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1. Falling - Colin Thurbron ****1/2

2. Burnt Island - Kate Rhodes ****

3. Brooklyn - Colm Toibin (RR for book club) *****

4. The Seven Wives of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Read ***1/2

5. The Telling - Jo Baker ****

6. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman ****

7. Educated - Tara Westover (RR for book group) *****

8. The Confession - Jo Spain ***

9. The Dutch House - Ann Parchet *****

10. The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker  ****1/2

11. Monsieur Ka - Vesna Goldsworthy ****

12. Melted Into Air - Sandi Toksvig ***

13.  The Jupiter <myth - Lindsay Davies ****

14. Mrs Everything - Jennifer Weiner ***

15. The Future Homemakers of America - Laurie Graham ***1/2

16. Blue Sky - Kate Atkinson ****1/2

17.  The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew - Milly Jhnson ***1/2

18. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens ****

19. The Third Nero - Lindsay Davis ****1/2

20. The Priory of the Orange Tree - Samantha Shannon ****1/2

21. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - Imogen HermesGower ****1/2

22. Silver - Chris Hammer *****

23. The Family Upstairs - Lisa Jewell **

24. She Merchants, Bucaneers and Gentlewomen, British women in India 1600-1900 - Katie Hickman ****1/4

25. Saving Missy - Beth Morrey DNF

26.Six Wicked Reasons - Jo Spain ****

27. Miss Mapp - E F Benson ****

28. Pandora's Boy - Lindsay Davies ****

29. Second Helpings - Laurie Graham ***1/2

30. The Silent Dead - Claire McGowan ****1/2

31. Daisy Jones and the Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid ****

32. Searching for Sylvie Lee - Jean Kwok ****

33. The Debt to Pleasure - John Lanchester ***/****

34. The Museum of Broken Promises - Elizabeth Buchan ***1/2

35. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill ***1/2

36. The Farm - Joanne Ramos **

37. Lady in Waiting - Anne Glenconner ****

38. Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho ****1/2

39. France - John Julius Norwich

40. Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman ****1/2

41;Breathing Lessons - AnneTyler ***

42. City of Girls - Elizabeth Gilbert ****1/2

43. Black Water Lilies - Michel Bussi DNF

44; Three Hours - Rosamund Lupton *****

45. Magpie Lane - Lucy Atkins ****1/2

46. Watch her Disappear - Jane Casey ****1/2

47. The Reckoning - Jane Casey ****12

48. The Stranger you Know - Jane Casey ****12

49.. The Kill - Jane Casey ****12

50. After the Fire - Jane Casey****

51. My Name is Lucy Barton - Elizabeth Strout *****

52.  Chanel's Riviera - Anne de Courcey ***first half, ****1/2 second part

53. Let the Dead Speak - Jane Casey ****

54. An Equal Stillness - Francesca Kay ****

55. Cruel Acts - Jane Casey ****1/2

56. Madame tussaud - Michelle Moran (for book group) ***

57. The Cutting Place - Jane Casey ****1/2

58. The Ashes of London - Andrew Taylor ****1/2

59. Hamnet - Maggie O farrell *****

60. Growing Up for Beginners - Claire Calman ****

61. The Splendid and the Vile - Eric Larson *****

62. The Seven Sisters - Lucinda Riley **

63. Rough Magic - Lara Prior Palmer ****

64. All the Old Knives - Olen Steinhauer ****

65. The Women in Black - Madelaine St John ****1/2

66. The People You Know - Shari Lapena ***1/2

67. Dancing Backwards - Salley Vickers ****

68. a Share in Death - Deborah Crombie ***

69. Disobedience - Naomi Alderson ****

70. The Watchmaker of Filligree Street - Natasha Pulley *****

71. Missing Presumed - Susie Steiner ***1/2

72. The Split - Sharon Bolton *****

73. A Day Like Any Other - Isla Dewar ****

74. My Grandmother asked me to say she's sorry... - Frederik Bachmann ****1/2 (rr for book club)

75. the Switch - Beth o leary ***

76. The Book of Hidden Things - Francesco Dimitri *****

77. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett *****

78. Queen Bees - Sian Evans ***

79. Friendly Fire - Patrick Gale *****

80. The Amateur Marriage - Anne Tyler ****1/2

81. Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan ****

82. One, Two, Three, Four The Beatles in Time - Craig Brown *****

83. Fifty Fifty Steve Cavanagh *****

84. The Weekend - Charlotte Wood ***

85. Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi (RR for book group) ****1/2

86. The Long Call - Anne Cleeves ***1/2

87. The True Queen- Zen Cho ****

88. Before We Visit the Goddess - Chitra Banerjee Divrakani ****

89. The Insider - MariHannah ***

90. The Liar - Steve Cavanagh ****1/2

91. Endurance - Alfred Lansing *****

92. Bitter Wash Road - Gary Disher ***

93. Old Baggage - Lissa Evans ****

94. The Ten Thousand Doors of January - Alix E Harrow ****1/2

95.  Death Comes to the Archbishop - Willa Cather ****1/2

96. The Laughter of Dead Kings - Elizabeth Peters ***1/2

97. To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis ****1/4

98. The Year of the Griffin - Diana Wynne Jones ****1/2

99. The Guest List - Lucy Foley **

100. The Secret Commonwealth - Phillip Pullman ****

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio Books

Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel *****

Swimming Lessons - Claire Fuller ***

Miss Austen - Gill Hornby *****

My Sweet Revenge - Jane Fallon ***

The Ides of April - Lindsay Davies ****

The Boy Who Fell - Jo Spain ****

It is Rocket Science - Helen Keen *****

Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel *****

Pole to Pole - Michael palin ****1/2

Saturnalia - Lindsay Davies *****

Foundation - Isaac Asimov ***

Leave it to Psmith - PG Wodehouse *****

The Corset - Laura Purcell ****

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow - Natasha Pulley *****

Shadows in Bronze - Lindsay Davies ****

Barchester Towers - Anthony Trollope *****

The Ninth House - Leigh Bardago ****

 

