Speakers Push Air


Tottering Piles
January 2, 2011, 3:39 pm
Filed under: Reading

Last year I listed all the books I’d read in 2009 – a crazy amount because of the amount of time I’d spent bedbound, post-accident, either in hospital or at home. The list is here.

2010 saw me read a lot less but still a fair amount – hopefully I’ll stop being doley / disability scum in 2011 and read even less (it’s a strange thing to hope for but there ya go). Anyway, here’s my 2010 list – not only shorter but often a lot less satisfying than 2009 – definitely short on amazing discoveries, and some disappointing books by loved authors (Letham and McCarthy in particular)

Literary Outlaw: William Burroughs – Ted Morgan

Last Exit to Brooklyn  – Hubert Selby

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ – Philip Pullman

Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann

The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman – Bruce Robinson

Power and the Glory -Graham Greene

The Orchard Keeper – Cormac McCarthy

Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

Dogs of God – Pinckney Benedict

East Of Eden – John Steinbeck

Boxer Beetle – Ned Beauman


Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi – Geoff Dyer

Electric Eden – Rob Young

The Death of Bunny Munro – Nick Cave

The Ongoing Moment – Geoff Dyer

One Day – David Nicholls

Starter for Ten – David Nicholls

How I Escaped My Certain Fate – Stewart Lee

Satan Wants Me – Robert Irwin

Rednecks and Bluenecks: The Politics Of Country Music – Chris Willman

More Kinky Friedman  – Kinky Friedman

Budding Prospects: A Pastoral Tale – TC Boyle

A Moment of War – Laurie Lee

Kill Your Friends – John Niven

Sorry Meniscus – Iain Sinclair

Our Noise – Jeff Gomez

Without a Hero – T. C. Boyle

Outer Dark – Cormac McCarthy


The Sunset Limited – Cormac McCarthy

The Man Who Was Thursday – GK Chesterton

Popcorn: Fifty Years of Rock & Roll At The Movies – Garry Mulholland

Roadside America – C Peatross

Strange Days Indeed – Francis Wheen

Deadkidsongs – Toby Litt

The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard

The Idler 42: Smash the System

Loops: Issue 2

It’s Only a Movie – Mark Kermode

Child of God – Cormac McCARTHY

Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire – Iain Sinclair

This Book Will Save Your Life – A. M. Homes

Rodinsky’s Room – Rachel Lichtenstein w/ Iain Sinclair

Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton – J. G. Ballard

Billy Childish: A Short Study – Neal Brown

Barrel Fever – David Sedaris

The Quiet American – Graham Greene

The Crystal World – JG Ballard

Housekeeping: A Novel – Marilynne Robinson

Heart Of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

Amnesia Moon – Jonathan Lethem


Chronic City – Jonathan Lethem

The Men Who Stare at Goats – Jon Ronson

Dark Lanthorns: David Rodinsky – Iain Sinclair

Yoga for People Who Can’t be bothered – Geoff Dyer

The Iron Man – Ted Hughes

Collected Stories – William Faulkner

The Disappointment Artist – Jonathan Lethem

The Complete Western Stories – Elmore Leonard

The Cutting Room – Louise Welsh

Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson

Meanwhile, the southern Gothic is piling up on the bedside table – Flannery O’Connor, Harry Crews, some still-unread Faulkner -and I think I’ll read a load more Greene too.


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