59 Books

This list was intended to be definitive. Which is a foolish endeavour. Definitive lists are never definitive, unless they are lists of actual things in the past. Ongoing lists like this one are definitely not definitive. There are now more than 59 books on it. Don’t let it worry you. It’s only counting. Anyway, the following books have been influences, treasures and favourites. I recommend you read them all. Or not. It’s down to you.

1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, GB84, The Damned United, Occupied City, Tokyo Year Zero, Red or Dead, Patient X by David Peace

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Autumn by Ali Smith. And the rest of that particular quartet.

For the Good Times by David Keenan

The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential, White Jazz, My Dark Places, American Tabloid, Blood’s A Rover, The Cold Six Thousand, Perfidia, This Storm by James Ellroy

Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Dirt Music, Cloudstreet, The Riders, The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton

The Queen of the South by Arturo Perez Reverte

Katerina by James Frey

The Dreaming Suburb, The Avenue Goes to War by RF Delderfield

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Chronicles Volume 1 by Bob Dylan

The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land, Canada by Richard Ford

Collected Poems, 1934-52 by Dylan Thomas

W.B. Yeats Everyman’s Poetry

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The God of Small Things, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Azadi by Arundhati Roy

The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave

Alma Cogan by Gordon Burn

The Book of Trespass by Nick Hayes

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor

Light Years by James Salter

No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, On Fire by Naomi Klein

Porridge: The Scripts by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais