Books: Index by Author


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Abe, Kobo – The Woman in the Dunes
Abercrombie, Joe – The Blade Itself (The First Law 1)
Abercrombie, Joe – Before They Are Hanged (The First Law 2)
Abercrombie, Joe – Half a King (The Shattered Sea 1)
Abercrombie, Joe – Half the World (The Shattered Sea 2)
Abercrombie, Joe – Half a War (The Shattered Sea 3)
Abercrombie, Joe – Two’s Company
Acevedo, Chantel – The Living Infinite
Aciman, André – Call Me By Your Name
Adams, Max – The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria
Addison, Katherine – The Goblin Emperor
Addonia, Sulaiman – The Consequences of Love
Addyman, Ishbel – Cyrano
Ahdieh, Renée – Flame in the Mist
Aïtmatov, Chingiz – Jamilia
Aitcheson, James – The Harrowing
Albert, Edoardo – Edwin: High King of Britain (Northumbrian Thrones 1)
Albert, Edoardo – Oswald: Return of the King (Northumbrian Thrones 2)
Albert, Edoardo – Oswiu: King of Kings (Northumbrian Thrones 3)
Alderman, Naomi – The Lessons
Alderman, Naomi – The Liars’ Gospel
Alderman, Naomi – The Power
Ali, Tariq – Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree (The Islam Quintet 1)
Allan, Nina – The Art of Space Travel
Al-Ramli, Muhsin – The President’s Gardens
Al Rawi, Shahad – The Baghdad Clock
Altman, Mara – Baby Steps
Altman, Mara – Bearded Lady
Altman, Mara – Sparkle
Altman, Mara – That’s What She Said
Amirrezvani, Anita – The Blood of Flowers
Amirrezvani, Anita – Equal of the Sun
Amis, Kingsley – The Alteration
Amis, Kingsley – Lucky Jim
Ammaniti, Niccolò – Anna
Anders, Charlie Jane – Six Months, Three Days
Angelo, Megan – Followers
Arden, Katherine – The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight 1)
Arden, Katherine – The Girl in the Tower (Winternight 2)
Arditti, Michael – The Enemy of the Good
Arnim, Elizabeth von – Elizabeth and her German Garden
Arnim, Elizabeth von – The Enchanted April
Atkinson, Kate – Life After Life
Atwood, Margaret – The Heart Goes Last
Atwood, Margaret – The Testaments
Auel, Jean M. – The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children 1)
Auel, Jean M. – The Valley of Horses (Earth’s Children 2)
Auel, Jean M. – The Mammoth Hunters (Earth’s Children 3)
Auster, Paul – Travels in the Scriptorium
Avenia, Alessandro d’ – What Hell is Not
Avery, Ellis –The Family Tooth (three bite-size memoirs)


Backman, Fredrik – A Man Called Ove
Backman, Fredrik – My Grandmother sends her Regards and Apologises
Backman, Fredrik – Britt-Marie Was Here
Baggott, Julianna – Mental Diplopia
Bailey, Paul – Uncle Rudolf
Baker, Adam – Winter Raven
Baldwin, Kathleen – Dragons of Tomorrow
Ball, Charlene – Dark Lady: A Novel of Emilia Bassano Lanyer
Barbaree, David – Deposed
Barber, Ros – The Marlowe Papers
Barbier, Patrick – The World of the Castrati
Bárcena, Juan Gómez – The Sky over Lima
Bardugo, Leigh – The Too-Clever Fox
Banville, John – Dr Copernicus
Banville, John – Mrs Osmond
Barker, Susan – The Incarnations
Barnes, Julian – The Sense of an Ending
Barnes, Margaret Campbell – My Lady of Cleves
Bates, H.E. – The Darling Buds of May (Larkin Family 1)
Bates, H.E. – A Breath of French Air (Larkin Family 2)
Bawden, Nina – Afternoon of a Good Woman
Beagle, Peter S. – In Calabria
Beagle, Peter S. – The Story of Kao Yu
Bear, Elizabeth – A Companion to Wolves (with Sarah Monette) (Irskyne 1)
Bear, Elizabeth – Karen Memory (Karen Memory 1)
Beaulieu, Bradley – Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Shattered Sands 1)
Beaulieu, Bradley – Blood Upon the Sand (Shattered Sands 2)
Beauvais, Clementine – Piglettes
Beckett, Chris – Dark Eden (Dark Eden 1)
Benjamin, Chloe – The Immortalists
Berg, Carol – The Spirit Lens (Collegia Magica 1)
Berridge, A.L. – Honour and the Sword (Chevalier 1)
Berridge, A.L. – In the Name of the King (Chevalier 2)
Berry, Helen – The Castrato and his Wife
Binet, Laurent – HHhH
Bitto, Emily – The Strays
Black, Sue – All That Remains
Blackman, Andrew – A Virtual Love
Bland, Christopher – Cathar
Bodard, Aliette de – In the Vanishers’ Palace
Bolt, Rodney – The Impossible Life of Mary Benson
Bonaparte, Napoleon – Clisson and Eugénie
Boucheron, Bernard de – The Voyage of the Short Serpent
Boyne, John – The Absolutist
Boyne, John – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Boyne, John – Crippen
Boyne, John – The Thief of Time
Bradley, James – Beauty’s Sister
Bradshaw, Gillian – The Beacon at Alexandria
Bradshaw, Gillian – Island of Ghosts
Bragg, Melvyn – Love Without End
Brahms, Caryl & Simon, S.J. – No Bed for Bacon
Brennan, Marie – A Natural History of Dragons (Lady Trent 1)
Brennan, Marie – The Tropic of Serpents (Lady Trent 2)
Bridge, Antony – Theodora
Brookner, Anita – At the Hairdresser’s
Brooks, Geraldine – The Secret Chord
Brown, Craig – Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret
Brown, Liam – Skin
Brown, Nancy Marie – The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman
Brown, Pamela – The Swish of the Curtain (Blue Door 1)
Brown, Pamela – Maddy Alone (Blue Door 2)
Brust, Steven – The Phoenix Guards (Khaavren Romances 1)
Buchan, Elizabeth – The New Mrs Clifton
Bujold, Lois McMaster – Falling Free (Vorkosigan Saga 0)
Bujold, Lois McMaster – Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga 1)
Bujold, Lois McMaster – Barryar (Vorkosigan Saga 2)
Bujold, Lois McMaster – The Warrior’s Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga 3)
Burgess, Anthony – A Dead Man in Deptford
Burton, Jessie – The Miniaturist
Burton, Tara Isabella – Social Creature
Byatt, A.S. – The Children’s Book


