Below you find the books, stories and collections that I have read or partly read – the links will send you to the blog post where I have reviewed the book,  but be aware that I have not reviewed every single book I’ve read and I may just have commented on the fact that I was reading the book.  No link is provided to these miscellaneous comments.  For the first time I downloaded quite a lot of crime thrillers, fiction noir to my e-reader and greatly enjoyed reading these, however, only very few have been reviewed.

Short Stories from the following collections:

Roberto Bolano: Last Evenings on Earth

Frank O’Connor: My Oedipus Complex and Other Stories

Waving at the Gardener – The Asham Award Short Stories Collection – see here


Bryan Appleyard – How to Live Forever or Die Trying (still reading in 2011 but reviewed partly in 2010)

Roland Barthes – Mythologies

Tony Blair = A Journey (not finished)

Michael Foley – The Age of Absurdity -( The Assault on Detachment )

Eva Hoffman – Time – partly reviewed

John Gray – Straw Dogs

PD James – Talking about  Detective Fiction

Quentin Letts – 50 People who buggered up Britain

Zadie Smith – Changing My Mind (dipping in and out of)


Kate Atkinson – Started Early Took My Dog (a must read but sadly not reviewed)

Paul Auster – Man in the Dark (reviewed)

J.G. Ballard – The Drowned World – reviewed here

William Boyd – Any Human Heart (reread the book and watched the tv adaptation – both highly recommended)

Peter Carey – Parrot and Olivier in America (tough going I think although Carey is an excellent writer, I found myself wandering and not being that interested in what happens to the two.  Nevertheless, because of the writing it is well worth trying)

Lee Child – Bad Luck and Trouble ; Gone Tomorrow ..on e-reader)

Amanda Craig – Hearts and Minds

James Ellroy – American Tabloids (read but not reviewed))

Jonathan Franzen – Freedome ( a MUST READ – one of my favourites this year)

Dan Fesperman – The Small Boat of Great Sorrows (highly recommended)

Tess Gerritsen – Girl Missing (on e-reader)

Victoria Hislop – The Return

Mick Jackson – The Widow’s Tale (reviewed)

Howard Jacobson – The Finkler Question (comments)

Liz Jensen – The Rapture (reviewed)

D.H. Lawrence – Lady Chatterley’s Lover (in connection with e-readers)

John Le Carre – Our Kind of Traitor (just mentioned in passing, but a great read – he’s one of my favourites)

Simon Kerrick –  The Last 10 Seconds ; The Murder Exchange (on  e-reader)

Barbara Kingsolver – The Lacuna (reviewed)

Henning Mankell – Faceless Killers  – reviewed

Henning Mankell – Firewall – reviewed

Henning Mankell – The Eye of the Leopard – reviewed

Henning Mankell – The White Lioness ; Sidetracked; A Bridge to the Stars; Before the Frost; Depths; The Fift Woman; The Man Who Smiled; One Step Behind (all on e-reader and excellent reads within the genre of Nordic Noir)

Hilary Mantel – Wolford Hall – breathtaking

Simon Mawer – The Glass Room (reviewed)

Jo Meno – The Great Perhaps (reviewed)

David Mitchell – Ghostwritten, reviewed here

David Mitchel – The Cloud Atlas (a reread and a review)

Lorrie Moore – A Gate at the Stairs (partially reviewed)

David Nicholls – One Day (a great book, sadly not reviewed at the time)

Richard Powers – The Echo Maker – reviewed

Philip Pullman – The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (No, I could not finish this…)

Christos Tsiolkas – The Slap (reviewed)

Sarah Waters – The Little Stranger – reviewed

Peter Robinson – The Aftermath

Carlos Ruiz Zafon (e-reader) – The Angel’s Game



  1. Dear Seachanges,

    I have just come across your excellent website and I was interested to read about your interest in literature and The Netherlands. I do not necessarily want to add to your 2010 reading list but you may be interested to hear about our website http://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk which aims to promote Dutch and English writing by publishing articles and books in both languages.

    Kind Regards,


  2. Quite a lot of unknown writers for me, so I am checking them as well, to see what to add on my wishlist 🙂

  3. Aren’t wishlists wonderful inventions: you keep hoping that you get round to reading all of it 🙂

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