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

16) Spook Country, William Gibson

17) Small Holdings, Nicola Barker

18) Swords and Deviltry: Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser Book 1, Fritz Leiber

19) NW, Zadie Smith

20) The History of England, David Hume

21) The Art of War, Sun Tzu (trans. Lionel Jiles)

22) The Heaven Tree, Edith Pargeter

23) Saturn’s Children, Charles Stross

24) Beyond Black, Hilary Mantel

25) Railsea, China Miéville

26) Old Filth, Jane Gardam

27) Roadside Picnic, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (trans. Olena Bormashenko)

28) The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin

29) True Grit, Charles Portis

30) Seveneves, Neal Stephenson

31) Half a King, Joe Abercrombie

32) Grand Hotel, Vicki Baum (trans. Basil Creighton and Margot Bettauer Dembo)

33) Ulysses, James Joyce

34) Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey

35) Adam Bede, George Eliot

36) Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer

37) A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, Barbara W. Tuchman

38) The Man in the Wooden Hat, Jane Gardam


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

25) The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers

26) Flight of a Witch, Ellis Peters

27) Laughter in the Dark, Vladimir Nabokov

28) Jacob’s Room, Virginia Woolf

29) Hear the Wind Sing, Haruki Murakami (trans. Ted Goossen)

30) Maigret and the Burglar’s Wife, Georges Simenon (trans. J. Maclaren-Ross)

31) The Prince of Minor Writers: The Selected Essays of Max Beerbohm, ed. Phillip Lopate

32) Time After Time, Molly Keane

33) Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxane Gay

34) The Queue, Basma Abdel Aziz (trans. Elisabeth Jacquette)

35) Talk, Linda Rosenkrantz

36) Novel 11, Book 18, Dag Solstad (trans. Sverre Lyngstad)

37) 1066 and All That, W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman (re-read)

38) Falling Out of Time, David Grossman (trans. Jessica Cohen)

39) Small Holdings, Nicola Barker

40) How to Become Extinct, Will Cuppy

41) The Case Is Closed, Patricia Wentworth

42) The Beautiful Struggle, Ta-Nehisi Coates

43) Hild, Nicola Griffith

44) Less Than Angels, Barbara Pym

45) The Accusation, Bandi (trans. Deborah Smith)

46) True Grit, Charles Portis

47) The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, Hwang Sun-Mi (trans. Kim Chi-Young)

48) Shadows on the Grass, Isak Dinesen

49) From Beowulf to Virginia Woolf, Robert Manson Myers

50) Grand Hotel, Vicki Baum (trans. Basil Creighton and Margot Bettauer Dembo)

51) Notes from a Feminist Killjoy, Erin Wunker

52) Landmarks, Robert Macfarlane

53) Pinball, 1973, Haruki Murakami (trans. Ted Goossen)

54) Tar Baby, Toni Morrison

55) Old Filth, Jane Gardam

56) Wigs on the Green, Nancy Mitford

57) Notes from a Dead House, Fyodor Dostoevsky (trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)

58) Lady Molly of Scotland Yard, Baroness Orczy

59) Impressions of Theophrastus Such, George Eliot

60) Visitor: My Life in Canada, Anthony Stewart

61) A True Novel, Minae Mizumura (trans. Juliet Winters Carpenter)

62) The Wildings, Nilanjana Roy

63) Good Evening, Mrs. Craven, Mollie Panter-Downes

64) Long Ago in France, M.F.K. Fisher

65) Maigret Loses His Temper, Georges Simenon (trans. Robert Eglesfield)