 

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1 Slash, The Biography, Slash - completed (paperback)

2 Dancing by the Light of the Moon, Gyles Brandreth - completed (hardback)

3 Black Moon, Poldark 5, Winston Graham - completed (paperback)

4 The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side, Agatha Christie - completed (paperback)

5 The Last Diet, Izradi Shahroo - completed (paperback)

6 Alien Hearts, Guy de Maupassant - completed (paperback)

7 Flush, Virginia Woolf - completed (paperback)

8 The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx - completed (paperback)

9 The Conference of the Birds, Ransom Riggs - completed (hardback)

10 Wittgenstein's Nephew, Thomas Bernhard - completed (paperback)

11 The Foundling, Stacy Halls - completed (hardback)

12 The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Carson McCullers - completed (paperback)

13 The Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers - completed (paperback)

14 Collected Stories of Carson McCullers - partially completed (paperback)

15 The Winter of the Witch, Katherine Arden - completed (hardback)

16 The Tunnel, Dorothy Richardson - completed (paperback)

17 The Crow Trap,(Vera Stanhope 1) Ann Cleeves - completed (paperback)

18 The Rules of Thinking, Robert Templar - completed (paperback)

19 Telling Tales, Ann Cleeves (Vera Stanhope 2) - completed (paperback)

20 Gathering Blue, Lois Lowry (Giver Quartet 2) - completed (hardback)

21 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Anne Bronte - completed (paperback)

22 Malone Dies, Samuel Beckett - completed (paperback)

23 Don't Look For Me (Carter Blake 4), Mason Cross - completed (paperback)

24 Maigret is Afraid, Georges Simenon - completed (paperback)

25 The Light in August, William Faulkner - completed (paperback)

26 The Gate, Natsume Soseki - completed (paperback)

27 The Feast of July, H E Bates - completed (paperback)

28 Hidden Depths (Vera Stanhope 3), Ann Cleeves - completed (paperback)

29 I am Legend, Richard Matheson - completed (paperback)

30 The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair, Joël Dicker - completed (paperback)

31 Nicholas Nickelby, Charles Dickens - completed (paperback)

32 The Plague, Albert  Camus - completed (paperback)

33 The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka - completed (paperback)

34 Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky - completed (paperback)

35 Silent Voices (Vera Stanhope 4), Ann Cleeves - completed (paperback)

36 Cruelty, Roald Dahl - completed (paperback)

37 The Scarlet Letter, Nathanial Hawthorn - completed (paperback)

38 The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, G B Edwards - completed (paperback)

39 Near to the Wild Heart, Clarice Lispector - completed (paperback)

40 Meditations, Marcus Aurelius - completed (paperback)

41 The Glass Room (Vera Stanhope 5), Ann Cleeves - completed (paperback)

42 Jamaica Inn, Daphne Du Maurier - completed (paperback)

43 Thanks Very Much, Mr Kibblewhite, Roger Daltrey - completed (hardback)

44 120 Years of Sodom, Marquis De Sade - uncompleted for obvious reasons e-book

45 Ayesha - The Return of She, H Rider Haggard - completed (paperback)

46 Embassy Town, China Miéville - completed (paperback)

47 A Song for the Dark Times, Ian Rankin - completed (hardback)

48 Harbour Street (Vera Stanhope 6), Ann Cleeves - completed (paperback)

49 I Wanna Be Yours, John Cooper Clarke autobiography - completed (hard back)

50 Piranesi, Susanna Clarke - completed (hardback)

51 The Haunting of Alma Fielding, Kate Summerscale - completed (hardback)

52 Uncle Silas, J Sheridan Le Fanu - completed (paperback)

53 The Betrayals, Bridget Collins - completed (hardback)

54 The Moth Catcher (Vera 7), Ann Cleeves - completed (paperback)

55 Madeleine Férat, Emile Zola - completed (e-book)

56 The Five, Hallie Rubenhold - completed (paperback)

57 Tortilla Flat, John Steinbeck - completed (paperback)

58 The Mallen Streak, Catherine Cookson - completed (paperback)

59 The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Andersen - completed (short story, ebook)

60 The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton - completed (paperback)

61 Why Do You Wear a Cheap Watch (3 short stories), Hans Fallada - completed

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Father, Son and the Pennine Way - Mark Richards [Kindle] [Started 2019]

The Ancient - Muriel Gray [Started 2019]

Glastonbury 50 - Michael Eavis & Emily Eavis [Started 2019]

The Return Of The Incredible Exploding Man - Dave Hutchinson

Gaslight, Ghosts, & Ghouls: A Centenary Celebration - R. Chetwynd-Hayes

The Silver Wind - Nina Allan

A Fabulous Creation - David Hepworth [Kindle]

Fugue For A Darkening Island - Christopher Priest

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

The Electric State - Simon Stålenhag

The Labyrinth Index - Charles Stross

Ramsey Campbell, Probably - Ramsey Campbell

The Scarfolk Annual - Richard Littler

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Of The Year: Volume 13 - Jonathan Strahan (Ed.)