Callaghan, Carrie – A Light of Her Own
Cameron, Christian – The Long War series
Campbell, Jen – The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night
Carey, Jacqueline – Miranda and Caliban
Carey, M.R. – The Girl with all the Gifts
Carey, Peter – Wrong About Japan
Carlin, Laura – The Wicked Cometh
Carr, John Dickson – Castle Skull
Cawthorne, Nigel – Daughter of Heaven
Chabon, Michael – The Final Solution
Chabon, Michael – Gentlemen of the Road
Chait, Gavin – Lament for the Fallen
Chambers, Becky – The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Wayfarers 1)
Chambers, Robert W. – The Mask
Chekov, Anton – A Nervous Breakdown
Cheney, J. Kathleen – The Golden City
Chevalier, Tracy – New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Cho, Zen – Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal 1)
Christie, Alix – Gutenberg’s Apprentice
Chu, John – The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere
Clark, Imogen – The Thing About Clare
Clark, Polly – Larchfield
Clarke, Susanna – Piranesi
Clements, Toby – Winter Pilgrims (Kingmaker 1)
Clements, Toby – Broken Faith (Kingmaker 2)
Cline, Emma – The Girls
Cognetti, Paolo – The Eight Mountains
Colapinto, John – As Nature Made Him
Colette – Chéri
Colette – Gigi and The Cat
Collins, Bridget – The Binding
Compton, D.G. – The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (also known as The Unsleeping Eye)
Cooper, Fran – These Dividing Walls
Cooper, Fran – The Two Houses
Cooper-Bridgewater, Susan – Of Ink, Wit and Intrigue
Cordingly, David – Life Among The Pirates: The Romance and Reality
Cornwell, Bernard – The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories 1)
Cornwell, Bernard – The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories 2)
Cornwell, Bernard – The Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories 3)
Corona, Laurel – The Four Seasons
Corona, Laurel – The Mapmaker’s Daughter
Crawford, Francis Marion – Stradella
Crichton, Michael – Eaters of the Dead
Cross, Donna Woolfolk – Pope Joan


Dahl, Roald – Innocence: Tales of Youth and Guile
Dalcher, Christina – Vox
Dalrymple, William and Anand, Anita – Koh-i-Noor
Darrieussecq, Marie – Our Life in the Forest
Dawson, Emma Frances – An Itinerant House
Davis, Lindsey – The Silver Pigs (Falco 1)
Davis, Lindsey – Shadows in Bronze (Falco 2)
Davis, Lindsey – Venus in Copper (Falco 3)
Davis, Lindsey – The Iron Hand of Mars (Falco 4)
Davis, Lindsey – Master and God
Davis, Natalie Zemon – The Return of Martin Guerre
De Botton, Alain – The Course of Love
De Castell, Sebastien – Traitor’s Blade (The Greatcoats 1)
Delacourt, Grégoire – The List of My Desires
Delaney, Wray – An Almond for a Parrot
Del Toro, Guillermo (with Cornelia Funke) – Pan’s Labyrinth
DeMaria, Robert – To Be A King
Domin, Heather – Soldier of Raetia (Valerian’s Legion 1)
Donald, Angus – Outlaw (Outlaw Chronicles 1)
Donoghue, Emma – Frog Music
Donoghue, Emma – The Sealed Letter
Donoghue, Emma – Slammerkin
Donoghue, Emma – Room
Donoghue, Emma – The Wonder
Doore, K.A. – The Perfect Assassin (Chronicles of Ghadid 1)
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – The Meek One
Downer, Lesley – Geisha
Downer, Lesley – The Last Concubine
Drabble, Margaret – The Garrick Year
Dragt, Tonke – The Goldsmith and the Master Thief
Dromgoole, Dominic – Hamlet: Globe to Globe
Druon, Maurice – The Iron King (The Accursed Kings 1)
Duffy, Stella – Theodora: Actress. Empress. Whore
Duffy, Stella – The Purple Shroud
Dumas, Alexandre – The Red Sphinx
Du Maurier, Daphne – Frenchman’s Creek
Du Maurier, Daphne – My Cousin Rachel
Dunant, Sarah – Blood and Beauty
Dunant, Sarah – In the Name of the Family
Duncan, Glen – I, Lucifer
Dunmore, Helen – The Land-Lubbers Lying Down Below
Dunmore, Helen – The Lie
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Game of Kings (Lymond Chronicles 1)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Queens’ Play (Lymond Chronicles 2)
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Disorderly Knights (Lymond Chronicles 3)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Pawn in Frankincense (Lymond Chronicles 4)
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Ringed Castle (Lymond Chronicles 5)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Checkmate (Lymond Chronicles 6)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Niccolò Rising (House of Niccolò 1)
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Spring of the Ram (House of Niccolò 2)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Race of Scorpions (House of Niccolò 3)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Scales of Gold (House of Niccolò 4)
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Unicorn Hunt (House of Niccolò 5)
Dunnett, Dorothy – To Lie with Lions (House of Niccolò 6)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Caprice and Rondo (House of Niccolò 7)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Gemini (House of Niccolò 8)
Dunnett, Dorothy – King Hereafter


