Books I have read

I usually have a few books on the go, one for reading before sleep and others, including reference books, that require sitting up to read.  It feels like a luxury to dip into another book whilst I have others that I have not yet finished.  Since 2015 I have been listening to audio books.

2017 - a selection of books read - does not include the many books of poems

  • Beckett's Dying Words by Christopher Ricks
  • Granta - New Irish Writing #135
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Exile by Çiler İlhan
  • On The Banks - Cork City in Poems and Songs edited by Alannah Hopkin
  • The Language Hospital by John Murphy 
  • India, A Concise History by Francis Watson
  • White Mountain by Robert Twigger 
  • M-Train by Patti Smith
  • Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang read by Pik-Sen Lim
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • Sacred Tibet by Philip Rawson
  • Tales from Ovid by Ted Hughes
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte read by Patricia Routledge
  • Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes read by Richard Morant
  • Murder in the Museum by John Rowland


Books that I have read or listened to in 2016 include:
  • Alice's Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (read by Miriam Margolyes)
  • The Holy Citry by Patrick McCabe (read by Humphrey Bower)
  • Aeneid Book VI by Virgil, Translation by Seamus Heaney
  • Mao's Last Dancer by Cunxin Li (read by Paul English) - a brilliant read
  • Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (Read by Hector Elizondo, Kyle Colerider-Krugh)
  • Time to Dance by Melvyn Bragg (read by James Faulkner)
  • Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood (read by Lorelei King)
  • Robert Tressell, Dubliner; Author of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Bryan MacMahon
  • Second Fiddle by Mary Wesley (audio-book read by Anna Massey)
  • Jumping the Queue by Mary Wesley (audio-book read by Anna Massey)
  • Pompeii by Mary Beard (audio-book read by Phyllida Nash)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré  (audio-book read by Michael Jayston)
  • Pulse by Julian Barnes (audio-book read by David Rintoul)
  • The George Bernard Shaw Collection (audio-book read by Kate Burton and Shirley Knight)
  • Jeeves in the Offing (audio-book read by Ian Carmichael)


Books - started in 2015 waiting....
  • Confronting the Classics by Mary Beard - a howl! 
  • Dante The Divine Comedy translated by Clive James
Books that I read or referenced in 2015 include:
  • Poetry Ireland Review - Issue 115 - Edited by Vona Groarke
  • Gitanjali - Song Offerings by Rabindranath Tagore - I heard an interesting programme on BBC Radio 4 on this poet and just happened upon the book in Waterstones recently.
  • Collected Poems by W. B Yeats 
  • I Could Read the Sky by Timothy O'Grady and Steve Pyke 
  • Liffey Swim by Jessica Traynor - I attended a one day poetry workshop with Jessica during 2015
  • Contemporary Irish Poetry edited by Paul Muldoon
  • Poems that make Grown Men Cry - Edited by Anythony and Ben Holden
  • Muse by Gerry Murphy
  • The Place Inside by Matthew Geden
  • Books Ireland magazine
  • Southword
  • Selected Poems by Rumi
  • English Literature and the Classics - Collected by G. S. Gordon - 1912 picked it up in an interesting second hand book shop in Cork - The Time Traveller's Bookshop.
Books that I read in 2015 included:
  • Autumn Journal by Louis MacNiece
  • The Lemon Table by Julian Barnes (audio-book narrated by Timothy West & Prunella Scales) - the first of the audio books where I now want to get a copy of the physical book.
  • Leaving Home by Anita Brookner (audio-book narrated by Joanna David)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Clipper audio-book - beautifully narrated by Atossi Leoni)
  • Lustrum by Robert Harris (narrated by Oliver Ford-Davies)
  • I Refuse by Per Petterson
  • All of Us - The Collected Poems - Raymond Carver
  • A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
  • Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Stepping Stones - interviews with Seamus Heaney by Dennis O'Driscoll
  • Selected Prose by Derek Mahon
  • I'm Your Man, The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons
  • A biography of Jack B Yeats by Hilary Pyle
  • Uncle Fred in Springtime by PG Wodehouse
  • Hanging with the Elephant by Michael Harding 
  • Academy Street by Mary Costello
  • History of the Rain by Niall Williams - my favourite book this year
  • How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy
  • Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Scenes from a Receding Past by Aidan Higgins
  • Langrishe, Go Down by Aidan Higgins
  • The Lonesome Road by Gabriel Fitzmaurice
  • Lake Geneva by Gerald Dawe
  • Spill simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume