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Ian Mason | @thedimpause

Book Journal

An attempt to keep a record of some of the books I’ve been reading. I know I’m missing a lot - books I tend to dip into rather than read from cover to cover (mainly volumes of poetry) and a number of ebooks I’ve read but lost track of the dates of when I finished them.

On this site you can also see my posts about books and a page of books I am currently reading 📚

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June 2024

  • The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds by John Higgs

May 2024

  • Buried by Alice Roberts
  • The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

April 2024

  • The Anglo-Saxons by Marc Morris
  • Turning Over the Pebbles by Mike Brearley

March 2024

  • Outline by Rachel Cusk
  • Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay

January 2024

  • Star Trek: Picard: Rogue Elements by John Jackson Miller
  • Why Mahler? by Norman Lebrecht

December 2023

  • Doppelganger by Naomi Klein
  • Julian of Norwich by Janina Ramirez

October 2023

  • Star Trek: Picard: The Dark Veil by James Swallow

September 2023

  • Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack
  • Radicalized by Cory Doctorow
  • Every House is Haunted by Ian Roberts
  • Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson
  • The Internet Con - How to Seize the Means of Computation by Cory Doctorow
  • Peace, Love & Petrol Bombs by D. D. Johnson

August 2023

  • The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society by Andy Miller
  • Needless Alley by Natalie Marlow

July 2023

  • Tales From The Loop by Simon Stålenhag
  • The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

June 2023

  • The Trial of Julian Assange by Nils Melzer
  • Tomorrow by Chris Beckett

May 2023

  • Two-Way Mirror by Fiona Sampson

March 2023

  • Absolutely On Music Haruki Murakami & Seiji Ozawa
  • Meru by S. B. Divya

February 2023

  • Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
  • Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne by Katherine Randell

January 2023

  • The Art of Just Sitting: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza edited by John Daido Loori

December 2022

  • The Whistleblower by Robert Peston

October 2022

  • Lessons by Ian McEwan

August 2022

  • The Saints of Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton

July 2022

  • Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Three Philosophies and One Reality & NHK Radio Talks by Gudo Wafu Nishijima
  • Z by Vassilis Vassilikos
  • Burning Man: The Ascent of D. H. Lawrence By Frances Wilson

May 2022

  • Big Snake Little Snake: An Inquiry into Risk by DBC Pierre
  • Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture by Matt Goulding
  • Erewhon by Samuel Butler

March 2022

  • The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
  • Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright

February 2022

  • Homo Irrealis by André Aciman

January 2022

  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust Volume Two) by Philip Pullman

December 2021

  • Bitter Lemons of Cyprus by Lawrence Durrell

November 2021

  • Justine by Lawrence Durrell
  • La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust Volume One) by Philip Pullman

October 2021

  • Letters to a Dead Friend about Zen by Brad Warner
  • Anarchism is Movement by Tomás Ibáñez
  • Sissy by Ben Borek

September 2021

  • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Do Earth by Tamsin Omond
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro and other stories by Ernest Hemingway
  • Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
  • Introducing Buddha by Jane Hope & Borin Van Loon

August 2021

  • How Did We Get Into This Mess? Politics, Equality, Nature by George Monbiot

July 2021

  • Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

June 2021

  • Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats by Barry Miles

April 2021

  • Medical Grade Music by by Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi

March 2021

  • The Beats: A Graphic Guide by Harvey Pekar, Ed Piskor et al
  • Modern Mindfulness by Rohan Gunatillake
  • How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens

February 2021

  • Jews Don’t Count by David Baddiel
  • Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

January 2021

  • The Ruins by Mat Osman
  • The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry (audiobook rereading)

October 2020

  • The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
  • Another Now: Dispatches from an Alternative Present by Yanis Varoufakis
  • Bob Willis: A Cricketer and a Gentleman by Bob Willis and Mike Dickson

September 2020

  • Talking to My Daughter: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis

August 2020

  • Matilda Infantry Tank 1938-45 by David Fletcher

July 2020

  • The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
  • The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Blythell

June 2020

  • My Lord, What a Morning by Marian Anderson

May 2020

  • The Book of Tokyo: A City In Short Fiction edited by Jim Hinks, Masashi Matsuie & Michael Emmerich
  • Whatever by Michel Houellebecq

April 2020

  • We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Ascension by Gregory Dowling
  • The Feed by Nick Clark Windo

March 2020

  • Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan
  • The Secret Purposes by David Baddiel

January 2020

  • Baudelaire by Claude Pichois and Jean Ziegler

October 2019

  • Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey by Richard Ayoade
    Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon

September 2019

  • The Second Sleep by Robert Harris
  • Artemis by Andy Weir

July 2019

  • A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Simon Armitage
  • Ways of Seeing by John Berger
  • Cane by Jean Toomer
  • Circe by Madeline Miller

June 2019

  • Dr James Barry - A Woman Ahead of Her Time by Michael du Perez & Jeremy Dronfield
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
  • No Spin by Shane Warne

May 2019

  • The Black Book by Lawrence Durrell
  • The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi
  • The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

April 2019

  • Vengeance in Venice by Philip Gwynne Jones
  • The Greek Islands by Lawrence Durrell

March 2019

  • Snap by Belinda Bauer
  • Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There by Rutger Bregman

February 2019

  • The Murderess by Alexandros Papadiamantis
  • Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  • Mythos by Stephen Fry (audiobook)

January 2019

  • Venice: Pure City by Peter Ackroyd

December 2018

  • Travels with Epicurus: Meditations from a Greek Island on the Pleasures of Old Age by Daniel Klein

November 2018

  • Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
  • Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

October 2018

  • Opening Up by Mike Atherton
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley – Poet and Revolutionary by Jacqueline Mulhallen
  • Are you experienced? by William Sutcliffe
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

September 2018

  • The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
  • The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo

August 2018

  • An Endangered Species by David Gower
  • The Complete Short Stories of Raffles by E. W. Hornung
  • Terror and terroir – The winegrowers of the Languedoc and modern France by Andrew W. M. Smith
  • Monteverdi’s Unruly Women – The Power of Song in Early Modern Italy by Bonnie Gordon
  • Adults in the Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis

July 2018

  • Poetry Notebook: 2006-2014 by Clive James
  • Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
  • Islam for the Politically Incorrect by Khaled Diab

June 2018

  • Introducing Sartre: A Graphic Guide by Philip Thody (author) and Howard Read (illustrator)
  • The Fall by Albert Camus
  • Jack the Ripper: Case Closed by Gyles Brandreth

May 2018

  • Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind by Edith Hall
  • Instrumental by James Rhodes
  • Red Gas by Edward Topol

April 2018

  • The Last Weekend by Blake Morrison
  • The Executor by Blake Morrison

March 2018

  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  • The Bat by Jo Nesbo

February 2018

  • The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

January 2018

  • D. H. Lawrence - The Life of an Outsider by John Worthen

November 2017

  • The First Bad Man by Miranda July

October 2017

  • The Dry by Jane Harper

July 2017

  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  • The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Night Without Stars by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Revolution by Russell Brand

June 2017

  • The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

May 2017

  • The Strings are False by Louis MacNeice
  • Rebel with a Cause by Ann Clwyd

April 2017

  • Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Danielle McLaughin

March 2017

  • The Humans by Matt Haig
  • Exit West by Moshin Hamid
  • Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

February 2017

  • Sanctuary by Robert Edric

January 2017

  • Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford

December 2016

  • Cricket: The Game of Life by Scyld Berry

November 2016

  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

October 2016

  • Feral by George Monbiot

September 2016

  • The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler (audiobook rereading)
  • Epiphany Jones by Michel Grothaus
  • In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
  • The Book of Seventy by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
  • Vanity Fair by William Thackeray (audiobook rereading)

August 2016

  • I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers
  • Unreliable Memoirs by Clive James
  • Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
  • Savage Beauty by Nancy Milford
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (audiobook rereading)
  • The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark

July 2016

  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

June 2016

  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

April 2016

  • Rivers of London by David Aaronovitch
  • Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice by Ken Bruen
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Vagabond’s Breakfast by Richard Gwyn
  • Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

February 2016

  • Latest Readings by Clive James
  • KP: The Autobiography by Kevin Pieterson

January 2016

  • Frida: The Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera

November - December 2015

  • The Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

August 2015

  • Normal by Graeme Cameron
  • An Event in Autumn by Henning Mankell
  • Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • The Warlord’s Legacy by Ari Marmell
  • The Conqueror’s Shadow by Ari Marmell

July 2015

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

May 2015

  • Ashoka by Charles Allen
  • The Fly Guy by Colum Sanson-Regan

April 2015

  • Halting State by Charles Stross
  • The Divine Comedy by Craig Raine

March 2015

  • Wake Up by Jack Kerouac
  • Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

January 2015

  • Anger is an Energy by John Lydon
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

November 2014

  • Spiderland by Scott Tennent

October 2014

  • Duende by Jason Webster

August 2014

  • Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Edward FitzGerald, impressive introduction and notes by Daniel Karlin

July 2014

  • Fatlands by Sarah Dunant

June 2014

  • The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski

May 2014

  • Guerra by Jason Webster
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Boredom by Alberto Moravia

October 2013

  • Adiamante by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

August 2013

  • Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

January 2010

  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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