Master List of Books Read in 2018

  1. How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather.
  2. In Pursuit Of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer’s by Joseph Jebelli.
  3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
  4. Satellite by Nick Lake.
  5. The City Of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty.
  6. East Of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman.
  7. The Woman In The Window by A. J. Finn.
  8. Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama.
  9. Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride.
  10. Why Democracies Need Science by Harry Collins & Robert Evans.
  11. Bioinformation by Bronwyn Parry and Beth Greenhough.
  12. Blackbird by N. D. Gomes.
  13. Nancy Parker’s Chilling Conclusions by Julia Lee.
  14. There Was A Country: A Personal History Of Biafra by Chinua Achebe.
  15. Star Wars The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein.
  16. Summary Justice by John Fairfax.
  17. A Spoonful Of Murder by Robin Stevens.
  18. Hackerspaces: Making The Maker Movement by Sarah R. Davies.
  19. Landscape With Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson.
  20. Can The Euro Be Saved? by Malcolm Sawyer.
  21. London Rules by Mick Herron.
  22. The M&A Formula by Peter Zink Secher and Ian Horley.
  23. Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Hounds And Hauntings by Janine Beacham.
  24. The Art of Doing Business Across Cultures by Craig Storti.
  25. The Playstation Dreamworld by Alfie Bown.
  26. The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs.
  27. What You Don’t Know by Joann Chaney.
  28. Amelia Fang And The Unicorn Lords by Laura Ellen Anderson.
  29. Horace & Harriet Take On The Town by Clare Elsom.
  30. Do We Need Economic Inequality? by Danny Dorling.
  31. Basic Income And How We Can Make It Happen by Guy Standing.
  32. What Everyone Needs To Know About Tax by James Hannam.
  33. Scythe by Neal Shusterman.
  34. Society Of Fear by Heinz Bude.
  35. The Ascendancy Of Finance by Joseph Vogl.
  36. Flying Tips For Flightless Birds by Kelly McCaughrain.
  37. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.
  38. Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah.
  39. The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty.
  40. The Confession by Jo Spain.
  41. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings.
  42. The Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis.
  43. Syriza In Power by Costas Douzinas.
  44. The Exact Opposite Of Okay by Laura Steven.
  45. Refuge: Transforming A Broken Refugee System by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier.
  46. This Book Will (Help You) Change The World by Sue Turton.
  47. White Rabbit Red Wolf by Tom Pollock.
  48. Rory Branagan: Detective by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar.
  49. Purple Hearts by Michael Grant.
  50. The Wonder Of Us by Kim Culbertson.
  51. Can We Solve The Migration Crisis? by Jacqueline Bhabha.
  52. The Colour Of The Sun by David Almond.
  53. The Gender Games by Juno Dawson.
  54. Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter.
  55. The New Scramble For Africa by Pádraig Carmody.
  56. Little Miss Lucky Is Getting Married by Roger Hargreaves, Sarah Daykin, Lizzie Daykin and Liz Bankes.
  57. Small Money, Big Impact: Fighting Poverty With Microfinance by Peter Fanconi and Patrick Scheurle.
  58. Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala.
  59. Star Of The North by D. B. John.
  60. To The Edge Of The World by Julia Green.
  61. The List by Mick Herron.
  62. One Clear Ice-Cold January Morning At The Beginning Of The Twenty-First Century by Roland Schimmerlpfennig.
  63. A New Politics From The Left by Hilary Wainwright.
  64. The Golden Child by Wendy James.
  65. Natboff! One Million Years Of Stupidity by Andy Stanton.
  66. Come And Find Me by Sarah Hilary.
  67. Directorate S: The CIA And America’s Secret Wars In Afghanistan And Pakistan, 2001 – 2016 by Steve Coll.
  68. Night Of The Party by Tracey Mathias.
  69. The Woman In The Mirror by Rebecca James.
  70. The Power Of Yes by Abbie Headon.
  71. The Case For A Maximum Wage by Sam Pizzigati.
  72. This Is What Happened by Mick Herron.
  73. Will Big Business Destroy Our Planet? by Peter Dauvergne.
  74. The Joneses & The Pirateers: Search For The Phantom Lady by S. L. Westgate.
  75. Lean Six Sigma For Leaders by Martin Brenig-Jones and Jo Dowdall.
  76. Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla.
  77. The Real Politics Of The Horn Of Africa by Alex de Waal.
  78. One Way by S. J. Morden.
  79. All Systems Red by Martha Wells.
  80. Embassy Of The Dead by Will Mabbitt.
  81. Taylor & Rose Secret Agents: Peril In Paris by Katherine Woodfine.
  82. Do Central Banks Serve The People? By Peter Dietsch, François Claveau and Clément Fontan.
  83. The Shock Doctrine Of The Left by Graham Jones.
  84. Wrong Way Home by Isabelle Grey.
  85. Sweet Pea by C. J. Skuse.
  86. In Bloom by C. J. Skuse.
  87. Age Of Assassins by R J Barker.
  88. Bad Blood by E. O. Chirovici.
  89. The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams.
  90. Happyville High: Geek Tragedy by Tom McLaughlin.
  91. A Treachery Of Spies by Manda Scott.
  92. The 57 Bus: A True Story Of Two Teenagers And The Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater.
  93. The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Changes The Way We Think, Live And Die by Keith Payne.
  94. Phantom by Leo Hunt.
  95. A Double Life by Flynn Berry.
  96. The Court Of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark.
  97. Under The Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng.
  98. The Hunger by Alma Katsu.

