Influences: a reading list

What I have read.
An eclectic list, vertically stacked like a pile of books on a bookshelf, the last one read atop the previous; like sedimentary layers of sand, mud and silt that will compact in the subconscious over time. Some metamorphose with additional pressure. Some remain unfinished, some are unputdownable, some read again (2) and again (3). They are fiction unless otherwise noted (poetry, nf – non-fiction and memoir, cy – children and young adult).

2017
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, Ganapati Aradhana (nf) (2)
Charles Duff, A handbook on hanging (nf)
William Carlos Williams, The knife of the times
Kazuaki Tanahashi, The Heart Sutra: a comprehensive guide to the classic of Mahayana Buddhism (nf)
Richard Flanagan, First person
Cormac McCarthy, Child of God
Tim Winton, Minimum of two
Nam Le, The boat (2)
Sjon, Moonstone: the boy who never was
Yuri Herrera, Kingdom cons
The Tain: from the Irish epic Tain Bo Cuailnge (nf) (2)
Laird Hunt, Neverhome
Sharon Creech, Love that dog
Glenn Morrison, Songlines and fault lines: epic walks of the Red Centre (nf)
Michel Houellebecq, Submission
Tommy Wieringa, These are the names
Denis Johnson, The laughing monsters
Jeanette Winterson, Weight (2)
Evie Wyld, All the birds, singing
Roberto Bolano, The return
Ryunosuke Akutagawa, The life of a stupid man
Roberto Bolano, By night in Chile
Richard Brautigan, Sombrero fallout: a Japanese novel
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a young poet & The letter from the young worker
Richard Brautigan, Trout fishing in America
Raymond Carver, All of us: the collected poems (poetry)
Richard Brautigan, A Confederate General from Big Sur
Jorge Luis Borges, Seven nights (3)
Gary Snyder, Mountains and rivers without end (poetry)
Penny Drysdale, Dew and broken glass (poetry)
Bandi, The accusation: forbidden stories from inside North Korea
Laszlo Krasznahorkai, The last wolf
Ted Hughes, Crow: from the life and songs of the Crow (poetry)
Donald Thomson, Bindibu country (nf)
Bill Gammage, The biggest estate on earth: how Aborigines made Australia (nf)
Cory Taylor, Dying: a memoir (nf)
Maureen O’Shaughnessy, Lakeland
Lynne Spender, Between the lines: a legal guide for writers and illustrators (nf)
Bruce Pascoe, Dark emu: black seeds, agriculture or accident (nf)
Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: a history of walking (nf)
Michelle Cahill, Vishvarupa (poetry)
Yuri Herrera, Signs preceding the end of the world (2)
Ken Kalfus, Coup de foudre: a novella and stories
Yuri Herrera, The transmigration of bodies
Ken Kalfus, Pu-239 and other Russian fantasies
Andrew Kaufman, All my friends are superheroes
Tao Lin, Eeeee eee eeee
Christina Stead, The Salzburg tales
Yuri Herrera, Signs preceding the end of the world

Tales from 1,001 nights
Yukio Mishima, The temple of dawn
Yukio Mishima, The sailor who fell from grace with the sea
Michelle Cahill, Letter to Pessoa
Shusaku Endo, Silence
Dhammapada (nf) (3)
AS Patric, Black rock white city 

