The Reading List

For personal reference, really. Shortly after I finished my degree in English Lit, I discovered it was suddenly very hard to read for fun. However over the last few months I seem to have shed most of the reading fatigue – here are the some of the most recent favourites:


Nicole Cooke – The Breakaway  – Huge insight into women’s racing and British Cycling. A little too detailed on the race accounts, but incredible attention to detail.

Chris Cleave – Gold  – Heart wrenching page turner

Douglas Coupland – Genration X – has to be read to understand


E.M. Forster – Room with a View

Karen Joy Fowler – We are all completely beside ourselves – Gripping – the end reveals a secret that would have changed your perception of the events had you known, which makes you question a lot in itself


Sheila Heti – How Should a Person Be – Bizarre. Messy in the best way, and very consciously set in the modern day.

Joanne Harris – Chocalat Passion on paper. Will make you want hot chocolate

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World


James Joyce – Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


Caitlin Moran – Mornaology, Moranifesto, How to be a Woman – Inspiration and guidance for any would be columnist. Or just good fun.

Caitlin Moran – How to Build a Girl, How to be Famous Modern day feminism, with a narrative. I was less keen on How to be Famous, felt a bit growed up for it – preference would be the others above… but it’s still great

George Orwell – Coming Up for Air (+ basically anything Orwell)

Daphne Du Maurier – Rebecca


Professor Steve Peters – The Chimp Paradox A must read for anyone who has ever suffered a crisis of confidence, or felt irrationally angry. So all of us.

Michael Phelps – No Limits

Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar  Sad, yes – but beautiful in every way

Graham Rawle – Woman’s World

Jon Ronson – The Psychopath Test Incredible dedication from an incredible journalist and writer, a huge wealth of research which creates an inisghtful read

Jon Ronson – The Men who Stare at Goats, plus Them – currently a bit addicted to Jon


Sue Townsend – The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year Laugh out loud, but funny too – a reminder to appreciate people around you


Chissie Wellington – A Life Without Limits

Virginia Woolf – EVERYTHING

Irvin Welsh – Filth – tbh at first kind of wished I hadn’t read this for a bit, but now the horror has faded I’m pleased