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From Amstelveen, Noord-Holland Netherlands

Age 67

Joined Wednesday, September 01, 2004

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My bookshelf does not reflect the real maid-of-kent. The books that are dearest to my heart are on the shelves in my little library and not used for bookcrossing purposes. Occasionally a BC book tries to find its way into my library but, in true BC spirit, I pass it on and buy my own copy.

Many of the books I register are ones I have picked up in charity shops or been donated by people leaving the country who can't take all their books with them. Being an ex-pat has its advantages and word is getting around in the ex-pat community here that if you have books you don't need, maid-of'-kent will be very willing to take them off your hands.

Bookcrossing has changed my life, for which I thank my daughter DJGib for introducing it to me and I thank Bruce and colleague for setting it up in the first place.

My most treasured BC experience was being able to provide bed and board to Bruce and family when they got stuck in the Netherlands due to some volcano erupting in Iceland. They are one of the nicest families I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

Books read in 2017

57 - Absent in the Spring - Mary Westmacott
56 - Grey Souls - Philippe Claudel
55 - A lie about my father - John Burnside
54 - The Warden - Anthony Trollope
53 - A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon
52 - The Art of Murder - Michael White
51 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
50 The Snapper - Roddy Doyle
49 No Time for Goodbye - Linwood Barclay
48 - Superstition - David Ambrose
47 Mrs Sartoris - Elke Schmitter
46 Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck
45 The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells
44 The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
43 Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
42 Aunts aren't gentlemen - P.G. Wodehouse
41 Title Deeds - Liza Campbell
40 The Lodger - Marie Belloc Lowndes
39 Special Relationship - Robyn Sisman
38 Burning Bright - Helen Dunmore
37 Seven Lies - James Lasdun
36 Keeping Secrets - Andrew Rosenheim
35 Darkness, Darkness - John Harvey
34 The Virgin Blue - Tracy Chevalier
33 Inconceivable - Ben Elton
32 Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
31 Alice's adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 Octavia - Jilly Cooper
29 Germinal - Emile Zola
28 The Gap of Time - Jeanette Winterson
27 Maximum Security - Rose Connors
26 Existence is futile - Scott Andrews
25 Icons of England - Bill Bryson
24 Larry's Party - Carol Shields
23 George, don't do that - Joyce Grenfell
22 Presumed Innocent - Scott Turow
21 Very Good, Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse
20 The adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
19 The Man from Beijing - Henning Mankell
18 One Step Behind - Henning Mankell
17 The Ghost Riders of Ordebec - Fred Vargas
16 A Changed Man - Thomas Hardy
15 Kennedy's Brain - Henning Mankell
14 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
13 The Living and the Dead in Winsford - Hakan Nesser
12 The Hanging Girl - Jussi Adler-Olsen
11 Family Money - Nina Bawden
10 A Good School - Richard Yates
9 Chicago Loop - Paul Theroux
8 Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
7 Neither here nor there - Bill Bryson
6 Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5 Buried - Jussi Adler-Olsen
4 Death of a Poison Pen - M.C. Beaton
3 Guilt - Jussi Adler-Olsen
2 Stars and Bars - William Boyd
1 Double Vision - Pat Barker

