how to be well read


aaron’s rod by d h lawrence

abba abba by anthony burgess

absolute beginners by colin macinnes

accordion crimes by annie proulx

across the river and into the trees by ernest hemingway

adam bede by george eliot

adrian mole the prostrate years by sue townsend

the adventures of augie march by saul bellow

the adventures of baron munchausen by rudolf erich raspe

the adventures of huckleberry finn by mark twain

the adventures of sherlock holmes by arthur conan doyle

the aerodrome by rex warner

the african queen by c s forester

after midnight by irmgard keun

against nature by j k huysmans

alfie by bill naughton

alice’s adventures in wonderland by lewis carroll

alien by alan dean foster

all quiet on the western front by erich fromm

all souls by javier marias

the ambassadors by henry james

an american dream by norman mailer

american gods by neil gaiman

an american tragedy by theodore dreiser

amok by stefan zweig

and then there were none by agatha christie

angel pavement by j b priestley

the angels of mons by arthur machen

anna karenina by leo tolstoy

anna of the five towns by arnold bennett

the apes of god by wyndham lewis

around the world in eighty days by jules verne

as i lay dying by william faulkner

ask the dust by john fante

the aspern papers by henry james

l’assommoir by emile zola

at-swim-two-birds by flann o’brien

atlas shrugged by ayn rand

atonement by ian mcewan

august 1914 by aleksandr solzhenitsyn

aurora leigh by elizabeth barrett browning

auto-da-fe by elias canetti



babel -17 by samuel r delany

babi yar, a document in the form of a novel by anatoly kuznetsov

the ballad of peckham rye by muriel spark

bambi, a life in the woods by felix salten

bartleby, the scrivener by herman melville

the dark knight rises by greg cox

beau geste by p c wren

the beautiful room is empty by edmund white

bel-ami by guy de maupassant

the bell jar by sylvia plath

berlin alexanderplatz by alfred doblin

between the acts by virginia woolf

billy liar by keith waterhouse

black beauty by anna sewell

the black girl in search of god by  george bernard shaw

the black tulip by alexandre dumas

blade runner by philip k dick

bleak house by charles dickens

bleeding edge by thomas pynchon

blue nights by joan didion

bluebeard by angela carter

bomber by len deighton

the bonfire of the vanities by tom wolfe

bonjour tristesse by francoise sagan

the book of disquiet by fernando pessoa

the book of ebenezer le page by g b edwards

brave new world by aldous huxley

brideshead revisited by evelyn waugh

the british museum is falling down by david lodge

brooklyn by colm toibin

the broom of the system by david foster wallace

the brothers karamazov by fyodor dostoyevsky

buddenbrooks by thomas mann

by the lake by john mcgahern

byzantium endures by michael moorcock



cain’s book by alexander trocchi

caleb williams by william godwin

the call of the wild by jack london

candide by voltaire

candy by terry southern and mason hoffenberg

cape fear by john d mcdonald

captain corelli’s mandolin by louis de bernieres

carmilla by j s le fanu

carry on jeeves by p g woodhouse

casting the runes by m r james

the castle by franz kafka

the castle of otranto by horace walpole

catch-22 by joseph heller

the catcher in the rye by j d salinger

the cave by jose saramago

the charterhouse of parma by stendhal

cheri by colette

a child of the jago by arthur morrison

the children of men by p d james

the city and the pillar by gore vidal

city of glass by paul auster

city of night by john rechy

the clockwork testament by anthony burgess

the clown by heinrich boll

cockfighter by charles willeford

cold comfort farm by stella gibbons

the color purple by alice walker

compulsion by meyer levin

confessions of a shopaholic by sophie kinsella

a connecticut yankee in king arthur’s court by mark twain

the constant gardener by john le carre

cosmopolis by don delillo

crampton hodnet by barbara pym

crime and punishment by fyodor dostoyevsky

the crimson petal and the white by michel faber

cry, the beloved country by alan paton

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by mark haddon



the dain curse by dashiell hammett

the daughter of time by josephine tey

the day he himself shall wipe away my tears by kenzaburo oe

the day of the triffids by john wyndham

the days of anna madrigal by armistead maupin

the dead by james joyce

dead cert by dick francis

dead souls by nikolai gogol

deadwood dick on deck by edward lytton wheeler

death of a hero by richard aldington

the death of ivan ilych by leo tolstoy

the death of the heart by elizabeth bowen

