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I'm always happy to trade anything marked 'available' for anything on My Wish List, although the Wish List on this page is now more up to date. I'll post anything anywhere, but it might take a while to reach you if you're a long way off as I often use surface mail.

A note about my reviews: I do try and review every book I read, but I should stress that I do this purely for my own amusement. I am well aware that books, like films and music, are incredibly subjective and different people experience them completely differently. Therefore, a book I dismiss as 'trash', may be another person's book of the year. So take what I write with a pinch of salt, and if you're interested in a book I've slated don't be put off reading it because of what I've said. I mean really, what do I know?

Currently reading: Jerusalem - Alan W. Moore
Money: A Suicide Note - Martin Amis

Books read in 2024:
How to Be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi
Topographia Hibernica - Blindboy Boatclub (Hive link as this is a signed copy)

Books read in 2023:
The Little Friend - Donna Tartt
Women & Power - Mary Beard
And Away... - Bob Mortimer (Hive link)
Lionel Asbo - Martin Amis
Junk Food Monkeys - Robert M. Sapolsky
If These Walls Could Whisper - Rod Ling
Burning the Books - Richard Ovenden
Because I Don't Know What You Mean And What You Don't - Josie Long (Hive link because it's a signed copy)
50 Things About Us - Mark Thomas (Hive link because it's a signed copy)
Bullshit Jobs - David Graeber
The Socialist Manifesto - Bhaskar Sunkara
The Book of Trespass - Nick Hayes
The Socialist Manifesto - Bhaskar Sunkara
White Noise - Don DeLillo
Live from Golgotha - Gore Vidal
Into Every Generation - Evan Ross Katz
This is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay
The Hungry Tide - Amitav Ghosh

Books read in 2022:
Slug - Hollie McNish
Natives - Akala
Pie Fidelity - Pete Brown
Can I Have My Ball Back - Richard Herring (GFS link because it is a signed copy)
The Dawn of Everything - David Graeber
The Transgender Issue - Shon Faye
Small Island - Andrea Levy
1974 - David Peace
Don't Touch My Hair - Emma Dabiri
Manifesto - Bernardine Evaristo
Redemption: My Story - Troy Deeney (Hive link because this is a borrowed book.)
The Night Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko
The Five - Hallie Rubenhold

Books read in 2021:
Birmingham: It's Not Shit - Jon Bounds, Jon Hickman, Danny Smith (Amazon link because, tragically, if you didn't back the kickstarter, that's the only place this gem is available.)
Microserfs - Douglas Coupland
The Medici - Paul Strathern
Film - Sean Condon
Solar - Ian McEwan
This Land - Owen Jones
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
Operation Deathmaker - Dan J. Marlowe
I Hate the Internet - Jarett Kobek
Picnic Comma Lightning - Laurence Scott
A Kestrel for a Knave - Barry Hines
The Acid Diaries - Christopher Gray
Gospel According to Blindboy - Blindboy Boatclub
So You've Been Publicly Shamed - Jon Ronson
I'm a Joke and So Are You - Robin Ince
A Star Called Henry - Roddy Doyle
Bank Job - Hilary Powell & Daniel Edelstyn (Link to the publisher as this is a signed copy.)
The Problem With Men - Richard Herring (Link to Go Faster Stripe as this is a signed copy.)
The Gender Games - Juno Dawson
Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo
Apropos of Nothing - Woody Allen (Amazon link as this was borrowed)
Debt - David Graeber
Cider with Rosie - Laurie Lee
Rebellious Spirits : Audacious Tales of Drinking on the Wrong Side of the Law - Ruth Ball (Hive link because it's a signed copy)

Books read in 2020:
Miracle Brew - Pete Brown ( link because this is a hardback from Unbound and my name is in it)
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
12 Rules for Life - Jordan B. Peterson
SPQR - Mary Beard
How to be Right - James O'Brien
The Simping Detective - Simon Spurrier
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
The Secret Life of Trees - Colin Tudge
The Restraint of Beasts - Magnus Mills
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
A Beginner's Guide To Acting English - Shappi Khorsandi
Metroland - Julian Barnes
A Whole Life - Robert Seethaler

