reading
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

I became so busy after June with portraits, blogs, campaigns etc that I read very little and what I did read I didn’t list or review, for which I apologise.

Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Kate Summerscale
The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett (I keep trying these books but just can’t get into them)
The Runaway Troll – Matt Haig (With my favourite 7 year old boy) Someone else at the library
Authenticity – Deirdre Madden

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