Fiction I Enjoyed Reading (2006 to 2010)

  1. Darkness at Noon (Arthur Kostler)
  2. Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
  3. The Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
  4. Road to Los Angeles (John Fante)
  5. Porterhouse Blue (Tom Sharpe)
  6. The Master and the Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
  7. Penguin Lost (Andrei Kurkov)
  8. After Leaving Mr Mackenzie (Jean Rhys)
  9. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
  10. Brightness Falls (Jay McInerney)
  11. The Thought Gang (Tibor Fischer)
  12. Every Light In the House Burnin' (Andrea Levy)
  13. A Hot Country (Shiva Naipaul)
  14. Armadillo (William Boyd)
  15. History of Love (Nicole Krauss)
  16. Brothers (Bernice Rubens)
  17. Beyond Black (Hilary Mantel)
  18. Old Filth (Jane Gardam)
  19. The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
  20. The Great Gatsby (F Scott Fitzgerald)
  21. Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (Sue Townsend)
  22. The Siege of Krishnapur (J.G. Farrell)
  23. Ask the Dust (John Fante)
  24. Mrs Dolloway (Virginia Woolf)
  25. Postcards from the Edge (Carrie Fisher)
Some more books I enjoyed reading in 2006

Ghost Road (Pat Barker)
The Harmony Silk Factory (Tash Aw)
Hotel Babylon (Imogen Edwards-Jones)
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Maria Lewycka)
Seventy Two Virgins (Boris Johnson)
Gentlemen and Players (Joanne Harris)
On Beauty (Zadie Smith)

Top Books for 2006: Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro), Darkness At Noon (Arthur Kostler), After Leaving Mr MacKenzie (Jean Rhys), and Road to Los Angeles (John Fante)


  1. The Way of All Flesh (Samuel Butler)
  2. Factotum (Charles Bukowaski)
  3. Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavaliar and Clay (Michael Chabon)
  5. Fateless (Imre Kertesz)
  6. The Wall Jumper (Peter Schneider)
  7. The Lost Honour of Katherine Blum (Heinreich Boll)
  8. The Fall (Albert Camus)
  9. Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
  10. The Radetzky March (Joseph Roth)
  11. Arthur and George (Julian Barnes)
  12. The Bachelors (Muriel Spark)
  13. Granchester Grind (Tom Sharpe)
  14. Things Fall Apart (Chinunah Achibe)
  15. The End of the Affair (Graham Greene)
  16. The Good Terrorist (Doris Lessing)
  17. The Dream Life of Sukhonov (Olga Grushin)
  18. Lions and Shadows (Christopher Isherwood)
  19. Invitation to the Waltz (Rosemund Lehman)
  20. The Story of My Life (Jay McInerney)
  21. The Sea (John Banville)
  22. Injury Time (Beryl Bainbridge)
  23. E: A Novel (MAtt Beaumont)
  24. True History of Kelly Gang (Peter Carey)
  25. Amok and other Stories (Stefan Zweig)

Some more books I enjoyed reading in 2007

Underworld (Don DeLelio)
Offshore (Penelope Fitzgerald)
Up At the Villa (W Somerset Maugham)
The Bellarosa Connection (Saul Bellow)
The Devil in the Flesh (Raymond Radiguet)
Fruit of the Lemon (Andrea Leavy)
Slow Man (J.M. Coetzee)
Falconer (John Cheever)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safron Foer)
All for the Good Cause (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
Pictures of Fidelman (Bernard Malmud)

Top books for 2007: The Lost Honour of Katherine Blum (Heinrich Boll), Fateless (Imre Kertesz) Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri), and Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)


  1. Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
  2. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Alan Sillitoe)
  3. Jake's Thing (Kingsley Amis)
  4. Call It Sleep (Henry Roth)
  5. Crome Yellow (Aldous Huxley)
  6. Laughter in the Dark (Vladimir Nabokov)
  7. The Masters (C.P. Snow)
  8. The Song Before it is Sung (Justin Cartwright)
  9. Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates)
  10. Coming from Behind (Howard Jacobson)
  11. Girl with Green Eyes (Edna O'Brien)
  12. Goodbye Columbus (Philip Roth)
  13. Bluebeard (Max Frisch)
  14. London Observed (Doris Lessing)
  15. A Woman of My Age (Nina Bawden)
  16. The Bottle Factory Opening (Beryl Bainbridge)
  17. Model Behaviour (Jay McInerney)
  18. Road to Velville (T.C. Boyle)
  19. Beloved (Toni Morrison)
  20. Terrorist (John Updike)
  21. The Giles Waring Hater's Club (Tim Dowling)
  22. Children of the Revolution (Dinaw Mengestu)
  23. Jeeves in the Offing (P.G. Wodehouse)
  24. An Underachiever's Diary (Benjamin Anastas)
  25. Honey for the Bears (Anthony Burgess)
Some more books I enjoyed reading in 2008

House of Meetings (Martin Amis)
Gathering (Anne Enright)
Blaming (Elizabeth Taylor)
My Revolutions (Hari Kunzru)
Some Tame Gazelle (Barbara Pym)
Before She Met Me (Julian Barnes)
Tomorrow (Graham Swift)
The Uncommon Reader (Alan Bennett)
The Kite Runner (Khalid Hosseini)
And Where Were You Adam (Heinrich Boll)

Top Books for 2008: Saturday Night Sunday Morning (Alan Sillitoe), Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell), Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates), and The Song Before it is Sung (Justin Cartwright)


  1. Auto da Fe (Elias Canetti)
  2. Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
  3. The Plot Against America (Philip Roth)
  4. A Partisan's Daughter (Louis de Bernieres)
  5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junat Diaz)
  6. The Informers (Juan Gabriel Vasquez)
  7. Deaf Sentence (David Lodge)
  8. The Clothes on their Back (Linda Grant)
  9. Netherland (Joseph O'Neill)
  10. Kokoro (Natsum Soseki)
  11. Elephanta Suit (Paul Theroux)
  12. Curtain (Agatha Christie)
  13. White Tiger (Arvind Adiga)
  14. Hollywood (Charles Bukowaski)
  15. The Glassbead Game (Hermann Hesse)
  16. Adrian Mole: the Wilderness Years (Sue Townsend)
  17. Wilt (Tom Sharpe)
  18. The Book, the Film, the T-shirt (Matt Beaumont)
  19. Uncommon Danger (Eric Ambler)
  20. The Postoffice Girl (Stefan Zweig)
  21. The Inheritance of Loss (Kiran Desai)
  22. The Outcast (Sadie Jones)
  23. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (Mario Vargas Llosa)
  24. The Believers (Zoe Heller)
  25. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)

Some more books I enjoyed reading in 2009

Ritous Assembly (Tom Sharpe)
Other Lulus (Philip Hensher)
The Life and Death of Harriett Frean (Mary Sinclair)
Homecoming (Bernard Schlink)
People of  the Book (Geraldine Brooks)
Six Suspects (Vikas Swarup)
This Book will Save Your Life (A.M. Homes)
Much Obliged Jeeves (P.G. Wodehouse)
The Food of Love (Anthony Capella)
Indignation (Philip Roth)
False Impression (Jeffrey Archer)

Top Books of 2009: Auto da Fe (Elias Canetti), Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov), A Partisan's Daughter (Louis de Bernieres), Engleby (Sebastian Faulks), and White Tiger (Arvind Adiga)


  1. Little Boy Lost (Marghanita Laski)
  2. Latecomers (Anita Brookner)
  3. Land of Marvels (Barry Unsworth)
  4. The Slap (Christos Tsiolaks)
  5. The Lacuna (Barbara Kingsglover)
  6. Notwithstanding (Louis de Berneieres)
  7. Mothernight (Kurt Vonnegut)
  8. Zanzibar (Giles Foden)
  9. The Ghost at the Table (Suzanne Bernes)
  10. Small Wars (Sadie Jones)
  11. Brooklyn (Colm Toibin)
  12. Summertime (J.M. Coetzee)
  13. Ordinary Thunderstorms (William Boyd)
  14. Rhyning Life and Death (Amas Oz)
  15. Birds of Passage (Bernice Rubens)
  16. Engleby (Sebastian Faulks)
  17. One Day (David Nicholls)
  18. The Lazarus Project (Aleksander Hemon)
  19. The Seymour Tapes (Tim Lott)
  20. The Spy Game (Georgina Harding)
  21. Diary of A Bad Year (J.M. Coetzee)
  22. Mariana (Monica Dickens)
  23. Black Snow (Mikhail Bulgakov)
  24. Good to be God (Tibor Fischer)
  25. The Sorrows of An American (Siri Hustvedt)
Some more books I enjoyed reading in 2010

A Week in December (Sebastian Faulks)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
The Garden of Finzi-Continis (Giorgio Bassini)
The Infinities (John Banville)
In the Kitchen (Monica Ali)
Adrian Mole and Prostate Years (Sue Townsend)
Northern Clemency (Philip Hensher)
The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery) 
Someone At A Distance (Dorothy Whipple)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day (Winifred Watson)
Small World (Matt Beaumont)
Cheerful Weather for A Wedding (Julia Strachey)
The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters)
We are All Made of Glue ( Marina Lewycka)
The Sweet Dove Died (Barbara Pym)
Esther's Inheritance (Sandor Marai)
Sunnyside (Glen David Gold)
Detective Story (Imre Kertsez)
And thereby Hangs A Tale (Jeffrey Archer)
Winter in Berlin (Ian R Mitchell)
A Single Man (Christopher Isherwood)

Top Books of 2010: Little Boy Lost (Marghanita Laski), Land of Marvels (Barry Unsworth), The Lacuna (Barbara Kingsclover), and Mothernight (Kurt Vonnegut)