Reading List

frog1What has the frog been reading lately? (since February 2017, in fact…)

Kick the Latch – Kathryn Scanlan

The Art of Falling – Kim Moore [poetry]

Cloud Cuckoo Land – Anthony Doerr

C+nto – Joelle Taylor [poetry]

Bewilderment – Richard Powers

All the Men I never Married – Kim Moore [poetry]

Close Range: Wyoming Stories – Annie Proulx

Ship’s Log – David Punter [poetry]

The Dominant Animal – Kathryn Scanlan

Demolition – Neil Rollinson [poetry]

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man – Paul Newman [non-fiction]

The Forward Book of Poetry 2023

Elizabeth Finch – Julian Barnes

Armada – Brian Patten [poetry]

Case Study – Graeme Macrae Burnet

England Made Me – Graham Greene

Exile and the Kingdom – Albert Camus

Trio – William Boyd

Novelist as Vocation – Haruki Murakami

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain – Robert Olen Butler

Starve Acre – Andrew Michael Hurley

Perfume River – Robert Olen Butler

The Book of Form and Emptiness – Ruth Ozeki

Snow Country – Sebastian Faulks

The Winter Soldier – Daniel Mason

Late City – Robert Olen Butler

Ox-Eye – Anne Rouse [poetry]

Contacts – Mark Watson

The Kingdoms – Natasha Pulley (unfinished)

Lean Fall Stand – Jon McGregor

A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth – Daniel Mason

Tea at the Midland – David Constantine

Lockdown Journal – Hamish Wilson [poetry]

Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro

The Field – Robert Seethaler

The Angels of L19 – Jonathan Walker

In the Night Wood – Dale Bailey

The Dressing-Up Box – David Constantine

The Kids – Hannah Lowe [poetry]

Lampedusa – Steven Price

First Person Singular – Haruki Murakami

Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

In a Strange Room – Damon Galgut

Darkness Visible – William Golding

Krapp’s Last Tape and other shorter plays – Samuel Beckett

Jesus’ Son – Denis Johnson

That Old Country Music – Kevin Barry

Anxious People – Fredrik Backman

Hot Stew – Fiona Mozley

The Cat and the City – Nick Bradley

The Aeneid – Virgil

The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro (unfinished)

The Lying Life of Adults – Elena Ferrante

Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic – Simon Armitage [poetry]

Mayflies – Andrew O’Hagan

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernadine Evaristo

Galatea 2.2 – Richard Powers (unfinished)

At Night All Blood Is Black – David Diop

Le Grand Meaulnes – Alain-Fournier

Songdogs – Colum McCann

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead – Olga Tokarczuk

The Death of Francis Bacon – Max Porter

The Iliad – Homer

Summer – Ali Smith

Redhead by the Side of the Road – Anne Tyler

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong

Night Boat to Tangier – Kevin Barry

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World – Elif Shafak

Apeirogon – Colum McCann

The Secret Sharer – Joseph Conrad

The…Narcissus – Joseph Conrad

Flights – Olga Tokarczuk

Joseph Conrad: the Major Phase – Jacques Berthoud [non-fiction]

A Month in Siena – Hisham Matar [non-fiction]

Ravelstein – Saul Bellow

Tales from the Thousand and One Nights

John Crow’s Devil – Marlon James

Primeval and Other Times – Olga Tokarczuk

Love and Other Thought Experiments – Sophie Ward

The Snows of Kilimanjaro – Ernest Hemingway

Selected Poems – Lawrence Durrell [poetry] unfinished

Seize the Day – Saul Bellow

Randomly Moving Particles – Andrew Motion [poetry]

Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth

About Grace – Anthony Doerr

in the event – John Birtwhistle [poetry]

Sag Harbor – Colson Whitehead

Paper Aeroplane – Simon Armitage [poetry]

Everyman – Philip Roth

Men Without Women – Ernest Hemingway

The Gallows Pole – Benjamin Myers

Selected Poems – Denise Riley [poetry] unfinished

Black Car Burning – Helen Mort

Selected Poems 1923-1958 – e.e.cummings [poetry] unfinished

The Collected Poems – Robert Frost [poetry] unfinished

Grand Union – Zadie Smith

Lanny – Max Porter

The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead

The Offing – Benjamin Myers

The Shell Collector – Anthony Doerr

Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann

Homie – Danez Smith [poetry] unfinished

The Human Stain – Philip Roth

In the Lateness of the World – Carolyn Forché [poetry]