The Booking - Ramsey Campbell

The Pretence - Ramsey Campbell

The Wise Friend - Ramsey Campbell

The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol.35 - Gardner Dozois (Ed.)

Cowboy Song - Graeme Thomson

Human Croquet - Kate Atkinson

When Will There Be Good News? - Kate Atkinson

A New Day Yesterday - Mike Barnes

The Starless Sea - Erin Morgenstern

Early Riser - Jasper Fforde

The Harlequin - Nina Allan

The Mammoth Book Of Best New SF 29 - Gardner Dozois (Ed.)

The Secret Diary Of Laura Palmer - Jennifer Lynch

Weather For Hillwalkers - Malcolm Thomas

The Nanny State Made Me - Stuart Maconie

The Ghosts & Scholars Book Of Mazes - Rosemary Pardoe (Ed.)

The Sensational Alex Harvey - John Neil Munro

The Ultimate Egoist - Theodore Sturgeon

The Forager’s Calendar - John Wright

Utopia Avenue - David Mitchell

Revenge Of The She-Punks - Vivien Goldman

Microcosmic God - Theodore Sturgeon

Art Sex Music - Cosey Fanni Tutti

Transcription - Kate Atkinson

Killdozer! - Theodore Sturgeon

Strange Weather - Joe Hill

The Thrilling Adventures Of Lovelace And Babbage - Sydney Padua

Thunder And Roses - Theodore Sturgeon

Some Fantastic Place - Chris Difford

Under The Dome - Stephen King

The Walker's Guide To Outdoor Clues & Signs - Tristan Gooley

Oor Wullie Annual 1982

The Perfect Host - Theodore Sturgeon

The Magic - Christopher Priest

“It” Came From Outer Space - Christopher Priest

Ruby - Nina Allan

Baby Is Three - Theodore Sturgeon

Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany - Uwe Schütte

The Incredible Adventures Of Janus Stark, Vol.I - Tom Tully et al

Jaki Liebezeit - Jono Podmore (Ed.)

The Evidence - Christopher Priest

The Unstable Realities Of Christopher Priest - Paul Kincaid

The Incredible Adventures Of Janus Stark, Vol.II - Tom Tully et al

Best New Horror #1 - Stephen Jones & Ramsey Campbell (Eds.)

The Broons Annual 1984

The Broons Annual 1988

Before We Was We: Madness by Madness - Mike Barson et a [Kindle]l

The Parts We Play - Stephen Volk

Coffinmaker's Blues: Collected Writings On Terror - Stephen Volk

Department Of Mind-Blowing Theories - Tom Gauld

Supporting Roles - Stephen Volk

The Broons Annual 1990

Middle England - Jonathan Coe

 

Previous years' booklists:

2019  2018  2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007

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Books

 

59 - Lanny by Max Porter

58 - Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo (audio) unfinished

57 - Dreams From My Father by Barrack Obama (audio)

56 - The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (audio) unfinished

55 - The Murder Room by P D James (audio)

54 - Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch unfinished (audio)

53 - Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (audio)

52 - The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (audio)

51f - Beachworld by Stephen King s/s

51e - The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet by Stephen King s/s

51d - Mrs Todd's Shortcut by Stephen King s/s

51c - Gramma by Stephen King s/s

51b - Uncle Otto's Truck by Stephen King s/s

51a - Word Processor of the Gods by Stephen King s/s

50 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (audio)

49 - When All Is Said by Anne Griffin

48 - Midnight Library by Matt Haig

47 - A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (audio)

46 - City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

45 - The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (audio)

44 - The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett (audio)

43 - American Notes by Charles Dickens (audio) unfinished

42 - Airborne by Robert Radcliffe

41 - Educated by Tara Westover (audio)

40 - To War With The Walkers by Annabel Venning

39 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

38 - Seven By Five by H. E. Bates 

37 - Exit Music by Ian Rankin (audio)

36 - Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami unfinished (audio) 

35 - Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell (audio)

34 - Reporting Civil Rights Part Two - 1963 -1965

33 - The Deep Blue Goodbye by John D MacDonald (audio) 

32 - Desolation Island by Patrick O'Brian

31 - The Germans and Europe: A Personal Frontline History by Peter Millar (audio)

30 - The Bushies by Allan M. Nixon - unfinished - one story contained factually incorrect info that spoiled it for me. (Alwich/Alnwick) 

29 - If It Bleeds by Stephen King

28 - Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (audio)

27 - Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

26 - A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (audio)

25 - The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan - unfinished (audio)

24 - Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup - unfinished (audio)

23 - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas - unfinished (audio)

22 - The Disappearance of Adele Beleau by Graeme Macrae Burnet - unfinished (audio)

21 - Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - unfinished (audio)

20 - The Dark Tower by Stephen King re-read

19 - Smiley's People by John Le Carre (audio) re-read

18 - A Dying Breed by Peter Hannington (audio)

17 - 24 Hours in Ancient Rome by Philip Matyszak (audio)

16 - The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin (audio)

15 - Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens (audio)

14 - Songs of Susannah by Stephen King re-read

13 - An Air That Kills by Andrew Taylor (audio)

12 - The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell (audio)

11 - The Choice by Edith Eger

10 - Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (audio)

9 - The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (audio)

8 - A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

7 - Life of Pi by Yann Martel (audio) re-read

6 - The Pyramid by Henning Mankell

5 - The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield (audio)

4 - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (audio) re-read

3 - CultyBraggan WW2 Prison Camp History

2 - The Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

1 - The Help by Kathryn Stockett (audio)

