Books I Read in January

You made a great start with Orwell I think. I’ve read a couple of books by Ferdinand Mount. One of these about the Victorian Prime Minister, Lord Aberdeen -basically faction. The other some superb book reviews. Also reading a brilliant biography of Sheridan, an Irish playwright and politician by Fintan O’Toole also brilliantly written. I think it is brilliant that you liked all those books!!!

Courtenay's Corner

  1. Book v. Cigarettes – George Orwell
  2. Cultish – Amanda Montell
  3. Bright Lights, Big City – Jay McInerney
  4. No. 91/92: notes on a Parisian commute – Lauren Elkin
  5. All Men Want to Know – Nina Bouraoui
  6. Heather – G C McKay
  7. Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors – Susan Sontag
  8. A Chapbook About Nothing – Scott Cumming
  9. Blue of Noon – Georges Bataille
  10. 84 Charing Cross Road – Helen Hanff


I resolved to record my reading this year if you didn’t know. I have never done this in my life, and it can feel very self-aggrandizing. However, I offset this by never giving negative reviews. My reasons for this are simple. I would never be so bold as to assume I could tell another writer how to do their job. And, I usually enjoy every book I read, which seems to shock people.

A list like this can…

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