Books read in 2019:
Boomeranting: The diary of a modern nobody - Jon Berry
A Field Guide to Getting Lost - Rebecca Solnit
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Díaz
Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari
How to Stop Time - Matt Haig
Daft Wee Stories - Limmy
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen - Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher
Let's Pretend This Never Happened - Jenny Lawson
The Queen of the South - Arturo Perez Reverte

Books read in 2018:
The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen
Out of the Wreckage - George Monbiot
The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick
Absolute Pandemonium - Brian Blessed
I Did It Otway - John Otway (Link to Otway's site so you can buy your own copy. This one's signed.)
I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan - Alan Partridge
At Home: A Short History of Private Life - Bill Bryson
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 - Selina Todd
Paris Trance: A Romance - Geoff Dyer
45 - Bill Drummond
The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid
Revenge of the Lawn: Stories 1962-1970 - Richard Brautigan
No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari
Hello Mum - Bernardine Evaristo
The Good Immigrant - Edited by Nikesh Shukla
The Barrytown Trilogy: "The Commitments", "The Snapper" and "The Van" - Roddy Doyle
Last Orders - Graham Swift

Books read in 2017:
Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body - Sara Pascoe
Content Provider: Selected Short Prose Pieces, 2011–2016 - Stewart Lee
See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody - Bob Mould, Michael Azerrad
The Establishment: And How They Get Away with it - Owen Jones
Deja Vu - Michael L Wood
How to Build a Girl - Caitlin Moran
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Paul Torday
The Complaints - Ian Rankin
Room - Emma Donoghue
The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories - Christopher Booker
The Mind's Eye - Håkan Nesser
27 - Ryan Davis
Flatpack Democracy: A Guide to Creating Independent Politics - Peter Macfadyen
The Information - James Gleick
Beloved - Toni Morrison
The Skull Mantra - Eliot Pattison

Books read in 2016:
The Elephant Vanishes - Haruki Murakami
Heartbreaker - Robert Ferrigno
Mr Loverman - Bernardine Evaristo
The Lemon Table - Julian Barnes
Storming Heaven - Jay Stevens (Copac link as this is a borrowed book)
The Meaning of Sport - Simon Barnes
Number 11 - Jonathan Coe
Lint - Steve Aylett
American Tabloid - James Ellroy
"Cityboy": Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile - Geraint Anderson
The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
Moab is My Washpot - Stephen Fry
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
Half A Crown - Jo Walton (Hive link, because, screw Amazon.)
The Dwarves of Death - Jonathan Coe
Stalin Ate My Homework - Alexei Sayle
Man Walks into a Pub: A Sociable History of Beer - Pete Brown
Welcome to the Monkey House - Kurt Vonnegut
King Rat - James Clavell
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Books read in 2015:
Ha'penny - Jo Walton (Wiki link because it was a borrowed book and I don't like linking to Amazon anymore.)
On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
Bodyline Autopsy: The Full Story of the Most Sensational Test Cricket Series: Australia vs England 1932-33 - David Frith
Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour - Kate Fox
One Day - David Nicholls
The End of Food - Paul Roberts
Haircuts and League Cups: The Rise and Fall of Carson Yeung - Daniel Ivery & Will Giles (Link to the book's website as this is a signed copy.)
All in the Mind - Alastair Campbell
City State: A Contemporary History of the City and How Money Triumphed - David Kynaston, Richard Roberts
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism - Naomi Klein
The Story of The Streets - Mike Skinner
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need - Blake Snyder

Books read in 2014:
Farthing - Jo Walton - Amazon link as it's a borrowed book
Behind the Kitchen Door - Sarumathi Jayaraman
The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
World War Z - Max Brooks
The Young Atheist's Survival Guide: Helping Secular Students Thrive - Hemant Mehta
The Price of Inequality - Joseph Stiglitz
Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?: A Believer Book of Advice - The Believer
Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa - Dambisa Moyo
The Perfect Fool - Stewart Lee
The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds - John Higgs
The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science - Will Storr
A Journey - Tony Blair (Amazon link as I'm reading this on a Kindle because it's too embarrassing to be seen reading in public.(I'm reading it for a project so don't judge me.))
Native Tongue - Carl Hiaasen
Wasted!: The Incredible True Story of Cricket's First Rock 'n' Roll Star - Paul Smith
A Storm of Swords - George R R Martin (Amazon link as I'm reading this on a Kindle because it's too heavy to cart around in book form.(Don't judge me.))
Cider with Roadies: From School Bus to Tour Bus Without Ever Growing Up - Stuart Maconie
Love and Other Near Death Experiences - Mil Millington
Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis - James Rickards

