Reading List


I spend a lot of time chasing up particular authors; and so, from time to time, I check their biographies. To be frank, these are rarely worth reading on their own account, but often contain clues for new things to Read.

The Delian Mode (2009) - Kara Blake


Serial | Short, beautifully assembled documentary on Delia Derbyshire's life and works, with a wonderful soundscape. Watch on youtube

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography (1977) - Humphrey Carpenter


Book | This is a really nicely written book, if you're interested in the topic; just pleasurable to read. JRRT didn't have a very exciting life, but Carpenter has a wonderful style to make up for it. Only for people specialising in JRRT, but very recommended if you are.

Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981) - Humphrey Carpenter

Book | I want to work through these for some better quotes on Reading and making mythologies.

The Man in the Willows (2019) - Matthew Dennison


Book | Biography of Kenneth Grahame. Very readable; you get a pretty unambiguous sense of why he wrote what he did, I think, the sorts of unhappinesses and impossibilities that lead an adult to spend so much time writing about happy Mr Mole and a golden afternoon that never ends. Inessential, but I'm glad to have read it.

the Edge of the Ceiling (1980) - Alan Garner

Serial | Unwatched. Another documentary about Garner, a generally of-interest-to-us author and rather odd man.

Far off Things (1922) - Arthur Machen

Book | Autobiography of Machen; tedious, not recommended.