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Modern European Verse selected by Dannie Abse ***
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe *****
The Oresteia: Agamemnon/ The Libation Bearers/ The Eumenides by Aeschylus ***
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee *****
Brick Lane by Monica Ali ***
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende ***
It’s Just the Beating of My Heart by Richard Aronowitz **
Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson *
Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson *
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson *
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood **
Dancing Girls by Margaret Atwood ****
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood ****
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ***
Negotiating with the Dead by Margaret Atwood ***
Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood****
Never Mind by Edward St. Aubyn
The Quest Hero by WH Auden ***


Young Adolf by Beryl Bainbridge ***
Master Georgie by Beryl Bainbridge ***
The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge ***
Too Many Magpies by Elizabeth Baines ****
Poet In The Gutter by John Baker
Winged with Death by John Baker
Shooting In The Dark by John Baker
The Meanest Flood by John Baker
Death Minus Zero by John Baker
The Chinese Girl by John Baker
Walking With Ghosts by John Baker
White Skin Man by John Baker
King Of The Streets by John Baker
Super-Cannes by JG Ballard ***
Crash by J.G. Ballard ****
The Droll Stories of Honore de Balzac by Honore de Balzac ***
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks ****
The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks ***
The Seaby John Banville ***
Penguin Modern Poets 3 by George Barker ***
Love, etc. by Julian Barnes ****
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes ****
Letters from London 1990-1995 by Julian Barnes ***
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes ***
Talking It Over by Julian Barnes **
Before She Met Me by Julian Barnes ***
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie ***
A Very Easy Death by Simone de Beauvoir ****
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir ***
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir ***
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett *****
Happy Days by Samuel Beckett ****
Krapp’s Last Tape & Embers by Samuel Beckett ***
Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable: A Trilogy by Samuel Beckett ***
Endgame by Samuel Beckett ****
Murphy by Samuel Beckett ****
Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan ***
Dangling Man by Saul Bellow ***
Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow ***
Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow ****
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow ***
Herzog by Saul Bellow ***
What Bengali Widows Cannot Eat by Chitrita Benerji ***
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett ***
The Catastrophist by Ronan Bennett ****
Zugzwang by Ronan Bennett ***
Havoc, In Its Third Year by Ronan Bennett ****
The Political Theatre Reconsidered by Eric Bentley ***
Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions by Charles Bernstein
Out of Africa by Karen Blixen ****
The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry by Harold Bloom ****
Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle by Harold Bloom ***
2666 by Roberto Bolano ****
By Night In Chile by Roberto Bolaño ****
Last Evenings on Earth by Roberto Bolano ****
Amulet by Roberto Bolano ****
An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd ***
A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd ***
Restless by William Boyd ***
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ****
The Vodi by John Braine **
Room At The Top by John Braine ***
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte ****
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte *
I and Thou by Martin Buber ****
On Judaism by Martin Buber ***
The Most Beautiful Woman in Town by Charles Bukowski ***
Factotum by Charles Bukowski ***
Post Office by Charles Bukowski ****
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov ***
A Stained White Radiance by James Lee Burke **
Cimarron Rose by James Lee Burke **
Heaven’s Prisoners by James Lee Burke ***
Purple Cane Road by James Lee Burke ***
Cadillac Jukebox by James Lee Burke **
Dixie City Jam by James Lee Burke ***
Jolie Blon’s Bounce by James Lee Burke **
Jesus Out to Sea by James Lee Burke ***
In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke **
Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke ***
The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke **
The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke ***
Exterminator by William Burroughs **
The Perfect Egg by Aldo Buzzi *****


