In 2016 I read 42 books, ten short of my intention (one book a week).

I blame the knitting. Five jumpers instead of ten books. I suppose that is about right.

In our new holiday home we don’t have the internet and I am intending to spend many weekends there. So next year I think I maybe able to read at about the same rate.

In case you are interested I asterixed the ones I really enjoyed


  • Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies; A Biography of Cancer
  • *Stephen King, The Green Mile
  • Stephen King, Mr Mercedes
  • Rachel Abbott, Sleep Tight
  • Philip Gould, When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone
  • Marguerite van Geldermalsen, Married to a Bedouin


  • Stephen King, Doctor Sleep
  • Kate Atkinson, A God in Ruins
  • Keith Houghton, No Coming Back
  • Margaret Atwood, The heart goes last


  • Liliana Hart, Dirty Little Secrets
  • Ford Maddox Ford, The Good Soldier
  • John Le Carre, The Night Watchman
  • Ruth Picardie, Before i Say Goodbye
  • Jacky Fleming, The trouble with women


  • Mikhail Bulgakov, Heart of a Dog
  • Danielle Steel, Flowers in the Snow
  • *Veronica Roth, Divergent
  • Veronica Roth, Insurgent


  • Kimberley Chambers, Payback
  • William Blacker, Along the Enchanted Way
  • Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life


  • Elizabeth McKenzie, The Portable Veblen
  • Michael Frayn, Towards the End of the Morning


  • Hannah Rothschild, The improbability of Love
  • Mick Herron, Slow Horses
  • *Nina Sibbe, Love Nina


  • *JM Coetze, The Schooldays of Jesus
  • Mick Herron, Dead Lions
  • Sue Monk Kidd, the Secret Lives of Bees
  • Mhairi McFarlane, You had me at Hello
  • *EL Doctorow, The Book of Daniel


  • Macrae Burnet, His Bloody Project
  • Nina Stibbe, Man at the Helm
  • *Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North


  • Elena Ferante, My Brilliant Friend
  • Elly Griffith, The Crossing Places
  • *Ian McGuire, The North Water


  • Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye


  • Mark Edwards, Because she loves me
  • Nick Alexander, Let the light shine
  • *John Steinbeck, The Wayward Bus


  • Sarah Parry, The Essex Serpent
  • Naomi Novik, Uprooted
  • Antony Quinn, Curtain Call
  • Don Tillman, The Rosie Project
  • Angela Thirkell, High Rising


  • Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth
  • Louise Doughty, Apple Tree Yard
  • Susan Howatch, The Rich are Different