Eames, Nicholas – Kings of the Wyld
Easterly, Chris – Falling Forward: A Man’s Memoir of Divorce
Ebershoff, David – The 19th Wife
Eco, Umberto – Baudolino
Eldridge, Jim – Murder at the British Museum
Elegant, Robert – Manchu (Imperial China Trilogy 1)
Elphinstone, Margaret – The Sea Road
Engel, Amy – The Roanoke Girls
Ennis, Michael – The Malice of Fortune
Enquist, Per Olov – The Parable Book
Enquist, Per Olov – The Visit of the Royal Physician
Ephron, Delia – Siracusa
Erdrich, Louise – Future Home of the Living God
Erikson, Steven – Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen 1)
Evans, Lissa – Old Baggage


Faber, Michel – The Book of Strange New Things
Faber, Michel – Under the Skin
Faber, Michel – Undying: A Love Story
Falcones, Ildefonso – Cathedral of the Sea
Farjeon, J. Jefferson – Thirteen Guests
Faviell, Frances – Thalia
Ferner, Anthony – Inside the Bone Box
Ferrante, Elena – My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan Novels 1)
Ferrante, Elena – The Story of a New Name (Neapolitan Novels 2)
Fforde, Jasper – The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next 1)
Findley, Timothy – Pilgrim
Finkel, Irving – The Ark Before Noah
Finkel, Irving – The Princess Who Wouldn’t Come Home
Fitzpatrick, Lydia – Lights All Night Long
Fleming, Jacky – The Trouble with Women
Flewelling, Lynn – Luck in the Shadows (Nightrunners 1)
Flynn, Gillian – Gone Girl
Foenkinos, David – The Mystery of Henri Pick
Forster, Margaret – Lady’s Maid
Forsyth, Kate – Bitter Greens
Frelih, Jasmin B. – In/Half
Fremantle, Elizabeth – The Girl in the Glass Tower
Fremantle, Elizabeth – Queen’s Gambit
Fremlin, Celia – The Jealous One
Freudenberger, Nell – The Newlyweds
Friedenthal, Meelis – The Willow King
Funke, Cornelia (with Guillermo del Toro) – Pan’s Labyrinth
Furukawa, HideoSlow Boat


Gale, Patrick – Facing the Tank
Gale, Patrick – Friendly Fire
Gale, Patrick – A Place Called Winter
Gardiner, Kelly – Goddess
Garland, Rosie – The Night Brother
Garland, Rosie – Vixen
Garnett, David – Aspects of Love
Garrett, George – Death of the Fox
Gautier, Théophile – Captain Fracasse
Gedge, Pauline – House of Dreams (Story of Thu 1)
Gedge, Pauline – The Twelfth Transforming
Gee, Sophie – The Scandal of the Season
Geen, Emma – The Many Selves of Katherine North
Gemmell, David – Lion of Macedon (Parmenion 1)
Gentle, Mary – 1610: A Sundial in a Grave
Gentle, Mary – Black Opera
George, Margaret – Helen of Troy
George, Margaret – The Confessions of Young Nero
Georgopulos, Stephanie – Some Things I Did For Money
Gibbons, Stella – Cold Comfort Farm
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins – The Yellow Wallpaper (another post here)
Gladstone, Max – A Kiss with Teeth
Glaister, Seni – The Museum of Things Left Behind
Godfrey, Daniel – New Pompeii (New Pompeii 1)
Gogol, Nikolay – The Nose
Golding, William – The Double Tongue
Golding, William – The Inheritors
Goldsworthy, Adrian – Vindolanda
Golightly, Karen B. – There Are Things I Know
Golon, Sergeanne – Angélique (Angélique 1)
Goodwin, Daisy – The Fortune Hunter
Goss, Theodora – Come See The Living Dryad
Goss, Theodora – Red as Blood and White as Bone
Goss, Theodora – The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (Athena Club 1)
Goss, Theodora – European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (Athena Club 2)
Grant, Linda – I Murdered My Library
Graves, Robert – Homer’s Daughter
Greenblatt, Stephen – The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began
Gregory, Philippa – Earthly Joys
Griffith, Nicola – Hild
Griffiths, Elly – The Stranger Diaries
Groen, Hendrik – The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen
Guy, John – Thomas More: A very brief history


