Recommended Reading

Instead of a bio I used to have this following carefully-curated list of books on my About page, in line with the philosophy that a person’s true nature is revealed by their bookshelf. Now I just think they’re good books.

  • Possession • A. S. Byatt
  • Atonement • Ian McEwan
  • Distraction • Bruce Sterling
  • Master and Commander &c. • Patrick O’Brian
  • How Buildings Learn • Stewart Brand
  • A Pattern Language • Christopher Alexander et al.
  • Eccentric Lives, Peculiar Notions • John Michell
  • The Empty Space • Peter Brook
  • Last Letters from Hav • Jan Morris
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything • Bill Bryson
  • Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable • Ebenezer Brewer (et al.)
  • On Food and Cooking • Harold McGee
  • Little, Big • John Crowley
  • Classic Italian Cooking • Marcella Hazan
  • Finer Points in the Spacing and Arrangement of Type • Geoffrey Dowding
  • Real World Scanning and Halftones • David Blatner &c.
  • The Elements of Typographic Style • Robert Bringhurst
  • The History Man • Malcolm Bradbury
  • Catch-22 • Joseph Heller
  • Trees for the New Zealand Countryside • John & Bunny Mortimer

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