 

Films

1 - JoJo Rabbit - cinema

2 - A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood - cinema

3 - The Runaways - Keswick Film Festival

4 - Amanda - KFF

5 - Aga - KFF

6 - The Tobacconist - KFF

7 - For Sama - KFF

8 - The Farewell - KFF

9 - No Fathers in Kashmir - KFF

 

 

Gigs, theatre, exhibitions etc

1 - Bowie Experience - Perth - 25/01/20

2 - The Musical Box - Edinburgh - 08/02/20

3 - The Classic Rock Show - Dundee - 15/02/20

4 - Russian State Orchestra - Puccini's Madame Butterfly - Perth - 06/03/20

5 - King Creosote & band accompaning the film From Scotland With Love - 11/03/20 

 

 

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Here I am, not right after Viccie for once.

 

1.   Diary of a Dead Man on Leave by David Downing (01/04/20)****

2.  A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (01/15/20)****1/2 (for my IRL book club)

3.  Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (abandoned)

4.  New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke (abandoned)

 

5.  The Captured by Scott Zesch *****(non-fiction for my IRL book club)

6.  The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason **** (for my IRL book club, March)

7.  The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith (02/22/20)****

8.  A Divided Loyalty by Charles Todd (02/__20)***

 

9.  Cleanness by Garth Greenwell (03/___/20)****

10.  A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (03/___/20)****1/2

11.  When All is Said by Diane Griffin (03/29/20)****1/2

12.  The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes (04/___/20)****

     

 

__.  A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter for my IRL book club. Hated it and stopped reading 1/2 way through)

13.  The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson (______/20)*****

14.  The Eighth Life (for Brilka)*****  Thank you Mr. Hobgoblin

15.  Daisy Jones and the Six*** (for my IRL book club)

16.  Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett **** (very high rating for a fantasy)

17.  House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea****(for my IRL book club)

 

Overtaken by the Pandemic, so no dates until the end and I have entered this list 3 times, accidentally getting out of it before saving twice.  ARGH:

 

18.  The Guest List by Lucy Foley***

19.  Shoreditch by Robert Jackson Bennett**** (second after #16 above--looking forward to the 3rd book)

20.  The 100-Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson***(for my IRL book club)

21.  Trace Elements by Donna Leon***

22.  Heaven my Home by Attica Locke**

23.  The Last Passenger by Charles Finch***

24.  The Year of Dangerous Days:  Riots, Refugees, and Cocaine in Miami 1980*****(07/24/20)

25.  Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell****(07/26/20)  TWO FIVE-STAR READS IN A ROW!

26.  Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump (07/26/20)****

27.  The Burning by Jane Casey

28.  The Reckoning by Jane Casey

29.  The Last Girl by Jane Casey

30.  The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey

31.   Left For Dead by Jane Casey

32.  The Kill by Jane Casey

33.  After the Fire by Jane Casey

34.  Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

35.  Cruel Acts by Jane by Jane Casey

36.  The Cutting Place by Jane Casey (yes, I read the whole series one after another)

 

37.  Squeeze Me by Carl Hiassen

38.  The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (for my IRL book club; a re-read)****

39.  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron (for my IRL book club; a re-read)****

40.   Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin (09/20)****

41.   The River of Doubt by Candice Millard (09/20)*****

 

42.   Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (10/05/20)*****

43.  Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (10/18/20)*** (I wanted to love this, but didn't)

44.  Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter (___________)****

45. The Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer (11/21/20)*****

 

46.  Real Life by Brandon Taylor (12/03/20)*****

47.  The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (abandoned)

48  Billion Dollar Loser by Reeves Wieseman (12/24/20)

49. Smiley's People by John LeCarre (re-read)

 

 

 

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10. The Boy on the Bridge by M R Carey (K) ****

9. Woken Furies by Richard Morgan (K) (reread) ****

8. Broken Angels by Richard Morgan (K) (reread) ****

7. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan (K) (reread) ****1/2

6. Educated by Tara Westover (P) ****1/2

5. The Warehouse by Rob Hart (K) **** Woken 

4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (P) ****

3. Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver (K) ****1/2

2. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (P) ****

1. My Sister, The Serial Killer by  Oyinkan Braithwaite (P) ****

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43. A Legacy Sybille Bedford (RR) ****(*)

42. How We Lost Megan Taylor **(*)

41. Writers & Lovers Lily King ****

40. Vinegar Girl Ann Tyler (Audiobook) ****

39. The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope ***(*)

38. Akin Emma Donoghue (Audiobook) **(*)

37. The Missing Shade Of Blue Jennie Erdal ***

36. The Topeka School Ben Lerner ****(*)

35. Your Duck Is My Duck Deborah Eisenberg *****

34. The Improbability Of Love Hannah Rothchild (Audio) ***

33. Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead Olga Tokarczuk *****

32. The Overstory Richard Powers (Audiobook) ***

31. Anything Is Possible Elizabeth Strout (Audiobook) ****(*)

30. Stalingrad Vasily Grossman ******

29. Old Baggage Lissa Evans ****

28. Lost For Words Edward St Aubyn ****

27. Actress Anne Enright ***

26. The Testaments Margaret Attwood (Audiobook) ****

25. Independence Square A.D.Miller ***

24. Ten Stories About Smoking Stuart Evers ****

23. Night Boat To Tangier Kevin Barry  *****

22. Theatre for Dreamers Polly Samson ***

21. The Story Of The Night Colm Toibin (Audiobook, RR) *****

20. The Optimist's Daughter Eudora Welty (Audiobook) ****

19. Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun Sarah Lapido Manyika **

