State of the Union, Nick Hornby
The Drought, J.G. Ballard
An American Marriage, Tayari Jones
The Atrocity Exhibition, J.G. Ballard
Recovery, Russell Brand
Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape, James Rebanks
My kind of book.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life, Mark Manson
New light through old windows.
Tom Brown’s School Days, Thomas Hughes
The Flashman cometh.
Cocaine Nights, J.G. Ballard
“Hello! I’m Separated”: Burnt Boots and My First Cub Camp, Chris Aspinall
Aspinall was separated but it was my dad who burnt his own boots.
Clothes,Music, Boys, Viv Albertine
The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon
The Land of Steady Habits, Ted Thompson
A Shepherd’s Life, William H. Hudson
Interviews with a shepherd at the turn of the 19th century.
The Only Story, Julian Barnes
The Purple Land, William H. Hudson
Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
The Drowned World, J.G. Ballard
A Shed of One’s Own, by Marcus Berkmann
Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Goodbye Buenos Aires, by Andrew Graham-Yooll
I worked for Andrew in the mid-90’s at the Buenos Aires Herald.
The Gang Who Wouldn’t Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism Revolution, by Marc Weingarten
Concrete Island, by J.G. Ballard
I am affected.
Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, by J.G. Ballard
Set The Boy Free, by Johnny Marr
Back in Buenos Aires.
Living in the Sound of the Wind: A Personal Quest for W.H. Hudson, Naturalist and Writer from the River Plate, by Jason Wilson
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
The Human Stain by Philip Roth
KILL ’EM AND LEAVE: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride
So much I didn’t know.
Testimony by Robbie Robertson
Autobiography by Morrisey
You sir, are no Johnny Marr.
Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina by Jonathan Wilson
Soccer as art. Art is Argentine soccer.
The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh and Wailer by Colin Grant
Black Postcards by Dean Wareham
A singer and guitarist from Galaxie 500 and Luna.
The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton from Boxtops to Big Star to Backdoor Man by Holly George-Warren
Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
Flashman on the March by George MacDonald Fraser
Yet to go wrong with Fraser.
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
Couldn’t finish it.
High-Rise by J G Ballard
Apartment living explored; well.
Dead Babies by Martin Amis
Keon and Me by Dave Bidini
Too many pages.
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.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
I was in Peru at the time of the Japan embassy hostage taking. Which is when and where this book is set.
Finally Finished Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
It got better.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Worth triple the time it took to read.
Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol
A great short novel written in the early nineteenth century and set in the sixteenth. These Cossacks really carried on.
The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
Going back through and selecting some of my favourites. There are many.
Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
Gotta read Updike in the summer. I think I may dig out the Cheever anthology next. No better time.
The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells us About Coming Conflicts and Battle Against Fate by Robert D. Kaplan
Serious summer reading.
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
Planet earth without people. I’m going to type it: engrossing.
The Laws of Lifetime Growth: Always Make Your Future Greater than Your Past by Dan Sullivan
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 for me in the Sharpe collection. It’s his second most recent. I’ve been reading them off and on for the last 2o 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 chapters better than others. Overall thoughts, observations and research from David.