Books read in 2017

Maybe it’s because I am in a couple of book groups requiring me to read at least two books monthly, plus what the members call ‘side reads’ along the lines of if-you-enjoyed-that-you’ll-like-this’ I have quite a long list here. In fact I’ve started more than I finished and forgotten some I enjoyed, but hadn’t written review notes. Long though this list is, the 2018 reads will outdo it because of my role as a judge in the current FicFun writing competition. For that I will read the equivalent of at least 20 novellas / novels by the end of May.

These are in no particular order – even of chronological reading. Nor do I say if I enjoyed them though books I couldn’t really finish because of the writing style or content don’t make this list at all.

If I had to pick a favourite author of 2017 it would be Claire North.

Crater’s Edge by Lucy Andrews

The Martian Job by Jaine Fenn

Descent by Ken MacLeod

Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

The End of the Day by Claire North

The Roar of Lions by Mark Iles

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

Finding Alison Deirdre Eustace

Gone Gods by Frances Gow

Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

The Power Naomi Anderson

The Boldest Measures by Charlie Flowers

About Grace Anthony Doerr

Guardian Angels Dr Bob Rich

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Tamed by Douglas R Brown

The Lady of the Forest by Kevin Carman

The Codex by Helen McCabe

The Tourist by Robert Dickinson

The Christ Killer New York by Brandon S.S. Bourne

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough


The Horror Zine Magazine Summer 2017 Ed Jeani Rector

Stories of Your Life anthology by Ted Chiang (Arrival film story within)

Book of Tricks: Six Cruel and Unusual Short Stories by B.C.Bamber

SFerics 2017 ed Rosie Oliver

Twisted Tales IX ed J Richard Jacobs

Crooked Tales ed Mark Fine, Anita Kovacevic etc


Unmaking Atoms Magdelena Ball

Pomegranate Heart by Miriam Calleja

Making Cocoa For Kingsley Amis by Wendy Cope

Non Fiction

Write Well Publish Right by Lucinda Moebius

Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta

Time Was (Memoir) Howard Waldman

Oxygen – A 4 billion year history by Donal Canfield

Cycling Philosophy for Everyone Ed Fritz Allhoff

The Winding Stair: Francis Bacon bio (not the artist) Daphne Du Maurier



I can recommend this new venture. It is a web-based writing and showcasing site that has already run one successful competition. I am the next honorary judge for the suspense category. If you are hard at work with #NaNoWriMo or just finishing off a novel or long story of at least 10k words and want to know what to do with it, why not enter it for

Free to enter, huge prizes

worth a look

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XAGHRA’S REVENGE  released this summer. Pirates abducted 5000 people off the tiny Mediterranean island near Malta in 1551. Nearly 500yrs passed until their spirits enacted revenge with my authorial help. 

I am to do a signing of Xaghra’s Revenge at the Preluna Hotel, Sliema in April 2018. I stayed at this hotel when I did the research and even wrote some chapters there.


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