18. What Not Rose Macaulay ****

17. Wakenhyrst Michelle Paver ***(*)

16. Apeirogon Colum McCann ****

15. In the Memory Of The Forest Charles T. Powers *****

14. Sleeping Arrangements Laura Shaine Cunningham ****

13. Tamara Walks On Water Shifra Horn **

12. Middlemarch George Eliot (RR)  *****

11. Manhattan Beach Jennifer Egan **(*)

10. The Confessions of Fannie Langton Sara Collins ****

9.   Red Birds Mohammed Hanif ****
8.   Heartburn Nora Ephron (RR)  ****

7.   The Porpoise Mark Haddon ***(*)

6.   After The Party Cressida Connolly ***(*)

5.   The Heavens Sandra Newman *****

4.   Good Behaviour Molly Keane (RR) *****

3.   Normal People Sally Rooney ***(*)
2.   Nine Suitcases Béla Zsolt *****
1.  The Fountain Overflows Rebecca West ***(*)

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1. Olive, Again - Elizabeth Strout

2. Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas - Adam Kay

3. Palace Walk - Naguib Mahfouz

4. Eyrie - Tim Winton

5. Oscar's Books - Thomas Wright

6. The Perfect Nanny - Leila Slimani

7. Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams

8. How the Dead Speak - Val McDermid

9. Confessions of a Bookseller - Shaun Bythell

10. Death of a River Guide - Richard Flanagan

11. Actress - Anne Enright

12. Wild Fire - Ann Cleeves

13. The Cockroach - Ian McEwan

14. The Fire Starters - Jan Carson

15. Friend of the Devil - Peter Robinson

16. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

17. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

18. Bad Blood - Lorna Sage

19. The Road to Wigan Pier - George Orwell

20. The Return - Hisham Matar

21. Jacob's Room is Full of Books - Susan Hill

22. A Thief in the Night - John Cornwell

23. Ma'am Darling - Craig Brown

24. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight - Alexandra Fuller

25. Three Daughters of Eve - Elif Shafak

26. Imperium - Robert Harris

27. Convenience Store Woman - Sayaka Murata

28. The Confessions of Frannie Langton - Sara Collins

29. White Houses - Amy Bloom

30. Old Baggage - Lissa Evans

31. Hamnet - Maggie O'Farrell

32. The Volunteer - Jack Fairweather

33. Crooked Heart - Lissa Evans

34. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World - Elif Shafak

35. Starve Acre - Andrew Michael Hurley

36. Little Deaths - Emma Flint

37. English Monsters - James Scudamore

38. Redhead By the Side of the Road - Anne Tyler

39. Normal People - Sally Rooney

40. The Benefit of Hindsight - Susan Hill

41. Shakespeare - Bill Bryson

42. The Emperor's Babe - Bernadine Evaristo

43. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 - Cho Nam-Joo

44. The Mirror and the Light - Hilary Mantel

45. An American Marriage - Tayari Jones

46. Our Fathers - Andrew O'Hagan

47. A Thousand Moons - Sebastian Barry

48. SPQR - Mary Beard

49. Lethal White - Robert Galbraith

50. The Slaves of Solitude - Patrick Hamilton

51. Exciting Times - Naoise Dolan

52. All the Colours of Darkness - Peter Robinson

53. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

54. The Outrun - Amy Liptrot

55. Sunset Song - Lewis Grassic Gibbon

56. Rainbow Milk - Paul Mendez

56. The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer

57. Notes to Self - Emilie Pine

58. A Rising Man - Abir Mukherjee

59. The Butchers - Ruth Gilligan

60. Hamnet - Maggie O'Farrell

61. How We Disappeared - Jing-Jing Lee

62. The Most Fun We Ever Had - Claire Lombardo

63. Shadowplay - Joseph O'Connor

64. The Ruin - Dervla McTiernan

65. Fly Away Peter - David Malouf

66. Tin Man - Sarah Winman

67. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi

68. Cloud Howe - Lewis Grassic Gibbon

69. Three Hours - Rosamund Lupton

70. Women Talking - Miriam Toews

71. The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing - Mary Paulson-Ellis

72. Strange Flowers - Donal Ryan

73. Lean On Pete - Willy Vlautin

74. How to Paint a Dead Man - Sarah Hall

75. The Second Sleep - Robert Harris

76. A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

77. This is Happiness - Niall Williams

78. Grey Granite - Lewis Grassic Gibbon

79. Don't Skip Out On Me - Willy Vlautin

80. Hitler's Pope - John Cornwell

81. Find Them Dead - Peter James

82. Last Ones Left Alive - Sarah Davis-Goff

83. Seminary Boy - John Cornwell

84. Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart

85. Orchid and the Wasp - Caoilinn Hughes

86. Burnt Shadows - Kamila Shamsie

87. Everything Under - Daisy Johnson

88. Don't Touch My Hair - Emma Dabiri

89. The Narrow Land - Christine Dwyer Hickey

90. Breaking Faith - John Cornwell

91. The Spell - Alan Hollinghurst

92. The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin

93. 1984 - George Orwell

94. Lady in Waiting - Anne Glenconner

95. When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi

96. Utopia Avenue - David Mitchell

97. The Sun Does Shine - Anthony Ray Hinton

98. Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops - Shaun Bythell

99. Poverty Safari - Darren McGarvey

100. Dear Reader - Cathy Rentzenbrink

101. Levels of Life - Julian Barnes

102. Mr Wilder and Me - Jonathan Coe

103. The English Monster - Lloyd Shepherd

104. The Testament of Mary - Colm Toibin

105. Once Upon a River - Diane Setterfield

106. Shooting an Elephant and other essays - George Orwell

 

