Books I Like

I shalln’t go into why I like these books, because I’m rubbish at all that.

If it hits the spot it’s in, simple as that and this list will be updated as and when something hits that spot 🙂

Last updated – 19th November 2020


  1. Betty Hayes Albright – Skipping Stones
  2. Enid Blyton – The Enid Blyton Poetry Book
  3. A. Carder – Between Dusk and Darkness
  4. John F. Cherry – The British Museum Medieval Love Poetry
  5. Billy Collins – Sailing Alone Around the Room
  6. Bei Dao – Old Snow: Poems
  7. Mihai Eminescu – Poems
  8. Kellie Elmore – Magic in the Backyard
  9. Kahlil Gibran – The Prophet
  10. Tom Lowenstein – Classic Haiku: The Greatest Poetry from Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki and Their Followers
  11. J. W. Marriott – One Act Plays of Today (play)
  12. Christine Moran – Dancing in the Rain
  13. George Bernard Shaw – Saint Joan (play)
  14. Matty Weingast – The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns
  15. Sarah Whiteley
    No Direction But Home
    Wandering Wonderful
  17. John Drury – The Poetry Dictionary
  18. Stephen Fry – The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
  19. Colin Wilson – Poetry and Mysticism: A Question of Inspiration

Books/Writing and Writers

  1. Carlos Baker – Hemingway: A Life Story
  2. Nicholas A. Basbanes
    A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books
    Among the Gently Mad: Strategies and Perpectives for the Book Hunter in the Twenty-first Century
  3. Dorothea Brande – Becoming a Writer: The Classic Inspirational Guide
  4. Lesley Brown – The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary: Vol 1 & 2
  5. Orson Scott Card – Characters & Viewpoint
  6. Lionel Casson – Libraries in the Ancient World
  7. G. Elgie Christ – The Nuttall Dictionary of English Synonyms and Antonyms
  8. Lawrence Goldstone – Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World
  9. Henry Hitchings – Dr Johnson’s Dictionary: The Extraordinary Story of the Book that Defined the World
  10. Bill Johnson – A Story is a Promise: Good Things to Know Before You Write That Screenplay, Novel, or Play
  11. Stephen King – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
  12. Kobold Knight – Plot Digest: Structural, Character, Theme & Motif, Jigsaw, Dream, Pre-writing and General Plot Advice
  13. Javier Marías – Written Lives
  14. Michael Palin – Hemmingway Adventure: Discover the Man Behind the Legend
  15. Madeleine B. Stern & Leona Rostenberg – Old Books, Rare Freinds
  16. Christopher Vogler – The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
  17. Maurice Waite – Oxford Compact Thesaurus
  18. Simon Winchester – The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary


  1. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women
  2. Anon – The Arabian Nights: Tales From a Thousand and One Nights (Folio Society 1999)
  3. Daisy Ashford – The Young Visitors
  4. Brian Bates – The Way of Wyrd
  5. H. E. Bates – Love for Lydia
  6. Algernon Blackwood
    The Dance of Death
    Tales of the Mysterious and the Macabre
    Tales of the Uncanny and Supernatural
  7. Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
  8. J. M. Callwell – Dorothy Arden
  9. Italo Calvino – The Path to the Nest of Spiders
  10. Henri Charriere – Papillon
  11. Wu Cheng’en – Monkey
  12. G. K. Chesterton – The Father Brown Stories
  13. Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  14. James Clavell – Shogun (et al)
  15. Marie Corelli – The Sorrows of Satan
  16. Richard Dalby – Dracula’s Brood
  17. Lester del Rey – The Scheme of Things
  18. John M. del Vecchio – The 13th Valley
  19. DM Denton
    A House Near Luccoli
    To A Strange Somewhere Fled
    Without the Veil Between, Anne Brontë: A Fine and Subtle Spirit
  20. Philip K. Dick – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
  21. Charles Dickens – Great Expectations
  22. E. L.Doctorow – Ragtime
  23. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Complete Brigadier Gerard
    The Complete Illustrated Sherlock Holmes
    The Conan Doyle Stories
    The Historical Novels Vol I & II
    Sir Nigel
    The Ring of Thoth
    Uncollected Stories: The Unknown Conan Doyle (Green & Gibson)
    The White Company
  24. Umberto Eco – The Name of the Rose
  25. John Fowles – The Magus
  26. Brian Fox – A Dollar to Die For
  27. Michael Hardwick – Sherlock Holmes: My Life and Crimes
  28. Mrs Hardy (Janet Gordon) – Ulric Zwingle
  29. Thomas Hardy – Far From the Madding Crowd
  30. Joanne Harris
    Blackberry Wine
  31. Lian Hearn – Across the Nightingale Floor (et al)
  32. Mark Helprin – Winter’s Tale
  33. Hermann Hesse – Siddhartha
  34. Kazuo Ishiguro – The Remains of the Day
  35. K. W. Jeter – Blade Runner (2, 3, 4)
  36. Abda Khan – Stained
  37. Guy Gavriel Kay – The Fionavar Trilogy
  38. Nikos Kazantzakis – Zorba the Greek
  39. Stephen King
    Cycle of the Werewolf
  40. Dean R. Koontz – Anti-Man
  41. Elizabeth Kostova – The Historian
  42. Laurie Lee – Cider with Rosie
  43. H. P. Lovecraft – Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre
  44. R. A. Macavoy – The Damiano Trilogy
  45. Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
  46. Nicholas Meyer – The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
  47. Walter Moers
    The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear
    Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures
    The City of Dreaming Books
  48. Jill Murphy – Peace At Last
  49. Katherine Neville
    The Eight
    The Fire
  50. Margaret Panofsky – The Last Shade Tree
  51. Beatrix Potter – The Fairy Caravan
  52. Ray Rigby – The Hill
  53. Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  54. Sylvester Stallone – Paradise Alley
  55. Olaf Stapledon – Last and First Men
  56. John Richard Stephens – Vampires, Wine & Roses
  57. J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Hobbit
    Lord of the Rings
  58. Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson – Owl Babies
  59. D. J. Watkins-Pitchford, ‘BB’ – The Wizard of Boland
  60. Andy Weir – The Martian
  61. Dennis Wheatley – The Ka of Gifford Hillary
  62. E. B. White – Charlotte’s Web
  63. T. H. White – The Once and Future King (The complete edition)
  64. Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray
  65. Chelsea Quinn Yabro – Hotel Transylvania