2016
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, Head Heart & Hands (nf) (2)
Ota Pavel, How I came to know fish (nf)
Bhagavad Gita (nf) (2)
Karel Capek, War with the newts
Gyula Krudy, Life is a dream
Slawomir Mrozek, The elephant
Shusaku Endo, Volcano
Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s long halftime walk
Kobo Abe, The woman in the dunes
David Mitchell, Number9dream
Haruki Murakami, Hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world
Raymond Carver, Beginners
Ellen van Neerven, Heat and light
Raymond Carver, What we talk about when we talk about love
Robert Musil, Flypaper
Haruki Murakami, The strange library
Raymond Carver, Cathedral
AS Patric, Las Vegas for vegans
AS Patric, The rattler and other stories
Carmel Bird, My hearts are your hearts
Michael Sala, The last thread
Jen Craig, Panthers and the museum of fire
Fernando Pessoa, The book of disquiet
Kenneth Cook, Fear is the rider
Christopher Vogler, The writer’s journey: mythic structure for writers (3rd edition) (nf)
Martin Johnston, Cicada gambit
Stan Grant, Talking to my country (nf)
Thomas Keneally, The survivor
Dal Stivens, A horse of air
Charlotte Wood, The natural way of things
Thomas Keneally, Bring larks and heroes
Gerald Murnane, Barley patch
Rishi Nityabodhananda, Ajna chakra (nf)
Dennis Palumbo, Writing from the inside out: transforming your psychological blocks to release the writer within (nf)
Rebecca Solnit, A field guide to getting lost (nf)
Mary Manning, Damaged in transit
Olga Masters, Amy’s children
Junot Diaz, Drown
David Ireland, The glass canoe
Jessica Anderson, The Commandant
Kenneth Cook, Wake in fright
Lorrie Moore, Bark
Thea Astley, The slow natives
Charles Mountford, Brown men and red sand: journeyings in wild Australia (nf)
Amy Witting, I for Isobel
Randolph Stow, The suburbs of hell
Atticus Lish, Preparation for the next life  
Raymond Chandler, The long goodbye
Geordie Williamson, The burning library: our great novelists lost and found (nf)

2015
Junot Diaz, This is how you lose her
Raymond Chandler, The big sleep
Gail Jones, A guide to Berlin
Albert Camus, The outsider (4)
Lorrie Moore, How to become a writer
Peter Garrett, Big blue sky: a memoir (nf)
Richard Flanagan, And what do you do, Mr Gable? (nf)
The Gospel of Thomas (nf)
The Apocryphon of James (nf)
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale fire
TKV Desikachar, Reflections on the Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali (nf)
Damien Keown, Buddhism: a very short introduction (nf)
The Gospel of Philip (nf)
Serapion, The life of John the Baptist (nf)
Glenn Wheatley, Paper paradise: confessions of a rock’n’roll survivor (nf)
The Queen v Charles K, 2000 (nf)
Linda Woodhead, Christianity: a very short introduction (nf)
Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin
Norman Solomon, Judaism: a very short introduction (nf)
Geoff Dyer, Zona: a book about a film about a journey to a room (nf)
Swami Ahimsadhara, Yoga day by day: a guide to holistic practices for healthy living (nf)
Malise Ruthven, Islam: a very short introduction (nf)
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
Meg Mooney, Being Martha’s friend (poetry)
Jan Bauer, The salty river (nf)
Cracking the spine: ten short Australian stories and how they were written
Jorge Luis Borges, Seven nights (nf) (2)
Adi Sankaracharya, Aparokshanubhuti (nf)
Graham Greene, The quiet American
José Saramago, The year of the death of Ricardo Reis
Sebastiao Salgado, Genesis (nf)
John Bunyan, The pilgrim’s progress from this world, to that which is to come: delivered under the similitude of a dream
DT Suzuki, An introduction to Zen Buddhism (nf)
Czeslaw Milosz, Selected and last poems, 1931-2004 (poetry)
José Saramago, The lives of things
Czeslaw Milosz (ed.), A book of luminous things: an international anthology of poetry (poetry)
José Saramago, Death at intervals
José Saramago, Blindness
Nobel Lectures: from the Literature Laureates, 1986 to 2006 (nf)
Virginia Woolf, To the lighthouse
Michel Houellebecq, Platform
Robert Dessaix, What days are for (nf)
Randolph Stow, The girl green as elderflower
Drusilla Modjeska, Amanda Lohrey, Robert Dessaix, Secrets (nf)
Gabrielle Carey, In my father’s house (nf)
William Faulkner, The sound and the fury
Carlos Fuentes, The death of Artemio Cruz
Hermann Hesse, The glass bead game
Barry Hill, Broken song: TGH Strehlow and aboriginal possession (nf)
TGH Strehlow, Journey to Horseshoe Bend (nf)

2014
Margaret Brown, The Choice guide to digital photography (nf)
paper wasp 20-4 (poetry)
Susan Fielding, Boy in midair (poetry)
Saskia Beudel, A country in mind: memoir with landscape (nf)
The sound of water: haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa and other poets (trans. Sam Hamill) (poetry)
Japanese death poems: written by Zen monks and haiku poets on the verge of death (poetry)
Richard Flanagan, The narrow road to the deep north
James Joyce, A portrait of the artist as a young man
Charles Winnecke, Herbert River and NE exploring expedition (nf)
Swami Satyananda, Ishavasya Upanishad (nf)
Alexis Wright, The swan book 
Gerald Murnane, Inland
Jorge Luis Borges, On Writing (nf)
Jorge Luis Borges, Seven Nights (nf)
Italo Calvino, Cosmicomics
Eleanor Hogan, Alice Springs (nf)
Rod Moss, One thousand cuts (nf)
Stig Dagerman, The games of night
Vladimir Nabokov, Glory
Voltaire, Candide
Shantideva, The way of the Bodhisattva (nf)
Franz Keim & Carl Otto Czeschka (illus.), Die Nibelungen (nf)
Rishi Nityabodhananda, Swadhisthana chakra (nf)
Ged Zochling, Poems from an outback toilet cleaner (poetry)
Christos Tsolkas, Barracuda

2013
Swami Niranjanananda, Yoga: philosophy to realization (nf)
Swami Niranjanananda, Ganapati aradhana (nf)
Swami Niranjanananda, Head, heart & hands (nf)
Swami Sivananda, Swami Satyananda & Swami Niranjanananda, Water the roots (nf)
Ajahn Brahmavamso, The basic method of meditation (nf)
The Holy Bible (nf)
Edward Eyre, An account of the manners and customs of the Aborigines and the state of their relations with Europeans (nf)
Edward Charles Frome, Outline of the method of conducting a trigonometrical survey, for the formation of geographical and topographical maps and plans (nf) (extract)
George Grey, Journals of expeditions of discovery in North-West and Western Australia, during the years 1837-8-9 (nf) (extract)
IK Taimni, An introduction to Hindu symbolism (nf)
Herbert Basedow, Notes on some native tribes of Central Australia (nf)
NT Literary Awards 2013 anthology
Joshua Santospirito, Craig san Roque’s The long weekend in Alice Springs (nf)
The Gospel of Judas (apocrypha) (nf)
The Gospel according to Mary of Magdala (apocrypha) (nf)
The Gospel according to Peter (apocrypha) (nf)
Traditional healers of Central Australia: Ngangkari (nf)
Randolph Stow, The merry-go-round in the sea
Charles Sturt, Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia … during the years 1844, 5 and 6 (nf)
Edward Eyre, Journals of expeditions of discovery into Central Australia (nf)
Denis Johnson, Train dreams
Gordon Connell, The mystery of Ludwig Leichhardt (nf)
Ernest Hemmingway, The old man and the sea (2)
Randolph Stow, Tourmaline
Ovid, Metamorphoses (2) (nf)
Thea Astley, A kindness cup
Statius, Thebaid
Julia Leigh, Disquiet (2)
John Lort Stokes, Discoveries in Australia: … during the voyage of HMS Beagle in the years 1837-43 (nf)
AC Gregory, Journals of Australian Explorations: North Australian Expedition 1855 to 1856; Search for Leichhardt 1857-58 (nf)
David Mitchell, Cloud atlas
Phillip Parker King, Narrative of a survey of the intertropical and western coasts of Australia between the years 1818 and 1822 (nf)
Thomas Mitchell, Journal of an expedition into the interior of tropical Australia in search of a route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria (nf)
Thomas Mitchell, Three expeditions into the interior of Eastern Australia (nf)
Magnus Mills, Explorers of the new century
Jorge Luis Borges, Fictions (3)
Randolph Stow, To the islands
Chloe Wilson, The mermaid problem (poetry)
Randolph Stow, Visitants
Trekking in the Indian Himalaya (Lonely Planet) (nf)
Steve Toltz, A fraction of the whole
Matthew Flinders, Voyage to Terra Australis (Vol 2, Appendix 1 & 2) (nf)
Saul Bellow, Humboldt’s gift
Michel Houellebecq, HP Lovecraft: against the world, against life (nf)
Alison Moore, The lighthouse
Albert Camus, The first man
Albert Camus, The fall
Ryan O’Neill, The weight of a human heart