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2020 list

 

January

1. The Outlaw Album - daniel woodrell  currently rereading

2. Normal People - Sally Rooney currently reading

3. Adele - leila Slimani

 

 

other lists

 

films

 

1. the miseducation of Cameron Post ★★★★★
2. Shaun The Sheep Movie ★★★★
3. Outside In ★★★★★

4. Instant family

5. Boyhood (rewatch) 

6. The florida project

7. Us

8. Finding dory (rewatch) 

9. Finding Nemo

10. The Lego Batman Movie

11. The best of enemies

12. Inside lleweyn davis (rewatch) 

13. Foxcatcher

14. The personal history of David copperfield

15. Eighth grade

16. The favourite

 

TV series

 

1. Earth's tropical Islands - BBC2
2. Euphoria - Sky Atlantic
3. 8 days (8 tage) - sky atlantic

4. The End of the f***ING World season 1 - Channel 4

5. Better Things season 3 - BBC2

6. Deep water falls - Channel 4

7. Good Omens  - Bbc2

8. The good place - netflix

9. The End of the f***ing world, season 2 - Channel 4

10. Ladhood - Bbc1

11. No activity, season 1, Rte2

12. The Mick, season 2, Comedy Central

13. The Simpsons, season 31, sky one

14. Modern family, season 11, sky one

15. Only connect, bbc2

16. Avenue 5, sky one

17. Ap bio, sky comedy

18. Miracle workers, sky comedy

19. Curb your enthusiasm, sky comedy

20. Baghdad Central, Channel 4

21. Brain games, Nat geo

22. The outsider, sky atlantic

23. Inside no 9, season 5, bbc 2

24. Last week tonight with John Oliver, season 7

25. The righteous gemstones, season 1, sky comedy

26. Home, Channel 4

27. Homeland, rte2, season 8

28. Soft Border patrol, bbc1, season 3

 

gigs

 

1st Feb - isobel campbell

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January

 

"An Island Christmas" by Jenny Colgan - 7/10

"Ryan's Christmas" by L J Ross - 7.5/10

The House on Vesper Sands" by Paraic O'Donnell - 7.5/10

Murder at the Fitzwilliam by Jim Eldridge - 7.5/10

 

February

 

"Intrigue in Covent Garden" by Susanna Gregory - 7.5/10

"The Hunting Party" by Lucy Foley - 8/10

"Dear Mrs Bird" by A J Pearce - 8/10

All of a Winter's Night by Phil Rickman - 8/10

 

March

 

"Coming home to Winter Island" by Jo Thomas - 7/10

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - 7/10

Under the Ice by Racheal Blok - 7/10

The Midwinter Promise by Lulu Taylor - 7/10

 

April

 

Hidden by Linda Gillard - 8/10

Seven Bridges by L J Ross - 8/10

 

May

 

The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola - 8/10

Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart - 7/10

 

June

 

Dark Sacred Night" by Michael Connelly - 7.5/10

Impostor by L J Ross - 8/10

 

July

 

The Twisted Sword by Winston Graham - 8/10

The Hermitage by L J Ross - 8/10

The Julius House by Charlaine Harris - 7.5/10

 

August

 

A Wedding at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry - 7/10

A Death at Sea by Andrea Camilleri - 7/10

 

September

 

Dead Man's Lane by Kate Ellis - 7/10

The Comforts of Home by Susan Hill - 7/10

Longstone by L J Ross - 8/10

 

October

 

Bone China by Laura Purcell - 7.5/10

Fear on the Phantom Special by Edward Marston - 7/10

 

November

 

Pine by Francine Toon - 7/10

The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly - 7/10

The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths - 7.5/10

 

December

 

The Infirmary by L J Ross - 8/10

Together by Chirstmas by Karen Swan - DNF

A Surprise for Christmas and other stories - 7.5/10

 

 

 

 

 

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Legacy: Thomas Harding (non-fiction)

Normal People: Sally Rooney

The Honjin Murders:Seishi Yokomiso

Silver: Chris Hammer

The Anarchy: William Dalrymple (N.F.)

The Mirror and the Light: Hilary Mantel

In My Life:Alan Johnson (N.F.)

The Night Fire: Michael Connelly

Amnet; Maggie O'Farrell

The Origins of the Anglo-Saxons : Jean Manco (N.F.)

A Month in Siena: Hisham Matar (N.F.)

Middle England:Jonathan Coe

To Calais, in Ordinary Times: James Meek

Behind the Scenes at the Museum: Kate Atkinson

Mrs Bridges: Evan S Connell

 

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14. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
13. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
12. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ****
11. Rose Interrupted by Patrice Lawrence ***
10. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz ****
9. How to Look for a Lost Dog by Ann M Martin **** 
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K Dick ****
7. The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson *****

6. One of Us is Next by Karen M McManus ****

5. Summer in Algiers by Albert Camus ***
4. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis **
3. The Skylark’s War by Hilary McKay ****
2. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon ****

1. Mythos by Stephen Fry (A)

 

 

(A) = Audiobook

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Ratings are on a scale of 1-6, 1=Ugh!  2=Disappointing, 3=OK, 4=Good, 5=Excellent, 6=On my favourites list (currently standing at 126 books and series: 78 adult fiction, 40 non-fiction and 8 children's fiction).

G = book group read (I belong to two); R = reread

 

January

01.  The Summer Isles by Philip Marsden *****

02.  All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (G) *****

03.  Charles I, An Abbreviated Life by Mark Kishlansky ****

February

04.  Life Without Diabetes by Roy Taylor ***

05.  Maigret in New York by Georges Simenon ***

March

06.  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (G) *****

07.  Emma by Jane Austen (R)  ******

08. The Napoleonic Wars by Mike Rapport ****

April

09. Becoming by Michelle Obama ****

10. The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent ***

11. Joy by Jonathan Lee ****

12. Pale Rider by Laura Spinney ****

13. Stoner by John Williams **

14. The Easternmost House by Juliet Blaxland ****

15. Napoleon by David Bell ****

16. A Game of Bird and Wolves by Simon Parkin *****

17. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton *****

18. The Seafarers by Stephen Rutt ****

19. Harpole and Foxberrow, General Publishers by JL Carr *****

20. Circe by Madeleine Miller ***

May

21. George IV, The King in Waiting by Stella Tillyard ***

22. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens *****

23. Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene *****

24. The House by Simon Lelic *

25. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig **

26. Playback by Raymon Chandler *****

27. The Regency Revolution by Robert Morrison ****

28. Salt on Your Tongue by Charlotte Runcie ****

29. The Little Grey Men by 'BB' ****

30. How I Won the Yellow Jumper by Ned Boulting ****

June

31.

 

 

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The order is a bit messed up this year due to poor record keeping.

 

Night School - Lee Child

The Business - Iain Banks

Past Tense - Lee Child

When The Lion Feeds - Wilbur Smith

The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie

The Wayward Apprentice - Jason Vail

Baynard's List - Jason Vail

A Dreadful Penance - Jason Vail

The Girl in the Ice - Jason Vail

Saint Milburga's Bones - Jason Vail

The King's Coat - Dewey Lambdin

The French Admiral - Dewey Lambdin

The King's Commission - Dewey Lambdin

The King's Privateer - Dewey Lambdin

The Gun Ketch - Dewey Lambdin

HMS Cockerel - Dewey Lambdin

A King's Commander - Dewey Lambdin

Jester's Fortune - Dewey Lambdin

The King's Captain - Dewey Lambdin

Sea of Grey - Dewey Lambdin

Havoc's Sword - Dewey Lamdin

The Captain's Vengeance - Dewey Lambdin

A King's Trade - Dewey Lambdin

Troubled Waters - Dewey Lambdin

The Baltic Gambit - Dewey Lambdin

King, Ship and Sword - Dewey Lambdin

The Invasion Year - Dewey Lambdin

Reefs and Shoals - Dewey Lambdin

Hostile Shores - Dewey Lambdin

The King's Marauder - Dewey Lambdin

Berlin Game - Len Deighton

Bad Money - Jason Vail

The Bear Wagon - Jason Vail

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl - Carrie Brownstein

Murder in the Caribbean - Robert Thorogood

Murder at Broadstowe Manor - Jason Vail

Mexico Set - Len Deighton

Planet of the Apes - Pierre Boulle

A King's Cutter - Richard Woodman

A Brig of War - Richard Woodman

A Eye of the Fleet - Richard Woodman

The Bomb Vessel - Richard Woodman

1805 - Richard Woodmand

Japan: A Foreign Place - Anthony Reynolds

Baltic Mission - Richard Woodman

A Private Revenge - Richard Woodman

Under False Colours - Richard Woodman

The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett

Equal Rites - Terry Pratchet

The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

Mort - Terry Pratchett

London Match - Len Deighton

Sourcery - Terry Pratchett

Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett

The Flying Squadron - Richard Woodman

Pyramids - Terry Pratchett

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Honestly can't remember what I read in 2020 but I'll assume I posted reviews of the books soon after I finished them  (though the dates don't add up if you ask me).

 

Review posted on March 26 - Confessions of a Mask (Yukio Mishima) 7/10

Review posted on April 28 - The Leopard (Giuseppe Lampedusa) 9/10

Review posted on May 16 - The Gathering (Anne Enright)  5/10

Review posted on May 22 - Normal People (Sally Rooney) 5/10

Review posted on June 2 - Atomised (Michel Houellebecq) 9/10

Review posted on June 23 - The Book of Ebeneezer La Page (G. B Edwards) 8/10

Review posted on July 19 - Blood Meridium (Cormac McCarthy) 3/10

Review posted on July 25 - The Old Man & The Sea (Hemmingway) 5/10

Review posted on August 13 - The Peregrine ( A.J Baker) 8/10

Review posted on August 17 - The Story of the Eye (Georges Bataille) 8/10

Review posted on September 9 - Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas (Machado de Assis) 7/10

Review posted on October 5 - Journey to the end of the Night (Louis Ferdinand Celine) 10/10

Review posted on November 23 - For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemmingway) 7/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It has just occurred to me that I never listed my reads for last year. I think we can all agree last year was unlike any other. It wasn't a good year for me I couldn't get 'into' books, to be fair I couldn't get into anything and as a result my list is quite poor and none really made any impression on me apart from Slash's autobiography. I may give a few of these another try this year to see if it was the book or just me not engaging.

 

No stars - Don't bother! No words adequate to describe how bad this was.

