January 2020

The Complete McAuslan, by George MacDonald Fraser

December 2019

The Sociopath Next Door, Martha Stout Ph.D.
Only because this book had already taken the title I was considering.

Behind the Gates of Gomorrah: A Year With the Criminally InsaneStephen B. Seager

November 2019

Zone of Interest, Martin Amis

Closer You Are: The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices, Matthew Cutter

October 2019

The Lost Weekend, Charles R. Jackson

September 2019

Millennium People, J.G. Ballard
Top notch form.

July 2019

State of the Union, Nick Hornby

June 2019

The Drought, J.G. Ballard

An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
Fin. Next!

April 2019

The Atrocity Exhibition, J.G. Ballard
Shorter stories.

Recovery, Russell Brand

March 2019

Born a Crime, Trevor Noah

January 2019

The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape, James Rebanks
My kind of book life.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good LifeMark Manson
New light through old windows.

Tom Brown’s School Days, Thomas Hughes
The Flashman cometh.

December 2018

Cocaine Nights, J.G. Ballard

“Hello! I’m Separated”: Burnt Boots and My First Cub Camp, Chris Aspinall
Aspinall was separated but it was dad who burnt his own boots.

November 2018

Clothes,Music, Boys, Viv Albertine

October 2018

The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon

September 2018

The Land of Steady Habits, Ted Thompson

June 2018

A Shepherd’s Life, William H. Hudson
Interviews with a shepherd at the turn of the 19th century.

May 2018

The Only Story, Julian Barnes

April 2018

The Purple Land, William H. Hudson

March 2018

Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion

The Drowned World, J.G. Ballard

February 2018

A Shed of One’s Own, by Marcus Berkmann

January 2018

Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Making Sense of the Cheese-Cutters and the Liquor-Burned, by Anon

December 2017

Goodbye Buenos Aires, by Andrew Graham-Yooll
I worked for Andrew in the mid-90’s at the Buenos Aires Herald.

November 2017

The Gang Who Wouldn’t Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism Revolution, by Marc Weingarten

October 2017

Concrete Island, by J.G. Ballard
I am affected.

Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, by J.G. Ballard
An autobiography.

September 2017

Set The Boy Free, by Johnny Marr

July 2017

Back in Buenos Aires.

June 2017

Living in the Sound of the Wind: A Personal Quest for W.H. Hudson, Naturalist and Writer from the River Plate, by Jason Wilson

May 2017

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

April 2017

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

March 2017

The Human Stain by Philip Roth

February 2017

KILL ’EM AND LEAVE: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride
So much I didn’t know.

January 2017

Testimony by Robbie Robertson

December 2016

Autobiography by Morrisey
You sir, are no Johnny Marr.

November 2016

Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina by Jonathan Wilson
Soccer as art. Art is Argentine soccer.

October 2016

The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh and Wailer by Colin Grant

September 2016

Black Postcards by Dean Wareham
A singer and guitarist from Galaxie 500 and Luna.

July 2014

The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
It’s summer.

June 2014

A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton from Boxtops to Big Star to Backdoor Man by Holly George-Warren

May 2014

Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee

April 2014

Flashman on the March by George MacDonald Fraser
Yet to go wrong with Fraser.

March 2014

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
Couldn’t finish it.

High-Rise by J G Ballard
Apartment living explored; well.

February 2014

Dead Babies by Martin Amis

Keon and Me by Dave Bidini
Too many pages.

January 2014

The Inverted Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics  by Jonathan Wilson
This one had me at 2-2-6. Gripping!

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulowayo

Web Analytics: An Hour a Day by Avinash Kaushik
From the heart.

November 2013

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
In Peru at the time of the Japan embassy hostage taking. Which is when and where this book is set.

October 2013

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
It got better.

September 2013

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Worth triple the time it took to read.

Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol
These Cossacks really carried on.

July 2013

The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
Going back through and selecting some favourites. There are many.

Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
Gotta read Updike in the summer. May dig out the Cheever anthology next. No better time.

June 2013

The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells us About Coming Conflicts and Battle Against Fate by Robert D. Kaplan
Serious summer reading.

May 2013

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
Planet earth without people. Going to type it: engrossing.

The Laws of Lifetime Growth: Always Make Your Future Greater than Your Past by Dan Sullivan

April 2013

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: And It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

Wilt in Nowhere by Tom Sharpe
This may be the last one left to read in the Sharpe collection. It’s his second most recent. Been reading them off and on for the last 20 years. The two set in South Africa are the best. Wilt in Nowhere is a struggle.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Had to take a break a few weeks ago simply because the books is a little wide between the covers. This isn’t to say it’s not good because it’s actually very fine. A bit of a lull at the mid-point has given me the opportunity to read and finish Tom Sharpe’s The Gropes and a collection of short stories by George Saunders called CivilWarLand in Bad Decline which served as my introduction to this dark humoured short-storyist. I’ve just picked up Saunders’ Tenth of December and may survive to report on it.

How Music Works by David Byrne
Can be read as standalone chapters. Some better than others. Overall thoughts, observations and research from David.


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