This page is where I keep a list of everything I’ve read during the year, with links to where I’ve written about it.

13. Yoko Ogawa, The Memory Police (Japan, 1994 tr. 2019). A woman tries to hold on to the past in a place where things keep disappearing from the collective memory, and there are enforcers around to keep it that way. A beautiful and poignant novel of loss. [*****]

12. Claudio Morandini, Snow, Dog, Foot (Italy, 2015 tr. 2020). Compelling portrait of a reclusive old man secure in his perception but insecure in his hold on reality. [****]

11. Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen (Nigeria, 2015). Re-read for book group: OK, but not as enjoyable this time. [***]

10. Daisy Hildyard, The Second Body (England, 2017). Thought-provoking essay about the difficulty for humans of imagining ourselves as part of a global ecosystem. [****]

9. Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Japan, tr. 2019). A tale of time travel set in a Japanese café. It has its moments, but could do with more of them. [***]

8. Timur Vermes, The Hungry and the Fat (Germany, 2018 tr. 2020). More broad satire of media-saturated society from the author of Look Who’s Back. A reality TV show leads to a mass march of refugees on Europe, and everyone wants the right image. [****]

7. Patrick Langley, Arkady (UK, 2018). Absorbing novel about two brothers finding their way on the margins of an austerity-ravaged society, a setting that’s as abstract to the reader as it is to them. [****]

6. Nathalie Léger, Exposition (France, 2008 tr. 2019). An exploration of identity, representation, and the Countess di Castiglione’s portraits. [***]

5. Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama (England, 1973). A vast alien spacecraft enters the solar system, and humans attempt to unravel its mysteries. Suitably awe-inspiring. [***]

4. Kornel Filipowicz, The Memoir of an Anti-Hero (Poland, 1961 tr. 2019). The quietly chilling tale of a Man determined to keep his head down in occupied Poland, no matter what. [****]

3. Roger Pulvers, Tokyo Performance (Australia, 2018). The self-destruction of a TV chef, live on air. [***]

2. Emmanuelle Pagano, Faces on the Tip of My Tongue (France, 2012 tr. 2019). A collection of linked stories revealing how little we might know the most familiar faces. [****]

1. Madeline Miller, Circe (USA, 2018). Greek myths, reimagined. [***]