I like to keep track of the books I read each year and what better place to do that than somewhere I can share? They’re obviously not a list of photography books, but I do find that what I read tends to influence my creativity in a lot of ways. The ones in bold, I would recommend.


A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
Butterflies in Bucaramanga by Tanna Patterson-Z
Beyond Botota: Diary of a Drug War journalist in Colombia by Gary Leech
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Sold by Patricia McCormick
The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle by Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Tom Howes (Reading Now)


Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks
Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor
The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British by Sarah Lyall

Are You Experienced by William Sutcliffe
Spices of Brick Lane by Forid Afzal Uddin
When Memory Dies by A. Sivanandan
White City Blue by Tim Lott
Lipstick Jihad by Azadeh Moaveni

Madness Visible: A Memoir of War by Janine di Giovanni
Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire by Iain Sinclair
Honeymoon in Tehran by Azadeh Moaveni
Lovers in the Age of Indifference by Xiaolu Guo
Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Mesures): True Stories from a War Zone by K. Cain, H. Postlewait, A. Thomson

From There to Here: Sixteen True Tales of Immigration to Britain
Koolaids by Rabih Alameddine
Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

My Colombia War: A Journey Through the Country I Left Behind by Silvana Paternostro
The Armies by Evelio Rosero
Viva South America – A Journey Through a Restless Continent by Oliver Balch
Mud: Stories of Sex and Love by Michele Roberts
Cockroach by Rawi Hage
Tales from the Town of Widows by James Cañón
The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Room by Emma Donoghue

Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel


White Teeth by Zadie Smith
The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam
Desert Children by Waris Dirie
The Place at the End of the World by Janine di Giovanni

Book of Peoples of the World: A Guide to Cultures by National Geographic
The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann
My Life as a Traitor by Zarah Ghahramani
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Sewing Circles of Herat by Christina Lamb
The Road Home by Rose Tremain
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

An Introduction to Social Anthropology by Joy Hendry
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
India by Sanjeev Bhaskar
The Blue Bedspread by Raj Kamal Jha
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
Rothko’s Red and Other Stories by Sue Hubbard
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science by Mary Roach
Cityboy by Geriant Anderson
One People, Many Journeys by Lonely Planet
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Chowringhee by Sankar
253 by Geoff Ryman

Her Feet Chime by Rumki Chowdhury
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

Home by Marilynne Robinson
The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels
Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi
One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories
The Scent of Dried Roses by Tim Lott
Bodies by Jed Mercurio

The Most Beautiful Woman in Town by Charles Bukowski
Dreams of Rivers and Seas by Tim Parks

Encyclopaedia of Snow by Sarah Emily Miano
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
Love Marriage by V. V. Ganeshananthan

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Human Love by Andrei Makine
No God in Sight by Altaf Tyrewala

The Company of Women by Khushwant Singh
Londonstani by Gautam Malkani

The Weekenders – Adventures in Calcutta edited by Andrew O’Hagan
Tourism by Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal
6 Billion Others: Portraits of Humanity from Around the World by Yann Arthus-Bertrand


The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall
We Lived with a Mountain by John McGourty
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Gou

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Editorial Design by Yolanda Zappaterra
The Sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt
A Hedonist’s Guide to Life
The Island by
Victoria Hislop
Expat by Christina Henry de Tessan (editor)
Go Your Own Way by Christina Henry de Tessan, Ingrid Emerick, Faith Conlan (editors)

Down Under by Bill Bryson
This is for You by Rob Ryan
Life’s Too Fucking Short by Janet Street Porter
White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The Return by Victoria Hislop
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson
Tears of the Desert by Halima Bashir


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