All the Books we Read in 2016

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


Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Santa Klaus Murder – Mavis Doriel Hay

A Shilling For Candles – Josephine Tey

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower – Marcel Proust

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

Lila – Marilynne Robinson

Pointed Roofs – Dorothy Richardson

Compartment No. 6 – Rosa Liksom

Wolf Totem – Jiang Rong

Backwater – Dorothy Richardson

The Green Road – Anne Enright

Snow Blind – Ragnar Jonasson

Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf

Night Blind – Ragnar Jonasson

Honeycomb – Dorothy Richardson

Roseanna – Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo

A Death in the Family – Karl Ove Knausgaard

Pomfret Towers – Angela Thirkell

The Tunnel – Dorothy Richardson

The Enchanted April – Elizabeth Von Arnim

The Vegetarian – Han Kang

Stammered Songbook, A Mother’s Book of Hours – Erwin Mortier

Interim – Dorothy Richardson

Swami and Friends – R K Narayan

The Land of Green Ginger – Winifred Holtby

The Bottle Factory Outing – Beryl Bainbridge

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson

Irmina – Barbara Yelin

Jar City – Arnaldur Indriðason

Like Water For Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

Pétronille – Amélie Nothomb

The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters

Blackout – Ragnar Jónasson

A Tale For the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki

Deadlock – Dorothy Richardson

I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

Revolving Lights – Dorothy Richardson

Running Like a Girl – Alexandra Heminsley

The Trap – Dorothy Richardson

Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada

Mr Fortune’s Maggot – Sylvia Townsend Warner

Oberland – Dorothy Richardson

The Loved One – Evelyn Waugh

Dawn’s Left Hand – Dorothy Richardson

Clear Horizon – Dorothy Richardson

Dimple Hill – Dorothy Richardson

March Moonlight – Dorothy Richardson

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

The Man Who Went Up In Smoke – Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö

Outline – Rachel Cusk


A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James

Jane and Prudence – Barbara Pym

Alice Thompson – The Book Collector

I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

A House for Mr Biswas – V. S. Naipaul

Burial Rites – Hannah Kent

The Casual Vacancy – J. K. Rowling

Requiem For A Wren – Nevil Shute

A Man In Love – Karl Ove Knausgaard

The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

The Room – Jonas Karlsson

A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson

The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

Emotionally Weird – Kate Atkinson

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Liver – Will Self

Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith

The name Of The Rose – Umberto Eco

The Year of Living Danishly – Helen Russell

Behind the Scenes at the Museum – Kate Atkinson

Unexploded – Alison Macleod

GB84 – David Pearce

The Wig My Father Wore – Anne Enright

Nora Webster – Colm Toibin

How Proust Can Change Your Life – Alain de Botton

The Arty Craft of Playmaking – Alan Ayckbourn

Sugar Hall – Tiffany Murray

The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

The Journeyman Tailor – Gerald Seymour

The Gunpowder Plot – Antonia Fraser

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

Slade House – David Mitchell

Chalcot Crescent – Fay Weldon

The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan

The Butt – Will Self

Autumn – Ali Smith

Feeding Time – Adam Biles

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

Shamela – Henry Fielding

NW – Zadie Smith

His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet

The Santa Klaus Murder – Mavis Doriel Hay