2014: A Year in Books

This is categorically not a list of my ‘best books’ of 2014. Very few of the titles I’ve read in the last 12 months were even published this year. This is simply a list of what I’ve read with no judgement implied (although I strongly maintain life;s too short to read crap books, so by default they’re all pretty good).

With my day-job having moved to a different office, I’m fortunate and grateful that I no longer spend an hour a day on public transport. The downside is that the half hour trip each way to and from work was time I spent reading up to the end of June and consequently, I’ve done rather less reading this year than I would have liked.

These are the books I’ve read, which have informed and entertained me this year, and some will have no doubt had an influence – conscious or otherwise – on my writing.

Ben Jeffery – Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism

Raymond Chandler – Farewell, My Lovely

Jonny Glynn – The Seven Days of Peter Crumb

Ian Rankin – The Naming of the Dead

Henry Sutton – Kids’ Stuff

Aifric Campbell – On the Floor

Gavin Lambert – The Goodbye People

JG Ballard – The Drought

Douglas Coupland – Generation X

Paolo Sorrentino – Everybody’s Right

Samuel Beckett – Three Novels: Molloy / Malone Dies / The Unnamable

Various – Clinical, Brutal 2: Incisive Writing with Guts

Philip Roth – Portnoy’s Complaint

Mickey Spillane – Mike Hammer Omnibus Vol 1: I, The Jury / My Gun is Quick / Vengeance is Mine

Lisa Dabrowski – Dr Sadistic’s House of Whorrors

Martin Crimp – Attempts on Her Life

Chuck Palahniuk – Damned

Malcolm Mc Neill – Reflux

Charlie Wells – Fags and Lager

Beau Rice – Tex

Stewart Home – The 9 Lives of Ray The Cat Jones

Stuart Bateman – Grind

Jonathan Crary – 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep

 

 

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2012: A Year in Books

This is not a ‘best books of 2012’ list, and I have neither the time nor the inclination to review or comment on the books listed here (other than those I’ve written reviews for or otherwise commented on, and those reviews can be found here and there and wherever). I spend enough of my life reviewing stuff and spouting opinion: I read for pleasure and research and reference and sometimes purely to learn. Some of the books I read during 2012 were books I had read before (Bukowski’s Post Office and Cunt by Stewart Home) and some of the books I read I enjoyed more than others. Many of them have informed my own writing in one way or another, or may do so in the future. The order they’re listed in is the order I read them in. So here it is, just because: my year in books. Nothing more – but nothing less.

 

Henry Sutton – Get Me Out of Here!

Adam Kotsko – Awkwardness

Jurek Becker – Sleepless Days

Alain Robbe-Grillet – The Voyeur

Marek Hlasko – Killing the 2nd Dog / The 8th Day of the Week

Various – A Dream of Stone and Other Stories

J G Ballard – Cocaine Nights

Chuck Palahniuk – Survivor

Henry Sutton – Bank Holiday Monday

Ian Price – The Activity Illusion

Carl Weissner – Death in Paris

J G Ballard – The Crystal World

Harry Harrison – Homeworld

John Steinbeck – Tortilla Flats

J G Ballard – The Unlimited Dream Company

Terry Taylor – Baron’s Court, All Change

Alain Robbe-Grillet – Repetition

Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer – The Dialectic of Enlightenment

Malcolm Mc Neill – The Lost Art of Ah Pook is Here: Images from the Graphic Novel

Malcolm Mc Neill – Observed While Falling: Bill Burroughs, Ah Pook and Me

Supervert – Necrophilia Variations

Colin Wilson – Adrift in Soho

Dire McCain – Raising McCain

Steve Urwin – Tightrope Walker

Charles Bukowski – Post Office

Roger Protz – 300 Beers to Try Before You Die!

Stewart Home – Cunt

Carl Cederstrom and Peter Fleming – Dead Man Working

Karl van Cleave – Incisions, Collisions and Aborted Missions

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More than Music….

Believe it or not, I never set out to be a music reviewer. Ok, well, I sort of did, and back in the early 90s, while in my late teens, I did a few reviews for my local newspaper, but even then, I was working on fiction. I stopped writing completely for a couple of years or so, but some time in 1999 I began work on a novel and made fiction my main thrust.

Cut to 2007 and my first collection of short stories, Bad Houses is about to be published and so I decide I need an on-line presence and decide that posting short stories in my MySpace blog is the way forward for promotion.

The book didn’t really sell, but over time the blog grew and a few music reviews began to filter in. Generally, these were the least popular blogs, so when I was offered the chance to write for a proper music site – Whisperin’ and Hollerin’ – I jumped at the opportunity… I’ve since realised I can’t say no to free stuff or new music and the chances are I’m now better known as a reviewer than a writer of fiction or anything else.

However, I do still occasionally produce other kinds of writing, and in the last month, got to interview William Burroughs collaborator Malcolm Mc Neill for the brilliant Paraphilia Magazine, and to provide the introduction to Antony Hitchin’s contemporary cut-up masterpiece, Messages to Central Control, published by Paraphilia Books.

Meanwhile, I’m keeping on with the fiction, with From Destinations Set being my latest novel, and a sort of satellite text, published in pamphlet form and distributed by various divers and subversive methods, now available on-line.

There’s more to life than music you know, but not much more…

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