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

The Blurb On The Back:

After having travelled west for weeks, the party of pioneers comes to a crossroads.  It is time for their leader, George Donner, to make a choice.  They face two diverging paths which lead to the same destination.  One is well-documented – the other untested, but rumoured to be short.  His decision will shape the lives of everyone travelling with him

The searing heat of the desert gives way to biting winds and a bitter cold that freezes the cattle where they stand. Driven to the brink of madness, the ill-fated group struggles to survive and minor disagreements turn into violent confrontations.  Then the children begin to disappear. As the survivors turn against each other, a few begin to realise that the threat they face reaches beyond the fury of the elements to something more primal, and far more deadly …  

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Under The Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng

The Blurb On The Back:

Catherine Helstone’s missionary brother, Laon, has disappeared while bringing the Gospels to the Dark Continent – not Africa, but Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae.

Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey to that extraordinary land, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane.  At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her – but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels.  

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The Court Of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

The Blurb On The Back:

Shadows.  Sorrow. Death.

Something’s coming.

 

We need to be read.

And yes.  That does mean blood.

 

We’re too weak.  The way we are.  Sitting on our piles of gold pretending nothing exists beyond our walls.

We’re too far gone for anything else. 

In the richest empire the world has ever known, the capital city of Sorlost stands eternal, or so it believes …

Decadence has become the true ruler, blinding its inhabitants to their decay.  The empire is weak and, haunted by dreams of its demise, Lord Orhan Emmereth has decided to act.

On his orders, a company of mercenaries will cross the desert to reach the city of Sorlost.  Once inside, they have one mission: assassinate the Emperor and all who serve him.

The mission is suicide but Marith is ready to die. He is running away from a shame and grief, which only the weight of a knife in his hand can banish.

Little does Marith know that his destiny awaits in the Golden City of Sorlost.  A destiny beautiful, bloody, and more terrible than anyone could have foreseen. 

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A Double Life by Flynn Berry

The Blurb On The Back:

Claire’s father is a privileged man: handsome, brilliant, the product of an aristocratic lineage and an expensive education, surrounded by a group of devoted friends who would do anything for him.

But when he becomes the prime suspect in a horrific attack on Claire’s mother, a scandal erupts.  Claire’s father disappears overnight, his car abandoned, blood on the front seat.

Thirty years after that hellish night, Claire is obsessed with uncovering the truth, and she knows that the answer lies with the same friends who all those years before had answered the call to protect one of their own.

Because they know where Claire’s father is.

They helped him escape.

And it’s time their pristine lives met her fury.

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The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Changes The Way We Think, Live And Die by Keith Payne

The Blurb On The Back:

Inequality makes us feel poor and act poor, even when we’re not.  It affects our mood, decision-making and even our immune systems.

Using groundbreaking research in psychology and neuroscience, Keith Payne explains how inequality shapes our world and influences our thinking, how we perform at work and respond to stress – and what we can do to combat its most insidious effects on our lives. 

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The 57 Bus: A True Story Of Two Teenagers And The Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

The Blurb On The Back:

One teenager in a skirt.

One teenager with a lighter.

One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Richard and Sasha would never have met.  Although they live in the same city, they are from radically different worlds.  But one single reckless act changes both of their lives forever.

What happens next is a story of race and discrimination, but also of recovery, reconciliation and hope.  It’s about the good and bad in all of us, and how your whole life can change in the time it takes to flick a cigarette lighter.

And remarkably, it’s all true.

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A Treachery Of Spies by Manda Scott

The Blurb On The Back:

An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France.  Her identity has been cleverly erased but the method of her death is very specific: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two.

Tracing down her murderer leads police inspector Inès Picaut back to 1940s France where the bravest of men and women are engaged in a desperate fight for survival against the Nazi invaders.

To find answers in the present, Inès must discover what really happened in the past, untangling a web of treachery and intrigue that stretches back to the murder victim’s youth.

The past is about to be exposed, but there are those in the present who will kill to keep it buried …

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Happyville High: Geek Tragedy by Tom McLaughlin

The Blurb On The Back:

Happyville High might seem like the perfect school, but anyone looking closely can see there’s something really strange going on.

No-one else seems to be worried that the captain of the American football team has grown a super long spaghetti arm.

Because he’s got an incredible throw now … It is weird though.

Maybe we should investigate?

When one NERDY GENIUS, a CRACK-POT INVENTOR, and a COMPUTER GEEK band together, there’s no mystery that they can’t solve.  They might be took uncool for school, but they’re the only kids with the brains to get to the bottom of what’s happening at Happyville High.

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The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

The Blurb On The Back:

The city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for waiting to die while the realm of his ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip.

When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees a way out.  Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving artefacts is preferable to the abomination left behind.

But not everyone is willing to let the empire collapse, and the adventurers are soon drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war.

The Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall …  

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