Checking the Listings

For 30p a time, the library will allow me to order books in, if they have them anywhere in stock.  This has led me to trawl my Amazon wish list for a number of the books  – I couldn’t very well look to claim all 800 or so – that I haven’t been able to source at bookshops.  I am hoping to be able to get some of these within the next few months. It’s cheaper than a second hand bookshop and keeps the service afloat so all is good, and a worthwhile investment.

  • Cubs Ahoy – Stephen Andrews
  • The Blazing World – J.G. Ballard
  • Zugzwang – Ronan Bennett
  • Alone – Richard E. Byrd
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell
  • Under Plum Lake – Lionel Davidson
  • A Journey Around my Room – Xavier de Maistre
  • In the Sargasso Sea – Thomas A. Janvier
  • Bevis – Richard Jefferies
  • Zorba the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis

  • The Sense of an Ending – Frank Kermode
  • Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
  • Night Train to Lisbon  –  Pascal Mercier
  • Modern Epic: The World System from Goethe to Garcia Marquez – Franco Moretti
  • The Misunderstanding – Irene Nemirovsky
  • The Ship of Fools – Gregory Norminton
  • Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  • The Night in Lisbon – Erich Maria Remarche
  • The Camp of the Saints – Jean Respail
  • Reveries of the Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Exodus, Myth or Legend – David Rohl
  • 253 – Geoff Ryman
  • The Immortal Game: A History of Chess – David Shenk
  • Train to Pakistan – Khushwant Singh
  • The Tree of Man – Patrick White
  • The common Reader – Virginia Woolf


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15 Replies to “Checking the Listings”

  1. Why not try “The Ship of Fools” by Katherine Anne Porter as well, the famous one? It’s well worth a read. And my advice for “Under the Volcano” is, read it all quickly in a drunken stupor, as that is really what it is about, and then try to forget. And the movie is very intense, but really sucks.


    1. I had no idea there were two, but I am always up for adding another book to the list. I am intrigued by the advice to read Under the Volcano drunk, although I am not averse to doing so. As a method reader I will be drinking Johnny Walker with my next Hitchens read.


  2. I am fortunate in that often when I request a book not in stock the inter library department will search it out. Sometimes they even order it and I am the first to read it.


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