the decameron by giovanni boccaccio

delta of venus by anais nin

the devil rides out by paul o’grady

devil’s cub by georgette heyer

the devil’s elixirs by e t a hoffman

the diary of a mad old man by junichiro tanizaki

the diary of a nobody by george grossmith

dinner at the homesick restaurant by anne tyler

disgrace by j.m. coetzee

doctor zhivago by boris pasternak

don quixote by miguel de cervantes

don’t look now by daphne du maurier

dorian an imitation by will self

dracula by bram stoker

the dream of the red chamber by cao xueqin

a dreary story by anton chekhov

the dressmaker by beryl bainbridge

the dying animal by philip roth



east of eden by john steinbeck

l’education sentimentale by gustave flaubert

edwin drood by charles dickens

elective affinities by johann wolfgang von goethe

emma by jane austen

empire of the sun by j g ballard

the end of the affair by graham greene

ender’s game by orson scott card

enemies, a love story by isaac bashevis singer

england, england by julian barnes

entropy by thomas pynchon

esme by saki

ethan frome by edith wharton

ever after by graham swift

the exorcist by william peter blatty

eye in the sky by philip k dick

the eyre affair by jasper fforde



fair stood the wind for france by h e bates

the family fang by kevin wilson

family matters by rohinton mistry

fanny hill by john cleland

farewell my lovely by raymond chandler

farewell to the sea by reinaldo arenas

farnham’s freehold by robert a heinlein

fathers and sons by ivan turgenev

fear of flying by erica jong

le feu by henri barbusse

the fifth child by doris lessing

fifty shades of grey by e l james

fingersmith by sarah waters

first among equals by jeffrey archer

the fixed period by anthony trollope

flashman at the charge by george macdonald fraser

flush a biography by virginia woolf

focus by arthur miller

for esme with love and squalor by j d salinger

the forsyte saga by john galsworthy

the four horsemen of the apocalypse by vicente blasco ibanez

the fox in the attic by richard hughes

foxfire confessions of a girl gang by joyce carol oates

frankenstein by mary shelley

freedom by jonathan franzen

the french lieutenant’s woman by john fowles

from here to eternity by james jones

from the earth to the moon by jules verne

funeral rites by jean genet

funes the memorious by frederic p miller

futility by william gerhardie



gain by richard powers

galapago kurt vonnegut jr

the gambler by fyodor dostoevsky

the garden of the finzi-continis by giorgio bassani

the garlic ballads by mo yan

the gates of ivory by margaret drabble

gaudy night by dorothy l sayers

generation x tales for an accelerated culture by douglas coupland

gentlemen prefer blondes by anita loos

gilead by marilynne robinson

giovanni’s room by james baldwin

the go-between by l p hartley

go now by richard hell

the godfather by mario puzo

the gold bug by edgar allan poe

the golden apples by eudora welty

the golden ass by lucius apuleius

goldfinger by ian fleming

gone girl by gillian flynn

gone with the wind by margaret mitchell

the good earth by pearl s buck

the good soldier by ford madox ford

the good soldier by jaroslav hasek

the graduate by charles webb

le grand meaulnes by alain-fournier

the grapes of wrath by john steinbeck

great expectations by charles dickens

the great fire of london peter ackroyd

the great gatsby by f scott fitzgerald

the groves of academe by mary mccarthy

guerrillas by v s naipaul

gulliver’s travels by jonathan swift

gun, with occasional music by jonathan lethem

the guns of navarone by alistair maclean



hadrian the seventh by frederick rolfe

the handmaid’s tale by margaret atwood

hangover square by patrick hamilton

hannibal rising by thomas harris

hanta yo by ruth hill

harry potter and the deathly hallows by j k rowling

the haunting of hill house by shirley jackson

headbirths or the germans are dying out by gunter grass

the heart is a lonely hunter by carson mccullers

heart of darkness by joseph conrad

the heart of midlothian by walter scott

the heart of redness by zakes mda

the heart of the matter by graham greene

heat and dust, ruth prawer jhabvala

a hero of our time by mikhail lermontov

high rise by j g ballard

a high wind in jamaica by richard hughes

the history man by malcolm bradbury

the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy by douglas adams

the hobbit by j r r tolkien

hollywood wives by jackie collins

hombre by elmore leonard

homesickness by murray bail

hotel du lac by anita brookner

the hound of the baskervilles by arthur conan doyle

the hours by michael cunningham

howards end by e m forster

the human beast by emile zola

the hunchback of notre-dame by victor hugo

hunger by knut hamsun

a hunger artist by franz kafka

the hunt for red october by tom clancy

huntingtower by john buchan



i, claudius by robert graves

i am legend by richard matheson

i capture the castle by dodie smith

i promessi sposi by alessandro manzoni

the ice house by nina bawden

if on a winter’s night a traveller by italo calvino

if this is a man by primo levi

in the second year by storm jameson

in the skin of a lion by michael ondaatje

in the year of jubilee by george gissing

independence day by richard ford

independent people by halldor laxness

the innocents by francesca segal

invisible man by ralph ellison

Iq84 by haruki murakami



jack maggs by peter carey

jacques the fatalist by denis diderot

jane eyre by charlotte bronte

jaws by peter benchley

jazz by toni morrison

the jewel in the crown by paul scott

jezebel by irene nemirovsky

johnny got his gun by dalton trumbo

journey to the end of the night by louis-ferdinand celine

juan in america by eric linklater

jules and jim by henri-pierre roche

the jungle by upton sinclair

jurassic park by michael crichton

justine by lawrence durrell

justine by marquis de sade



keep the aspidistra flying by george orwell

a kestrel for a knave by barry hines

the killer inside me by jim thompson

kim by rudyard kipling

king rat by james clavell

king rat by china mieville

king solomon’s mines by h rider haggard

the kreutzer sonata by leo tolstoy



lace by shirley conran

lady audley’s secret by mary elizabeth braddon

lady chatterley’s lover by d h lawrence

lady pokingham, or they all do it by anonymous

lanark, a life in four books by alasdair gray

las babas del diablo by julio cortázar

the last evenings on earth by roberto bolano

the last of the mohicans by james fenimore cooper

left behind by tim lahaye and jerry jenkins

the leopard by giuseppe tomasi

life and fate by vasily grossman

the life and opinions of tristram shandy

little big man by thomas berger

the lodger by marie belloc lowndes

lolita by vladimir nabokov

london fields by martin amis

lord jim by joseph conrad

lord of the flies by william golding

last illusions by honore de balzac

the lost weekend by charles jackson

love in a cold climate by nancy mitford

love story by erich segal

the loved one by evelyn waugh

loving by henry green

the luck of roaring camp by bret harte

lucky jim by kingsley amis



madame bovary by gustave flaubert

the makioka sisters by junichiro tanizaki

malone dies by samuel beckett

the man who died by d h lawrence

the man with the golden arm by nelson algren

manon lescaut by abbe prevost

mansfield park by jane austen

the master and margarita by mikhail bulgakov

memories of my melancholy whores by gabriel garcia marquez

the message to the planet by iris murdoch

middlemarch by george eliot

middlesex by jeffrey eugenides

a million little pieces by james frey

misery by stephen king

moby dick or the whale by herman melville

the moonstone by wilkie collins

mr lonely by eric morecambe

mrs dalloway by virginia woolf

my antonia by willa cather



naked lunch by william s burroughs

the name of the rose by umberto eco

native son by richard wright

the neon bible by john kennedy toole

netherland by joseph o’neill

the new confessions by william boyd

new grub street by george gissing

nightmare abbey by thomas love peacock

nightmare alley by william lindsay gresham

nights at the circus by angela carter

1984 by george orwell

north and south by elizabeth gaskell



oblomov by ivan goncharov

of human bondage by w somerset maugham

the old gringo by carlos fuentes

the old men at the zoo by angus wilson

on the road by jack kerouac

one day in the life of ivan denisovich by aleksandr solzhenitsyn

one flew over the cuckoo’s nest by ken kesey

oranges are not the only fruit by jeanette winterson

the ordeal of richard feverel by george meredith

oroonoko by aphra behn

other people by martin amis

outerbridge reach by robert stone

the outsider by albert camus



the painter of signs by r k narayan

pamela by samuel richardson

parade’s end by ford madox ford

a passage to india by e m forster

perchance to dream by ray bradbury

peregrine pickle by tobias smollett

perfume the story of a murderer by patrick suskind

persuasion by jane austen

the picture of dorian gray by oscar wilde

the pilgrim’s progress by john bunyan

the place of dead roads by william s burroughs

portnoy’s complaint by philip roth

the portrait of a lady by henry james

possession by a s byatt

post office by charles bukowski

the postman always rings twice

postmortem by patricia cornwell

precious bane by mary webb

pride and prejudice by jane austen

the prime of miss jean brodie by muriel spark

the private memoirs and confessions of a justified sinner by james hogg

the purple cloud by m p shiel



quarantine by jim crace

the queen and i by sue townsend

a question of upbringing by anthony powell



rabbit run by john updike

the ragged trousered philanthropists by robert tressell

ragtime by e l doctorow

rasselas by samuel johnson

ratking by michael dibdin

the rats by james herbert

ravelstein by saul bellow

the reader by bernhard schlink

rebecca by daphne du maurier

the red badge of courage by stephen crane

red star by alexander bogdanov

red wind by raymond chandler

redback by howard jacobson

regeneration by pat barker

the remains of the day by kazuo ishiguro

revolutionary road by richard yates

the riddle of the sands by erskine childers

riders of the purple sage by zane grey

the road to wellville by t c boyle

robinson crusoe by daniel defoe

room at the top by john braine

rose madder by stephen king



salman the solitary by yasar kemal

sardines by nuruddin farah

the satanic verses by salman rushdie

saturday night and sunday morning by alan sillitoe

saville by david storey

the sea by john banville

the secret history by donna tartt

senilita by italo svevo

a separate development by christopher hope

sideswipe by charles willeford

the siege of krishnapur by j g farrell

a single man by christopher isherwood

slaughterhouse five by kurt vonnegut jr

snow by orhan pamuk

solo by rana dasgupta

something happened by joseph heller

a son of war by melvyn bragg

sophie’s choice by william styron

the sorrows of young werther by johann wolfgang von goethe

the sot-weed factor by john barth

a sound of thunder by ray bradbury

sour sweet by timothy mo

stoner by john williams

strait is the gate by andre gide

the stranger’s child by alan hollinghurst

strangers on a train by patricia highsmith

the street lawyer by john grisham

summertime by j m coetzee

sunset song by lewis grassic gibbons

super-cannes by j g ballard

swann’s way by marcel proust

sweet tooth by ian mcewan



tarka the otter by henry williamson

tarzan of the apes by edgar rice burroughs

the tenant of wildfell hall by anne bronte

tess of the d’urbervilles by thomas hardy

things fall apart by chinua achebe

the thinking reed by rebecca west

the thirty-nine steps by john buchan

this is how you lose her by junot diaz

this sporting life by david storey

three men in a boat by jerome k jerome

the tiger in the smoke by margery allingham

titus alone by mervyn peake

to build a fire by jack london

to kill a mockingbird by harper lee

tom jones by henry fielding

touch by elmore leonard

trainspotting by irvine welsh

treasure island by robert louis stevenson

the tribe that lost its head by nicholas monsarrat

tropic of cancer by henry miller

trouble at willow gables by philip larkin

troubles by j g farrell

true names by vernor vinge

the turner diaries by andrew macdonald

two crimes by jorge ibarguengoitia



ulysses by james joyce

the unbearable lightness of being by milan kundera

uncle tom’s cabin by harriet beecher stowe

the uncommon reader by alan bennett

under the net by iris murdoch

under the volcano by malcolm lowry

under two flags by ouida

up the junction by nell dunn



v for vendetta by alan moore

the valley of amazement by amy tan

valley of the dolls by jacqueline susann

the vampyre by john william polidori

vanity fair, william makepeace thackeray

vertigo by w g sebald

the vicar of wakefield by oliver goldsmith

a visit from the goon squad by jennifer egan

voss by patrick white

the voyeur by alain robbe-grillet



war and peace by leo tolstoy

the war in the air by h g wells

the wasp factory by iain banks

watership down by richard adams

the way of all flesh by samuel butler

the way we live now by anthony trollope

we by yevgeny zamyatin

we need to talk about kevin by lionel shriver

the well of loneliness by radclyffe hall

the well-beloved by thomas hardy

what i loved by siri hustvedt

what’s wrong with america by scott bradfield

whisky galore by compton mackenzie

white noise by don delillo

white teeth by zadie smith

wide sargasso sea by jean rhys

wise blood by flannery o connor

wolf hall by hilary mantel

wuthering heights by emily bronte



the yellow birds by kevin powers

the yellow wallpaper by charlotte perkins gilman

young torless by robert musil

the young visiters by daisy ashford



the zayat kiss by sax rohmer

zazie dans le metro by w d redfern

zuleika dobson by max beerbohm