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A little bedside reading

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There are 40 books by my bed. Most of them I haven’t yet read. A few of them I want to re-read. Some of them I’ve started but have got bogged down with. And some of them are to do with a bizarre obsession with Herman Melville. But they’ve all been sitting the for some time. So it’s time to take action. So this month, I’m going to read them. Or, at least, bits of them. And I’m going to share my pleasure. Or pain. If nothing else it’ll give me something to blog about at the beginning of the year. The books are listed below, but tonight I shall start with Just My Type and Che Guevara’s cheery little treatise on Guerilla Warfare.

The books are:

  • David Aaronovitch: Voodoo Histories: The role of conspiracy theory in shaping modern history
  • Anthony Beevor:The Battle for Spain
  • Michael Chabon: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
  • G.K.Chesterton: Selected Essays
  • Che Guevara, Guerilla Warfare
  • Charlie Connelly: And Did Those Feet
  • Andrew Delbanco:Melville, His Work and his World
  • William Fotheringham:Cyclopaedia
  • Simon Garfield: Just My Type, a book about fonts
  • Jonathan Glover: Humanity, A Moral History of the Twentieth Century
  • Duncan Hamilton: Harold Larwood
  • Christopher Hampton: A Radical Reader
  • Peter Hopkirk: The Great Game
  • Lewis Hyde: The Gift and Trickster Makes this World
  • Tove Jansson: A Winter Book
  • Marius Kociejowski: Syria
  • Peter Levi: The Frontiers of Paradise
  • Gregory MacGuire: Son of a Witch
  • Herman Melville: Moby Dick and The Portable Melville
  • David Mitchell: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
  • C.F.D. Moule: The Phenomenon of the New Testament
  • Kate Mosse: Labyrinth
  • Lewis Mumford: Herman Melville
  • Naomi Novik: Temeraire
  • Patrick O’Brian: HMS Surprise
  • Terry Pratchett: Unseen Academicals
  • Kathy Reichs: Cross Bones
  • Adam Roberts: Swiftly
  • C.J. Sansom: Dissolution
  • W.G.Sebald: The Rings of Saturn
  • Richard Sennett: The Craftsman
  • Iain Sinclair: Lights out for the Territory
  • Michael Swanwick: The Iron Dragon’s Daughter
  • Benedicta Ward: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers and The Wisdom of the Desert
  • Philippe Wolff: Western Languages, AD 100-1500
  • Tom Wright, Justification

There are also about fifty comics including the complete run of Kirby’s Mister Miracle, some Marvel Tales (#4-7) and Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. But I’ve read those loads of times so they don’t count.