Read in 2020

  • The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells
  • The Ingenious Language by Andrea Marcolongo (disappointing)
  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World by Laura Spinney (When I bought it last year, I would have been incapable of imagining that I’d soon be reading it for tips.)
  • Expiation by Elizabeth von Arnim (published by Persephone Books)
  • Furnace of This World by Ed Simon (abandoned halfway through — no new or interesting thoughts on the subject provided. Was drawn to it by the title, which is taken from the poem, by the brilliant Jack Gilbert, “A Brief for the Defense”)
  • The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray
  • Copenhagen by Michael Frayn (Didn’t do much with the very interesting subject matter. Fifty-six pages of rambling, ruminating postscripts could have been shortened to less than five. Disappointing.)
  • The Darkest of Nights by Charles Eric Maine (published by British Library) [Read this at the beginning of January, 2020. Seriously wish I hadn’t — it’s a post-apocalyptic, virus-wipes-out-civilization-and-all-traces-of-human-decency book.]
  • The Wall by John Lanchester
  • Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi (Recommended.)