September 2021 TBR

August flew by and I had a week off too! Managed to make a small inroad to last month’s TBR but the list is still out of control. I am aiming to pick around 16 to 18 from this list below.


Finishing Off (Still!)

Lotharingia – Simon Winder

Sea People – Christina Thompson

On The Marsh – Simon Barnes

Another Fine Mess – Tim Moore

Invisible Work – John Howkins

The Pay Off – Gottfried Leibbrandt and Natasha De Terán



London Clay – Tom Chivers


Review Copies

Astral Travel – Elizabeth Baines

The Germans and Europe – Peter Millar

Britain Alone – Philip Stephens

We Own This City – Justin Fenton

Spaceworlds – Ed. Mike Ashley

The Fugitives – Jamal Mahjoub

Slow Trains Around Spain – Tom Chesshyre

The Power of Geography – Tim Marshall

Finding the Mother Tree – Suzanne Simard

The Four Horsemen – Emily Mayhew

The Spy who was left out in the Cold – Tim Tate

The Devil You Know – Gwen Adshead, Eileen Horne

Letters from Egypt – Lucie Duff Gordon

The Glitter in the Green – Jon Dunn

Borderlines – Charles Nicholl

The Sea Is Not Made Of Water – Adam Nicholson

Mainstream – Ed Justin Davis & Nathan Evans

Flight of the Diamond Smugglers – Matthew Gavin Frank

Above the Law – Adrian Bleese

Somebody Else – Charles Nicholl

Goshawk Summer – James Aldred

The Red Planet – Simon Morden

The Turkish Embassy Letters – Mary Wortley Montagu

Lost Animals – Errol Fuller

A Short History of Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce – Massimo Montanari Tr. Gregory Conti

The Long Field – Pamela Petro

100 Poets – Ed. John Carey

The Song of Youth – Montserrat Roig, Tr. Tiago Miller

Light Rains Sometimes Fall – Lev Parikian



Grounded – Ruth Allen

Rag And Bone – Lisa Wollett

Island Dreams – Gavin Francis

Seed To Dust – Marc Hamer



High Windows – Philip Larkin
Death of a Naturalist – Seamus Heaney


Terry Pratchett

Thought that I might get to these earlier, but no. So four books to go on the Discworld series, and this month I will read the first of the four left. Probably not going to get to the Bromliad series this year but never say never…

I Shall Wear Midnight


Challenge Books

The Con Artist – Fred van Lente

Water Ways – Jasper Winn

The Night Lies Bleeding – M.D. Lachlan

Divided – Tim Marshall

The Wonderful Mr Willughby – Tim Birkhead

The House of Islam – Ed Husain

Asian Waters – Humphrey Hawksley

Light of the Stars – Adam Frank

Blue Mind – Wallace J. Nichols

21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Yuval Noah Harari

The Restless Kings – Nick Barratt

The Kindness Of Strangers – Ed. Fearghal O’Nuallain

To Obama – Jeanne Marie Laskas

What We Have Lost – James Hamilton-Paterson


Wainwright Prize

Vesper Flights – Helen Macdonald

Seed to Dust – Marc Hamer

English Pastoral: An Inheritance – James Rebanks

I Belong Here – Anita Sethi

The Wild Silence – Raynor Winn


Any that you have read or come across before? Or are there are any that take your fancy?

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  1. kaggsysbookishramblings

    High Windows is, of course, quite brilliant!!

    • Paul

      That is good to know. I only picked it up a couple of days ago

  2. Liz Dexter

    I had to buy The Sea Is Not Made Of Water when I saw it existed, though not sure when I’ll get to it. I once had an email exchange with Nicolson which was a highlight of my reviewing life! I have Goshawk Summer and Light Rains to read and review SOON as they’re for Shiny. Hope you have a good reading month.

    • Paul

      The only book of his that I have not liked is the one about Wordsworth. I have met him and got him to sign my copy of Sea Room. He is a really nice guy

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