1) The Fall, Albert Camus (trans. Justin O’Brien)

2) Rudin, Ivan Turgenev (trans. David McDuff)

3) Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson

4) Crocodile on the Sandbank, Elizabeth Peters

5) Le Grand Meulnes, Alain-Fournier (trans. Frank Davison)

6) Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi

7) The Physiology of Taste, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savaran (trans. M.F.K. Fisher)

8) Rachel Ray, Anthony Trollope

9) The Rude Story of English, Tom Howell

10) Pnin, Vladimir Nabakov

11) Unnatural Death, Dorothy L. Sayers

12) Decline and Fall, Evelyn Waugh

13) The Steppe, Anton Chekhov (trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)

14) Erewhon, Samuel Butler

15) Rainbow’s End, Ellis Peters

16) The Late Mattia Pascal, Luigi Pirandello (trans. William Weaver)

17) The Kill, Emile Zola (trans. Brian Nelson)

18) Wildfire at Midnight, Mary Stewart

19) 1066 and All That, W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman

20) Chaos and Night, Henry de Montherlant (trans. Terence Kilmartin)

21) The Summer Book, Tove Jansson (trans. Thomas Teal)

22) On the Eve, Ivan Turgenev (trans. David McDuff)

23) Therese, Francois Mauriac (trans. Gerard Hopkins)

24) The Bad Girl, Mario Vargas Llosa (trans. Edith Grossman)

25) Phineas Redux, Anthony Trollope

26) The Wine of Solitude, Irene Nemirovsky (trans. Sandra Smith)

27) The Master of Ballantrae, Robert Louis Stevenson

28) Fear: A Novel of World War 1, Gabriel Chevalier (trans. Malcolm Imrie)

29) Summer, Edith Wharton

30) Redburn, Herman Melville

31) The Shooting Party, Anton Chekhov (trans. Ronald Wilks)

32) The Prime Minister, Anthony Trollope

33) The Professor and the Siren, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (trans. Stephen Twilley)

34) Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel

35) The Loved One, Evelyn Waugh

36) The Gastronomical Me, M.F.K. Fisher

37) My Dog Tulip, J.R. Ackerley

38) Don’t Get Too Comfortable, David Rakoff

39) The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell

40) Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell

41) Some Prefer Nettles, Junichiro Tanizaki (trans. Edward G. Seidensticker)

42) Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak (trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)

43) Typee, Herman Melville

44) Essays of E.B. White

45) Queen Lear, Molly Keane

46) The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens

Abandoned: The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Sylvia says:

    What did you think of _The Rude Story of English_? I got it for Christmas, but I haven’t had time to read it yet.

    1. Colleen says:

      I enjoyed it! I’m hoping to find the time to write a little about it…

  2. I have always enjoyed Molly Keane books, not much read by my fellow Americans I’m afraid…

    1. Colleen says:

      It’s true, you’re only the second person I’ve “met” who’s read her–the other one is Canadian, and he introduced me to her stuff. Maybe I’ll read another of her novels next…

      1. I guess the life of the Irish-Anglo aristocracy in the 30’s isn’t high on most people’s lists, lol! But I fondly remember enjoying her prose, and you have reminded me to read her novels again.

  3. Colleen says:

    This conversation inspired me to read another Keane…just finished Devoted Ladies. She was bonkers, in all the ways I enjoy most. đŸ™‚ I’m glad there are many more of her novels left for me to read.

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