What I read in 2019


As befits the author of a book about book lists, here is what I'm already calling my traditional list of all the books I read in 2019 for pleasure (not including the ones which I read/half-read/skimmed for work would be too long and dull). They are listed in the order in which I read them and my favourites are marked with an asterisk.

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Pushing the Boundaries by Derek Pringle
The Evenings by Gerard Reve
* Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Midwinter Break by Bernard Maclaverty
* Black Tudors by Miranda Kauffman
Snow by Marcus Sedgwick
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
Breakfast at Tiffanys by Truman Capote
* Home Fires by Kamila Shamsie
Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
* How to Live, a life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell
The Making of The Wind in the Willows by Peter Hunt
The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
The Singapore Grip by JG Farrell
Arcadian Ballads by James Reeves
To Rise Again At A Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
A Ladybird book about Pirates
* White Horses by Eric Ravilious and Jo Dempsey
Family Group by Fougasse
The Green Ship by Quentin Blake
Comet in Moominland by Tove Jannson
Bookworm by Lucy Mangan
Rooms of Their Own by Nino Strachey
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Train Songs: Poetry of the Railway edited by Don Paterson and Sean O’Brien
* Flash for Freedom by George McDonald Fraser
* Old Baggage by Lissa Evans
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Earthfasts by William Mayne
Ravensgill by William Mayne
Red Shift by Alan Garner
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
* The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Portrait of Britain 2
The Running Hare: The secret life of farmland by John Lewis-Stempel
Those Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Wilder Life by Wendy McLure
The Wall by John Lanchester
Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem
In the Land of Giants by Max Adams
The Mizzy by Paul Farley
Constant Readers by Quentin Blake
Diary of a Somebody by Brian Bilston
Red Thread by Charlotte Higgins
Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Sour by Mark Diacono
* The City and the City by China Mieville
Packing My Library by Alberto Manguel
* The Box of Delights by John Masefield (annual re-read)

Short works
The Verger and The Facts of Life by Somerset Maugham
What We Talk About When We Talk About The Tube by John Lanchester

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