- Armstrong, Kelley: Bitten
The first and possibly the best of her werewolf family based stories
- Brookmyre, Christopher: One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night
I could have gone for any number of CB's fictions, but I have a special love for the Parlabane stories. It could have something to do with this performance or this reading.
- Calasso, Roberto: The marriage of Cadmus and Harmony
A delightful blending of mythologies
- Danielewski, Mark Z.: House of Leaves
I know I keep banging on about this book, but I still love it and still enjoy reading it regularly. A totally twisty headfuck that ramps up the tension with its multi-stranded narrative.
- Ellroy, James: American Tabloid
A grand spreading tale around one of my favourite subjects (the JFK assassination)
- Fforde, Jasper: The Eyre Affair
Still the most breathtaking and enjoyable of his novels and therefore a fine introduction to an always fun and smart writer
- Grundin, Robert: Book - A Novel
A 1992 novel that seems to lack almost any kind of footprint on the net. It's a fiction about fiction and academics: I'm a sucker for this sort of thing.
- Hall, Steven: The Raw Shark Texts
Post-modernism? A bit fantasy-esque? Twisty narrative? Thanks, I'll buy it.
- Iles, Greg: Dead Sleep
Rather nasty and ultimately predictable thriller. Can't say I didn't enjoy its page-turning skills though.
- Juster, Norton: The Phantom Tollbooth
Still one of my childhood books, a vivid play with words and numbers.
- Krauss, Nicole: The History of Love
Even just thinking about this story makes me well up with tears; a poignant and touching multi-stranded tale.
- Lurie, Alison: The Truth About Lorin Jones
It's about an art historian and feminist art history: of course I like it. Sad that it seems to be out of print...
- Miller, Martin: Lonely Werewolf Girl
Read quickly because it was just so darn much fun and gripped me throughout.
- Noon, Jeff: Pollen
Still creeps me out even thinking about this book: a vivid bit of fantasy.
- O'Flynn, Catherine: What Was Lost
A fabulous capturing of voice and place that has stolen the hearts of all who have read it. A remarkable debut.
- Phillips, Marie: Gods Behaving Badly
What is wrong with you people!? BUY AND READ THIS BOOK! It's warm and very, hilariously funny.
- Q.... na, sorry, stumped on this letter.
- Rosoff, Meg: How I Live Now
A book for 'young people'? Just a fabulously tender tale. I couldn't bare to listen to the radio reading because the story breaks my heart.
- Sudbery, Clare: The Dying of Delight
Clare is brilliant and brings all of her characteristic verve to the page.
- Tyler, Anne: The Amateur MarriageA gift from a friend and a story I loved reading.
- Updike, John: Seek My Face
Another art history related tale of a scarcely veiled Pollock, Krasner and Guggenheim tale.
- Vidal, Gore: Empire
Shades of heiresses and powerplays: the only Vidal novel I've finished...
- White, Antonia: Frost In May
I went for one classic text on this list, partly because I think it may have fallen out of favour, but its a much loved text by me.
- X... nope
- Yalom, Irvin D.: When Neitzsche Wept
It's about Freud and Neitzsche. It's a lot better than that sounds...
- Z... stumped me there too.