Books 2006

A list of the 19 books read by me during 2006.

The Lunar Men
by Jenny Uglow
A collective biography of a remarkable group of friends.

The Year of the Jouncer
by Simon Gray
Playwright Simon Gray's follow-up to The Smoking Diaries.

Nature Cure
by Richard Mabey
Nature writer recovers from depression by reconnecting with nature.

The Single Helix
by Steve Jones
Short science essays from the famous geneticist and snail man.

Charles Darwin, Geologist
by Sandra Herbert
What Charles Darwin did for geology.

Mountains of the Mind
by Robert Macfarlane
Mankind's new-found passion for mountains.

The Moonstone
by Wilkie Collins
Victorian blockbuster.

Status Anxiety
by Alain de Botton
How people worry about their status, and what they can do about it.

Catch 22
by Joseph Heller
There was only one catch…

The Place at the End of the World
by Janine di Giovanni
Journalism from the world's war zones.

Imperial Ambitions
by Noam Chomsky / David Barsamian
What America (and the rest) is really up to.

Me Talk Pretty One Day
by David Sedaris
Laugh-out-loud autobiographical humour.

Granta 93: God's Own Countries
by Ian Jack (ed.)
A collection of writing mostly themed around religious belief and its effects.

Granta 94: On the Road Again
by Ian Jack (ed.)
A collection of writing themed around travel.

Untold Stories
by Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett at his Alan Bennettest.

Gilbert White
by Richard Mabey
A biography of the author of The Natural History of Selborne.

Kuhn vs. Popper
by Steve Fuller
Over-academic analysis of two differing scientific philosophies.

Granta 95: Loved Ones
by Ian Jack (ed.)
A collection of writing themed around relationships.

Unspeak™
by Steven Poole
How language is (ab)used in order to persuade by stealth.