What I read in 2022

Here's my annual list of all the books I read in 2022 for pleasure (so not including the ones which I read for work purposes). They are listed in the date order in which I read them and my favourites are marked with an asterisk.

Everyone is still alive by Cathy Rentzenbrink 

Madrid de Blanco/Madrid in White by Maria Morenes 

Hertfordshire: The Buildings of England by Nikolaus Pevsner

The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea by Mark Haddon

Hurdy Gurdy by Christopher Wilson

* The Anarchy by William Dalrymble

Lost Classics ed. Michael Ondaatje et al

* Something so wild and new in this feeling by Sarah Doyle

* The Light Years (Vol I, The Cazalet Chronicles) by Elizabeth Jane Howard

Hadrian’s Wall by Chris Routledge

* Marking Time (Vol II, The Cazalet Chronicles) by Elizabeth Jane Howard

* Confusion (Vol III, The Cazalet Chronicles) by Elizabeth Jane Howard

On Reading by Marcel Proust

* The Kids by Hannah Lowe

London in the Snow, introduction by Lucy Davies

The Lake Wobegon Virus by Garrison Keillor

* Casting Off (Vol IV, The Cazalet Chronicles) by Elizabeth Jane Howard

* All Change (Vol V, The Cazalet Chronicles) by Elizabeth Jane Howard

A Bunch of Sweet Peas by Henry Donald

* The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark

Pont (cartoons) by Pont (Graham Laidler)

Death of a Bookseller by Bernard Farmer

Not Sorry by Sarah Salway

The Machine Stops by EM Forster

* The Fortnight in Summer by RC Sheriff

The Sea Raiders by HG Wells (short stories)

* Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

The Gap in the Curtain by John Buchan

Welsh Food Stories by Carwyn Graves

Accidents of Fortune by Andrew Devonshire

Jane’s Country Year by Malcolm Saville

The Golden Flea by Michael Rips

Neck-Verse by UA Fanthorpe

Work From Shed by Hoxton Mini Press

Osebel: Voices from a Swedish Village by Marit Kapla

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

The Continuity Girl by Patrick Kincaid

Septology by Jon Fosse (unfinished)

Magnetic Field: The Marsden Poems by Simon Armitage

Waterloo Sunrise by John Davis

Pilgrimage by Peter Stanford

* Summerwater by Sarah Moss

Diplomatic Gifts: A History in Fifty Presents by Paul Brummell

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

* Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

* Index, A History of the by Dennis Duncan

The Emergency Poet: An Anti-Stress Poetry Anthology edited by Deborah Alma

Words and Pictures: Writers, Artists and a Peculiarly British Tradition by Jenny Uglow

Asterix et le Griffon Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad (via Goscinny and Uderzo)

Flashman and the Dragon by Georges MacDonald Fraser

Poet’s Pub by Eric Linklater

Flashman and the Tiger by Georges MacDonald Fraser

Low Tide by William Mayne

On Trains by John Betjeman, ed. Jonathan Glancey

Brendon Chase by BB (Denys Watkins-Pitchford)

* Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

Alexa, what is there to know about love by Brian Bilston

Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped The Past by Richard Cohen

Deltas by Leonie Rushforth

* Matrix by Lauren Groff

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

* Red Sky At Morning by Richard Bradford

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Bibliomaniac by Robin Ince

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth and Power by Deirdre Mask (didn’t finish)

Christmas Poems by UA Fanthorpe

Briggflatts by Basil Bunting

Bewilderment by Richard Powers

The Mysterious World of the Cricket Ground in Winter by Graham Coster

Cold Fish Soup by Adam Farrer

* The Shooting Party by Isobel Colegate

The Mysterious Mr Badman by WF Harvey

After Prayer by Malcolm Guite

The Railway Children by E Nesbit

Serengeti Songs by Chris McCully

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The Box of Delights by John Masefield (annual reread)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (annual reread)

Opening the Box of Delights by Philip Errington

Like Father, Like Son by Michael Parkinson