Book Collections & Books Read since 2010

Book Collections and Books Read.

I have been reading since I was very young.  At one stage I wouldn't read so Mum and Dad got rid of our 
television and a prolific reader was born!  The highlight of the week would be to go to Glenfield Library 
with my Dad while my Mum did the grocery shopping.  Another thing I remember is the scholastic book
club,and I have fond memories of pouring over the catalogue and choosing a special (but small) selection 
of books which would then be delivered and handed out several weeks later at school.  Many of these 
books I still have.  Oh the excitement when they arrived!  One of the ones I remember is 'Spook, The 
Witch's Dog.'  I remember one year at school we had to keep a record of all the books we read that year.
I read the most in the class!  It is from that idea that my recording books read in 2010 and subsequent 
years was born.

Authors I enjoy:

Derek Tangye - I have read most of his books and am just starting to try and collect them as and when I
see one in a Charity Shop.

Daniel Silva - I have read all of his books to date but don't have them all in my collection yet.

  • The Defector
  • The Secret Servant
  • The English Assassin
  • The Messenger
  • The Mark of the Assassin
  • The Unlikely Spy
  • The Marching Season
  • The Kill Artist
  • Prince of Fire
  • The English Girl
  • Moscow Rules

Sebastian Faulks

  • The Girl at Lion D'Or
  • Charlotte Gray
  • A Fool's Alphabet
  • Engleby
  • Human Traces
  • Bird Song
  • A Week in December
  • Devil May Care
  • The Fatal Englishman
  • On Green Dolphin Street
  • Where my Heart Used to Beat
  • A Possible Life

In later years I have been collecting 'older' books.  A few of my collections are books by the following

G A Henty

  • The Reign of Terror
  • Captain Bayley's Heir
  • In the Hands of the Malays
  • In the Hands of the Cave Dweller
  • Redskin and Cowboy
  • Sheer Pluck
  • The Treasures of the Incas
  • In Freedoms Cause
  • Maori and Settler
  • The Lion of the North
  • With Wolfe in Canada
  • A Final Reckoning
  • A March on London
  • The Lion of St. Mark
  • Both Sides of the Border
  • By England's Aid

Bessie Marchant

  •  A Courageous Girl
  • Three Girls on a Ranch
  • Sally Makes Good
  • Two of a Kind
  • Diana Carries On
  • Waifs of Woollamoo
  • A Girl of the Northland

Elsie J Oxenham

  • Strangers at the Abbey
  • Robins in the Abbey
  • The Abbey Girls in Town
  • A Dancer from the Abbey
  • The Abbey Girls Again
  • Schoolgirl Jen at the Abbey

H E Marshall

  • Our Island Story
  • Our Scotland Story
  • Our Empire Story

Phillis Garrard - New Zealand author who wrote the earliest school story in New Zealand, about a young 
girl called Hilda who attended a day state school in Taihape. 

  • New Zealand School Girl - Hilda at School,  Hilda Fifteen, The Doings of Hilda

Clare Mallory - No books yet, but hope to find some one day!

Miss Read

  • Village Diary (Penguin) & (Orion Books)
  • Celebrations at Thrush Green (Penguin)
  • At Home in Thrush Green (Penguin) & (Orion Books)
  • Tales from a Village School (Penguin) 
  • Miss Claire Remembers (Penguin) 
  • Thrush Green (Penguin) 
  • Return to Thrush Green (Penguin) 
  • Winter in Thrush Green (Penguin) &  (Orion Books)
  • Changes at Fairacre (Hardback)
  • The Year at Thrush Green (Hardback)
  • Fairwell to Fairacre (Hardback)
  • The Market Square (Hardback)
  • Summer at Fairacre (Hardback)
  • Early Days (Orion Books)
  • Village School (Orion Books)
  • Christmas at Fairacre (Orion Books)
  • Over the Gate (Orion Books)
  • News from Thrush Green (Orion Books)
  • Storm in the Village & Tylers Row (Orion Books)
  • The World of Thrush Green 