Haasse, Hella – The Black Lake
Haig, Matt – How to Stop Time
Haig, Matt – The Humans
Haig, Matt – The Radleys
Hanif, Mohammed – Red Birds
Harris, Joanne – Gentlemen & Players (Malbry 1)
Harris, Joanne – Blueeyedboy (Malbry 2)
Harris, Joanne – Different Class (Malbry 3)
Harris, Joanne – The Gospel of Loki
Harris, Joanne – Holy Fools
Harris, Robert – Pompeii
Harris, Robert – Imperium
Harris, Robert – The Second Sleep
Hartsuyker, Linnea – The Half-Drowned King
Harvey, Samantha – The Western Wind
Hasbún, Rodrigo – Affections
Hawkins, Paula – The Girl on the Train
Hawthorne, Nathaniel – Young Goodman Brown
Hay, Maviel Doriel – Death on the Cherwell
Headley, Maria Dahvana – The Mere Wife
Headley, Maria DahvanaSome Gods of El Paso
Healey, Emma – Elizabeth is Missing
Healey, John J. – The Samurai of Seville
Hearn, Lian – Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori 1)
Hearn, Lian – Grass for His Pillow (Tales of the Otori 2)
Hearn, Lian – Brilliance of the Moon (Tales of the Otori 3)
Heiny, Katherine – Standard Deviation
Hemming, Henry – Misadventure in the Middle East
Heneage, James – By Blood Divided (Mistra Chronicles 4)
Heyer, Georgette – The Convenient Marriage
Heyer, Georgette – The Grand Sophy
Heyer, Georgette – Pistols for Two
Heyer, Georgette – Snowdrift and Other Stories
Heyer, Georgette – Sprig Muslin
Heyer, Georgette – Sylvester
Heyer, Georgette – The Unknown Ajax
Hickman, Katie – The Aviary Gate (Pindar Trilogy 1)
Hickman, Katie – The House at Bishopsgate (Pindar Trilogy 3)
Highsmith, Patricia – Edith’s Diary
Highsmith, Patricia – The Talented Mr Ripley (Tom Ripley 1)
Hill, David Wesley – At Drake’s Command
Hoban, Russell – The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz
Hobb, Robin – Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy 1)
Hobb, Robin – Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy 2)
Hobb, Robin – Assassin’s Quest (The Farseer Trilogy 3)
Hobb, Robin – Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders Trilogy 1)
Hobb, Robin – The Mad Ship (The Liveship Traders Trilogy 2)
Hobb, Robin – Ship of Destiny (The Liveship Traders Trilogy 3)
Hobb, Robin – Fool’s Errand (The Tawny Man Trilogy 1)
Hobb, Robin – The Golden Fool (The Tawny Man Trilogy 2)
Hobb, Robin – Fool’s Fate (The Tawny Man Trilogy 3)
Hobb, Robin – The Wilful Princess and The Piebald Prince
Hobb, Robin – The Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles 1)
Hobb, Robin – Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles 2)
Hobb, Robin – City of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles 3)
Hobb, Robin – Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles 4)
Hobb, Robin – Fool’s Assassin (Fitz and the Fool 1)
Hobb, Robin – Fool’s Quest (Fitz and the Fool 2)
Hobb, Robin – Assassin’s Fate (Fitz and the Fool 3)
Hobbs, M.C. – The Chevalier
Hodgson, Antonia – The Devil in the Marshalsea (Thomas Hawkins 1)
Hoffman, Paul – The Left Hand of God (Left Hand of God 1)
Hogan, Ruth – The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
Holdstock, Robert – Mythago Wood (Mythago Wood 1)
Holdstock, Robert – The Fetch
Holland, Cecelia – The Belt of Gold
Holland, Cecelia – City of God
Holland, Cecilia – The Soul Thief (Corban Loosestrife 1)
Holland, Tom – Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
Holland, Tom – The Sleeper in the Sands
Hollinghurst, Alan – The Stranger’s Child
Holloway, Richard – Waiting for the Last Bus
Holt, Tom – Meadowland
Holt, Tom – Olympiad
Holt, Tom (writing as K.J. Parker) – The Devil You Know
Hope, Anthony – The Prisoner of Zenda
Hope, Anthony – Rupert of Hentzau
Hopkins, Jerry and Sugerman, Danny – No One Here Gets Out Alive: Jim Morrison
Hostovský, Egon – The Hideout
Howard, Kate – The Ornatrix
Hulick, Douglas – Among Thieves (A Tale of the Kin 1)
Hull, Richard – The Murder of My Aunt
Hunt, Angela – Esther: Royal Beauty (Dangerous Beauty 1)
Hunt, Laird (ed.) – American Midnight
Hurston, Zora Neale – Spunk
Hustvedt, Siri – The Summer Without Men


Ibrahim, Laila – Paper Wife
Iggulden, Conn – Dunstan
Irwin, Margaret – Royal Flush
Ishiguro, Kazuo – The Buried Giant
Ivey, Eowyn – The Snow Child


Jääskeläinen, Ilmari – Secret Passages in a Hillside Town
Jackson, Douglas – Caligula
Jackson, Shirley – Home
Jackson, Shirley – We Have Always Lived In The Castle
Jaffe, Rona – The Best of Everything
James, Andrew – Blood of Kings
Jégo, Yves and Lépée, Denis – The Sun King Rises
Jessen, Ida – A Change of Time
Johnston, Cary – The Madness of Moscow
Jonasson, Jonas – The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Jong, Eleanor de – Delilah
Jordan, Neil – Carnivalesque
Joyce, Rachel  – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry


Kane, Ben – Eagles at War (Eagles Trilogy 1)
Kane, Ben – Hunting the Eagles (Eagles Trilogy 2)
Kane, Ben – Eagles in the Storm (Eagles Trilogy 3)
Kang, Han – The Vegetarian
Kates, Gary – Monsieur d’Eon is a Woman
Kay, Adam – This is Going to Hurt
Kay, Guy Gavriel – A Song for Arbonne
Kay, Guy Gavriel – Children of Earth and Sky
Kay, Guy Gavriel – The Last Light of the Sun
Kay, Guy Gavriel  – The Lions of Al-Rassan
Kay, Guy Gavriel – River of Stars
Kay, Guy Gavriel – Under Heaven
Kay, Guy Gavriel – Ysabel
Kearney, Paul – The Wolf in the Attic
Kelley, William Melvin – A Different Drummer
Kennedy, Sarah – The Altarpiece
Kent, Hannah – The Good People
Kent, Jasper – Twelve (Danilov Quintet 1)
Kidd, Jess – Things in Jars
King, Crystal – Feast of Sorrow
Kingfisher, T. – Bryony and Roses
Kingfisher, T. – The Raven and the Reindeer
Kinsale, Laura – Flowers from the Storm
Kirino, Natsuo – Grotesque
Kirino, Natsuo – The Goddess Chronicle (Canongate Myths)
Klages, Ellen – Wicked Wonders
Kowal, Mary Robinette – The Lady Astronaut of Mars
Kowal, Mary Robinette – Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories 1)
Krause, Suzy – Valencia and Valentine
Kushner, Ellen – Swordspoint
Kushner, Ellen – The Privilege of the Sword
Kushner, Ellen et al. – Tremontaine (Season 1)
Kushner, Ellen and Sherman, Delia – The Fall of the Kings
Kym, Min – Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung


Lafferty, Linda – The Girl who fought Napoleon
Lam, Laura – Pantomime (Micah Grey 1)
Lam, Laura – Shadowplay (Micah Grey 2)
Lam, Laura – Masquerade (Micah Grey 3)
Landon, Margaret – Anna and the King of Siam
Lansens, Lori – The Girls
Larson, Rich – Dark Warm Heart
Lawrence, Mark – Prince of Thorns (Broken Empire 1)
Lea, Caroline – The Glass Woman
Leach, Tim – The Last King of Lydia (Croesus 1)
Leach, Tim – The King and the Slave (Croesus 2)
Leach, Tim – Smile of the Wolf
Lee, Min Jin – Pachinko
Lee, Yoon Ha – Variations on an Apple
Le Guin, Ursula – Lavinia
Leigh Fermor, Patrick – A Time of Gifts (A Time of Gifts 1)
Lenney, Dinah – Coffee
Lessing, Doris – The Cleft
Lewycka, Marina – A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
Levin, Ira – The Stepford Wives
Likitalo, Leena – The Five Daughters of the Moon (The Waning Moon Duology 1)
Lindsay, Philip – A Princely Knave
Littlewood, AlisonThe Crow Garden
Littlewood, Alison – The Hidden People
Liu, Ken – The Grace of Kings (Dandelion Dynasty 1)
Lively, Penelope – Family Album
Lofts, Norah – Esther
Lofts, Norah – The King’s Pleasure
Lofts, Norah – How Far to Bethlehem?
Logan, Kirsty – The Gracekeeepers
Lorac, E.C.R. – Bats in the Belfry
Lovric, Michelle – The Remedy
Luetkenhaus, Holly and Weinstein, Zoe – Austentatious
Lyle, Anne – The Alchemist of Souls (Night’s Masque 1)
Lynch, Scott – The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards 1)
Lynch, Scott – Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards 2)
Lynch, Scott – The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards 3)
Lyon, Annabel – The Golden Mean


Macpherson, Marie – The First Blast of the Trumpet (John Knox 1)
Mackintosh, Sophie – The Water Cure
Magnusson, Sally – The Sealwoman’s Gift
Malik, Usman T. – The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn 
Malouf, David – Ransom
Mantel, Hilary – Bring up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell 2)
Mantel, Hilary – Fludd
Manfredi, Valerio Massimo – Tyrant
Marchant, Sara – The Driveway Has Two Sides
Marías, Javier – The Infatuations
Marone, Lorenzo – The Temptation to be Happy
Marr, Melissa – The Maiden Thief
Marshall, Laura – Friend Request
Mastai, Elan – All Our Wrong Todays
Masters, Alexander – A Life Discarded
Mavor, Elizabeth – The Ladies of Llangollen
Maynell, Esther – The Little Chronicle of Magdalena Bach
Mazzola, Anna – The Unseeing
McBride, Alex – Famous Trials: Unwanted Spouses; Thrill-Killers; Lucky Escapes
McCaffrey, Anne – Dragonflight
McCann, Maria – As Meat Loves Salt
McCann, Maria – Ace, King, Knave
McCarry, Sarah – Blue is a Darkness Weakened by Light
McCaughrean, Geraldine – A Little Lower Than The Angels
McClellan, Ann K. – Sherlock’s World
McDonald, Ed – Blackwing (The Raven’s Mark 1)
McDonald, Melanie – Eromenos: A Novel of Antinous and Hadrian
McEwan, Ian – Nutshell
McGlasson, Claire – The Rapture
McGuire, Seanan – Middlegame
McInerney, Judy – The Pumilio Child
McKenna, Neil – Fanny and Stella
McKinley, Robin – Deerskin
McKinley, Robin – Rose Daughter
McNamara, Miriam – The Unbinding of Mary Reade
Melamed, Jennie – Gather the Daughters
Meloy, Maile – Do Not Become Alarmed
Melville, Alan – Weekend at Thrackley
Mendelsohn, Daniel – An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and An Epic
Merle, Robert – The Brethren (Fortunes of France 1)
Miller, Madeline – Circe
Miller, Madeline – The Song of Achilles
Mintz, Susannah B. – Match Dot Comedy
Mishima, Yukio – Life for Sale
Mitchael, Anna – Rooster Stories
Mitchell, David – Cloud Atlas
Mitchell, David – Slade House
Moggach, Deborah – Tulip Fever
Monette, Sarah – Mélusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths 1)
Monette, Sarah – The Virtu (Doctrine of Labyrinths 2)
Monette, Sarah – The Mirador (Doctrine of Labyrinths 3)
Monette, Sarah – Corambis (Doctrine of Labyrinths 4)
Monette, Sarah – A Companion to Wolves (with Elizabeth Bear) (Iskryne 1)
Moorcock, Michael – Gloriana
Moore, Elizabeth S. – The Man on the Middle Floor
Moore, Tim – I Believe In Yesterday
Moran, Caitlin – How to be a Woman
Moran, Caitlin – Moranthology
Moran, Katy – Hester and Crow (I read it in an earlier edition when it was published as False Lights under the author name K.J. Whittaker)
Morgan, Jude – An Accomplished Woman
Morgenstern, Erin – The Night Circus
Moriarty, Liane – The Last Anniversary
Moriarty, Liane – Nine Perfect Strangers
Mortimer, Ian – The Outcasts of Time
Mount, Mary – Being Sam Frears: A Life Less Ordinary
Mukasonga, Scholastique – The Barefoot Woman
Murakami, Haruki – 1Q84 
Myers, Justin – The Last Romeo