  1. Geoffrey Abbott – Rack, Rope and Red-Hot Pincers: A History of Torture and its Instruments
  2. Karen Armstrong – Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence
  3. Mike Ashley – Adventures in the Strand: Arthur Conan Doyle & The Strand Magazine
  4. Josef. F. Blumrich – The Spaceships of Ezekiel: Was Earth Once Visited by Beings From Another Planet?
  5. Marie-France Boyer – Tree-Talk: Memories, Myths and Timeless Customs
  6. Frank Brady – Bobby Fischer: Profile of a Prodigy
  7. Katherine M. Briggs
    A Dictionary of Fairies
    The Fairies in Tradition and Literature
  8. Joseph Campbell
    The Masks of God #1: Primitive Mythology
    Myths to Live By: Mythology of Our Time
  9. Philip Carr-Gomm – The Book of English Magic
  10. Jung Chang – Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
  11. Kate Cooper – Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Christian Women
  12. Brad Darrach – Bobby Fischer vs The Rest of the World: Biography
  13. Paul Davis – Are We Alone?: Implications of the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life
  14. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure
    Essays on Photography: The Unknown Conan Doyle (Green & Gibson)
    Through the Magic Door
    The Wanderings of a Spiritualist
  15. Martin Ebon – They Knew the Unknown: Fascinating Case-studies of Famous Men and Women in History Who Explored the Reality Beyond Our Senses
  16. Bobby Fischer – Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess
  17. Jane Gifford – The Celtic Wisdom of Trees
  18. Daisy Goodwin – Victoria
  19. John Richard Green – A Short History of the English People Vol 1 & 2
  20. Joel F. Harrington – The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death in the Sixteenth Century
  21. Charles Higham – The Adventures of Conan Doyle
  22. Garry Kasparov – How Life Imitates Chess: Insights Into Life as a Game of Strategy
  23. Gary Valentine Lachman
    Caretakers of the Cosmos
    Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius
  24. P. A. Lester – Sherlock Holmes in The Midlands
  25. Primo Levi – If This is a Man / The Truce
  26. Anna Lewington – Ancient Trees: Trees that Live for a Thousand Years
  27. Robert Macfarlane – Underland: A Deep Time Journey
  28. Brian Masters – The Evil That Men Do: From Saints to Serial Killers – Penetrating the Nature of Good and Evil
  29. Caro Ness – A Space for Silence
  30. Scott Allen Nollen – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the Cinema
  31. Thomas Pakenham – Meetings with Remarkable Trees
  32. Massimo Polidoro – Final Seance: The Strange Freindship Between Houdini and Conan Doyle
  33. Diane Purkiss – Troublesome Things
  34. Ken Radford – Tales of Witches and Sorcery
  35. Jacqueline Simpson –  British Dragons
  36. Cheryl Strayed – Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  37. Whitley Strieber
    Communion: A True Story – Encounters With the Unknown
    Transformation: The Breakthrough
  38. Maria Tatar – The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales
  39. Dylan Thomas – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog: Autobiography
  40. Fred Waitzkin – Searching for Bobby Fischer
  41. Colin Wilson
    The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries: Exploring the Astonishing Variety of Unsolved Riddles and Enigmas

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