Gulf Coast Stories by Erskine Caldwell ****
Men and Women by Erskine Caldwell ***
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino ***
Letters 1941-1985 by Italo Calvino ***
The Outsider by Albert Camus****
The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus ****
The Plague by Albert Camus *****
My Life As A Fake by Peter Carey **
The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter ***
Wise Children by Angela Carter ****
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter ***
A Lost Lady by Willa Cather ***
The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather ***
My Antonia by Willa Cather ****
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes ****
The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler ****
Raymond Chandler Speaking by Raymond Chandler ****
The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler ***
The High Window by Raymond Chandler ***
Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler ****
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler ****
The Lady With the Little Dog and Other Stories, 1896-1904 by Anton Chekhov ****
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov ****
The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov ****
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov ****
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov ****
The Awakening by Kate Chopin ***
The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen *
La petite fille de Monsieur Linh by Philippe Claudel ***

Raven Black
by Ann Cleeves ****
The Sleeping and the Dead by Ann Cleeves ***
Burial of Ghosts by Ann Cleeves ***
Life and Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee ****
Foe by JM Coetzee **
Meat Country by JM Coetzee ***
Disgrace by JM Coetzee *****
Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen ***
Poor Souls by Joseph Connolly *
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad ***
Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad ***
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad ***
Blood Mud by K.C. Constantine ****
Good Sons by K.C. Constantine ***
Joey’s Case by KC Constantine ***
Rocksburg Railroad Murders by K.C. Constantine ****
Man Who Liked Slow Tomatoes by K.C. Constantine ***
Saving Room for Dessert by KC Constantine **
Always a Body to Trade by K.C. Constantine ****
Sunshine Enemies by KC Constantine ***
Family Values by KC Constantine ****
The Blank Page by KC Constantine **
Beckett by Steve Coots ***
Acts of Destruction by Mat Coward ***
You Can Jump by Mat Coward ***
Harvest by Jim Crace ***
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane ****
William the Outlaw by Richmal Crompton ***
William Again by Richmal Crompton ***
Just William by Richmal Crompton ***
The Mexican Tree Duck by James Crumley ***
The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley ***
The Hours by Michael Cunningham ****
Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk *


Feeding the Ghosts by Fred D’Aguiar ***
White by Marie Darrieussecq ****
Of Pageants and Picnics by Elizabeth David ***
A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe ***
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe ***
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens ***
Hard Times by Charles Dickens ***
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens ****
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens ***
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens ***
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens ****
Selected Poems by John Donne ****
The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ***
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ****
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ***
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ***
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ***
The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy ****
Fatlands by Sarah Dunant ***
Birth Marks by Sarah Dunant **
Transgressions by Sarah Dunant ****
Mapping the Edge: A Novel by Sarah Dunant ***
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant ***
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant ***

In the Company of the Courtesan
by Sarah Dunant **
Zennor In Darkness by Helen Dunmore ****
The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore ***
Mourning Ruby by Helen Dunmore ***
The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore ***
A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore ***
The Siege by Helen Dunmore ***
With Your Crooked Heart by Helen Dunmore ***


On Literature by Umberto Eco ****
Dancing for the Hangman by Martin Edwards ***
The Forest of the Hours by Kirstin Ekman *****
Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman ***
The Sacred Wood by T.S. Eliot ****
Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot ***
Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot ****
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison ***
The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy **
Ludwig Feuerbach and the Outcome of Classical German Philosophy by Friedrich Engels ***
The Condition of the Working Class in England by Friedrich Engels ***


Stand We at Last by Zoe Fairbairns ***
Go Down Moses and other stories by William Faulkner *****
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner ****
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner ****
The Novel and America by Leslie A Fielder ***
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding ***
The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine ****
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, and Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald ***
The Love of the Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald ***
Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald ***
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald ***
Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald ***
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald *****
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford ****
The Sportswriter by Richard Ford ****
Canada by Richard Ford ***
The Longest Journey by E.M. Forster ****
Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster *****
Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster ****
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster ****
Howards End by E.M. Forster ***
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster ****
Georgy Girl by Margaret Forster ***
Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum *
Four Fathers by Ray French, James Nash, Tom Palmer & John Siddique ***
More About the Song by Rachel Fox ***
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank ***
The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved by Judith Freeman
Four Fathers by Ray French ***
Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier ****
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen *
Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays by Northrop Frye ****
The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance by Northrop Frye ****
The Drunken Boat: The Revolutionary Element in Romanticism by Northrop Frye ****


Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Hughes Galeano ****
Days and Nights of Love and War by Eduardo Galeano *****
Einstein’s Clocks, Poincare’s Maps: Empires of Time by Peter Galison
On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner ***
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran ***
The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman ****
Voices in the Evening by Natalia Ginzburg ***
The Things We Used to Say by Natalia Ginzburg ***
The City and the House by Natalia Ginzburg ***
Limestone & Clay by Lesley Glaister ****
The Private Parts Of Women by Lesley Glaister ****
Honour Thy Father by Lesley Glaister ***
Chosen by Lesley Glaister ***
Now You See Me by Lesley Glaister ****
Trick or Treat by Lesley Glaister ****
Sheer Blue Bliss by Lesley Glaister ***
Are You She? short stories edited by Lesley Glaister ***
Memoirs of the Author of ‘The Rights of Woman’ by William Godwin ***
Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ***
The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ***
The Fairy Tale Of The Green Snake And The Beautiful Lily by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ***
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ***
A LIttle History of the World by EH Gombrich ***
The Way of the White Clouds by Anagarika Govinda ****
Blood Memory by Martha Graham ***
Still Here by Linda Grant **
The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass ***
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene ****
The Heart Of The Matter by Graham Greene ****
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene ****
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene ***
The Quiet American by Graham Greene ***
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer ***
Saving Caravaggio by Neil Griffiths ***


Shame by Bergljot Hobæk Haff ***
The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett ****
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett ***
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett ***
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett ****
Mysteries by Knut Hamsun ***
Pan by Knut Hamsun ****
Victoria by Knut Hamsun ****
Hunger by Knut Hamsun ****
A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy ***
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy ****
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy ****
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy *****
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy ***
Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy ***
Archangel by Robert Harris ***
Enigma by Robert Harris **
Fatherland by Robert Harris ****
The Ghost by Robert Harris *
Plainsong by Kent Haruf ***
Lonely Hearts by John Harvey ***
A Brief History of Time by Stephen W Hawking ****
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne ***
Tokyo by Mo Hayder *
The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard *
Something Happened by Joseph Heller ***
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller ***
Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller ***
The Believers by Zoë Heller ***
Scoundrel Time by Lillian Hellman ****
The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman ***
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway ***
Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway ***
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway ****
True at First Light by Ernest Hemingway ***
Penguin Modern Poets 10 by Adrian Henri ***
Beyond Sleep by Willem Frederik Hermans ****
The Darkroom of Damocles by WF Hermans ****
The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse ***
Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse ***
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse ***
Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen ***
Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen ***
The Digger’s Game by George V Higgins ***
Trust by George V. Higgins ****
Victories by George V. Higgins ****
The Rat On Fire by George V. Higgins ***
The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins ***
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith ****
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith ****
The Wood Beyond by Reginald Hill ***
On Beulah Height by Reginald Hill ***
Borderliners by Peter Høeg ***
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman ***
The Ikon Maker by Desmond Hogan *****
A Short History of Time by Leofranc Holford-Strevens *
The Odes of Horace by Horace ****
Atomised by Michel Houellebecq ***
Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes ****
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo ***
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo ***
Say You Love Me by Marion Husband *
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ****


The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen ***
Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen ****
Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen ***
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen ****
The Bald Soprano and Other Plays by Eugene Ionesco ***
Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco ***
Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood ****


The Europeans by Henry James ***
What Maisie Knew by Henry James ***
The Ambassadors by Henry James ***
The Wings of the Dove by Henry James ***
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James ***
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James ***
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson ***
Riders On The Rain by Sebastien Japrisot ***
Biggles goes to School by W.E. Johns ***
Dashiell Hammett by Diane Johnson ****
Ancient Lights by Dick Jones ****
Dubliners by James Joyce ****
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce ***