Books read in 2013:

Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia - John Gray
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed - Jared Diamond
Feersum Endjinn - Iain M. Banks
Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences - Richard Pryor, Todd Gold
The Storyteller - Alan Sillitoe
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (read on Kindle)
Love All the People - Bill Hicks
The Good Fairies of New York - Martin Millar
A Kind Man - Susan Hill
A Clash of Kings - George R R Martin (no link as I read this on Kindle, may the gods of bookcrossing have mercy on my immortal soul.)
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class - Owen Jones

Books read in 2012:

Why Do People Hate America? - Ziauddin Sardar, Merryl Wyn Davies
Precious: Based on the Novel Push - Sapphire
E: A Novel - Matt Beaumont
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Yellow Dog - Martin Amis
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - Patrick Suskind
The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim - Jonathan Coe
My Idea of Fun - Will Self
Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern - Simon Winder
The Pregnant Widow - Martin Amis
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
A Game of Thrones - George R R Martin (no link as I'm reading this on Kindle, may the gods of bookcrossing have mercy on my immortal soul.)
Transition - Iain Banks

Books read in 2011:

Regeneration - Pat Barker
House of Sand and Fog - Andre Dubus III
The Brentford Chain-store Massacre - Robert Rankin
The Last Ride - Thomas Eidson
King Henry V - Wiliam Shakespeare
The Golden Gate - Vikram Seth
The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
The Blue Flower - Penelope Fitzgerald
The Silver Castle - Clive James
Travels with My Aunt - Graham Greene
Interesting Times - Terry Pratchett
Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World - Harry Thompson
Thief of Time - Terry Pratchett
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle
The Skin Gods - Richard Montanari
Hemmingway's Chair - Michael Palin
How Not to Grow Up: A Coming of Age Memoir. Sort of. - Richard Herring
Winner Take Nothing - Ernest Hemingway
Two Lives - Vikram Seth
No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag - Robert Rankin
The Space Between Things - Charlie Hill (not registered as it's a signed copy)
How I Escaped My Certain Fate - Stewart Lee

Books read in 2010:

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Shooting History: A Personal Journey - Jon Snow
Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk
The Inside Story of "Viz": Rude Kids - Chris Donald
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys - Will Self
Things Can Only Get Better: Eighteen Miserable Years in the Life of a Labour Supporter, 1979-1997 - John O'Farrell
Batting on the Bosphorus: A Skoda-powered Cricket Tour Through Eastern Europe - Angus Bell
No Time for Goodbye - Linwood Barclay
Me Cheeta: The Autobiography - James Lever, Cheeta
A Season with Verona - Tim Parks
Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Baghdad's Green Zone - Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Q - Luther Blissett
Classic Crews - Harry Crews
The Butcher Boy - Patrick McCabe
Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
Daddy's Little Girl - Mary Higgins Clark
Doctrines and Visions - Noam Chomsky
The Child In Time - Ian McEwan
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks
Sunnyside - Glen David Gold
The New Rulers of the World - John Pilger
House of Meetings - Martin Amis

Books read in 2009:

Why Not Me?: The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency - Al Franken
Timeline - Michael Crichton
Red Azalea - Anchee Min
The Unforgiving - Charlotte Cory
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge) - John O'Farrell
The Rain Before it Falls - Jonathan Coe
Tomas - James Palumbo
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
Great Apes - Will Self
Is it Just Me or is Everything Shit?: The Encyclopedia of Modern Life - Alan McArthur, Steve Lowe
My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith - Kevin Smith
Bullet Points - Mark Watson
Welcome to Coolsville - Jason Mordaunt
Up Till Now: the Autobiography - William Shatner
The Northern Clemency - Philip Hensher
Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes
Three Men on the Bummel - Jerome K Jerome
A Year in the Merde - Stephen Clarke
Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance - Barack Obama
When You are Engulfed in Flames - David Sedaris
The Brightonomicon - Robert Rankin
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life - Steve Martin
The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts - Louis De Bernieres
Brum's the Word - Malcolm Boyden
River of Gods - Ian McDonald
Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie - Hunter S Thompson
Metamorphosis and others stories - Franz Kafka
Football's Strangest Matches - Andrew Ward
Schopenhauer's Telescope - Gerard Donovan
Last Chance to See.... - Douglas Adams, Mark Carwardine
Quite Ugly One Morning - Christopher Brookmyre