Books read 2016

65 Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
64 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
63 The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
62 Perfume - Patrick Suskind
61 Kane and Abel - Jeffrey Archer
60 Blood on Snow - Jo Nesbo
59 The Girl at the Lion d'Or - Sebastian Faulks
58 The Guest Cat - Takashi Hiraide
57 Lady Audley's Secret - Mary Elizabeth Braddon
56 Redemption - Juuis Adler-Olson
55 The Girl in the Spider's Web - David Lagercrantz
54 Disgrace - Jussi Adler-Olsen
53 The Keeper of Lost Causes - Jussi Adler-Olsen
52 The Girl who kicked the Hornets' Nest - Stief Larsson
51 The Telling Error - Sophie Hannah
50 Swimming Home - Deborah Levy
49 The Girl who played with Fire - Stieg Larsson
48 The Wrong Girl - David Hewson
47 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson (R great writing)
46 The House of Dolls - David Hewson
45 Time of Death - Mark Billingham
44 Three Brothers - Peter Ackroyd (R for discussion after reading)
43 The Son - Jo Nesbo
42 Resurrection - Leo Tolstoy
41 The various haunts of men - Susan Hill
40 Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Maurier
39 The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbo
38 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
37 Marrying the Mistress - Joanna Trollope
36 The Terrorists - Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
35 Cop Killer - Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
34 The Locked Room - Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
33 The Abominable Man - Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
32 Murder at the Savoy - Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
31 The Fire Engine that disappeared - Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
30 The Laughing Policeman - Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
29 The Man on the Balcony - Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
28 The man who went up in smoke - Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
27 Ripening Seed - Colette
26 Roseanna - Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
25 The Prisonder of Zenda - Anthony Hope (R for well-written yarn)
24 Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn (R for quirkiness)
23 The Leopard - Jo Nesbo (R for a good Harry Hole)
22 The White Lioness - Henning Mankell (R for a good Wallander)
21 The Fry Chronicles - Stephen Fry
20 Much obliged Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse
19 The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (R for wit)
18 Gridlock - Ben Elton (R for onslaught of great wit)
17 First Person Singular - Somerset Maugham
16 Depths - Henning Mankell
15 The Mist in the Mirror - Susan Hill
14 The Idle thoughts of an idle fellow - Jerome K. Jerome
13 All the names - Jose Saramago
12 Can you forgive her - Anthony Trollope
11 The Forsyte Saga - John Galsworthy (R 'cos it's just great)
10 The Miracle at Speedy Motors - Alexander McCall Smith (R for nice gentle reading)
09 The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - Alexander McCall Smith (R for nice gentle reading)
08 Blue Shoes and Happiness - Alexander McCall Smith (R for nice gentle reading)
07 In the Company of Cheerful Ladies - Alexander McCall Smith (R for nice gentle reading)
06 The Full Cupboard of Life - Alexander McCall Smith (R for nice gentle reading)
05 The Kalahari Typing School for Men - Alexander McCall Smith (R for nice gentle reading)
04 Morality for Beautiful Girls - Alexander McCall Smith (R for nice gentle reading)
03 Tears of the Giraffe - Alexander McCall Smith (R for nice gentle reading)
02 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith (R for nice gentle reading)
01 A Good Man in Africa - William Boyd (R for a good romp)