The Castle by Franz Kafka ***
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka ****
The Trial by Franz Kafka ***
Russian Disco by Wladimir Kaminer **
Trumpet by Jackie Kay ****
Why Don’t You Stop Talking by Jackie Kay ***
A Reader’s Guide to Samuel Beckett by Hugh Kenner ***
A Hundred White Daffodils by Jane Kenyon ***
The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction by Frank Kermode ****
Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac ***
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac ***
On the Road by Jack Kerouac ***
Acid Tests by Ken Kesey ***
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey ***
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey ****
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Omar Khayyam ****
Gunga Din and Other Favorite Poems by Rudyard Kipling ***
The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling **
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling **
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling **
The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling ***
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler ***
The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski ***
The Joke by Milan Kundera ****
Immortality by Milan Kundera ***
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera ***
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera ****
My Revolutions by Hari Kunzru ***


The Four Fundamental Concepts Of Psycho Analysis by Jacques Lacan ****
Knots by R.D. Laing ***
The Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise by R.D. Laing ****
The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness by R.D. Laing *****
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa ***
Mucho Mojo by Joe R. Lansdale **
The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale **
High Windows by Philip Larkin ***
The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin ****
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ***
The Ship of Death and Other Poems by D.H. Lawrence ****
Pansies by D.H. Lawrence ****
Look! We Have Come Through! by D.H. Lawrence ***
Snake and Other Poems by D.H. Lawrence ***
Mornings in Mexico & Etruscan Places by D.H. Lawrence ***
Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious and Fantasia of the Unconscious by D.H. Lawrence ***
The White Peacock by D.H. Lawrence ***
Odour of Chrysanthemums by D.H. Lawrence ****
Kangaroo by D.H. Lawrence ***
Aaron’s Rod by D.H. Lawrence ***
The Man Who Died by D.H. Lawrence ***
The Plumed Serpent by D.H. Lawrence ***
The Fox by D.H. Lawrence ***
The Virgin and the Gipsy & Other Stories by D.H. Lawrence ***
The Rainbow by D.H. Lawrence ***
Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence ***
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence ****
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence ***
The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson ****
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson ***
Our Game by John le Carre ***
The Tailor of Panama by John le Carre ***
A Perfect Spy by John le Carre ****
The Constant Gardener by John le Carre ****
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carre ****
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre ***
Absolute Friends by John le Carre ***
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee **
Killing Suki Flood by Robert Leininger ***
The German Lesson by Siegfried Lenz ****
Stick by Elmore Leonard ****
Be Cool by Elmore Leonard ***
Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard ****
Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard ****
The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard ***
The Handmade Loaf by Dan Lepard ***
Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem *
Symbolism and Fiction by Harry Levin ***
Some Principles of Fiction by Robert Liddell ***
A Treatise on the Novel by Robert Liddell ***
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman *****
The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector *****
A Half Life of One by Bill Liversidge ****
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi ***
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa ***
Thinks . . . by David Lodge **
White Fang by Jack London **
The Call of the Wild by Jack London ***
Imaginary Friends by Alison Lurie ****