Books read in 2008:

The Truth With Jokes - Al Franken
You Have to Be Careful in the Land of the Free - James Kelman
In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences - Truman Capote
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Back from the Brink: The Autobiography - Paul McGrath
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson
My Father and Other Working Class Football Heroes - Gary Imlach
The Interpretation of Murder - Jed Rubenfeld
Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land - Tim Mackintosh-Smith
Black Dogs - Ian McEwan
The American West - Dee Brown
The First Casualty - Ben Elton
Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market - Eric Schlosser
The House of Sleep - Jonathan Coe
The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant - Dan Savage
On Beauty - Zadie Smith
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything - Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
This Book Will Save Your Life - A M Homes
The Book of Dave: A Revelation of the Recent Past and the Distant Future - Will Self
What a Carve Up! - Jonathan Coe
New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer - Bill Maher
Dare to Be a Daniel: Then and Now - Tony Benn
The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change - Timothy Flannery
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America - Barbara Ehrenreich
Oi, Ref!: A Novel About Love, Hate and Football - Joseph Gallivan
The Angry Island: Hunting the English - A A Gill
Serious: The Autobiography - John McEnroe
Night Train - Martin Amis
A Long Way Gone: The True Story of a Child Soldier - Ishmael Beah
Talking Cock - Richard Herring
A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
The Deptford Trilogy - Robertson Davies
Money: A Suicide Note - Martin Amis
Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls - Robert Rankin
The Mermaid Chair - Sue Monk Kidd
Round Ireland with a Fridge - Tony Hawks

Books read in 2007:

Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
The Cement Garden - Ian McEwan
Rancid Aluminium - James Hawes
The State of the Art - Iain M. Banks
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka
East, West - Salman Rushdie
Are You Dave Gorman? - Dave Gorman & Danny Wallace
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
Glue - Irvine Welsh
Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K Jerome
Underworld - Don DeLillo
Overtaken - Alexei Sayle
The Pirates!: An Adventure with Scientists & An Adventure with Ahab - Gideon Defoe
Raw Spirit: In Search of the Perfect Dram - Iain Banks
The Damned Utd - David Peace
Saturday - Ian McEwan
Hey Nostradamus! - Douglas Coupland
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris
Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World - Lesley Downer
The Groundwater Diaries: Trials, Tributaries and Tall Stories from Beneath the Streets of London - Tim Bradford
Trouble With Lichen - John Wyndham
Ludmila's Broken English - DBC Pierre
The Longest Crawl - Ian Marchant

Books read in 2006:

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
Join Me - Danny Wallace
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
Carter Beats the Devil - Glen David Gold
The Member of the Wedding - Carson McCullers
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People - Toby Young [Amazon Link, this book is not registered on Bookcrossing as it is a signed copy]
The Coffin Tree - Wendy Law-Yone
The Closed Circle - Jonathan Coe
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
Arthur & George - Julian Barnes [Amazon Link, this book is not registered on Bookcrossing as it is a borrowed copy]
Twins: Genes, Environment and the Mystery of Identity - Lawrence Wright
Washington DC - Gore Vidal
Adventures in a TV Nation - Michael Moore
The Algebraist - Iain M. Banks
Vinnie Got Blown Away - Jeremy Cameron
Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
Classic Football Clangers - David Mortimer
Intimacy - Hanif Kureishi
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
The Clothes They Stood Up In - Alan Bennett
How to Be Good - Nick Hornby
The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie
The Witches of Chiswick - Robert Rankin
The Men Who Stare at Goats - Jon Ronson
1876 - Gore Vidal
Riddley Walker - Russell Hoban
Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk
Beer & Britannia - Peter Haydon
Chocolat - Joanne Harris
Vets Might Fly - James Herriot
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
A History of the World In 10.5 Chapters - Julian Barnes
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
Hell's Angels - Hunter S Thompson
Full Dark House - Christopher Fowler

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