Books read 2015 (R) = recommended for one reason or another

67 The Magus - John Fowles (R to young adults)
66 The Five People you meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
65 Washington Square - Henry James
64 Have Mercy on us all - Fred Vargas (R for quirky French murder mystery)
63 Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
62 Jeeves in the Offing - P.G. Wodehouse (R to all Bertie Wooster fans)
61 Return to the Hundred Acre Wood - David Benedictus (R to all Pooh fans)
60 The Devotion of Suspect X - Keigo Higashino (R for page-turner)
59 Far to Go - Alison Pick (R for well written interesting story)
58 Today - David Miller
57 The French Lieutenant's Woman - John Fowles (R as my favourite book of all time)
56 Riceyman Steps - Arnold Bennett
55 Redemption - Jussi Adler-Olsen (R for unputdownable thriller)
54 Disgrace - Jussi Adler-Olsen
53 The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy
52 Little Bee (aka The Other Hand) - Chris Cleave (R immensely readable)
51 Headhunters - Jo Nesbo
50 The Last of Cheri - Colette (ditto 49)
49 Cheri - Colette (R if you enjoyed it in your youth, it is still great)
48 A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle (R for great reading)
47 Operation Napolean - Arnaldur Indridason (R excellent thriller)
46 Neither here nor there - Bill Bryson (R for witty turn of phrases)
45 Solar - Ian McEwan (R for some wonderfully funny passages)
44 The World according to Clarkson - Jeremy Clarkson (R funny)
43 Moonfleet - J. Meade Falkner (R for great adventure story)
42 Carry on, Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse
41 The Piano Tuner - Daniel Mason (R for an unusual and interesting tale)
40 Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde - R.L. Stevenson
39 The Last Picture Show - Larry McMurtry (R for a la Steinbeck)
38 Whatever makes you happy - William Sutcliffe (R for witty writing)
37 Luciano's Luck - Jack Higgins (R for interesting theory re wartime Sicily)
36 The Narrows - Michael Connelly (R for unputdownable thriller)
35 Fatal Remedies - Donna Leon
34 The Keeper of Lost Causes - Jussi Adler-Olsen (R for unputdownable thriller)
33 Solo - William Boyd (R for James Bond fans)
32 Message in a Bottle - Nicholas Sparks (R mushy love story)
31 Death in a Strange Country - Donna Leon (R for Donna Leon fans)
30 Jaws - Peter Benchley (R for great writing)
29 Your Blue-eyed Boy - Helen Dunmore
28 The Cry of the Owl - Patricia Highsmith
27 Woman with Birthmark - Hakan Nesser
26 The Godfather - Mario Puzo (R if you liked the film, you'll love the book)
25 The Overlook - Michael Connelly (R for crime page-turner)
24 He knew he was right - Anthony Trollope (R as one of Trollope's best)
23 Talking to the Dead - Helen Dunmore
22 Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier (R for great story)
21 Little Women - Louisa M. Alcott
20 Kill and Tell - Linda Howard (R for readable trash)
19 Cider with Rosie - Laurie Lee (R for great turn of phrase)
15 Harm Done - Ruth Rendell (R as a more than adequate whodunit)
14 Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse (R wonderfully witty)
13 Silence of the Grave - Arnaldur Indridason (R murder mystery page-turner)
12 The Cat - Colette
11 Gigi - Colette
10 Hidden Depths - Ann Cleeves (R as a more than adequate whodunit)
9 Gone to Ground - John Harvey (R as a more than adequate whodunit)
8 The Farm - Tom Rob Smith (R as a page-turner)
7 Watchman - Ian Rankin
6 Gorky Park - Martin Cruz Smith (R for first 75% when story could have finished)
5 The Redeemer - Jo Nesbo
4 Framley Parsonage - Anthony Trollope (R to Trollope fans)
3 McCarthy's Bar - Pete McCarthy (R for wit and great turn of phrase)
2 Men from the boys - Tony Parsons
1 To kill a mockingbird - Harper Lee - (R because everyone should read this once)

Books read 2014 (R) = recommended as a good read, for one reason or another

81 The Troubled Man - Henning Mankell
80 The Bat - Jo Nesbo
79 The Greene Murder Case - S.S. van Dine (R for criminal analysis)
78 My Son, My Son - Howard Spring (ditto)
77 Rachel Rosing - Howard Spring (ditto)
76 Shabby Tiger - Howard Spring (R for fine writing)
75 The Odessa File - Frederick Forsyth (R for page-turner)
74 The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
73 The Italian Girl - Iris Murdoch
72 Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs - Jeremy Mercer (R to all book lovers)
71 Police - Jo Nesbo
70 Talking Heads - Alan Bennett (R for A Chip in the Sugar)
69 Doctor Thorne - Anthony Trollope (R for some of the best Trollope)
68 Screw it, let's do it expanded - Richard Branson (R for how to run a business)
67 The Prisoner of Heaven - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
66 The River - Tricia Wastvedt (R for atmosphere)
65 The Drop - Michael Connelly (R for crime page-turner)
64 Murder on the Thirty-First Floor - Per Wahloo
63 A Christmas Memory - Truman Capote (R for absolute charm)
62 A Diamond Guitar - Truman Capote
61 House of Flowers - Truman Capote
60 Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
59 Toast - Nigel Slater (R for baby boomers)
58 Talking Heads 2 - Alan Bennett (R for damned fine writing)
57 Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffenegger (R for summer reading)
56 The Taxi Queue - Janet Davey
55 The Terrorists - Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo (R - all 10 heralded as the best books
ever written on police procedures)
54 Cop Killer - Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
53 The Locked Room - Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
52 The Abominable Man - Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
51 Murder at the Savoy - Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
50 The Fire Engine that Disappeared - Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
49 The Laughing Policeman - Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
48 The Man on the Balcony - Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
47 The Man who went up in Smoke - Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
46 Roseanna - Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo
45 Days without number - Robert Goddard
44 Killing me Softly - Nicci French
43 The Night Ferry - Michael Robotham
42 A Darkness more than Night - Michael Connelly (for Harry Bosch fans)
41 Lost Light - Michael Connelly (R for Harry Bosch fans)
40 Dead Simple - Peter James
39 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce (R for inspiration)
38 Barchester Towers - Anthony Trollope (R for richness of language and wit)
37 The Warden - Anthony Trollope (R for Trollope fans)
36 Amish Grace - Kraybill, Nolt, Weaver-Zercher
35 Christmas Pudding - Nancy Mitford
34 The Dogs of Riga - Henning Mankell
33 X Marks the Spot - Les Martin
32 Arctic Chill - Arnaldur Indridason
31 The Pyramid - Henning Mankell (R for Wallander fans)
30 A Crime in the Neighbourhood (R for prose)
29 Philomena - Martin Sixsmith (R for anyone who's seen the film and wants to know the son's life story)
28 The Fifth Woman - Henning Mankell (R for Wallander fans)
27 Trunk Music - Michael Connelly
26 The Burning Girl - Mark Billingham
25 The Road Home - Rose Tremain (R for literary merit)
24 The Black Box - Michael Connelly (R for crime page-turner)
23 The Dying Hours - Mark Billingham
22 L'assommoir - Emile Zola (R for Zola at his most squalid)
21 Jar City - Arnaldur Indridason (R for murder mystery page-turner)
20 Never saw it coming - Linwood Barclay (R for murder mystery page-turner)
19 Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls - Robert Rankin (R for raucous reading)
18 The Fallen Idol - Graham Greene
17 The Third Man - Graham Greene
16 Let it Bleed - Ian Rankin
15 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Paul Torday (R for great fun)
14 The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton (R for summer reading)
13 Crusader's Tomb - A.J. Cronin
12 Tomorrow when the war began - John Marsden
11 Stoner - John Williams
10 Indiscretions of Archie - P.G. Wodehouse (R)
9 Deep Waters - Jayne Ann Krentz (R)
8 Kullervo's Story - Paavo Haavikko
7 Eagle in the Sky - Wilbur Smith (R)
6 Decider - Dick Francis (R)
5 Quite Ugly One Morning - Christopher Brookmyre (R)
4 Dandelion Soup - Babs Horton
3 Prophecy - Peter James
2 Eleven Minutes - Paul Coelho (R)
1 All my sisters - Judith Lennox (R)

Books read 2013 (R) = recommended

73 Possession - Peter James
72 Doctored Evidence - Donna Leon
71 Finding Moon - Tony Hillerman
70 The Death Instinct - Jed Rubenfeld (R)
69 A Curious Earch - Gerard Woodward (R)
68 The Understudy - David Nicholls (R)
67 Wilful Behaviour - Donna Leon
66 Deliverance - James Dickey
65 The Girl who fell from the Sky - Simon Mawer (R)
64 Dying to Tell - Robert Goddard
63 Baskerville - John O'Connell
62 A Venetian Reckoning - Donna Leon (R)
61 Eleanor Rigby - Douglas Coupland (R)
60 The Truth - Peter James
59 The keys to the street - Ruth Rendell
58 All bones and lies - Anne Fine
57 Shopgirl - Steve Martin (R)
56 Lake of Darkness - Ruth Rendell (R)
55 The Queen and I - Sue Townsend (R)
54 A Child's Game - John Connor
53 The Cutting Room - Louise Welsh
52 Aberystwyth Mon Amour - Malcolm Pryce
51 Public Enemy Number Two - Anthony Horowitz (R)
50 The Auschwitz Violin - Maria Angels Anglada
49 Hotel du Lac - Anita Brookner (R)
48 Back Story - David Mitchell (comedian)
47 Garlic and Sapphires - Ruth Reichl (R)
46 Faith - Peter James (R)
45 Two Serious Ladies - Jane Bowles
44 The Secret Speech - Tom Rob Smith (R)
43 The Museum of Innocence - Orhan Pamuk (R)
42 Dog - John Hegley (R)
41 The German Boy - Patricia Wastvedt (R)
40 The Rottweiler - Ruth Rendell (R)
39 Paula Spencer - Roddy Doyle (R)
38 The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters (R)
37 A Good Fall - Ha Jin (R)
36 Mr Briggs' Hat - Kate Colquhoun (R)
35 Sweet Heart - Peter James
34 The Safe House - Nicci French
33 The Help - Kathryn Stockett (R)
32 Scapegallows - Carol Birch (R)
31 The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - Alexander McCall Smith (R)
30 Gone - Lisa Gardner (R)
29 Bangkok Tattoo - John Burdett
28 Mennonite in a Little Black Dress - Rhoda Janzen (R)
27 Waking up in Toytown - John Burnside
26 Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood (R)
25 Death comes to Pemberley - P.D. James
24 The Fall - Simon Mawer (R)
23 The Death of Faith - Donna Leon
22 A Song of Sixpence - A.J. Cronin (R)
21 Toby's Room - Pat Barker (R)
20 Fifty Shades of Grey - E L James
19 Restless - William Boyd (R)
18 The Hundred-Year-Old Man who climbed out of the window and disappeared - Jonas Jonasson
17 Finding Grace - Alyssa Brugman (R)
16 Waiting for Sunrise - William Boyd (R)
15 Empire Falls - Richard Russo (R)
14 Falling Angels - Tracy Chevalier
13 Caught in the Light - Robert Goddard (R)
12 The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford (R)
11 Tamar - Mal Peet (R)
10 The Twisted Heart - Rebecca Gowers
9 The Heir - Vita Sackville-West (R)
8 Seducers in Ecuador - Vita Sackville-West (R)
7 Cal - Bernard MacLaverty (R)
6 The Lighthouse - Alison Moore (R)
5 Blind Faith - Ben Elton (R)
4 Gone for Good - Harlan Coben
3 After Dark - Haruki Murakami
2 Brodeck's report - Philippe Claudel (R)
1 A round-heeled woman - Jane Juska (R)

Books read 2012 (R) = recommended
78 Damage - Josephine Hart
77 The Judas Tree - A.J. Cronin (R)
76 The Greatcoat - Helen Dunmore
75 Other People's Money - Justin Cartwright
74 Prisoner of Tehran - Marina Nemat (R)
73 The Clothes on their backs - Linda Grant
72 The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney (R)
71 Falling Awake - Jayne Ann Krentz
70 Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout (R)
69 The List - Steve Martini
68 The Return - Victoria Hislop
67 The Betrayal of Trust - Susan Hill (R)
66 The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova (R)
65 Ticket to Ride - Dennis Potter (R)
64 A Married Man - Piers Paul Read
63 A Game of Hide and Seek - Elizabeth Taylor
62 Frenchman's Creek - Daphne du Maurier
61 On collecting stamps - Hakan Lindquist
60 Gweilo - Martin Booth (R)
59 Everyman - Philip Roth (R)
58 Yes Man - Danny Wallace (R)
57 Brazzaville Beach - William Boyd (R)
56 One for my Baby - Tony Parsons (R)
55 The Promise - Chaim Potok
54 The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd (R)
53 Down all the Days - Christy Brown (R)
52 The Beacon - Susan Hill (R)
51 The Lost Continent - Bill Bryson (R)
50 The Blasphemer - Nigel Farndale
49 My Dear, I wanted to tell you - Louisa Young (R)
48 Decline and Fall - Evelyn Waugh (R)
47 My Cousin Rachel - Daphne du Maurier (R)
46 Natural Born Killers - John August, Jane Hamsher
45 The Grass is always greener over the septic tank (R)
44 Smut - Alan Bennett (R)
43 The Siege - Helen Dunmore (R)
42 The Piano - Jane Campion (R)
41 The Benefactor - Susan Sontag
40 The Interpretation of Murder (R)
39 Notes on a Scandal - Zoë Heller (R)
38 Dreams from my Father - Barack Obama
37 The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
36 Through a Glass, Darkly - Donna Leon
35 Whistle down the wind - Mary Hayley Bell
34 Agent 6 - Tom Rob Smith
33 The Grass is Singing - Doris Lessing
32 Love inthe Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marques (R)
31 This Perfect Day - Ira Levin
30 Alice through the Needle's Eye - Gilbert Adair
29 Animal Farm - George Orwell (R)
28 To a God Unknown - John Steinbeck
27 The Bell - Iris Murdoch (R)
26 The Day of the Triffids -John Wyndham
25 Scoop - Evelyn Waugh
24 Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell (R)
23 Stuart - a life backwards - Alexander Masters (R)
22 Marathon Man - William Goldman
21 Starter for 10 - David Nicholls (R)
20 His coldest winter - Derek Beaven
19 Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
18 A Woman in Berlin - anonymous (R)
17 A Secret Madness - Elaine Bass (R)
16 For the good of the cause - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
15 The Realm of Shells - Sonia Overall
14 Birthstone - D.M. Thomas
13 Nourishment - Gerard Woodward (R)
12 Snowdrops - A.D. Miller
11 Surfacing - Margaret Atwood
10 If nobody speaks of remarkable things - Jon McGregor
9 The Anonymous Venetian - Donna Leon
8 The Complete Maus - Art Spiegelman (R)
7 Cop Killer - Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (R)
6 The Locked Room - May Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
5 The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt (R)
4 The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes (R)
3 The Snowman - Jo Nesbo (R)
2 An Uncertain Place - Fred Vargas
1 Being There - Jerzy Kosinski


Books read 2011 (R) = recommended
80 The Abominable Man - Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
79 One Day - David Nicholls (R)
78 Old Filth - Jane Gardam
77 The Territory of Men - Joelle Fraser (R)
76 Going Loco - Lynne Truss
75 The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
74 The Quiet American - Graham Greene
73 Murder at the Savoy - Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (R)
72 The King's Speech - Mark Logue, Peter Conradi (R)
71 The Plague - Albert Camus (R)
70 Mortal Causes - Ian Rankin
69 The Cruel Mother - Siân Busby
68 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
67 The Fire Engine that disappeared - Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (R)
66 Life Class - Pat Barker (R)
65 Girl in the Cellar - The Natascha Kampusch Story - Allan Hall and Michael Leidig (R)
64 The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway (R)
63 The Laughing Policeman - Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
62 The X Files Ground Zero - Kevin J. Anderson
61 The Man on the Balcony - Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (R)
60 Border Crossing - Pat Barker (R)
59 The Shape of Snakes - Minette Walters
58 The Red Queen - Philippa Gregory
57 Diary of a Madman and other stories - Nikolai Gogol (R)
56 And to my nephew Albert I leave the island etc - David Forrest (R)
55 My shit life so far - Frankie Boyle
54 The Bottle Factory Outing - Beryl Bainbridge (R)
53 Fleshmarket Close - Ian Rankin (R)
52 Rabbit-Proof Fence - Doris Pilkington
51 Lies of Silence - Brian Moore (R)
50 The Scapegoat - Daphne du Maurier
49 The Northern Light - A.J. Cronin (R)
48 Another World - Pat Barker (R)
47 Before she met me - Julian Barnes
46 Mixed Fantasies - Brenda Blethyn (R)
45 Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith
44 The Chimney Sweeper's Boy - Barbara Vine (R)
43 The Amateur Marriage - Anne Tyler (R)
42 The Winter of our Discontent - John Steinbeck (R)
41 Up a tree in the park at night with a hedgehog - Robert P. Smith
40 Italian Shoes - Henning Mankell (R)
39 I'm the King of the Castle - Susan Hill
38 The Millstone - Margaret Drabble (R)
37 The Autobiography of the Queen - Emma Tennant
36 The Man who went up in Smoke - Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (R)
35 The Murderer - Georges Simenon
34 The Monster of Florence - Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi (R)
33 Bag of Bones - Stephen King
32 Where are the Children? - Mary Higgins Clark
31 The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway (R)
30 Terminal - Colin Forbes
29 My Uncle Oswald - Roald Dahl (R)
28 Roseanna - Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (R)
27 Meridon - Philippa Gregory (R)
26 The Favoured Child - Philippa Gregory (R)
25 By Stealth - Colin Forbes
24 Chameleon - William Diehl
23 Bad Blood - Lorna Sage
22 The Ballad of Peckham Rye - Muriel Spark
21 What I was - Meg Rosoff
20 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
19 Mary Anne - Daphne du Maurier
18 The Comfort of Strangers - Ian McEwan
17 Death at La Fenice - Donna Leon
16 An unsuitable Job for a Woman - P.D. James
15 Mrs de Winter - Susan Hill(R)
14 Wideacre - Philippa Gregory (R)
13 Moab is my Washpot - Stephen Fry (R)
12 The Girl who kicked the Hornets' Nest - Stieg Larsson(R)
11 The Girl who played with Fire - Stieg Larsson (R)
10 Alien 3 - Alan Dean Foster
9 The Chalk Circle Man - Fred Vargas
8 Wilt - Tom Sharpe
7 A Town like Alice - Nevil Shute
6 The Girl of his Dreams - Donna Leon
5 The Yacoubian Building - Alaa Al Aswany (R)
4 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson (R)
3 The Spanish Gardener - A.J. Cronin (R)
2 Shannon's Way - A.J. Cronin (R)
1 My name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok (R)

