All the Books we Read in 2017

…because we forget. And because finishing books is great, whether we review them here or not, and should occasion stickers and gold stars.


1666: Plague, War and Hellfire – Rebecca Rideal

One Night in Winter – Sinom Sebag Montefiore

Mapp and Lucia – E. F. Benson

Leningrad Under Siege – Ales Adamovich and Daniil granin

Dominion – C J Sansom

Nutshell – Ian McEwan

The Reader on the 6.27 – Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Lady Jane Grey – Eric ives

Stargazing – Peter Hill

To Say Nothing of the Dog – Connie Willis

The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

The Private Lives of Saints Janina Ramirez

Sashenka – Simon Sebag Montefiore

Citizens – Simon Schama

The House of Birds – Morgan McCarthy

Dunstan – Conn Iggulden

Today Will Be Different – Maria Semple

Fatal Purity – Ruth Scurr

The Life of an Unknown Man – Andreï  Makine

The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind

Conclave – Robert Harris

The World of Christopher Marlowe – David Riggs

Taken At The Flood – Agatha Christie

The Secret Adversary – Agatha Christie

The Plantagenets – Dan Jones

The Ghost – A Cultural History

Grief is The Thing With Feathers – Max Porter


The Magic Toyshop – Angela Carter

Silence of the Grave – Arnaldur Indriðason

All Passion Spent – Vita Sackville-West

A Question of Upbringing (Vol.1 A Dance to the Music of Time) – Anthony Powell

Last Rituals – Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Rupture – Ragnar Jónasson

Voices – Arnaldur Indriðason

The Quiet American – Graham Greene

The Man on the Balcony – Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

The Story of a New Name – Elena Ferrante

The Strange Library – Haruki Murakami

Narcissism for Beginners – Martine McDonagh

Those who Leave and those who Stay – Elena Ferrante

The Glorious Heresies – Lisa McInerney

Wild Strawberries – Angela Thirkell

Under the Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta

Swing Time – Zadie Smith

Madame Solario – Gladys Huntington

The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith

Klingsor’s Last Summer – Hermann Hesse