Books 2019

A list of the books read by me in 2019.

by Tim Dee
A celebration of gulls.

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species
by Sabina Radeva
Darwin’s theory of evolution by means of natural selection explained for young children.

The Seabird’s Cry
by Adam Nicolson
The lives of puffins, gannets, and other ocean voyagers.

The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals
by Charles Darwin
How animals and people express emotions, and what this tells us about our ancestry.

A Place in the Country
by W.G. Sebald
A re-reading.

Under the Rock
by Benjamin Myers
The poetry of place.

Time Song
by Julia Blackburn
Searching for Doggerland

The Tree
by John Fowles
Dissing science for no good reason.

Show Your Work
by Austin Kleon
A re-reading.

Campo Santo
by W.G. Sebald
A re-reading.

The Gifts of Reading
by Robert Macfarlane
The joy of giving books as presents.

Keep Going
by Austin Kleon
Ten ways to stay creative in good times and bad.

Hawkfall and Other Stories
by George Mackay Brown
Orcadian short stories.

Round About Town
by Kevin Boniface
Diary of a postman.

The Development of Darwin’s Theory
by Dov Ospovat
Natural History, Natural Theology, and Natural Selection, 1838–1859.

The Good Bee
by Alison Benjamin & Brian McCallum
A celebration of bees and how to save them.

The War of Art
by Steven Pressfield
A useless book.

On Writing Well
by William Zinsser
The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction.

Insectivorous Plants
by Charles Darwin
Darwin at his most Darwinian.

The Emergence of Memory
by Lynne Sharon Schwartz (ed.)
Interviews with the late W.G. Sebald.

Selected Poems
by Kathleen Jamie
A highly enjoyable poetry anthology.

by Robert Macfarlane
A deep time journey.

by Julian Hoffman
The fight to save our wild places.

The Seafarers
by Stephen Rutt
A journey among birds.

M Train
by Patti Smith
Writing about nothing.

Sea Room
by Adam Nicolson
The story of one man, three islands and half a million puffins.

by Esther Kinsky
File under Sebaldian.

by W.G. Sebald
My annual re-reading. File under Sebaldian.

First You Write a Sentence
by Joe Moran
The elements of reading, writing… and life.

The Rings of Saturn
by W.G. Sebald
My annual re-reading. File under Sebaldian.

by Kathleen Jamie
Nature writing from the other side of the fence.

by Kathleen Jamie
A second volume of superb ‘nature writing’.

The Light in the Dark
by Horatio Clare
A winter journal.

A Claxton Diary
by Mark Cocker
Further field notes from a small planet.

Animal Behaviour
by Tristram D. Wyatt
A very short introduction.

The Emigrants
by W.G. Sebald
My annual re-reading. File under Sebaldian.

Of Walking in Ice
by Werner Herzog
A quest to save a friend.

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

The End of Epilepsy?
by Dieter Schmidt & Simon Shorvon
A history of the modern era of epilepsy 1860–2010.

Year of the Monkey
by Patti Smith
Further quirky memoirs.