A betterment list for 2014, second half

As of July 2014, here’s the list of books (of betterment – thanks to a certain writer who I may not name again for a little while for fear of giving the impression that I am in his employ) that might just see me through to the end of the year along with a clutch of impulse reads:

  • Something To Answer For by P. H. Newby
  • Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
  • The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
  • The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  • The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  • Boyhood Island by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  • A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Good Terrorist by Doris Lessing
  • Illuminations by Walter Benjamin
  • On Longing by Susan Stewart
  • Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
  • Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
  • If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino
  • The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  • An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
  • À la Recherche du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust (in translation!)
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I’m not sure of the wisdom of making this a public declaration, but then, who knows what tricks might keep me on the straight and narrow!


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