Books read 2010 (R) = Recommended
71 Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
70 The Pianist - Wladyslaw Szpilman
69 A Chemical Prison - Barbara Nadal
68 The Man who wasn't there - Pat Barker (R)
67 Up for Grabs - Erle Stanley Gardner
66 The Little Friend - Donna Tartt
65 Netherland - Joseph O'Neill
64 Long Way Round - Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
63 Twelve Red Herrings - Jeffrey Archer
62 Monday Mourning - Kathy Reichs
61 The Gravedigger's Daughter - Joyce Carol Oates
60 The Nice and the Good - Iris Murdoch
59 Ordinary People - Judith Guest (R)
58 The Net - Leonore Fleischer
57 The Geographer's Library - Jon Fasman
56 Out of Africa - Karen Blixen
55 A Twist in the Tale - Jeffrey Archer
54 Stiff Upper Lip Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse (R)
53 The Kill - Emile Zola
52 The Pearl - Jon Steinbeck
51 Before the Frost - Henning Mankell (R)
50 The Whole Day Through- Patrick Gale (R)
49 Aliens - Alan Dean Foster
48 The Horse Whisperer - Nicholas Evans (R)
47 The Green Years - A.J. Cronin (R)
46 The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton
45 Cry Freedom - John Briley (R)
44 Twilight - Stephenie Meyer (R)
43 The Lord God made them all - James Herriot
42 Alien - Alan Dean Foster
41 Double Jeopardy - Colin Forbes
40 Chart Throb - Ben Elton
39 Disclosure - Michael Crichton
38 Devil may care - Sebastian Faulks (R)
37 The Citadel - A.J. Cronin (R)
36 DeKok and the Sombre Nude - A.C. Baantje (R)
35 Wash this blood clean from my hand - Fred Vargas (R)
34 In the Beginning - Chaim Potok
33 Uniform Justice - Donna Leon (R)
32 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey (R)
31 The Small Miracle - Paul Gallico
30 The Snow Goose - Paul Gallico
29 The Terminal Man - Michael Crichton
28 The Grand Babylon Hotel - Arnold Bennett (R)
27 A mysterious affair of style - Gilbert Adair (R)
26 The Fortune of the Rougons - Emile Zola
25 The Edible Woman - Margaret Atwood
24 In the Dark - Mark Billingham
23 The Queen's Fool - Philippa Gregory (R)
22 The Luck of Ginger Coffey - Brian Moore
21 Liza of Lambeth - Somerset Maugham
20 Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell (R)
19 A Death in Belmont - Sebastian Junger (R)
18 The Stars Look Down - A.J. Cronin
17 Thérèse Raquin - Emile Zola (R)
16 Atonement - Ian McEwan (R)
15 Pauper's Child - Meg Hutchinson
14 Eye of the Needle - Ken Follett (R)
13 The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Orczy
12 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning - Alan Sillitoe (R)
11 The Lonely Passion of Miss Judith Hearne Brian Moore (R)
10 A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
9 The Other Queen - Philippa Gregory (R)
8 The Missing - Tim Gautreaux (R)
7 Boy in Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne (R)
6 Talking Heads - Alan Bennett
5 Remarkable Creatures - Tracy Chevalier (R)
4 An Equal Stillness - Francesca Kay
3 The Seance - John Harwood (R)
2 Secret Smile - Nicci French
1 The Glass Room - Simon Mawer (R)

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