What I Am Reading

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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

― Stephen King



Jane Austin At Home – Lucy Worsley

Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie

Rest – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

A Secret History – Donna Tartt

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist: the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England – Daniel Pool


Born to Run – Christopher McDougal

The Summer Before the War – Helen Simonson

Eavesdropping on Jane Austin’s England – Roy and Lesley Adkins

The Rule of Law – Tom Bingham

The Outcasts of Time – Ian Mortimor


The Witchfinder’s Sister – Beth Underdown

The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

How to be a Heroine – Samantha Ellis

Rebecca – Dame Daphne du Maurier (for bookclub)

Bel Canto – Ann Patchett


Good Me, Bad Me – Ali Land

Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future – Johan Norberg

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell (bookclub)


The Victorians  – A.N. Wilson (book research)

Burial Rights – Hannah Kent

The English – A Social History – Christopher Hibbert (book research)

January 2018

Station Eleven – Emily St John Madel

Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey


The Last Hours – Minette Walters

Good Me, Bad Me – Ali Land

The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova

Guns, Germs and Steel – Jared Diamond


Arthur and George – Julian Barnes

I’m Travelling Alone – Samuel Bjork

The Great Leveler – Walter Scheidel


The World Broke in Two – Bill Goldstein

Enlightenment Now – Steven Pinker

Bookworm – A Memoir of Childhood Reading – Lucy Mangan


His Blooody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet (for bookclub)

How to Write Like Tolstoy – Richard Cohen


The Best of AA Gill

The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry

Matilda Wife of the Conqueror and First Queen of Normandy – Tracey Borman

The Horseman – Tim Pears

Eleanor Oliphent Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman


The Keeper of Lost Things – Ruth Hogan

The Silent Companions – Laura Purcell

Swan Song – Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott


Appetite – Philip Kazan

Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin

Melmoth – Sarah Perry

The House of Ghosts W.C. Ryan

A Night To Remember – Walter Lord

The Regeneration Trilogy – Pat Barker