  • Die Trying by Lee Child
  • Derailed by James Siegel
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
  • The Marching Season by Daniel Silva
  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M.C. Beaton
  • Persuader by Lee Child
  • Killing Floor by Lee Child
  • The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook
  • 61 Hours by Lee Child
  • The Tenth Chamber by Glenn Cooper
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Medici Secret by Michael White
  • Bad Luck & Trouble by Lee Child
  • The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
  • The Hard Way by Lee Child
  • Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva
  • Without Fail by Lee Child
  • Death of a Perfect Wife by M.C. Beaton
  • The Sound of One Hand Clapping by Richard Flanagan
  • The Visitor by Lee Child
  • Book of Souls by Glenn Cooper
  • Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The English Assassin by Daniel Silva
  • Death of a Hussy by M.C. Beaton
  • One Shot by Lee Child
  • The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
  • A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
  • Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
  • Nothing to Lose by Lee Child
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith
  • La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Love over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Death of a Witch by M.C. Beaton
  • Death of an Outsider by M.C. Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate by M.C. Beaton
  • News from Thrush Green by Miss Read
  • Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth
  • Tyler's Row by Miss Read
  • A Peaceful Retirement by Miss Read
  • Fairwell to Fairacre by Miss Read
  • Changes at Fairacre by Miss Read
  • There goes the Bride by M.C. Beaton
  • 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Fairacre Festival by Miss Read
  • Over the Gate by Miss Read
  • The Lost Art of Gratitude by Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Death of a Gentle Lady by M.C. Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye by M.C. Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley by M.C. Beaton
  • Storm in the Village by Miss Read
  • Village School by Miss Read
  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M.C. Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener by M.C. Beaton
  • All the Things We Didn't Say by Sara Shepard
  • Industry of Souls by Martin Booth
  • Village Diary by Miss Read
  • The Girl at Lion d'Or by Sebastian Faulks
  • When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Last seen wearing by Colin Dexter
  • The Riddle of the Third Mile by Colin Dexter
  • Death is now my neighbour by Colin Dexter
  • Don't Forget to Write by Pam Hobbs
  • Wife in the North by Judith O'Reilly
  • Morse's Greatest Mystery & Other Stories by Colin Dexter
  • On Green Dolphin Street by Sebastian Faulks
  • Christmas at Fairacre by Miss Read


  • Fatal Embrace by Aris Whittier
  • Max by Daniel M. Mitchell
  • Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain
  • A Little Book of Christmas by John Kendrick Bangs and Arthur E. Becher
  • Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
  • Twenty Wagging Tales by Barrie Hawkins
  • Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
  • The Girl in the Painted Caravan by Eva Petulengro
  • Hoping for a Home by Janie Ritson
  • Winter in Thrush Green by Miss Read
  • The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
  • The Hawk Dancer by Diana Saville
  • Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres
  • World Without End by Ken Follett
  • Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James
  • Birds without Wings by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Enemy by Lee Child
  • Equinox by Michael White
  • The Murder Room by PD James
  • The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva
  • The Mark of the Assassin by Daniel Silva
  • Early Days - A Childhood Memoir by Miss Read
  • Endal by Allen & Sandra Parton
  • Dewey by Vicki Myron
  • A Home Companion by Wendyl Nissen
  • The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
  • The Defector by Daniel Silva
  • Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
  • The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva
  • Over the River by Mona Anderson
  • A River Rules my Life by Mona Anderson
  • The Messenger by Daniel Silva
  • Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
  • Worth Dying for by Lee Child
  • At the Waters Edge - A Walk in the Wild by John Lister-Kaye
  • Rescue Me - My Life with the Battersea Dogs by Melissa Wareham
  • The Dog who Loved by Jon Katz
  • A Dog's Life by Martin Clunes
  • The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
  • Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards
  • The Right Attitude to Rain by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Paws in the Proceedings by Deric Longden
  • Echo Burning by Lee Child
  • The World of Minack by Derek Tangye
  • Celebrations at Thrush Green by Miss Read
  • At Home in Thrush Green by Miss Read
  • Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming


Lost Christmas by David Logan
Samantha's Promise by Nicholas J Ambrose
Alone: The Girl in the Box by Robert J Crane
The Last Queen of England: by Steve Robinson
To the Grave: A Genealogical Crime by Steve Robinson
Foal's Bread by Gillian Mears
In the Blood: A Genealogical Crime Mystery by Steve Robinson
Tangled Web by Ken McClure
Requiem by Ken McClure
Hitty and the Halloween Pumpkin Patch Hunt by Jody Provost
Wrecked by Elle Casey
Before the Moon Rises by Catherine Bybee
The Genius and the Muse by Elizabeth Hunter
My Sister lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
A Fall of Water by Elizabeth Hunter
The Force of Wind by Elizabeth Hunter
This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter
A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book by Elizabeth Hunter
Memoirs of a London Doll by Richard Henry Horne
Dead Pretty by Roger Granelli
All I Want by Shayne Parkinson
Daisy's War by Shayne Parkinson
Settling the Account by Shayne Parkinson
A Second Chance by Shayne Parkinson
Mud and Gold by Shayne Parkinson
Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep) by Shayne Parkinson
Diamond Dove by Adrian Hyland
Hitty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
The Book of Souls (The Inspector McLean Mysteries) by James Oswald
Natural Causes The Inspector McLean Mysteries by James Oswald
Gunshot Road: An Emily Tempest Mystery by Adrian Hyland
The Truth about Kidney Failure in Dogs by Nicole Stevens
The Resurrectionist by James Bradley
Lillian's Story, One Womans Journey through the 20th Century by Sally Patricia Gardner
Night Crossing by Robert Ryan
The Private Patient by P.D. James
The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Ashes to Ashes by Barbara Nadal
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
A Real Boy by Christopher & Nicola Stevens
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
It's all in your head by Maria McCutchen
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
Goodnight Dear by Darren Humphries
The Search by Maureen Myant
Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes
Tripwire by Lee Child
War Brides by Helen Bryan
The Future of the Past by Adam D. Williams
Child of the Mist by Kathleen Morgan
The Confessor by Daniel Silva
Never Buried by Edie Claire
The Affair by Lee Child
Taken by Debra Lee
Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster
Shadow by Michael Morupurgo
Siren by Tricia Rayburn
Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
Just Me by Sheila Hancock
Rosie's War: An Englishwoman's Escape from Occupied France by Rosemary Say & Noel Holland
The English German Girl by Jake Wallis Simons
The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Tied up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh
Now then Lad by Mike Pannett
A dog named Slugger by Leigh Brill
In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth

BOOKS READ 2013 - Less books read this year - so far 58

Humble by Nature by Kate Humble
The Meanest Doll in the World by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin
The Doll House/Tottie by
The Most Wonderful Doll in the World by Phyllis McGinley
The Doll People by Ann M Martin & Laura Godwin
The Growly Books: Begin by Philip Ulrich and Erin Ulrich
Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway
Midnight in Havana by Peggy Blair
Stalkers by Paul Finch
Breaking Point by CJ Box
Never go back by Lee Child
The English Girl by Daniel Silva
The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of Sty Mary's) by Jodie Taylor
Sacrifice by Paul Finch
The Detective's Daughter by Lesley Thomson
A Family Affair by Mary Campisi
Case Histories: Jackson Brodie by Kate Atkinson
The Lighthouse by P.D. James
Giants: The Dwarfs of Auschwitz by Eilat Negeve & Yehuda Koren
This September Sun by Bryony Rheam
What Have I Done? by Amanda Prowse
My Secret Sister by Helen Edwards
The Magpies: A Psychological Thriller by Mark Edwards
Missing You by Louise Douglas
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Sektion 20 by Paul Dowswell
When I Married My Mother by Jo Maeder
Saige by Jessie Haas
Chrissa Stands Strong by Mary Casanova
Chrissa by Mary Casanova
My Family is All I Have by Helen Alice Dear
The Pure by Jake Wallis Simons
Seven Days from Sunday y M.H. Sargent
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Isobel's Story by Jennie Walters
Grace's Story by Jennie Walters
Eugenie's Story by Jennie Walters
Polly's Story by Jennie Walters
The Hundred year Old Jonas Jonasson
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Racketty-Packetty House by Frances Hodgson Burnett
6 books of a series
*****Reflections on a Summer Sea by Trevor Norton
The Hidden Treasures by Carolyn Keene
Strangers on the Train by Carolyn Keene
Curse of the Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene
The Soulkeepers by G.P. Ching
Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes
The One You Love by Paul Pilkington
Heart-Glow by Sheilah Craft
Wait for Me by Elisabeth Naughton
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

