Books Read in 2016

The links are to my reviews – some ‘reviews’ are parts of composite posts (not all books will be reviewed).


  • LB = library book
  • TBR = book acquired before 1 Jan 2016
  • RB = a review book from author/publisher/LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program
  • B = book borrowed from family/friends
  • NF = non-fiction


  1. In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward (TBR)
  2. A Shepherd’s Life by James Rebank (TBR, NF)
  3. Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie (TBR)
  4. A Month in the Country by J L Carr (TBR)
  5. Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie (TBR)
  6. Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie (TBR)
  7. Lustrum by Robert Harris (TBR)
  8. Dictator by Robert Harris
  9. The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble (LB)
  10. The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie (TBR)


  1. Too Soon a Death by Janet O’Kane (RB)
  2. Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir (RB)
  3. A House Divided by Margaret Skea (LB)
  4. Styx and Stones by Carola Dunn
  5. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (TBR)
  6. Slade House by David Mitchell (LB)


  1. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope (TBR)
  2. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey (TBR)
  3. The Madness of July by James Naughtie
  4. The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark (TBR)
  5. The Secret Hangman by Peter Lovesey (TBR)
  6. SPQR: a History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard (NF, TBR)
  7. Wycliffe and the Tangled Web by W J Burley (TBR)


  1. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (TBR)
  2. The Price of Love by Peter Robinson
  3. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Bones and Silence by Reginald Hill (TBR)
  5. Before the Fact by Francis Iles (TBR)
  6. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (TBR)
  7. The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home (RB)
  8. L S Lowry: A Life by Shelley Rohde (NF, TBR)


  1. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf (TBR)
  2. Crystal Nights by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen (RB, TBR)
  3. Alive, Alive Oh! And Other Things That Matter by Diana Athill (LB)
  4. The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers (LB)
  5. Inside of Me by Hazel McHaffie (RB)
  6. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
  7. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  8. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini


  1. High Rising by Angela Thirkell (TBR)
  2. Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham (TBR)
  3. Asta’s Book by Barbara Vine (TBR)
  4. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey (TBR)
  5. The Glass Room by Simon Mawer (TBR)
  6. Heat Wave by Penelope Lively (TBR)
  7. Wycliffe and the Quiet Virgin by W J Burley


  1. No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell
  2. John Le Carre: the Biography by Adam Sisman (NF)
  3. Sandlands by Rosy Thornton (RB)
  4. The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling (TBR)
  5. A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr (NF)
  6. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre (LB)


  1. The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman (TBR)
  2. The Woman Who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas Hume (LB)
  3. The Girl in the Cellar by Patricia Wentworth
  4. The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland (RB)
  5. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire,1) by George R R Martin (TBR)
  6. The Mysterious Mr Quin by Agatha Christie (TBR)


  1. The Wench is Dead by Colin Dexter (TBR)
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  3. Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie (Tommy & Tuppence short stories) (TBR)
  4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  5. Sunshine on Scotland Street by Alexander MCall Smith (LB)
  6. The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge (RB)
  7. The Black Friar by S G MacLean (RB)
  8. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving


  1. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (RB)
  2. Joyland by Stephen King
  3. Accidents Happen by Louise Millar (TBR)
  4. The Black Caravel by Harry Nicholson (RB)
  5. The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths (RB)
  6. The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin (RB)
  7. Autumn by Ali Smith (RB)
  8. The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble (RB)
  9. Another Day Gone by Eliza Graham (RB)


  1. Highlanders’ Revenge by Paul Tors (RB)
  2. Landscapes: John Berger on Art, edited by Tom Overton (RB)
  3. Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills (RB)
  4. The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas-Hume (LB)
  5. Sweet William by Beryl Bainbridge (RB)
  6. The Spy by Paulo Coelho (RB)
  7. Mystery in the Channel by Freeman Wills Croft (RB)
  8. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey (RB)
  9. Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin
  10. His Name was David Freeman by Ruth Kipnis (RB)
  11. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
  12. A Life Like Other People’s by Alan Bennett (LB)
  13. Silas Marner by George Eliot (TBR)


  1. The Bone Field by Simon Kernick (RB)
  2. The Marriage Lie by Kimberley Belle (RB)
  3. The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick (RB)
  4. A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards (LB)
  5. Worth Killing For by Ed James (RB)
  6. Frost at Christmas by R D Wingfield (TBR)
  7. Corpus by Rory Clements (RB)
  8. Village Christmas by Laurie Lee
  9. Fatal Option by Chris Beakey (RB)
  10. The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane (NF)