What I'm Reading

Aside from keeping up with a steady stream of blogs, magazines and interest journals, I enjoy a well-balanced diet of books. Most of these riff on my favourite themes of technology, education and society in some way, with discernible patterns of interest over the years.

Books are great conversation starters – any conversation that starts with 'what are you reading?' can go for a long time and to many strange and wonderful places.

See what I've been reading below or follow me on Goodreads.


2017

  1. Chaos Monkeys  –  Antonio Garcia Martínez
  2. Look Who's Back  –  Timur Vermes
  3. Metroland  –  Julian Barnes
  4. My Life on the Road  –  Gloria Steinem
  5. Down and Out in Paris and London  –  George Orwell
  6. Not My Father's Son  –  Alan Cumming
  7. Witches Abroad  –  Terry Pratchett
  8. Messages From a Lost World  –  Stefan Zweig
  9. Beautiful Evidence  –  Edward Tufte
 

2016

  1. The Colour of Magic  –  Terry Pratchett
  2. The End of Normal  –  James K. Galbraith
  3. The Light Fantastic  –  Terry Pratchett
  4. A Guide to Berlin  –  Gail Jones
  5. All That I Am  –  Anna Funder
  6. Equal Rites  –  Terry Pratchett
  7. The Noise of Time  –  Julian Barnes
  8. Mort  –  Terry Pratchett
  9. Anansi Boys  –  Neil Gaiman
  10. Sourcery  –  Terry Pratchett
  11. To End All Wars  –  Adam Hochschild
  12. Wyrd Sisters  –  Terry Pratchett
  13. Political Theory and the Displacement of Politics  –  Bonnie Honig
  14. Pyramids  –  Terry Pratchett
  15. Last Friends  –  Jane Gardam
  16. Empathy  –  Roman Krznaric
  17. Berlin Now  –  Peter Schneider
  18. Aping Mankind  –  Raymond Tallis
  19. How to Do Things with Videogames  –  Ian Bogost
  20. Guards! Guards!  –  Terry Pratchett
  21. The Man in the High Castle  –  Philip K. Dick
  22. Eric  –  Terry Pratchett
  23. Elizabeth Costello  –  J. M. Coetzee
  24. Unlearning with Hannah Arendt  –  Marie Luise Knott
  25. American Gods  –  Neil Gaiman
  26. Moving Pictures  –  Terry Pratchett
  27. The Prague Cemetery  –  Umberto Eco
  28. Reaper Man  –  Terry Pratchett
  29. A Slip of the Keyboard  –  Terry Pratchett
  30. The Barefoot Investor  –  Scott Pape
  31. Man's Search For Meaning  –  Viktor Frankl
 

2015

  1. On Politics  –  Alan Ryan
  2. How to Think About Exercise  –  Damon Young
  3. The Man in the Wooden Hat  –  Jane Gardam
  4. The Metamorphosis  –  Franz Kafka
  5. The Collapse of Globalism  –  John Ralston Saul
  6. Alone in Berlin  –  Hans Fallada
  7. The Woman Who Died a Lot  –  Jasper Fforde
  8. The Ocean at the End of the Lane  –  Neil Gaiman
  9. The Proper Study of Mankind  –  Isaiah Berlin
  10. The Totalitarian Experience  –  Tzvetan Todorov
  11. Political Evil  –  Alan Wolfe
  12. Whackademia  –  Richard Hil
  13. Trouble with Strangers  –  Terry Eagleton
  14. Getting to Yes  –  Roger Fisher and William Ury
  15. Imprisoned in English  –  Anna Wierzbicka
  16. Drone Theory  –  Grégoire Chamayou
  17. Hallucinations  –  Oliver Sacks
  18. The Secret History  –  Donna Tartt
  19. After Virtue  –  Alasdair MacIntyre
  20. The Elegance of the Hedgehog  –  Muriel Barbery
  21. A Thousand Splendid Suns  –  Khaled Hosseini
  22. Creativity Inc  –  Ed Catmull
  23. Fantastic Mr Fox  –  Roald Dahl
  24. False Necessity: Anti-Necessitarian Social Theory in the Service of Radical Democracy  –  Roberto Unger
  25. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher  –  Hilary Mantel
  26. Status Anxiety  –  Alain de Botton
  27. Fantastic Night: Tales of Longing and Liberation  –  Stefan Zweig
 

2014

  1. Uncommon Arrangements  –  Kate Roiphe
  2. The Great Gatsby  –  F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Measuring the World  –  Daniel Kehlmann
  4. The Long Earth  –  Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
  5. In Defence of Politics  –  Bernard Crick
  6. One of our Thursdays is Missing  –  Jasper Fforde
  7. The Interpretation of Cultures  –  Clifford Geertz
  8. The Island of the Colorblind  –  Oliver Sacks
  9. Isaiah Berlin  –  John Gray
  10. The Myths We Live By  –  Mary Midgley
  11. The Castle  –  Franz Kafka
  12. Global Political Philosophy  –  Mathias Risse
  13. Justice For Hedgehogs  –  Ronald Dworkin
  14. The Sense of an Ending  –  Julian Barnes
  15. Night Games  –  Anna Krien
  16. Raising Steam  –  Terry Pratchett
  17. Levels of Life  –  Julian Barnes
  18. Free Radicals  –  Michael Brooks
  19. The Ethics of Memory  –  Avashai Margalit
  20. The Long War  –  Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
  21. Writing for Social Scientists  –  Howard Becker
  22. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism  –  Max Weber
  23. Law as Politics: Carl Schmitt’s Critique of Liberalism  –  David Dyzenhaus
  24. Theories of International Relations  –  Scott Burchill & Andrew Linklater
  25. Old Filth  –  Jane Gardam
  26. Surfaces and Essences  –  Douglas Hofstadter & Emmanuel Sander
  27. The Consolations of Philosophy  –  Alain de Botton
  28. From Germany to Germany  –  Günter Grass
  29. Ethical Wisdom: What Makes Us Good  –  Mark Matousek
  30. A Short History of Modern Philosophy  –  Roger Scruton
  31. Just So Stories  –  Rudyard Kipling
  32. The Iliad  –  Homer (trans. Richmond Lattimore)
  33. The Silence of Animals  –  John Gray
  34. What’s a Dog For  –  Josh Homans
  35. How Proust Can Change Your Life  –  Alain de Botton
 