The Orchard On Fire: A Novel by Shena Mackay ***
Careful! by Richard Madelin ****
The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell ***
The Return of the Dancing Master by Henning Mankell ****
The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell *
Death in Venice and Other Tales by Thomas Mann ***
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garci­a Marquez *****
News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel García Márquez ***
Life of Pi by Yann Martel ***
The Poems of Andrew Marvell by Andrew Marvell ****
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx ****
The Long Close Call by Julia Wallis Martin ***
The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Marti­nez ***
Declaration by Tom Maschler
Rain and Other South Sea Stories by W. Somerset Maugham ***
Collected Stories by W. Somerset Maugham ***
The Moon And Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham ***
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham ***
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham ***
Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassant ****
Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant ***
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith **
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy **
Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers ****
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories by Carson McCullers ****
The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers ***
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers ***
Clock Without Hands by Carson McCullers ***
The Mortgaged Heart by Carson McCullers ****
The Blue Tango by Eoin McNamee ***
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels ***
The Price by Arthur Miller ***
A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller ****
The Crucible by Arthur Miller ***
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller ****
Silly Verse for Kids by Spike Milligan ****
Puckoon by Spike Milligan ***
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall by Spike Milligan ***
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell ***
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell ***
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell *
The Buenos Aires Quintet by Manuel Vazquez Montalban ***
The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison ****
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison ***
Beloved by Toni Morrison ***
Iceberg Slim – The Life as Art by Peter A. Muckley *
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro ****
Friend of my Youth by Alice Munro ****
Runaway by Alice Munro *****
The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro ****
Open Secrets by Alice Munro ****
The Progress of Love by Alice Munro ****
The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro ****
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories by Alice Munro ****
Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro ****
Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by Alice Munro ****
Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro ****
The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro ****
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami ***
In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami *
The Italian Girl by Iris Murdoch ***
The Philosopher’s Pupil by Iris Murdoch ***
A Fairly Honourable Defeat by Iris Murdoch ***
The Bell by Iris Murdoch ****
The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch ***
Milligan and Murphy by Jim Murdoch ****
Making Sense by Jim Murdoch ***
The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter: Scenes de la Vie de Boheme by Henri Murger ****


Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov ***
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov ***
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov ***
How to Dance Forever: Surviving Against the Odds by Daniel Nagrin ***
The Dark Room by RK Narayan ***
Fully Empowered by Pablo Neruda ****
The Captain’s Verses by Pablo Neruda ****
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda ****
The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niefenegger **
Mrs. Shakespeare: The Complete Works by Robert Nye ***


Girl with Green Eyes by Edna O’Brien ***
The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien ***
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor ***
A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor ***
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill ***
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell ***
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell ***
The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell ***
1984 by George Orwell ****
Animal Farm by George Orwell ****
Look Back in Anger by John Osborne ****
Memorial by Alice Oswald ***
The Same Sea by Amos Oz ****


My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk ****
Elvis: The Secret Files by John Parker ***
Penguin Modern Poets 6: by Jack Clemo, Edward Lucie-Smith, George MacBeth ***
In The Wake by Per Petterson ***
I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson ***
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson ****
To Siberia by Per Petterson ****
Darwin’s Worms by Adam Phillips ****
The Caretaker by Harold Pinter ****
The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter ***
Betrayal by Harold Pinter ****
The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter ***
The Homecoming by Harold Pinter ***
Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello ****
Ariel by Sylvia Plath ****
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath **
The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe ***
The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe ****
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe ***
The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe ***
Aberystwyth Mon Amour by Malcolm Pryce ***
Man and Time by J.B. Priestley ****
Dangerous Corner by J.B. Priestley ***
Time And The Conways by J.B. Priestley ****
An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley ****
Close Range – Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx ****
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx *****
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx ***
Heart Songs by E. Annie Proulx ****
Remembrance of Things Past: Volume I=Swann’s Way & Within a Budding Grove by Marcel Proust ***
Tango delle ore piccole by Manuel Puig ***
Heartbreak Tango by Manuel Puig ***
Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig ***
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (abandoned half-way) *


The Creative Experience in Poetry by Herbert Read ****
The Murder of Christ by Wilhelm Reich ***
The Function of the Orgasm by Wilhelm Reich ***
Listen, Little Man! by Wilhelm Reich ****
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque ***
Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys ***
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys ****
Daughters of the House by Michele Roberts ***
Playing Sardines by Michèle Roberts ***
The Mistressclass by Michele Roberts ***
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson **
Home by Marilynne Robinson **
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson ****
The Human Stain by Philip Roth ***
I Married a Communist by Philip Roth ***
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth ****
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth ***
American Pastoral by Philip Roth ***
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy ****


