1) The Good Angel of Death, Andrey Kurkov (trans. Andrew Bromfield)

2) The Stain on the Snow, Georges Simenon (trans. John Petrie)

3) Mr Midshipman Hornblower, C.S. Forester

4) Memoirs of a Polar Bear, Yoko Tawada (trans. Susan Bernofsky)

5) A Greater Music, Bae Suah (trans. Deborah Smith)

6) The Wedding of Zein, Tayeb Salih (trans. Denys Johnson-Davies)

7) Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Julia Strachey

8) One Fat Englishman, Kingsley Amis

9) The Devil’s Novice, Ellis Peters

10) How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy, Stephen Witt

11) The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemison

12) Human Acts, Han Kang (trans. Deborah Smith)

13) Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams

14) The Siege, Ismail Kadare (trans. Jusuf Vrioni and David Bellos)

15) Devoted Ladies, Molly Keane



1) The Heir, Vita Sackville-West

2) The Wedding of Zein, Tayeb Salih (trans. Denys Johnson-Davies)

3) The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene

4) Memoirs of a Polar Bear, Yoko Tawada (trans. Susan Bernofsky)

5) Quartet in Autumn, Barbara Pym

6) The Nun, Denis Diderot (trans. Leonard Tancock)

7) The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016, ed. Amy Stewart

8) A Favourite of the Gods, Sybille Bedford

9) Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes, Per Petterson (trans. Don Bartlett)

10) Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga

11) Two Cheers for Democracy, E.M. Forster

12) Laughing Gas, P.G. Wodehouse

13) An Experiment in Love, Hilary Mantel

14) L’Amante Anglaise, Marguerite Duras (trans. Barbara Bray)

15) Elizabeth and Essex, Lytton Strachey

16) South and West, Joan Didion

17) Human Acts, Han Kang (trans. Deborah Smith)

18) To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis

19) Basti, Intizar Husain (trans. Frances W. Pritchett)

20) The Blessing, Nancy Mitford

21) A Sportsman’s Notebook, Ivan Turgenev (trans. Charles and Natasha Hepburn)

22) The Girl Who Played Go, Shan Sa (trans. Adriana Hunter)

23) The Last Man, Mary Shelley

24) Miss Buncle’s Book, D.E. Stevenson