Naslund, Brian – Blood of an Exile (Dragons of Terra 1)
Nicolson, Juliet – A House Full of Daughters
Nordberg, Jenny – The Underground Girls of Kabul
Norman, Diana – The Vizard Mask
North, Claire – The End of the Day
Norwich, John Julius – Four Princes
Novik, Naomi – Temeraire (Temeraire 1)
Novik, Naomi – Throne of Jade (Temeraire 2)
Novik, Naomi – Black Powder War (Temeraire 3)
Novik, Naomi – Empire of Ivory (Temeraire 4)
Novik, Naomi – Victory of Eagles (Temeraire 5)
Novik, Naomi – Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire 6)
Novik, Naomi – Uprooted


Oates, Joyce Carol – Blonde
O’Brian, Patrick – Master and Commander (Aubrey & Maturin 1)
O’Brian, Patrick – Post Captain (Aubrey & Maturin 2)
O’Grady, Rohan – Let’s Kill Uncle
Ólafsdóttir, Auđur Ava – Hotel Silence
Oliver, Neil – Vikings: A History
Orenstein, Peggy – Cinderella Ate My Daughter
Owens, Delia – Where the Crawdads Sing
Ozeki, Ruth – A Tale for the Time Being


Pacat, C.S. – The Captive Prince Trilogy
Palliser, Charles – Rustication
Parker, K.J. – The Company
Parker, K.J. – Devices and Desires (Engineer Trilogy 1)
Parker, K.J. – The Devil You Know
Parker, K.J. – Downfall of the Gods
Parker, K.J. – The Two of Swords: Volume One
Parris, S.J. – Heresy (Giordano Bruno 1)
Patchett, Ann – Bel Canto
Patrick, Den – The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (Erebus Sequence 1)
Patton, Mark – An Accidental King
Penman, Sharon – Lionheart
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo – Captain Alatriste (Captain Alatriste 1)
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo – Purity of Blood (Captain Alatriste 2)
Perkins, Nichole – Romance Novels Ruined Me
Perry, Sarah – The Essex Serpent
Peters, Ellis – A Morbid Taste for Bones (Cadfael 1)
Peters, Ellis – One Corpse Too Many (Cadfael 2)
Phillips, Helen – The Beautiful Bureaucrat
Phillips, Marie – The Table of Less Valued Knights
Pinborough, Sarah – The Language of Dying
Plaidy, Jean – The Follies of the King (Plantagenet Saga 8)
Plaidy, Jean – Madonna of the Seven Hills (Lucrezia Borgia 1)
Plampin, Matthew – Will and Tom
Poe, Edgar Allan – The Masque of the Red Death
Polk, C.L. – Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle 1)
Pool, Joyce – The Castrato
Pötzsch, Oliver – The Hangman’s Daughter (Hangman’s Daughter 1)
Praag, Menna van – The Lost Art of Letter Writing
Pratchett, Terry – The Colour of Magic (Discworld 1)
Pratchett, Terry – The Light Fantastic (Discworld 2)
Pratchett, Terry – Equal Rites (Discworld 3)
Pratchett, Terry – Mort (Discworld 4)
Pratchett, Terry – Sourcery (Discworld 5)
Pratchett, Terry – Wyrd Sisters (Discworld 6)
Pratchett, Terry – Pyramids (Discworld 7)
Pratchett, Terry – Guards! Guards! (Discworld 8)
Pratchett, Terry – Eric (Discworld 9)
Pratchett, Terry – Moving Pictures (Discworld 10)
Pratchett, Terry – Reaper Man (Discworld 11)
Pratchett, Terry – Witches Abroad (Discworld 12)
Pratchett, Terry – Small Gods (Discworld 13)
Pratchett, Terry – Lords and Ladies (Discworld 14)
Pratchett, Terry – Men at Arms (Discworld 15)
Pratchett, Terry – Soul Music (Discworld 16)
Pratchett, Terry – Interesting Times (Discworld 17)
Pratchett, Terry – Maskerade (Discworld 18)
Pratchett, Terry – Feet of Clay (Discworld 19)
Pratchett, Terry – Jingo (Discworld 21)
Pratchett, Terry – Going Postal (Discworld 33)
Pratchett, Terry – Johnny and the Dead (Johnny Maxwell 2)
Pratchett, Terry and Gaiman, Neil – Good Omens
Pratt, Jean Lucey – A Notable Woman: The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt
Pressfield, Steven – Gates of Fire
Proud, Linda – The Botticelli Trilogy
Proud, Linda – A Gift for the Magus
Proud, Linda – Chariot of the Soul
Provoost, Anne – In the Shadow of the Ark
Pullman, Philip – La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust 1)
Purcell, Laura – The Corset
Purcell, Laura – The Silent Companions
Pushkin, Alexander – The Queen of Spades
Pym, Barbara – An Academic Question
Pym, Barbara – Excellent Women 


