A year in books – 2015

Here is what I read and listened to in 2015. If nothing else, I hope 2016 is a bit more productive in this field.

The best I tackled? Definitely A Child Called “It”, a remarkable (and awful) story, very moving. Honourable mentions also go to The Wasp Factory and Little Gypsy.

A. L. Morton The English Utopia
Agatha Christie Crooked House
Anna Sebba That Woman : The Life of Wallis Simpson Duchess of Windsor
Catherine Aird Henrietta Who?
Charles Dickens Great Expectations
Colin Brown Whitehall : The Street that Shaped a Nation
Dave Pelzer A Child Called “It”
David Attenborough Life Stories
Dawn French Dear Fatty
Guest edited by Karen Celis and Sarah Childs Representation : Journal of Representatove Democracy Volume 44 Number 2 July 2008
Iain Banks The Wasp Factory
Jay Rayner The Apologist
Jesse Armstrong Love, Sex & Other Foreign Policy Goals
John Mortimer Rumpole at Christmas
John O’Farrell The Man Who Forgot His Wife
Marina Lewycka Various Pets Alive & Dead
Max Hastings Bomber Command
Mick McDermott Speaking With Forked Tongues : An amusing & revealing insight into the modern bookmaking industry
P. D. James The Private Patient : An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
Patricia Cornwell Portrait Of A Killer
Peter Millar All Gone To Look For America
Robert Peston Who Runs Britain? …. and who’s to blame for the economic mess we’re in
Robin Harris The Conservatives – A History
Roxy Freeman Little Gypsy
Sarah Waters The Little Stranger
Simon Louvish Stan And Ollie The Roots Of Comedy : The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy
Sophie Kinsella Shopaholic & Sister
Tom Holland In The Shadow Of The Sword : The battle for global empire and the end of the ancient world
Vince Cable Free Radical
Winston Churchill The Second World War : Book Four: Triumph and Tragedy

Most listened to

As I have blogged before (https://warelane.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/listening/) I listen to audiobooks whilst driving.

I thought it interesting to list my most listened to authors. It must be borne in mind that I am at the mercy of whatever is available in the libraries that I visit. The number of titles is shown against each author.

22 Ruth Rendell
19 Christopher Lee
16 Agatha Christie
11 Peter Robinson
9 Robert Goddard
8 Charles Dickens
7 Graham Greene
6 BBC
5 Elizabeth George
5 George Orwell
5 John Grisham
5 John Le Carre
5 John Mortimer
5 Mary Higgins Clark
5 Michael Crichton
5 Patricia Cornwell
5 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
5 Thomas Hardy
4 Alan Bennett
4 Charlotte Bronte
4 Ellis Peters
4 H. G. Wells
4 Jane Austen
4 Michael Palin
4 Minette Walters
4 P. G. Wodehouse
4 Val McDermid