Here's the best of what I read in 2022. New feature klaxon: I’m picking a Book of the Year! It is Mazower’s Dark Continent. Mazower’s devastating review…

January 2022

I’ve always embraced the fact that I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. Indeed I believe that some of the best writing of the last three decades…

December 2021

Here's the best of what I read in 2021. And here are links to prior lists: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. This year’s list has a number of books from…

December 2020

Here's the best of what I read in 2020. This comes after an aborted mid-year decision to do a book of the month — what was I thinking?! Back to the…

September 2020

In my Twitter header is a quote by Michel Foucault, whose influence on me has been substantial. Foucault’s work is so embedded in modern work in the…

December 2019

Here's the best of what I read in 2019. A large proportion of my reading this year consisted of books on climate. These were excluded here for I have…

May 2019

Iain M. Banks died in 2013 and with that came an end to his series of Culture novels. Every few years, I destroy many days and weeks of sleep by…

December 2018

Here's the best of what I read in 2018. I set myself an arbitrary count of ten, which forced me to think hard about which books had a meaningful impact…

December 2017

Here's the best of what I read in 2017. It was as good a year as 2016, if not better. My original shortlist was twice the length and it was very…

October 2017

I'd just graduated college when I read The Remains Of The Day. At the time I thought it was the best novel I'd ever read, and while that ranking may…

December 2016

Here’s the best of what I read in 2016. All, to varying degrees, enlightening, entertaining and infuriating. It was tough to winnow down to a short list…

April 2016

The Great War and Modern Memory Paul Fussell; Oxford University Press, 2000; 382 pp. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914, but it was…