Quantick, David – Sparks


Rawn, Melanie, Roberson, Jennifer and Elliott, Kate – The Golden Key
Rawn, Melanie – The Diviner
Renault, Mary – The King Must Die
Renault, Mary – The Bull From the Sea
Reve, Gerard – The Evenings
Rice, Anne – Cry to Heaven
Rindell, Suzanne – Three-Martini Lunch
Roberson, Jennifer – Lady of the Forest
Ronan, Vanessa – The Last Days of Summer
Ronson, Jon – The Men Who Stare At Goats
Ronson, Jon – The Psychopath Test
Ronson, Jon – So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
Rooney, Sally – Conversations with Friends
Rosen, Kenneth R. – Bulletproof Vest
Roth, Philip – American Pastoral
Rothfuss, Patrick – The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles 1)
Rothfuss, Patrick – The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicles 2)
Rothschild, Hannah – The Improbability of Love
Rush, ChristopherPenelope’s Web
Rymer, Russ – Genie: A Scientific Tragedy


Sabatini, Rafael – Scaramouche
Sabatini, Rafael – The Sea Hawk
Salomon, Xavier – The Art of Guido Cagnacci
Sanderson, Brandon – The Final Empire (Cosmere 2 / Mistborn 1)
Sapkowski, Andrzej – The Last Wish (Witcher 1)
Sapkowski, Andrzej – Sword of Destiny (Witcher 3)
Sapkowski, Andrzej – Blood of Elves (Witcher 4)
Saylor, Steven – Roman Blood (Roma Sub Rosa 1)
Scalzi, John – Lock In (Lock In 1)
Scapellato, Joseph – The Made-Up Man
Schaefer, Kayleen – Fade Out
Schank, Hana – The Edge of Normal
Schanoes, Veronica – Ballroom Blitz
Schiff, Stacy – Cleopatra: A Life
Schilperoord, Inge – Tench
Schmidt, Sarah – See What I Have Done
Schweblin, Samanta – Fever Dream
Scott, Manda – Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle (Boudica 1)
Scott, Manda – Boudica: Dreaming the Bull (Boudica 2)
Scott, Manda – Boudica: Dreaming the Hound (Boudica 3)
Scott, Manda – Boudica: Dreaming the Serpent Spear (Boudica 4)
Scott, Manda – Rome: The Emperor’s Spy (Rome 1)
Scott, Manda – Rome: The Coming of the King (Rome 2)
Scott, Manda – Rome: The Eagle of the Twelfth (Rome 3)
Scott, Manda – Rome: The Art of War (Rome 4)
Seierstad, Åsne – Two Sisters
Senior, Antonia – The Winter Isles
Seton, Anya – Dragonwyck
Setterfield, Diane – Bellman and Black
Setterfield, Diane – Once Upon a River
Setterfield, Diane – The Thirteenth Tale
Sewell, Brian – Outsider: Almost Always, Never Quite (Outsider 1)
Sheers, Owen – Resistance
Shellabarger, Samuel – Prince of Foxes
Shepherd, Lloyd – The English Monster
Sherriff, R.C. – The Fortnight in September
Shibasaki, Tomoka – Spring Garden
Shoneyin, Lola – The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
Shriver, Lionel – The Standing Chandelier
Simon, S.J. & Brahms, Caryl – No Bed for Bacon
Sinclair, M.G. – The Cardinal’s Man
Skye, Evelyn – The Crown’s Game
Slimani, Leïla – Lullaby
Slimani, Leïla – Adèle
Smaill, Anna – The Chimes
Smith, Ali – Girl Meets Boy
Smith, Michael Marshall – Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence
Snyder, Midori – The Innamorati
Sontag, Susan – The Volcano Lover
Spark, Anna Smith – The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust 1)
Spufford, Francis – Golden Hill
Stabenow, Dana – Silk and Song
Stark, Freya – The Valleys of the Assassins
Stefanovic, Sofija – You’re Just Too Good to Be True
Stemple, Adam (with Jane Yolen) – The Last Tsar’s Dragons
Stevens, Robin – Murder Most Unladylike (Murder Most Unladylike 1)
Stevens, Robin – Arsenic for Tea (Murder Most Unladylike 2)
Stevens, Robin – First Class Murder (Murder Most Unladylike 3)
Stevens, Robin – Jolly Foul Play (Murder Most Unladylike 4)
Stevenson, Robert Louis – Treasure Island
Stewart, Mary – Nine Coaches Waiting
Stoneman, Richard – Xerxes: A Persian Life
Storr, Will – Will Storr vs. the Supernatural
Strauss, Barry – The Battle of Salamis
Strout, Elizabeth – My Name is Lucy Barton
Sullivan, J. Courtney – Saints for All Occasions
Summerscale, Kate – Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace
Summerscale, Kate – The Wicked Boy
Sutcliff, Rosemary – Blood Feud
Sutcliff, Rosemary – The Light Beyond the Forest (King Arthur Trilogy 2)
Sutcliff, Rosemary – Sword at Sunset
Swann, Thomas Burnett – Day of the Minotaur
Swirsky, Rachel – A Memory of Wind
Swirsky, Rachel – Portrait of Lisane de Patagnia
Sykes, Brian – The Seven Daughters of Eve
Sykes, S.D. – City of Masks (Somershill Manor Mysteries 3)
Symons, Julian – The Colour of Murder
Szabłowski, Witold – Dancing Bears
Szerb, Antal – The Pendragon Legend


Tarr, Judith – A Wind in Cairo
Tarr, Judith – The Hall of the Mountain King (Avaryan Rising Trilogy 1)
Tawada, Yoko – The Last Children of Tokyo
Taylor, Jodi – Just One Damned Thing After Another (Chronicles of St Mary’s 1)
Tchaikovksy, Adrian – Walking to Aldebaran
Thesiger, Wilfred – Arabian Sands
Thirkell, Angela – High Rising
Thomas, August – Liar’s Candle
Thomson, Rupert – Secrecy
Thorpe, Adam – Hodd
Timpany, Emma – Travelling in the Dark
Tóibín, Colm – The Testament of Mary
Tóibín, Colm – House of Names
Tolstoy, Leo – How Much Land Does a Man Need?
Tomalin, Claire – Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Towles, Amor – A Gentleman in Moscow
Towles, Amor – Rules of Civility
Tremain, Rose – Restoration
Tremain, Rose – Merivel: A Man of His Time
Trevor, William – The Mark-2 Wife
Turner, Lucille – Gioconda
Turner, Megan Whalen – The Thief
Turney, Simon – Caligula
Turtledove, Harry – Through Darkest Europe
Turton, Stuart – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Tuttle, Lisa – Love Online
Twain, Mark – A Ghost Story
Tyce, Harriet – Blood Orange
Tyldesley, Joyce – Nefertiti
Tyler, Anne – The Amateur Marriage
Tyler, Anne – Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare)


