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,The time between the final proofs and the publication of a book is one of transition. Other than waiting for the cover reveal, there’s little for the author to do. Add the Christmas holiday into the mix and for me, the experience has become a dreamscape.

I’m filling the time with the usual: seasonal lurgy, festive fun, twiddling thumbs; first draft of next story. And filling in 2016 dates in my new desk diary: birthdays, MOT renewal, publication date (*Grin*) and so forth. In my personal diary I’ve listed the books I read throughout the year. For no other reason than I used to do it on Live Journal, I’m going to post them here.

Several of the later books are by writers I have come to know and admire via social media. It’s a continuing joy!

(Anything marked with an asterisk* is a reread)

  1. H is for Hawk – Helen MacDonald
  2. Mapp & Lucia (Volume One) – E F Benson *
  3. The Snow Globe – Judith Kinghorn
  4. Night Waking – Sarah Moss
  5. Don’t Look Back – Karin Fossum
  6. When God Was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman *
  7. Mortal Love – Elizabeth Hand *
  8. Waking the Moon – Elizabeth Hand *
  9. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
  10. Mitz – Sigrid Nunez
  11. Vanessa and Her Sister – Priya Parmar
  12. Howards End Is On The Landing – Susan Hill
  13. The Humans – Matt Haig
  14. Monday or Tuesday – Virginia Woolf
  15. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
  16. Rough Music – Patrick Gale
  17. The Sense Of An Ending – Julian Barnes
  18. Suite Française –  Irène Némirovsky
  19. Dark Witch – Nora Roberts
  20. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
  21. The River King – Alice Hoffman *
  22. Weird Sister – Kate Pullinger
  23. The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng
  24. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane – Neil Gaiman *
  25. Orkney – Amy Sackville *
  26. The Children’s Book – A S Byatt *
  27. Elizabeth is Missing – Emma Healey
  28. The Color of Secrets – Lindsay Ashford
  29. The Enchanted April – Elizabeth Von Arnim *
  30. A Kind Man – Susan Hill
  31. The Man In The Picture – Susan Hill
  32. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë *
  33. Landed – Tim Pears
  34. On Green Dolphin Street – Sebastian Faulks
  35. Fraud – Anita Brookner
  36. Little Bits of Baby – Patrick Gale
  37. Stonemouth – Iain Banks
  38. The Various – Steve Angarde
  39. The Stranger’s Child – Alan Hollinghurst
  40. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  41. The Mysteries of Glass – Sue Gee *
  42. Legacy of Love – Caroline Harvey
  43. Howards End – E M Forster *
  44. Pattern of Shadows – Judith Barrow
  45. We That Are Left – Juliet Greenwood
  46. Inshallah – Alys Einion
  47. Eden’s Garden – Juliet Greenwood *
  48. The Summer of Secrets – Sarah Jasmon
  49. The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey
  50. In the Kingdom of Mists – Jane Jakeman
  51. The Bolter – Frances Osborne
  52. The Kiss of Death – Marcus Sedgwick
  53. Someone – Alice McDermott
  54. Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky – Patrick Hamilton *
  55. How To Be Brave – Louise Beech
  56. A Time For Silence – Thorne Moore
  57. Island of Lost Girls – Jennifer McMahon
  58. Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories
  59. The Almost Moon – Alice Sebold
  60. The Children Act – Ian McEwan
  61. Girl Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen
  62. Moments of Being – Virginia Woolf *
  63. Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín
  64. Wild Mary: A Life of Mary Wesley – Patrick Marnham *
  65. Ridley Road – Jo Bloom
  66. Seeking Carolina – Terri-Lynne DeFino
  67. A Sweet Obscurity – Patrick Gale
  68. Before the Fall – Juliet west
  69. Negotiating With The Dead – Margaret Atwood
  70. Carol – Patricia Highsmith *
  71. Talk of the Toun – Helen MacKinven
  72. The Orphan Choir – Sophie Hannah
  73. Her Fearful Symmetry _ Audrey Niffenegger *
  74. The Pure in Heart – Susan Hill
  75. The House of Eliot – Jean Marsh
  76. A Family Romance – Anita Brookner
  77. The Peppered Moth – Margaret Drabble
  78. Illumination Night – Alice Hoffman *
  79. The Night Watch – Sarah Waters … still reading this…
  80. A Writer’s Diary – Virginia Woolf (on-going,almost every day read…)
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