Books 2018

A list of the books read by me in 2018.

Ravilious & Co.
by Andy Friend
The Pattern of Friendship.

The Flamingo’s Smile
by Stephen Jay Gould
Reflections in natural history.

Charles Darwin: The Power of Place
by Janet Browne
Part 2 of an entertaining two-part biography of Charles Darwin.

Signalling from Mars
by Hugh Brogan (ed.)
The letters of Arthur Ransome

Dream Island
by R.M. Lockley
Not particularly interesting narratives of sailing back and forth between islands and the mainland.

The Ascent of John Tyndall
by Roland Jackson
Victorian scientist, mountaineer, and public intellectual.

by Marshall Goldsmith
Sparking positive change and making it last.

by Jan Rüger
Britain, Germany, and the struggle for the North Sea.

In Patagonia
by Bruce Chatwin
Wandering about Patagonia with no clear plan in mind.

Ground Work
by Time Dee (ed.)
Writings on places and people.

Victorians Undone
by Kathryn Hughes
Tales of the flesh in the age of decorum.

The Overhaul
by Kathleen Jamie
Re-reading a fantastic book of, erm… poetry!

Dispelling the Darkness
by John van Wyhe
Voyage in the Malay Archipelago and the discovery of evolution by Wallace and Darwin.

Darwin’s Backyard
by James T Costa
How small experiments led to a big theory.

The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being
by Alice Roberts
Evolution and the making of us.

Unnatural Selection
by Katrina van Grouw
Art meets science in this stunningly illustrated book.

The Rings of Saturn
by W.G. Sebald
Unclassifiable masterpiece.

Our Place
by Mark Cocker
Can we save Britain’s wildlife before it’s too late?

by WG Sebald
My annual re-reading.

by Kathleen Jamie
My annual re-reading.

by Kathleen Jamie
My annual re-reading.

The Emigrants
by WG Sebald
My annual re-reading.

In My Mind’s Eye
by Jan Morris
A thought diary.

All Among the Barley
by Melissa Harrison
Rural idylls weren’t quite as idyllic as they seemed.

Watling Street
by John Higgs
Travels through Britain and its ever-present past.

Notes From Walnut Tree Farm
by Roger Deakin
Re-reading a classic.

Draft No. 4
by John McPhee
Essays on factual writing.

Darwin’s Most Wonderful Plants
by Ken Thompson
Darwin’s botany today.

W.G. Sebald
by Uwe Schütte
The writer and his work.

Across the Land and the Water
by W.G. Sebald
Still struggling with Sebald's unfathomable poems.

Darwin and the Barnacle
by Rebecca Stott
On the eight years Darwin spent studying barnacles.

The Bonniest Companie
by Kathleen Jamie
A re-reading of some poems.

Philip Larkin: Collected Poems
edited by Anthony Thwaite
All of Larkin’s poems in one handy volume.

The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, volume 8: 1860
by Charles Darwin
Letters to and from Darwin in the immediate aftermath of the publication of ‘On the Origin of Species’.

The Diary of a Bookseller
by Shaun Bythell
A year in the life of a Scottish bookseller.