Undset, Sigrid – Kristin Lavransdatter
Unsworth, Barry – Morality Play
Upson, Nicola – Stanley and Elsie
Urzidil, Johannes – The Last Bell


Valente, Catherynne M. – Deathless
Valente, Catherynne M. – Space Opera
Valentine, Genevieve – La Beauté sans Vertue
van der Vlugt, Simone – Midnight Blue
Vaughn, Carrie – That Game We Played During The War
Vick, Tyson – Mozart Reimagined
Vickers, Salley – Cousins
Vidal, Gore – A Search for the King
Vincent, Norah – Self Made Man: My Year Disguised as a Man


Waihong, Choo – The Kingdom of Women
Walker, Jennifer – Elizabeth of the German Garden: A Biography of Elizabeth von Arnim
Wallop, Harry – Consumed
Walsh, Jill Paton – Knowledge of Angels
Walsh, Jill Paton – The Serpentine Cave
Waltari, Mika – The Etruscan
Walters, Minette – The Last Hours
Walton, Jo – A Burden Shared
Walton, Jo – The Just City (Thessaly 1)
Walton, Jo – The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly 2)
Warner, Sylvia Townsend – The Corner That Held Them
Warren, A.E. – The Museum of Second Chances
Warrick, Douglas F. – Sic semper, sic semper, sic semper
Waterfield, Giles – The Hound in the Left Hand Corner
Waters, Sarah – Affinity
Waters, Sarah – Fingersmith
Waters, Sarah – The Paying Guests
Waters, Sarah – Tipping the Velvet
Watson, S.J. – Before I Go to Sleep
Waxman, Abbi – The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Webb, Robert – How Not To Be A Boy
Weil, Jiří – Mendelssohn is on the Roof
Weinstein, Zoe and Luetkenhaus, Holly – Austentatious
Wesley, Mary – Jumping the Queue
Wharton, Edith – The Eyes
White, Kiersten – And I Darken (Conqueror’s Trilogy 1)
White, Kiersten – Now I Rise (Conqueror’s Trilogy 2)
Whittaker, K.J. (also known as Katy Moran) – False Lights (since republished as Hester and Crow)
Whitworth, Victoria – The Bone Thief (Wulfgar 1)
Whitworth, Victoria – Daughter of the Wolf
Whyte, Jack – The Skystone (A Dream of Eagles / The Camulod Chronicles 1)
Wilde, James – Hereward (Hereward 1)
Williams, Hannah – Académie Royale: A History in Portraits
Williams, Jen – The Copper Promise (The Copper Cat 1)
Williams, Jen – The Iron Ghost (The Copper Cat 2)
Williams, Jen – The Silver Tide (The Copper Cat 3)
Wilson, G. Willow – The Bird King
Wodehouse, P.G. – Jeeves in the Offing
Wolitzer, Meg – The Wife
Woolley, Benjamin – The King’s Assassin
Worsley, Kate – She Rises
Wright, Erika – Snake
Wyndham, John – The Midwich Cuckoos


Yanagihara, Hanya – A Little Life
Yanagihara, Hanya – The People in the Trees
Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn – Ariosto
Yates, Richard – A Good School
Yokomizo, Seishi – The Honjin Murders (Kosuke Kindaichi 1)
Yokomizo, Seishi – The Inugami Curse (Kosuke Kindaichi 2)
Yokoyama, Hideo – Seventeen
Yokoyama, Hideo – Six Four
Yolen, Jane (with Adam Stemple) – The Last Tsar’s Dragons
Yoshida, Shuichi – Parade
Yourcenar, Marguerite – Memoirs of Hadrian 


Zola, Émile – Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies’ Delight)
Zweig, Stefan – Beware of Pity
Zweig, Stefan- Messages from a Lost World

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4 thoughts on “Books: Index by Author

  1. karin says:

    i too love dorothy dunnett and guy gavriel kay – i wonder if you have read the boudica series by manda scott? if not, i am jealous because you have it still to discover!

    superb, complex storylines. lyrical prose. masterly research and (best of all) the most wonderful characterisation.


  2. The Idle Woman says:

    Hello Karin – thanks for your comments. No, I haven't read anything by Manda Scott yet, although I read an interview with her over at Historical Tapestry the other day (maybe you found this blog via my comment there, I don't know). She cites Mary Renault and Dorothy Dunnett among her influences, which is certainly a very good sign. Perhaps I should give her books a go. Thank you for the recommendation!

    Edit: I did eventually get round to Manda Scott in June 2016 and it was definitely worth the wait! Click on the following link to read my thoughts on the first of the Boudica novels, Dreaming the Eagle.

  3. The Idle Woman says:

    I update this page intermittently so if you're looking to see if I've posted on a particular author it's always worth Googling “the idle woman” and then the author's name, just to check. When you left your comment I'd just read my first Sutcliff – the wonderful Sword at Sunset – and I'm very much looking forward to exploring more of her books. I've just brought this page up to date, so you will find a link here too. Enjoy exploring and thanks for the comment!

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