BOOKS READ 2014 - 35

  • Frost at Christmas: DI Jack Frost 1 by R.D. Wingfield.
  • Merry Baker: A Cyber Crime Thriller by Steven Robinson
  • The Five People you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer
  • First Family, by David Baldacci
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Dorcas The Wooden Doll by Mary F Moore
  • The Doll and her Friends or Memoirs of Lady Seraphina by Julia Charlotte Maitland
  • Tuppeny Hat Detective by Brian Sellars
  • Blue Heaven by by C J Box
  • Little Plum by Rumer Godden
  • Silence by Natasha Preston
  • Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
  • The Strange Attraction by Jane Mander
  • The Story of a New Zealand River by Jane Mander
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson
  • A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
  • Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  • Miss Happiness & Miss Flower by Rumer Godden
  • My Uncle Silas by H.E. Bates
  • Winterkill (Joe Pickett) by C J Box
  • My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
  • Shadowlands by Brian Sibley
  • Hidden Secrets by Carolyn Brown
  • Broken Silence by Natasha Preston
  • Silence by Natasha Preston
  • The End of Winter by T D Griggs
  • The Perfect Kill by A J Quinnell
  • The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg
  • Dear Lumpy by Roger Mortimer
  • Dear Lupin by Charlie Mortimer
Books Read 2015


  • The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll by Jean Nathan
  • Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris
  • Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris
  • The Old Vicarage by Daphne Neville
  • Grave Allegations by Daphne Neville
  • Sea, Sun, Cads & Scallywags by Daphne Neville
  • Polquillick by Daphne Neville
  • The Ringing Bells Inn by Daphne Neville
  • Plotted in Cornwall by Janie Bolitho
  • Caught out in Cornwall by Janie Bolitho
  • Killed in Cornwall by Janie Bolitho
  • Betrayed in Cornwall by Janie Bolitho
  • Buried in Cornwall by Janie Bolitho
  • Framed in Cornwall by Janie Bolitho
  • Deadlocked 1 by A R Wise
  • The Way we Fall by Cassia Leo
  • The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
  • Snapped in Cornwall by Janie Bolitho
  • 314 (Widowsfield Triology) by A R Wise
  • Cut Out by Fergus McNeil
  • Broken Fall by Fergus McNeill
  • Goldie the Dressmaker by M.B. Goffstein
  • The Story of Live Dolls by Josephinne Scribner Gates
  • The Threshing Circle by Neil Grimmett
  • Never Coming Home by A.R.Wise
  • Broken Fall by Fergus McNeill
  • Danger for Red by Patricia Keyson
  • The Heist by Daniel Silver
  • How to Watch a Bird by Steve Braunias
  • Dear Miss Evelyn by Evelyn McLeod and Marian Ferguson
  • The Doll Shop Downstairs by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  • Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  • The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • Blind Sight by Maurice Gee
  • Most Happy Fella: A Biography of Inia Te Wiata by Beryl Te Wiata
  • Beyond the Microphone by Leighton Smith
  • Moon Over Martinborough by Jared Gulian
  • Rebel With A Cause by Ray Avery
  • Wet Behind The Ears by Peter Taylor
  • The State We're In by Adele Parks
  • Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank
  • Long Time Coming by Edie Claire
  • Blood and Justice by Rayven T. Hill
  • Heart of Light by T.K. Leigh
  • Choosing Charleston by T. Lynn Ocean
  • Personal (Jack Reacher 29) by Lee Childs
  • A Touch of Frost by R.D. Wingfield

