A-Z Adult

Below are the links, in alphabetical order by title, to all the adult books I have read whilst blogging at This Reading Life. For the books I read during my 11 years at Brona’s Books, please visit the Brona’s Books tab on the menu.


Adam Bede | George Eliot

After Sappho | Selby Wynn Schwartz

(A) After Story | Larissa Behrendt

The Aleph | Jorge Luis Borges

All the Lovers in the Night | Meiko Kawakami

All Summer in a Day | Ray Bradbury

(A) All That Swagger | Miles Franklin

Alison | Lizzy Stewart

Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

(A) The Animals in That Country | Laura Jean McKay

Anything is Possible | Elizabeth Strout

Ariadne | Jennifer Saint

Assembly | Natasha Brown


Beautiful World, Where Are You? | Sally Rooney

(A) Benang: From the Heart | Kim Scott

Bewilderment | Richard Powers

The Bicentennial Man | Isaac Asimov

The Birds and other stories | Daphne du Maurier

Blue Postcards | Douglas Bruton

The Bombay Prince | Sujata Massey

The Book of Form and Emptiness | Ruth Ozeki

(A) Born Into This | Adam Thompson

Bournville | Jonathan Coe

Bring Up the Bodies | Hilary Mantel

Burning Questions | Margaret Atwood

(A) A Bush Honeymoon | Laura Palmer-Archer

(A) The Butterfly Man | Heather Rose


The Cat Who Saved Books | Sōsuke Natsukawa

(A) Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens | Shankari Chandran

Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future | Svetlana Alexievich

The Christmas Tree and the Wedding | Fyodor Dostoevsky

(A) The Coast | Eleanor Limprecht

(A) Cold Enough For Snow | Jessica Au

(A) Cold Light | Frank Moorhouse

The Color of the Sky is the Shape of the Heart | Chesil

Committed Writings | Albert Camus

Common Ground | Naomi Ishiguro

The Congress | Jorge Luis Borges

Coromandel Sea Change | Rumer Godden

(A) The Countess From Kirribilli | Joyce Morgan


(A) Dark Palace | Frank Moorhouse

The Daughter of Time | Josephine Tey

Dead-end Memories | Banana Yoshimoto

Dearly: Poems | Margaret Atwood

(A) A Difficult Young Man | Martin Boyd

Digging For Richard III | Mike Pitts

A Distant Mirror | The Calamitous 14th Century | Barbara Tuchman

A Dream Life | Claire Messud

(A) Dropbear | Evelyn Araluen


Elizabeth Finch | Julian Barnes

Émile Zola: A Very Short Introduction | Brian Nelson

Euphoria | Elin Cullhed

(A) Eve Langley and The Pea Pickers | Helen Vines

(A) The Evening of the Holiday | Shirley Hazzard

(A) Everything Feels Like the End of the World | Else Fitzgerald


Finn Family Moomintroll | Tove Jansson

(A) Fire Front | edited Alison Whittaker

First Person Singular | Haruki Murakami

(A) Fishing For Lightning | Sarah Holland-Batt

Foster | Claire Keegan

Four Letters of Love | Niall Williams

French Braid | Anne Tyler


(A) Goodnight Vivienne, Goodnight | Steven Carroll

Grand Days | Frank Moorhouse

Gratitude | Delphine de Vigan


H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald

Haven | Emma Donoghue

Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs | Beth Ann Fennelly

(A) Homeland Calling | edited Ellen van Neervan

HMS Surprise | Patrick O’Brian

(A) Honeybee | Craig Silvey

The House of Asterion | Jorge Luis Borges

(A) How To Be Remembered | Michael Thompson

(A) how to make a basket | Jazz Money


(A) Infidelity and Other Affairs | Kate Legge

The Inseparables | Simone de Beauvoir

(A) Into the Loneliness | Eleanor Hogan

The Island of Missing Trees | Elif Shafak


The Jew’s Beech | Annette von Droste-Hülshoff


Klara and the Sun | Kazuo Ishiguro


(A) The Labyrinth | Amanda Lohrey

The Last White Man | Mohsin Hamid

Laura: A Journey into the Crystal | George Sand

(A) Leaping Into Waterfalls: The Enigmatic Gillian Mears | Bernadette Brennan

Let Me Tell You What I Mean | Joan Didion

The Library of Babel | Jorge Luis Borges

(A) Limberlost | Robbie Arnott

(A) Little Plum | Laura McPhee-Browne

The London Scene | Virginia Woolf

(A) Lone Wolf: Albanese and the New Politics: Quarterly Essay 88 | Katharine Murphy

Lucy by the Sea | Elizabeth Strout


(A) The M Word: How To Survive Thrive in Menopause | Ginni Mansberg

The Magician | Colm Tóibin

Maigret and the Minister | Georges Simenon

Maigret and the Tramp | Georges Simenon

Maigret Goes to School | Georges Simenon

Marcus Aurelius Meditations | translated by Gregory Hays

(A) Marlo | Jay Carmichael

Master and Commander | Patrick O’Brian

Matrix | Lauren Groff

Mayflies | Andrew O’Hagan

Me, Antman & Fleabag | Gayle Kennedy

Med: A Cookbook | Claudia Roden

Midnight Chicken (& other recipes worth living for) | Ella Risbridger

The Mirror and the Light | Hilary Mantel

Miss Carter and the Ifrit | Susan Alice Kerby

(A) The Moving Finger | Mary Gaunt

Mrs March | Virginia Feito

(A) My Heart is a Little Wild Thing | Nigel Featherstone

(A) My Love Must Wait | Ernestine Hill

My Name is Lucy Barton | Elizabeth Strout

My Phantoms | Gwendoline Riley

(A) Myself When Young | Henry Handel Richardson


No. 91/92: A Parisian Bus Diary | Lauren Elkin

(A) No Document | Anwen Crawford

(The Annotated) Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen & David M. Shapard

(A) Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here | Heather Rose

Nothing Holds Back the Night | Delphine de Vigan


October: The Story of the Russian Revolution | China Miéville

Oh William! | Elizabeth Strout

(A) Old Seems to be Other People | Lily Brett

On the Black Hill | Bruce Chatwin

(A) On Shirley Hazzard | Michelle de Kretser

Orwell’s Roses | Rebecca Solnit

(A) Otherland | Maria Tumarkin

Outlawed | Anna North


Pale Rider | Laura Spinney

The Paris Bookseller | Kerri Maher

The Passenger: Japan | Europa Editions

Passing | Nella Larsen

(A) The Pea Pickers | Eve Langley

People From My Neighbourhood | Hiromi Kawakami

(A) The Performance | Claire Thomas

(A) Phosphorescence | Julia Baird

The Pigeon | Patrick Suskind

Piranesi | Susanna Clarke

Pointed Roofs | Dorothy M. Richardson

Post Captain | Patrick O’Brian

The Promise | Damon Galgut

Pure Colour | Sheila Heti



The Red-Haired Woman | Orhan Pamuk

(A) A Room Made of Leaves | Kate Grenville


(A) Salonika Burning | Gail Jones

The Satapur Moonstone | Sujata Massey

The Second Branch of the Mabinogi | Translator: Sioned Davies

Second Place | Rachel Cusk

(A) Scary Monsters | Michelle de Kretser

She and Her Cat | Makoto Shinkai & Naruki Nagakawa

(A) The Shortest History of the Soviet Union | Shelia Fitzpatrick

The Sign of the Four | Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sin of Abbé Mouret | Émile Zola

A Short History of Russia: From the Pagans to Putin | Mark Galeotti

Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan

Son Excellence Eugène Rougon | Émile Zola

The Space Between the Stars | Indira Naidoo

Spam Tomorrow | Verily Anderson

Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars | Francesca Wade

Station Eleven | Emily St. John Mandel

Summer Diary: The Herbogowan | Rumer Godden

(A) The Sun Walks Down | Fiona McFarlane

The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris

The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka


(A) The Teal Revolution | Margot Saville

This Changes Everything: The Honest Guide to Menopause and Perimenopause | Niki Bezzant

(A) This Devastating Fever | Sophie Cunningham

This is Happiness | Niall Williams

(A) Throat | Ellen Van Neerven

(A) To the Ends of the Earth | Susanna De Vries

Tokyo Express | Seichō Matsumoto

The Tortoise and the Hare | Elizabeth Jenkins

(A) Toxic | Richard Flanagan

Two Stories | Leonard & Virginia Woolf



Vesper Flights | Helen Macdonald

Virginia Woolf: Great Lives | Nigel Nicolson

(A) Voss | Patrick White


War and Peace | Leo Tolstoy

Whereabouts | Jhumpa Lahiri

(A) The Wild Oats of Han | Katharine Susannah Prichard

(A) The Wingmaker | Mette Jakobsen

Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel

(A) Wolf Hall Companion: The People, The Places, The History | Lauren Mackay

The Woman in the Purple Skirt | Natsuko Imamura

Women | Mihail Sebastian



(A) Yuiquimbiang | Louise Crisp


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