Reading

I’ve always known that reading and writing are intimately connected. I would never have written if I’d never read poets like Wordsworth, Auden, Dylan Thomas and Yeats.

So, for a long time I’ve kept a journal of my reading, and for the last twenty years or so, picked out my books of the year. There’s more details on my web site here, but here’s my book of the year winners over that time.

Poetry Books of the Years

1985 – Selected Poems by Robert Gray
1986 – Travelling by Andrew Taylor
1987 – The Haw Lantern by Seamus Heaney
1988 – Under Berlin by John Tranter
1989 – In the Name of the Father by Kristopher Saknussemm
1990 – Selected Poems by Peter Porter
1991 – Blue Notes by Laurie Duggan
1992 – Standing with Friends by Peter Kocan
1993 – At the Florida by John Tranter
1994 – Waving to Hart Crane by Robert Adamson
1995 – New and Selected Poems by Kevin Hart
1996 – New & Selected Poems by Paul Muldoon
1997 – All of Us (Collected Poems) by Raymond Carver
1998 – Collected Poems by Tomas Transtromer
1999 – The World of Ten Thousand Things by Charles Wright
2000 – Selected Poems by Patrick Kavanagh
2001 – and dug my fingers in the sand by Brook Emery
2002 – Flame Tree: Selected Poems by Kevin Hart
2003 – Green See Things in Waves by August Kleinzahler
2004 – Mangroves by Laurie Duggan
2005 – Totem by Luke Davies
2006 – Sea Wall and River Light by Diane Fahey
2007 – The Goldfinches of Baghdad by Robert Adamson
2008 – Navigation by Judy Johnson
2009 – Mountains and Rivers Without End by Gary Snyder
2010 – A History of Clouds by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
2011 – Lines for Birds by Barry Hill and John Wolseley
2012 – Fire Diary by Mark Tredinnick
2013 – Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins
2014 – Bluewren Cantos by Mark Tredinnick

Non-fiction winners through the years

1985 – T.S. Eliot by Michael Ackroyd
1986 – The Bicycle and the Bush by Jim Fitzpatrick
1987 – Fred Williams by Patrick McCaughey
1988 – The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
1989 – The Road to Botany Bay by Paul Carter
1990 – Blessed City by Gwen Harwood
1991 – The Great Plains by Ian Frazier
1992 – Thylacine by Eric Guiler
1993 – Iron John by Robert Bly
1994 – Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky
1995 – The Future Eaters by Tim Flannery
1996 – Landscape & Memory by Simon Schama
1997 – Badland by Jonathan Raban
1998 – Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
1999 – The Emmigrants W.G. Sebald
2000 – The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
2001 – In Ruins by Christopher Woodward
2002 – The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
2003 – The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
2004 – Poets on the Peaks by John Suiter
2005 – Chronicles 1 by Bob Dylan
2006 – Here is Where We Meet by John Berger
2007 – Wildwood by Roger Deakin
2008 – The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane
2009 – The Red Highway by Nicholas Rothwell
2010 – Peeling the Onion by Gunter Grass
2011 – The Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain
2012 – Dylan’s Vision of Sin by Christopher Ricks
2013 – The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane
2014 – Four Fields by Tim Dee

Fiction winners through the years

1985 – Harland’s Half Acre by David Malouf
1986 – A Lifetime on Clouds by Gerald Murnane
1987 – Waterland by Graham Swift
1988 – Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
1989 – Captivity Captive by Rodney Hall
1990 – Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1991 – The Great World by David Malouf
1992 – The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys
1993 – The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag
1994 – All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
1995 – The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy
1996 – The Lost salt Gift of Blood by Alistair McLeod
1998 – Montana, 1948 by Larry Watson
1998 – So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell
1999 – Going After Cacciato by Tim O’Brien
2000 – No Great Mischief by Alistair McLeod
2001 – The Middle Parts of Fortune byFrederick Manning
2002 – Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald
2003 – Crabwalk by Gunter Grass
2004 – Old School byTobias Wolff
2005 – Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
2006 – The Sea by John Banville
2007 – The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
2008 – Home by Marilynne Robinson
2009 – No Award
2010 – The Barley Patch by Gerald Murnane
2011 – The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
2012 – Canada by Richard Ford
2013 – House of Earth by Woody Guthrie
2014 – A Million Windows by Gerald Murnane

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