‘Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.’  ~W.Hazlitt.

The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner      Beloved, Toni Morrison

Let us now Praise Famous Men, James Agee    Under Milkwood, Dylan Thomas

Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo

The Aunt’s Story, Patrick White      Les Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud

The Bone People, Keri Hulme       The PassionJeanette Winterson

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard      Equus, Peter Shaffer

Songs of Innocence and Experience, William Blake

The White TigerAravind Adiga

Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu       

Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison    Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie 

UlyssesJames Joyce     One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

The Color Purple, Alice Walker      Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, Peter Høeg

The Picture of Dorian GrayOscar Wilde       To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

The Piano Teacher, Elfriede Jelinek      Gilead, Marilynne Robinson

Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov    Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

[sic] Joshua Cody     The Leopard, Giuseppi Tomasi di Lampedusa

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, GentlemanLaurence Sterne

The Mandarins, Simone de Beauvoir      Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

Collected Poems, William Carlos Williams    Collected Poems, e.e.cummings

Tourmaline, Randolph Stowe

Collected Poems, Emily Dickinson      Waiting for GodotSamuel Beckett

Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S Thompson

 Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, A Life of David Foster Wallace, D.T.Max

Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre     The VivisectorPatrick White

The Border Trilogy, Cormac McCarthy

Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward      Collected Works, Gerard Manley Hopkins

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, Eimear McBride

 HousekeepingMarilynne Robinson

Tell me I’m Here, Anne Deveson      A Mood Apart, Peter Whybrow

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt

   Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson

  Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

The Diary of Frida Khalo, Carlos Fuentes

 Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh      As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

Only the Animals, Ceridwen Dovey     The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Walden; or, Life in the Woods, Henry David Thoreau

 Carpentaria, Alexis Wright

Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott      Howl, Allen Ginsberg

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers

Forty-one False Starts, Janet Malcolm      Beyond Black, Hilary Mantel

A Beautiful Mind, Sylvia Nasar

  The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz

 Le Rouge et le Noir, Stendhal      Vincent by Himself, Vincent van Gogh

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez

The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion

Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor E. Frankl       Just Kids, Patti Smith

The Wasteland, T.S.Eliot       How to be Both, Ali Smith

Salt Creek, Lucy Treloar      The Plains, Gerald Murnane

Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

Haiku, Matsuo Basho

My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout


2 thoughts on “Literature

  1. Thank you Laura. It is certainly possible to live well and work and manage a long term illness. Wishing you good health and wellness as you complete your degree and embark on your career.

  2. I don’t know if you read this or use this blog anymore. I’m also assuming this is the Kate Richards who has written Madness, a memoir. I read a story about you in the Sydney Morning Herald today (19/1/13) and was heartened to hear of a doctor who had made her way through medical school, and very successfully at that – whilst battling a mental illness. I am entering 4th year this year out of a 6 year medical degree in Australia and it gives me great hope that I may finish my degree with my illness alongside me. Thank you for writing an inspiring book and speaking out as both a person with a mental illness and one as a successful doctor.

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