The Investigation by Juan Jose Saer ***
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger ***
Alberta Alone by Cora Sandel ***
Alberta and Freedom by Cora Sandel ***
Alberta and Jacob by Cora Sandel ***
Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre ***
No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre ****
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink ****
Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink ****
Happiness is a Warm Puppy by Charles M. Schulz ****
Markus the Fisherman by Gabriel Scott *
Hen’s Teeth by Manda Scott ***
The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert ****
Afterwards by Rachel Seiffert **
A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory by Raman Selden ***
Cock & Bull by Will Self ***
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton ***
Cymbeline by William Shakespeare ***
Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare ***
Henry VIII by William Shakespeare ***
Coriolanus by William Shakespeare ***
The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare ***
The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare ***
Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare ***
Richard II by William Shakespeare ***
All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare ***
Henry IV, Part 2 by William Shakespeare ***
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare ***
The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare ***
Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare ***
King Henry IV, Part 1 by William Shakespeare ***
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare ***
The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare ***
Richard III by William Shakespeare ****
Henry V by William Shakespeare ***
As You Like It by William Shakespeare ***
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare ***
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare ***
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare ***
King Lear by William Shakespeare ****
Othello by William Shakespeare ****
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare ***
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare ***
Macbeth by William Shakespeare ***
Hamlet by William Shakespeare ****
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ***
Shakespeare’s Sonnets by William Shakespeare ***
The Tempest by William Shakespeare ****
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare ***
The Sweetest Thing by Fiona Shaw ***
Tell It To The Bees by Fiona Shaw ***
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley ****
The Republic of Love by Carol Shields ***
The Box Garden by Carol Shields ***
Happenstance: Two Novels in One About a Marriage in Transition by Carol Shields ****
Jane Austen by Carol Shields ***
Larry’s Party by Carol Shields ***
Unless by Carol Shields ****
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields ****
Mary Swann by Carol Shields ***
Various Miracles by Carol Shields ***
The Orange Fish by Carol Shields ***
Dressing Up for the Carnival by Carol Shields ***
Double Fault by Lionel Shriver ***
No Highway by Nevil Shute ***
Pied Piper by Nevil Shute ***
On the Beach by Nevil Shute ***
The Ragman’s Daughter by Alan Sillitoe ****
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe ****
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe ****
Hey Yeah Right Get A Life by Helen Simpson ***
In My Father’s Court by Isaac Bashevis Singer ***
Satan in Goray by Isaac Bashevis Singer ***
The Family Moskat: A Novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer ****
The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer ****
Shosha by Isaac Bashevis Singer **
The Slave by Isaac Bashevis Singer ****
Enemies: A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer ***
Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer ****
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart ****
Private Life
by Jane Smiley ***
Coffin’s Got the Dead Guy on the Inside by Keith Snyder ***
Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ***
The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ***
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ****
Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag ****
The Volcano Lover: A Romance by Susan Sontag **
Illness as Metaphor & AIDS and Its Metaphors by Susan Sontag ****
Against Interpretation and Other Essays by Susan Sontag ****
On Photography by Susan Sontag ****
Oxford Knot by Veronica Stallwood ***
Death and the Oxford Box by Veronica Stallwood ***
The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead ***
Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck ***
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck ***
The Pearl by John Steinbeck ***
East of Eden by John Steinbeck ****
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck ***
The Death of Tragedy by George Steiner ***
A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne ***
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne ***
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson ****
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson *****
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson ***
Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson ***
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson ****
Dracula by Bram Stoker ***
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe ***
Perfume by Patrick Suskind ***
The Butcher of Bermondsey by Graham Swift ***
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift ***