Books Read 2016

  • Dead Serious Day by Paulette D. Morrissey
  • The Haunting by Alan Titchmarsh
  • The Black Widow by Daniel Silva
  • Raggedy Ann & Andy by Johnny Gruelle (90th Anniversary Treasury)
  • Rosie by Alan Titchmarsh
  • Waiting for the Day by Leslie Thomas
  • Tregunna by Carla Vermaat
  • Coffin Road by Peter May
  • Entry Island by Peter May
  • Last Friends by Jane Gardam
  • The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam
  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  • Old Filth by Jane Gardam
  • My Cousin Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
  • Home to Roost by Tessa Hainsworth
  • Seagulls in the Attic by Tessa Hainsworth
  • Runaway by Peter May
  • Up With the Larks by Tessa Hainsworth
  • The Chess Men by Peter May
  • The Lewis Man by Peter May
  • The Black House by Peter May
  • Concealed in Death by JD Robb
  • Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well by Nancy Atherton
  • Refusal A Dick Francis Novel by Felix Francis
  • A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
  • Hercules and the Farmer's Wife by Chris Wadsworth
  • The Last Man by Vince Flynn
  • The Golden Bush by Temple Sutherland
  • The Fatal Englishman by Sebastian Faulks
  • Even Money by Dick & Felix Francis
  • Silks by Dick & Felix Francis
  • Dead Heat by Dick & Felix Francis
  • Crossfire by Dick & Felix Francis
  • Gamble by Felix Francis
  • The English Spy by Daniel Silva
  • String Lug the Fox by David Stephen
  • Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks
  • Dead Eyed by Matt Brolly
  • Rope Enough by Oliver Tidy
  • Kickback by Damien Boyd
  • Head in the Sand by Damien Boyd
  • The Blissfully Dead by Mark Edwards
  • As the Crow Flies (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series Bk 1) by Damien Boyd
  • From the Cradle (A Detective Lennon Thriller) by Mark Edwards
  • The Big Doll: A true story, through a dolls's eyes by Caroline Burnham
  • Naked in Death:1 by J.D. Robb
  • Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression by Sally Brampton

Books Read 2017 - 51 books.

  • Escape to the Hills by Cynthia Fowler
  • The Shropshire Canal Cat by Daniel Mark Brown
  • Extraordinary People by Peter May
  • Blacklight Blue by Peter May
  • The Critic by Peter May
  • One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat
  • A Cornish Christmas Carol by Liz Fenwick
  • A Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick
  • The Loving Spirit by Daphne DuMaurier
  • Recalled to Life by Reginald Hill
  • Heads or Tails by Damien Boyd
  • The Listerdale Mystery by Agatha Christie
  • Summer at the Cornish Cafe by Phillipa Ashley
  • The Gap Year for Grown Ups by Annie Sanders
  • The Alpha List by Ted Allbeury
  • The Weather in Africa by Martha Gellhorn
  • Secrets at the Little Village School by Gervase Phinn
  • The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll by Jean Nathan
  • The Queen of Whale Cay by Kate Summerscale
  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  • Falling by Emma Kavanagh
  • Tremarnock by Emma Burstall
  • The Girl by the River by Sheila Jeffries
  • The Night Book by Richard Madeley
  • The Teacher by Katerina Diamond.
  • No and Me by Delphine De Vigan
  • Woman in the Wilderness by Miriam Lancewood
  • Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
  • Gently Down the Stream by Alan Hunter
  • The Heart of the Valley by Nigel Hinton
  • For the Love of a Rose by Antonia Ridge
  • Gently by the Shore by Alan Hunter
  • Gently Does It by Alan Hunter
  • Silent Child by Sarah A Denzil
  • The Phantom of Manhatten by Frederick Forsyth
  • The Only Game by Reginald Hill
  • A Solider's Tale by M K Joseph
  • Pay Any Price by Ted Allbeury
  • Children of Tender Years by Ted Allbeury
  • Another Life by Sara MacDonald
  • Death Sentence by Damien Boyd
  • Gently in the Sun by Alan Hunter
  • Dead Level by Damien Boyd
  • Up With the Lark by Joan Bomford
  • Death Walks in Eastrepps by Francis Beeding
  • Cats in the Belfry by Doreen Tovey
  • Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Year of the Cornflake by Faith Addis
  • The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
  • Not My Life by Paulette D. Morrissey
  • 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

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