* - Barely readable not sure how it got published but managed to finish it

** - Just about passable

*** - Meh! It's OK I suppose, read it if you want to

**** - A good solid read would recommend it.

*****  - Read it, read it now!

 

Fiction:

The Perfect Son by Freda McFadden ***

The Black Mile by Mark Dawson **

The Sense of Ending by Julian Barney **

Walk into Silence by Susan McBride ***

The Man of Legends by Keneth Johnson

Too Close by Natalie Daniels **

Burn by Suzanne Wright***

Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost***

 

Non-Fiction:

Slash Autobiography ****

 

Re-reads:

 

 

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      58. Bereft by Chris Womersley (sp?) (12/21/13)****
      59. Solo by William Boyd (12/24/13)****
      60. Dead Simple by Peter James (12/27/13)***1/2
      61. Looking Good Dead by Peter James (12/29/13)*** 1/2
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      88 Cairo - Louis Armand **
      87 Understanding Public Leadership - Paul 't Hart ***
      86 Demons - Wayne MacAuley ***
      85 Rethinking Public Service Delivery - John Alford *****
      84 Leaving Time - Jodi Picoult ****
      83 The Blunders of our Governments - Anthony King and Ivor Crewe ***
      82 Wanting – Richard Flanagan ****
      81 Foe – JM Coetzee ***
      80 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck *****
      79 Delete This At Your Peril – The Bob Servant Emails****
      78 Stasiland – Anna Funder ****
      77 The Lot: In Words – Michael Leunig *
      76 Amnesia – Peter Carey ***
      75 Dominion – CJ Samson *
      74 The Sound and The Fury – William Faulkner ***
      73 How I Became The Mr Big Of People Smuggling – Martin Chambers ****
      72 Purge – Sofi Oksanen **
      71 Care of Wooden Floors – Will Wiles ****
      70 Hotel Iris – Yoko Ogawa *****
      69 Confessions – Kanae Minato *****
      68 Strange Weather in Tokyo – Hiromi Kawakami**
      67 How’s The Pain – Pascal Garnier ***
      66 When The Night Comes – Favel Parrett ***
      65 The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell *****
      64 Not In Front Of The Corgis – Brian Hoey ***
      63 How To Be Both – Ali Smith ***
      62 Orfeo – Richard Powers *
      61 The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee ***
      60 To Rise Again At A Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris ****
      59 The Blazing World – Siri Hustvedt ****
      58 The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan *****
      57 We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler ***
      56 History Of The Rain – Niall Williams **
      55 The Dog – Joseph O’Neill ****
      54 The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth ****
      53 The Ruby Slippers – Keir Alexander *****
      52 All That Is Solid Melts Into Air – Darragh McKeon *****
      51 Animals – Emma Jane Unsworth **
      50 Fourth Of July Creek – Smith Henderson ***
      49 All The Birds, Singing – Evie Wyld *****
      48 Layla – Nina De La Mer ****
      47e A&U Shorts: Nanoparticles – Charlotte Wood ****
      47d A&U Shorts: Blackberries – Tom Keneally ****
      47c A&U Shorts: Ithaca In My Mind – Peter Temple ****
      47b A&U Shorts: Manuka  - Alex Miller *****
      47a A&U Shorts: Sticks, Stones, Christos Tsiolkas ****
      46 In The Approaches – Nicola Barker ****
      45 Burial Rites – Hannah Kent **
      44 Barracuda – Christos Tsiolkas *****
      43 The Farm – Tom Rob Smith ****
      42 Where There’s Smoke – Jodi Picoult ****
      41 Dept of Speculation – Jenny Offill ***
      40 Irene – Pierre Lamaitre *****
      39 Glow – Ned Beauman ***
      38 Moon In A Dead Eye – Pascal Garnier ****
      37 A Mad and Wonderful Thing – Mark Mulholland ****
      36 The Pedant In The Kitchen – Julian Barnes ***
      35 Blue Is The Night – Eoin McNamee ****
      34 The Bees – Laline Paull **
      33 Jesus’ Son – Denis Johnson ***
      32 The Light Of Amsterdam – David Park ****
      31 The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales – Kirsty Logan **
      30 The Book Of You – Claire Kendal ****
      29 The Ghost of the Mary Celeste – Valerie Martin **
      28 600 Hours of Edward – Craig Lancaster **
      27 Cooking With Fernet Branca – James Hamilton-Patterson ****
      26 The Falling Sky – Pippa Goldschmidt ***
      25 Company – Max Barry ****
      24 In The Morning I’ll Be Gone – Adrian McKinty ****
      23 An Elegant Young Man – Luke Carman ***
      22 Cairo – Chris Womersley *****
      21 Dogs at the Perimeter – Madeleine Thien ***
      20 419 – Will Ferguson *****
      19 Walk The Lines – Mark Mason **
      18 The Matrix – Jonathan Aycliffe ***
      17 Dust – Hugh Howey **
      16 The Rest Just Follows – Glenn Patterson ***
      15 Tenth of December – George Saunders ****
      14 A Naked Singularity – Sergio De La Pava ****
      13 Fragrant Harbour - John Lanchester **
      12 Lexicon - Max Barry ****
      11 Trusting A Stranger - Kimberley Brown (unrated as I am married to the author)
      10 Ablutions - Patrick de Witt ***
      9 Nine Days - Toni Jordan ****
      8 Night At The Pink Poodle - Matthew Condon **
      7 The Amber Fury - Natalie Haynes ***
      6 Unity - Michael Arditti ***
      5 After Such Kindness - Gaynor Arnold ****
      4 Alex - Pierre LeMaitre *****
      3 A Capital Union - Victoria Hendry ***
      2 Big Brother - Lionel Shriver *****
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