To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway

Memory Wall – Anthony Doerr

Thirteen Ways of Looking – Colum McCann

Rules of Civility – Amor Towles

Solar Cruise – Claire Crowther [poetry] unfinished

The Journalist – Harry Matthews

Road Trip – Marvin Thompson [poetry]

I Married a Communist – Philip Roth

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

Rendang – Will Harris [poetry]

Tenth of December – George Saunders

Desire – Haruki Murakami

The Porpoise – Mark Haddon

The Beekeeper of Aleppo – Christy Lefteri

Split – Juana Adcock [poetry]

Machines Like Me – Ian McEwan

Dreams – Sigmund Freud

Amsterdam – Ian McEwan

Black Dogs – Ian McEwan

Here We Are – Graham Swift

Tangling with the Epic – Dawes & Kinsella [poetry] unfinished

On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan

Paris Echo – Sebastian Faulks

The Confession – Jessie Burton (unfinished)

The Overstory – Richard Powers

Footnotes to Water – Zoë Skoulding [poetry]

Tall Tales and wee stories – Billy Connolly [non-fiction]

Deluge – Charlotte Ansell [poetry] unfinished

Murphy – Samuel Beckett

After Me Comes The Flood – Sarah Perry [2020]

Flèche – Mary Jean Chan [poetry]

The Order of the Day – Éric Vuillard

Before the coffee gets cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi

The Tradition – Jericho Brown [poetry]

The Wall – John Lanchester

Melmoth – Sarah Perry

After the Formalities – Anthony Anaxagorou [poetry]

The Cockroach – Ian McEwan

Circe – Madeline Miller

Mantissa – John Fowles (re-read)

The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

The Gravity Wave – Peter Sirr [poetry]

The Shipping News – Annie Proulx

Now We Shall Be Entirely Free – Andrew Miller

Unknown Soldier – Seni Seneviratne [poetry]

Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro

The Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell [non-fiction]

The Million-petalled Flower of Being Here – Vidyan Ravinthiran [poetry, unfinished]

Spring – Ali Smith

Border Districts – Gerald Murnane [unfinished]

Tokyo Ueno Station – Yu Miri

Granta 147 “40th Birthday Special” – Sigrid Rausing (ed.)

Warlight – Michael Ondaatje

The Lost Sailors – Jean-Claude Izzo

Hand & Skull – Zoë Brigley [poetry]

Deaf Republic – Ilya Kaminsky [poetry]

Erato – Deryn Rees-Jones [poetry]

Upstate – James Wood

Surge – Jay Bernard [poetry]

Everything Under – Daisy Johnson

The Salt Path – Raynor Winn [non-fiction]

Granta 146 “The Politics of Feeling” – Sigrid Rausing (ed.)

Philip Larkin: Poems – selected by Martin Amis [poetry]

The Only Story – Julian Barnes

Turning for Home – Barney Norris

The Illegal Age – Ellen Hinsey [poetry]

Granta 145 “Ghosts” – Sigrid Rausing (ed.)

The Reservoir Tapes – Jon McGregor

Killing Commendatore – Haruki Murakami

As Slow As Possible – Kit Fan [poetry]

Granta 144 “Generic Love Story” – Sigrid Rausing (ed.)

Birthday Letters – Ted Hughes [poetry]

1606: Shakespeare and the Year of Lear – James Shapiro [non-fiction]

Feral – Kate Potts [poetry]

Milkman – Anna Burns [2019]

Mythos – Stephen Fry

The Distal Point – Fiona Moore [poetry]

An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris – Georges Perec

A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

Granta 143 “After the Fact” – Sigrid Rausing (ed.)

If Cats Disappeared From The World – Genki Kawamura

The Master – Colm Tóibín

Spring – David Szalay

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things – Jon McGregor

If We Were Villains – M. L. Rio

playtime – Andrew McMillan [poetry] (unfinished)

The Bedlam Stacks – Natasha Pulley

Granta 142 “Animalia” – Sigrid Rausing (Ed.)

