2018/19 was the year of the series. Two books were bought so I could start/continue a series (Regeneration and The Prime of life) and two books were inadvertently read out of sequence (Framley Parsonage and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). Lots of good books, only one dud – Memoirs of a Geisha. 47 books read. Contenders for Book of the Year were: The Third Policeman, How Late it Was, How Late, The Book of Dust, In Cold Blood, The Eye in the Door, but

the Book of the Year 2018/19 was

His Masterpiece by Emile Zola

2019/20 has started with Force of Circumstance, Simone de Beauvoir. The miscellaneaus items in the photo were found in the secondhand book.

The complete list –


Pensees Blaise Pascal

The Man in the High Castle Philip K Dick

The Web and the Rock Thomas Wolfe


The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Hariki Murakami


The Robber Bride Margaret Atwood

Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

An Accidental Family Dostoevsky


Babbitt Sinclair Lewis

The Third Policeman Flan O’Brien

How Late it Was, How Late James Kelman

Local Anaesthetic Gunter Grass

Between the Assasinations Aravind Adiga


His Masterpiece Emile Zola

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman

Regeneration Pat Barker

The Eye in the Door Pat Barker


The Ghost Road Pat Barker


The Prime of Life Simone de Beauvoir

Winter’s Tales Isak Dinesen

The Yellow Wallpaper and selected writings Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Bring on the Empty Horses David Niven


Let it Come Down Paul Bowles

The Lathe of Heaven Ursula K Le Guin

Noone belongs here more than you stories by Miranda July

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller Italo Calvino

Faces in the Water Janet Frame

The Book of Dust Vol I Belle Sauvage Phillip Pullman

The Levanter Eric Ambler

The Custom of the Country Edith Wharton


The Nine Tailors Dorothy L Sayers

Will you please be quiet, please? Raymond Carver


Framley Parsonage Anthony Trollope

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy John Le Carre

Monsignor Quixote Graham Greene

A Kestrel for a Knave Barry Hines

The High Window Raymond Chandler

The Mennyms Sylvia Waugh


Moby Dick Herman Melville

In Cold Blood Truman Capote

The Trespasser D H Lawrence

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Winifred Watson

The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett

You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down Alice Walker

The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst


The Fancy Dress Party Alberto Moravia

Labyrinths Jorge Luis Borges


Penguin Modern Classics George Orwell Diaries was a book I really enjoyed reading this summer. Perhaps not to everyone’s taste as a summer read, I became absorbed in his garden entries, shopping lists and to do lists. The blitz also features and we pulled out some excerpts for H’s blitz topic – 20.3.41, 17.4.41 and onion rationing in 22.1.41. Why mention the book now? Well I found a picture of Sean Penn looking like Orwell:

I thought I’d seen him in another life:


(p.s. My book year starts in June. Come back next year for book of the year)

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