The American Boy by Andrew Taylor **
The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey ***
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray ***
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog by Dylan Thomas ***
A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas ****
Collected Poems by Dylan Thomas ***
Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas *****
The Getaway by Jim Thompson ***
Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson ****
The Grifters by Jim Thompson ****
Savage Night by Jim Thompson ***
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson ****
Positively Main Street: Bob Dylan’s Minnesota by Toby Thompson ***
Air & Fire: A Novel by Rupert Thomson ***
Soft by Rupert Thomson ***
Divided Kingdom by Rupert Thomson ***
Dreams Of Leaving by Rupert Thomson ***
The Book of Revelation: A Novel by Rupert Thomson ***
Death of a Murderer by Rupert Thomson ***
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin ***
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin ***
The South by Colm Tóibín ****
The Heather Blazing by Colm Toibi­n *****
The Story of the Night by Colm Tóibín ****
Mothers and Sons by Colm Toibi­n ****
The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Tóibín ***
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin ****
The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Short Stories by Leo Tolstoy ***
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy ***
Samuel Pepys – The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin *
Letter To Sister Benedicta by Rose Tremain ***
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain ***
The Road Home by Rose Tremain
The Colour by Rose Tremain ****
After Rain by William Trevor ***
Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor ***
The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor ****
Love and Summer
by William Trevor ***
Mrs. Eckdorf in O’Neil’s Hotel by William Trevor ****
The Fate of Pleasure by Lionel Trilling ***
My Life by Leon Trotsky ****
The Revolution Betrayed by Leon Trotsky ***
History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky ***
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev ***
A Passion for Tango by David Turner ***
Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain ****
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain *****
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng ***
The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler ***
A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler **


Couples by John Updike ****
Rabbit, Run by John Updike ***


The Art of Poetry by Paul Valéry ***
Dead Letter by Jonathan Valin ***
30 Poems by Tarjei Vesaas ***
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut ***
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut ****


The Color Purple by Alice Walker ****
Jane Austen by Sylvia Townsend Warner ****
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh ***
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh ***
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh ***
The Devil’s Advocate by Morris L. West ****
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton ***
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton ***
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton ***
The Simplicity Of Playing The Violin by Herbert Whone ****
The Hidden Face Of Music by Herbert Whone ***
Salome by Oscar Wilde ****
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde ***
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde ****
Heaven’s My Destination by Thornton Wilder *****
The Ides of March by Thornton Wilder ****
Theophilus North by Thornton Wilder **
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder ***
Three Plays: Our Town/The Skin of Our Teeth/The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder ****
Sideswipe by Charles Willeford ****
Cockfighter by Charles Willeford ***
High Priest Of California by Charles Willeford ***
Miami Blues by Charles Willeford ****
Pick-Up by Charles Willeford ***
Stoner by John Williams ****
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by Tennessee Williams ***
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams ****
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams ****
Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams ***
Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams ***
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams ****
The Tupamaros, The Unmentionables by Major Carlos Wilson **
The Hidden Assassins by Robert Wilson ***
A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson ***
The Blind Man of Seville by Robert Wilson ***
The Power Book by Jeanette Winterson ***
Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson ****
The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson ***
You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe ***
Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft ****
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft ***
Orlando by Virginia Woolf **
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf ***
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf ***
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf ****
The Bride Wore Black; Phantom Lady; Rear Window; Waltz Into Darkness by Cornell Woolrich ***
Rear Window by Cornell Woolrich ***
Rendezvous in Blackby Cornell Woolrich ***
Dockers and Detectives by Ken Worpole ****
Native Son by Richard Wright ***
Chocky by John Wyndham ***
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham ***
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham ***


Sky Burial by Xinran **


When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom *
The Education of a Poker Player by Herbert O. Yardley ****
Eleven Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates ****
Disturbing the Peace by Richard Yates **
The Easter Parade by Richard Yates ****
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates *****


The Earth by Emile Zola ****
The Masterpiece by Emile Zola ****
Therese Raquin by Emile Zola ****
Nana by Emile Zola ***

* unfinished
** disappointing
*** good
**** recommended
***** exceptional