The History of Bees – Maja Lunde

The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth – William Boyd

Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods – Tishani Doshi [poetry]

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Darke – Rick Gekoski

The Displaced Children of Displaced Children – Faisal Mohyuddin [poetry]

Silent House – Orhan Pamuk

Venus as a Bear – Vahni Capildeo [poetry]

Ricantations – Loretta Collins Klobah [poetry]

Men Without Women – Haruki Murakami

A Ted Hughes Bestiary – Alice Oswald (ed.) [poetry]

The Sparsholt Affair – Alan Hollinghurst

Nowhere Nearer – Alice Miller [poetry]

House of Names – Colm Tóibín

Phone – Will Self

Granta 141 – various authors

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

The Long Take – Robin Robertson [poetry hybrid]

The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne (unfinished)

History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund

Three Poems – Hannah Sullivan [poetry]

Midwinter Break – Bernard MacLaverty

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

The Stencil Room – David Smith [poetry]

A Passage to India – E. M. Forster (re-read)

Calling a Wolf a Wolf – Kaveh Akbar [poetry]

Homesick for Another World – Ottessa Moshfegh

Shrines of Upper Austria – Phoebe Power [poetry]

The Many – Wyl Menmuir

Who Is Mary Sue? – Sophie Collins [poetry]

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (re-read)

The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen

Staying Alive – Neil Astley (ed.) [poetry]

Reservoir 13 – Jon McGregor

The Outsider – Albert Camus (re-read)

The Woman on the Stairs – Bernhard Schlink

Dubliners – James Joyce (re-read)

Granta 140 – various authors

Two Sketches of Disjointed Happiness – Simon Kinch

Lord of the Flies – William Golding (re-read)

Winter – Ali Smith [2018]

Hello, your promise has been extracted – Ahren Warner [poetry]

Elmet – Fiona Mozley

Weemoed – Tim Dooley [Poetry]

The Last Lesson of Mrs De Souza – Cyril Wong

The Keeper of Lost Things – Ruth Hogan

A Watchful Astronomy – Paul Deaton [poetry]

All We Saw – Anne Michaels [poetry]

Away from the Welsh Speaking Sea – Hamish Wilson [poetry]

Autumn – Ali Smith

Joy – Sasha Dugdale [poetry]

The Little Friend – Donna Tartt

An English Guide to Birdwatching – Nicholas Royle

The Noise of a Fly – Douglas Dunn [poetry]

Mama Amazonica – Pascale Petit [poetry]

The Man Who Walked Through Walls – Marcel Ayme (translated by Sophie Lewis)

The Temporary Gentleman – Sebastian Barry

The Last Gunfight – Jeff Guinn

Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett (re-read)

The Power – Naomi Alderman

The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry

The Pier Falls – Mark Haddon

Days Without End – Sebastian Barry

A Horse Walks into a Bar – David Grossman

Mothering Sunday – Graham Swift

Night Train to Lisbon – Pascal Mercier

Granta 139 – various authors

Thirteen Reasons Why – by Jay Asher

The Tobacconist – by Robert Seethaler

All That Man Is – by David Szalay

Making an Elephant – by Graham Swift

His Bloody Project – by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Quicksand – by Steve Toltz

Tomorrow – by Graham Swift

All For Nothing – by Walter Kempowski

The Sellout – by Paul Beatty

All the light we cannot see – by Anthony Doerr

The Loney – by Andrew Michael Hurley

Not Forgetting The Whale – by John Ironmonger

Train Dreams – by Denis Johnson

Slade House – by David Mitchell

Anything by Haruki Murakami

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – by Claire North

Anything by Graham Swift

The Secret History – by Donna Tartt

The Bellweather Revivals – by Benjamin Wood

Rock,Paper, Scissors – by Naja Marie Aidt

All the Birds in the Sky – by Charlie Jane Anders

The Luminaries and The Rehearsal – by Eleanor Caton

The Solitude of Prime Numbers – by Paolo Giordano

Pond – Claire-Louise Bennett

The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro