2011 Reading


  1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  2. False Friends: Faux Amis by Ellie Malet Spradbery
  3. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson
  4. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
  5. Flowers for Alys by Irene M. Redpath
  6. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
  7. Lady’s Maid by Margaret Forster
  8. The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton
  9. Primeval: Extinction Event by Dan Abnett
  10. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen*
  11. Willow by Wayland Drew
  12. 84, Charing Cross Road and The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
  13. The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns
  14. South Riding by Winifred Holtby
  15. We Had It So Good by Linda Grant
  16. Try Anything Twice by Jan Struther


  1. Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux
  2. The Crystal Prison by Robin Jarvis
  3. Wolfwatching by Ted Hughes
  4. A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr
  5. The Final Reckoning by Robin Jarvis
  6. Marie by Madeleine Bourdouxhe
  7. Elfland by Freda Warrington
  8. Up the Junction by Nell Dunn
  9. The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  10. How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion when He Was a Little Boy by Goscinny and Uderzo
  11. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson
  12. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
  13. Tam Lin by Patricia Dean
  14. The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski
  15. City of Glass by Paul Auster
  16. Miss Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson
  17. Through England in a Side-Saddle by Miss Celia Fiennes


  1. April Lady by Georgette Heyer
  2. More English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs
  3. The Flower Wedding by Walter Crane
  4. Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped by Saki
  5. The Warden by Anthony Trollope
  6. Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
  7. American Ghosts and Old World Wonders by Angela Carter
  8. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
  9. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  10. Far to Go by Alison Pick
  11. At Freddie’s by Penelope Fitzgerald
  12. Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies: Sex in the City in Georgian Britain by Hallie Rubenhold
  13. The Nutmeg Tree by Margery Sharp
  14. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson
  15. Up at the Villa by W. Somerset Maugham
  16. Alice Hartley’s Happiness by Philippa Gregory
  17. The Salzburg Tales by Christina Stead


  1. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  2. Perfume from Provence by Lady Winifred Fortescue
  3. Dawn Chorus by Joan Wyndham
  4. The Circle Cast by Alex Epstein
  5. Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney
  6. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  7. The Pigeon by Patrick Suskind
  8. Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons by Gerald Durrell
  9. Wedding Tiers by Trisha Ashley
  10. Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
  11. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather
  12. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  13. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton


  1. The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  2. Wild Swans by Jung Chang
  3. Ballet for Drina by Jean Estoril*
  4. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim
  5. Song of Sorcery by Elizabeth Scarborough
  6. Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson
  7. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  8. Drina’s Dancing Year by Jean Estoril*
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
  10. The House in Dormer Forest by Mary Webb
  11. The Sack of Bath by Adam Fergusson
  12. My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen


  1. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg
  2. Black Butterfly by Mark Gatiss
  3. Anderby Wold by Winifred Holtby
  4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  5. Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham
  6. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey*
  7. Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism by Natasha Walter
  8. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson
  9. Penguin Lost by Andrey Kurkov
  10. The Pleasures of English Food by Alan Davidson
  11. The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret C. Sullivan
  12. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy
  13. The Sixth Wife by Suzannah Dunn


  1. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  2. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
  3. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey
  4. Filthy Shakespeare by Pauline Kiernan
  5. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  6. Death of a Dancer by Caro Peacock
  7. The Uxbridge English Dictionary by Jon Naismith et al
  8. The Wedding by Dorothy West
  9. Angus, Things and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison*
  10. The Concubine by Norah Lofts
  11. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
  12. Miss Buncle Married by D. E. Stevenson
  13. It’s OK, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers by Louise Rennison*
  14. Ivy by Julie Hearn
  15. A Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore
  16. The Wedding Day by Catherine Alliott
  17. Little Saint Elizabeth and Other Stories by Frances Hodgson Burnett


  1. Dachsunds with Erections Can’t Climb Stairs by Les Barker
  2. The Foolish Gentlewoman by Margery Sharp
  3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  4. The Ballroom Class by Lucy Dillon
  5. Drina Dances in Exile by Jean Estoril*
  6. My Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin
  7. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
  8. Drina Dances in Italy by Jean Estoril*
  9. Coastliners by Joanne Harris
  10. Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico


  1. Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther
  2. Theodora by Stella Duffy
  3. Mad Puppetstown by Molly Keane
  4. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie*
  5. They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple
  6. The Orchid House by Pyhllis Shand Allfrey


  1. The White Queen by Lesley J. Nickell
  2. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  3. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  4. The Osiris Ritual by George Mann
  5. Flights of Fancy by Peter Tate
  6. Terse Verse by Catherine de Touchet
  7. Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie


  1. Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert von Chamisso
  2. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  3. Courtesans by Katie Hickman
  4. The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson
  5. The Vicar of Nibbleswicke by Roald Dahl
  6. William: An Englishman by Cicely Hamilton
  7. From Beowulf to Virginia Woolf by Robert Manson Meyers
  8. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  9. Devil by the Sea by Nina Bawden


  1. The Perfect Hostess by Rose Hennicker-Heaton
  2. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
  3. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  4. The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark
  5. The Monk and the Hangman’s Daughter by Ambrose Bierce
  6. The Small Miracle by Paul Gallico
  7. Madame de by Louise de Vilmorin
  8. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
  9. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
  10. Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann
  11. Cautionary Tales by Hilaire Belloc
  12. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  13. The Marsh King’s Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick