Books of 2009

At the end of each year, I leave you with a list of the books I’ve read during the year… this year I’ve read more titles than usual, but that’s because I read rather a lot of plays for one of my courses… and re-reads have a ‘x’ in front of them. Again, rather more than usual. Anyway, here goes! (warning: if you’re in the dovegreybooks postal book group, watch out! Some of these titles are in it, but I couldn’t remember exactly which…)

x1. Winnie-the-Pooh – AA Milne
x2. The House at Pooh Corner – AA Milne
x3. The Feminine Middlebrow Novels 1920s to 1950s – Nicola Humble
x4. The Provincial Lady in America – EM Delafield
5. Breath – Tim Winton
x6. Orlando – Virginia Woolf
7. The Colleen Bawn – Dion Boucicault
8. Black Ey’d Susan – Douglas Jerrold
9. The Bells – Leopold Lewis
10. Melodrama – James L. Smith
11. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (play) – George L. Aiken
x12. The Provincial Lady in Wartime – EM Delafield
13. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
14. The Octoroon – Dion Boucicault
15. Mrs. Warren’s Profession – George Bernard Shaw
16. The Second Mrs. Tanqueray – Arthur Wing Pinero
17. The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith – Arthur Wing Pinero
x18. Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf
19. Mrs. Dane’s Defence – Henry Arthur Jones
20. Stage-Land – Jerome K. Jerome
x21. Between The Acts – Virginia Woolf
x22. A Woman of No Importance – Oscar Wilde
23. The Philanderer – George Bernard Shaw
24. The Master-Builder – Henrik Ibsen
25. The Lady From The Sea – Henrik Ibsen
26. Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner
27. Harriet Hume: A London Fantasy – Rebecca West
x28. Lady Into Fox – David Garnett
29. The Heir – Vita Sackville-West
30. Hedda Gabler – Henrik Ibsen
x31. The Haunted Woman – David Lindsay
32. A Taste of Honey – Shelagh Delaney
33. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Rattigan
34. The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West
35. The Winslow Boy – Terence Rattigan
36. The Entertainer – John Osborne
x37. Miss Hargreaves – Frank Baker
x38. The Birthday Party – Harold Pinter
39. Travesties – Tom Stoppard
40. Indian Ink – Tom Stoppard
41. Rock and Roll – Tom Stoppard
42. The Lion in Love – Shelagh Delaney
43. Saved – Edward Bond
44. Loot – Joe Orton
45. What The Butler Saw – Joe Orton
46. Blasted – Sarah Kane
47. Early Morning – Edward Bond
48. Cloud Nine – Caryl Churchill
x49. The Love Child – Edith Olivier
50. Mr. Fortune’s Maggot – Sylvia Townsend Warner
51. Making History – Brian Friel
52. The History Boys – Alan Bennett
53. Our Country’s Good – Timberlake Werternbaker
54. Oh What A Lovely War – Theatre Workshop
x55. Arcadia – Tom Stoppard
56. It’s Hard To Be Hip Over Thirty and other poems – Judith Viorst
57. Forever England – Alison Light
58. Parnassus on Wheels – Christopher Morley
59. Love Letters – Leonard Woolf & Trekkie Parsons
60. His House in Order – Arthur Wing Pinero
61. Separate Tables – Terence Rattigan
62. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher – Kate Summerscale
63. Straws Without Bricks: I Visit Soviet Russia – EM Delafield
64. Making Conversation – Christine Longford
x65. Two People – AA Milne
66. Put Out More Flags – Evelyn Waugh
x67. A Very Great Profession – Nicola Beauman
68. The Ascent of Man – AA Milne
69. The Enchanted April – Elizabeth von Arnim
70. The House of Dolls – Barbara Comyns
71. The Psychology of the Servant Problem – Violet M. Firth
x72. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
73. Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Dunker
74. A Shot in Dark – Saki
x75. Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there – Lewis Carroll
76. Seducers in Ecuador – Vita Sackville-West
77. Jane’s Fame – Claire Harman
78. The Fox – DH Lawrence
79. Paris Review Interviews vol.1 – Various
x80. The Heir – Vita Sackville-West
x81. The Hours – Michael Cunningham
82. Cheerful Weather For The Wedding – Julia Strachey
83. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
84. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont – Elizabeth Taylor
85. Say Please – Virginia Graham
x86. Flush: A Biography – Virginia Woolf
87. Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay
88. Home To Roost and other peckings – Deborah Devonshire
89. The Tales of Beedle the Bard – JK Rowling
90. Indiscretions of Archie – PG Wodehouse
91. Henrietta’s War – Joyce Dennys
92. Maidens’ Trip – Emma Smith
93. Parents and Children – Ivy Compton-Burnett
94. Dreamers – Knut Hamsun
95. Sex Education – Janni Visman
96. They Came Like Swallows – William Maxwell
97. The Holiday – Richmal Crompton
98. Henrietta Sees It Through – Joyce Dennys
99. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
100. The Tattooed Map – Barbara Hodgson
x101. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – JK Rowling
102. Alas, Poor Lady – Rachel Ferguson
103. The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen
x104. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling
105. Observatory Mansions – Edward Carey
106. The Other Elizabeth Taylor – Nicola Beauman
107. Oxford – Jan Morris
108. The Bird’s Nest – Shirley Jackson
109. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
110. Checkout: A Life on the Tills – Anna Sam
111. The Shutter of Snow – Emily Holmes Coleman
112. Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair
113. Love’s Shadow – Ada Leverson
114. Tea and Tranquillisers – Dianne Hapwood
115. Princes in the Land – Joanna Cannan
116. Minnie’s Room – Mollie Panter-Downes
117. The Runaway – Elizabeth Anna Hart
118. Elizabeth and Ivy – Robert Liddell
119. Lettice Delmer – Susan Miles
120. Beg, Borrow, Steal – Michael Greenberg
121. Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
122. Kisses on a Postcard – Terence Frisby
123. It’s All Right If I Do It – Terence Frisby
x124. Miss Hargreaves – Frank Baker
125. The True Deceiver – Tove Jansson
126. The Dower House – Annabel Davis-Goff
127. Howards End is on the Landing – Susan Hill
128. Summer at the Haven – Katharine Moore
129. A Very Short Introduction to Biography – Hermione Lee
130. The Tortoise and The Hare – Elizabeth Jenkins
131. The Spare Room – Helen Garner
x132. We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
133. Economy Must Be Our Watchword – Joyce Dennys
134. Modern Delight – Various
135. The Beacon – Susan Hill
136. The Paper House – Carlos Maria Dominguez
137. Fiction and the Reading Public – QD Leavis
138. Domestic Modernism, the Interwar Novel, and EH Young – Chiara Briganti & Kathy Mezei
139. Making the Cat Laugh – Lynne Truss
140. The Venetian Glass Nephew – Elinor Wylie
141. Her Fearful Symmetry – Audrey Niffenegger
142. Repeated Doses – Joyce Dennys
143. Manservant and Maidservant – Ivy Compton-Burnett
144. So Many Books – Gabriel Zaid
145. Olivia – Olivia
146. Dwarf’s Blood – Edith Olivier
x147. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
148. A Kind of Intimacy – Jenn Ashworth
149. Notes Towards the Definition of Culture – TS Eliot
150. Impassioned Clay – Stevie Davies
x151. The Holiday Round – AA Milne
152. Women, Privacy and Modernity in Early Twentieth-Century British Writing – Wendy Gan
153. High Brows – Bruce Marshall
154. The Innermost Room – Richmal Crompton
x155. Hunting the Highbrow – Leonard Woolf
x156. Mass Civilization and Minority Culture – FR Leavis
157. Civilization – Clive Bell
158. Crewe Train – Rose Macaulay
x159. Diary of a Provincial Lady – EM Delafield
160. Catchwords and Claptrap – Rose Macaulay
161. Try Anything Twice – Jan Struther
162. The Lagoon – Janet Frame
163. Keeping Up Appearances – Rose Macaulay
164. Dear Fatty – Dawn French
165. Pastors and Masters – Ivy Compton-Burnett

4 thoughts on “Books of 2009

  • January 1, 2010 at 9:41 am
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    That is an admirable amount of books read in a year! :)

    Happy New Year & Happy reading in 2010!

    Greetings,
    Tiina

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  • January 2, 2010 at 9:27 am
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    That is quite a list of books Simon T! I was thirty four books behind you which for me is my best reading year ever. Heres to 2010!!

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  • January 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm
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    Wow, I'm impressed !
    Happy New Year !
    Lewerentz

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