2013

  1. Wolf Hall  –  Hilary Mantel
  2. Bring Up The Bodies  –  Hilary Mantel
  3. The Stuff of Thought  –  Steven Pinker
  4. Creating Capabilities  –  Martha Nussbaum
  5. Academically Adrift  –  Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa
  6. Enlightenment’s Wake  –  John Gray
  7. Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy  –  Christopher Hayes
  8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  –  Mark Twain
  9. Bad Acts and Guilty Minds  –  Leo Katz
  10. Something Rotten  –  Jasper Fforde
  11. The Unconscious Civilization  –  John Ralston Saul
  12. First Among Sequels  –  Jasper Fforde
  13. The Book Thief  –  Markus Zusak
  14. Democracy & Expertise  –  Frank Fischer
  15. Thinking the Twentieth Century  –  Tony Judt
  16. OB Markers  –  Cheong Yip Seng
  17. The Penguin and the Leviathan  –  Yochai Benkler
  18. Exit, Voice and Loyalty  –  Albert Hirschmann
  19. The Politics of Rights  –  Stuart Scheingold
  20. The Dinner  –  Herman Koch
  21. Imagined Communities  –  Benedict Anderson
  22. The Republic  –  Plato
  23. 50 People Who Stuffed Up Australia  –  Guy Rundle
  24. Kant  –  Paul Guyer
  25. To Save Everything, Click Here  –  Evgeny Morozov
  26. The Australians  –  John Hirst
  27. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions  –  Thomas Kuhn
  28. Gaysia  –  Benjamin Law
  29. The Stranger  –  Albert Camus
  30. Ordinary People’s Politics  –  Judith Brett and Anthony Moran
  31. A Short History of Ethics  –  Alisdair Macintyre
  32. Girt  –  David Hunt
  33. Ill Fares the Land  –  Tony Judt
 

2012

  1. A Game of Thrones  –  George R. R. Martin
  2. The Journalist and the Murderer  –  Janet Malcolm
  3. A Clash of Kings  –  George R. R. Martin
  4. Is That a Fish in Your Ear?  –  David Bellos
  5. Voltaire’s Bastards  –  John Ralston Saul
  6. A Short History of Myth  –  Karen Armstrong
  7. Colossus: The Secrets of Bletchley Park’s Codebreaking Computers  –  Jack Copeland et al
  8. The Picture of Dorian Gray  –  Oscar Wilde
  9. The Immortalization Commission  –  John Gray
  10. Disgrace  –  J. M. Coetzee
  11. Descartes’ Error  –  Antonio Damasio
  12. Human Smoke  –  Nicholson Baker
  13. The Task of the Critic  –  Terry Eagleton
  14. Mother Tongue  –  Bill Bryson
  15. How to Write a Sentence (and How to Read One)  –  Stanley Fish
  16. Wilful Blindness  –  Margaret Heffernan
  17. A Case for Irony  –  Jonathan Lear
  18. A Storm of Swords  –  George R. R. Martin
  19. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  –  Mark Twain
  20. A Feast For Crows  –  George R. R. Martin
  21. The Life and Death of Democracy  –  John Keane
  22. Why Marx Was Right  –  Terry Eagleton
  23. A Dance with Dragons  –  George R. R. Martin
  24. Life and Times of Michael K  –  J. M. Coetzee
  25. The Hedgehog and the Fox  –  Isaiah Berlin
  26. The Eyre Affair  –  Jasper Fforde
  27. The Righteous Mind  –  Jonathan Haidt
  28. What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets  –  Michael Sandel
  29. Lost in a Good Book  –  Jasper Fforde
  30. The Big Lebowski and Philosophy  –  Peter S. Fosl
  31. The Trial  –  Franz Kafka
  32. Making Social Science Matter  –  Bent Flyvbjerg
  33. Snuff  –  Terry Pratchett
  34. The Well of Lost Plots  –  Jasper Fforde
  35. The Signal and the Noise  –  Nate Silver
  36. The Myth of Sisyphus  -  Albert Camus
 

2011

  1. Musicophilia  –  Oliver Sacks
  2. Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities  –  Martha Nussbaum
  3. Straw Dogs  –  John Gray
  4. The Making of the Atomic Bomb  –  Richard Rhodes
  5. Discipline and Punish  –  Michel Foucault
  6. Clueless in Academe  –  Gerald Graff
  7. Nichomachean Ethics  –  Aristotle
  8. Reason, Faith and Revolution  –  Terry Eagleton
  9. Waiting for the Barbarians  –  J. M. Coetzee
  10. The Case of the Pope  –  Geoffrey Robertson
  11. Postwar  –  Tony Judt
  12. On Evil  –  Terry Eagleton
  13. Aristotle  –  Chrisopher Shields
  14. Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going  –  Lee Kuan Yew
  15. Academic Discourse  –  Pierre Bourdieu
  16. The Fear of Barbarians  –  Tzvetan Todorov
  17. Steve Jobs  –  Walter Isaacson
  18. Freud  –  Jonathan Lear
  19. Practical Wisdom  –  Barry Schwartz & Kenneth Sharpe
  20. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ  –  Philip Pullman