Books I Like

I shalln’t go into why I like these books, because I’m rubbish at all that.

If it hits the spot it’s in, simple as that and this list will be updated as and when something hits that spot 🙂

Last updated – 22nd December 2014*

Fiction

  1. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women
  2. Brian Bates – The Way of Wyrd
  3. H. E. Bates – Love for Lydia
  4. Algernon Blackwood
    The Dance of Death
    Tales of the Uncanny and Supernatural
  5. Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
  6. J. M. Callwell – Dorothy Arden
  7. Henri Charriere – Papillon
  8. G. K. Chesterton – The Father Brown Stories
  9. James Clavell – Shogun (et al)
  10. Richard Dalby – Dracula’s Brood
  11. Lester del Rey – The Scheme of Things
  12. John M. del Vecchio – The 13th Valley
  13. DM Denton – A House Near Luccoli
  14. Philip K. Dick – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
  15. Charles Dickens – Great Expectations
  16. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Complete Brigadier Gerard
    The Complete Illustrated Sherlock Holmes
    The Conan Doyle Stories
    The Historical Novels Vol I & II
    Sir Nigel
    The White Company
  17. Umberto Eco – The Name of the Rose
  18. John Fowles – The Magus
  19. Brian Fox – A Dollar to Die For
  20. Thomas Hardy – Far From the Madding Crowd
  21. Joanne Harris
    Blackberry Wine
    Chocolat
  22. Lian Hearn – Across the Nightingale Floor (et al)
  23. Mark Helprin – Winter’s Tale
  24. Kazuo Ishiguro – The Remains of the Day
  25. K. W. Jeter – Blade Runner (2, 3, 4)
  26. Stephen King
    Cycle of the Werewolf
    It
  27. Dean R. Koontz – Anti-Man
  28. Elizabeth Kostova – The Historian
  29. R. A. Macavoy – The Damiano Trilogy
  30. Jill Murphy – Peace At Last
  31. Katherine Neville
    The Eight
    The Fire
  32. Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  33. Olaf Stapledon – Last and First Men
  34. J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Hobbit
    Lord of the Rings
  35. Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson – Owl Babies
  36. D. J. Watkins-Pitchford, ‘BB’ – The Wizard of Boland
  37. Dennis Wheatley – The Ka of Gifford Hillary
  38. E. B. White – Charlotte’s Web
  39. T. H. White – The Once and Future King (The complete edition)
  40. Sarah Whiteley – No Direction But Home (poetry)
  41. Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray
  42. Chelsea Quinn Yabro – Hotel Transylvania

Non-Fiction

  1. Geoffrey Abbott – Rack, Rope and Red-Hot Pincers: A History of Torture and its Instruments
  2. Nicholas A. Basbanes
    A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books
    Among the Gently Mad: Strategies and Perpectives for the Book Hunter in the Twenty-first Century
  3. Josef. F. Blumrich – The Spaceships of Ezekiel: Was Earth Once Visited by Beings From Another Planet?
  4. Marie-France Boyer – Tree-Talk: Memories, Myths and Timeless Customs
  5. Dorothea Brande – Becoming a Writer: The Classic Inspirational Guide
  6. Lesley Brown – The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary: Volume 1 & 2
  7. Joseph Campbell – Myths to Live By: Mythology of Our Time
  8. Orson Scott Card – Characters & Viewpoint: How to Invent, Construct, and Animate Vivid, Credible Characters and Choose the Best Eyes Through Which to View the Events of Your Short Story or Novel
  9. Lionel Casson – Libraries in the Ancient World
  10. G. Elgie Christ – The Nuttall Dictionary of English Synonyms and Antonyms: 12,000 Words Showing 100,000 Parallel Expressions with Opposite Examples
  11. Kate Cooper – Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Christian Women
  12. Brad Darrach – Bobby Fischer vs The Rest of the World: Biography
  13. Paul Davis – Are We Alone?: Implications of the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life
  14. John Drury – The Poetry Dictionary: The Essential Compendium for Today’s Poet
  15. Martin Ebon – They Knew the Unknown: Fascinating Case-studies of Famous Men and Women in History Who Explored the Reality Beyond Our Senses
  16. Stephen Fry – The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
  17. Kahlil Gibran – The Prophet
  18. Jane Gifford – The Celtic Wisdom of Trees
  19. * Joel F. Harrington – The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death in the Sixteenth Century
  20. Henry Hitchings – Dr Johnson’s Dictionary: The Extraordinary Story of the Book that Defined the World
  21. Bill Johnson – A Story is a Promise: Good Things to Know Before You Write That Screenplay, Novel, or Play
  22. Garry Kasparov – How Life Imitates Chess: Insights Into Life as a Game of Strategy
  23. Stephen King – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
  24. Kobold Knight – Plot Digest: Structural, Character, Theme & Motif, Jigsaw, Dream, Pre-writing and General Plot Advice
  25. Gary Valentine Lachman – Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius
  26. Tom Lowenstein – Classic Haiku: The Greatest Poetry from Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki and Their Followers
  27. Brian Masters – The Evil That Men Do: From Saints to Serial Killers – Penetrating the Nature of Good and Evil
  28. Michael Palin – Hemmingway Adventure: Discover the Man Behind the Legend
  29. Jacqueline Simpson –  British Dragons
  30. Whitley Strieber
    Communion: A True Story – Encounters With the Unknown
    Transformation: The Breakthrough
  31. Dylan Thomas – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog: Autobiography
  32. Christopher Vogler – The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
  33. Maurice Waite – Oxford Compact Thesaurus
  34. Colin Wilson
    The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries: Exploring the Astonishing Variety of Unsolved Riddles and Enigmas
    Poetry and Mysticism: A Question of Inspiration
  35. Simon Winchester – The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
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