2012
James Joyce, Ulysses
Barry Hill, The inland sea (poetry)
Laurent Binet, HHhH
Veronica Dobson, Arelhe-kenhe Merrethene (Arrernte traditional healing) (nf)
Rebecca Novick, Fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism (nf)
Albert Camus, The rebel: an essay on man in revolt (nf)
The Dhammapada (nf)
TGH Strehlow, Central Australian religion: personal monototemism in a polytotemic community (nf)
Dalai Lama XIV, The joy of living and dying in peace (nf)
Dalai Lama XIV, Awakening the heart, lightening the mind (nf)
Dalai Lama XIV, The way to freedom (nf)
Carmel Williams, The butcher’s window (poetry)
Penny van Oosterzee, The centre: the natural history of Australia’s desert regions (nf)
Charles Chewings, The sources of the Finke River (nf)
Dorothy Butler, The barefoot bush walker (nf)
Luke Davies, Interferon psalms (poetry)
Rohan Wilson, The roving party
TGH Strehlow, Comments on the journals of JMD Stuart (nf)
Barry Lopez, Arctic dreams: imagination and desire in a northern landscape (nf)
Michael Houellebecq, Atomised
Ali Cobby Eckermann, Ruby Midnight (poetry)
Bronwyn Lea, The other way out (poetry)
Patti Smith, Just kids (nf)
NT Literary Awards anthology 2012
Patrick Holland, The source of the sound
Arthur Groom, I saw a strange land: journeys in Central Australia (nf)
Dael Allison, Fairweather’s raft (poetry)
Kelly-lee Hickey, Thicker than water (poetry)
Ryan Van Winkle, Tomorrow, we will live here (poetry)
Favel Parrett, Past the shallows
Patrick Holland, The Mary Smokes boys
Franz Kafka, The castle
Philip Jones, Images of the interior: seven Central Australian photographers (nf)
Albert Camus, The myth of Sisyphus and other essays (nf)
Philip Jones, Ochre and rust: artefacts and encounters on Australian frontiers (nf)
Michel Houellebecq, The map and the territory
Russell Hoban, The lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz
Charles D’Ambrosio, The dead fish museum
Tea Obreht, The tiger’s wife
Isabelle Eberhardt, The oblivion seekers
JanetteTurnerHospital, Forecast: turbulence
Orhan Pamuk, The white castle
Kim Mahood, Craft for a dry lake (nf)
Julian Barnes, Pulse
Pat Lowe & Jimmy Pike, Jilji: life in the Great Sandy Desert (nf)
Philip Jones & Anna Kenny, Australia’s Muslim cameleers: pioneers of the inland 1860s-1930s (nf)
Island 127
Ulf Kuster, Alberto Giacometti: space, figure, time (nf)
Lee Cataldi, The women who live on the ground (poetry)
Alexis Wright, Carpentaria
Kim Scott, That deadman dance
Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (3)
The best American nonrequired reading 2011
Jean-Paul Satre, Nausea
Napaljarri & Lee Cataldi, Warlpiri dreamings and histories (nf)
MJ Hyland, This is how
Jose Saramago, Cain
Albert Camus, The stranger (3)

2011
MJ Hyland, Carry me down
Anna Funder, All that I am
Escape: an anthology of short stories
Steven Amsterdam, What the family needed
Chris Womersley, Bereft
Meg Mundell, Black glass
Julian Barnes, The sense of an ending
Jessica Au, Cargo
Nam Le, The boat (2)
Helen Garner, Honour & Other people’s children
Markus Zusak, The book thief
Eric Newby, A short walk in the Hindu Kush (nf)
Andrew McGahan, Praise
Orhan Pamuk, Other colours: essays and a story (nf) (extracts)
Anne Enright, Taking pictures
Derek Whitelock, Adelaide 1836–1976: a history of difference (nf)
Nikolay Gogol, Dead souls
Mario Vargas Llhosa, The war of the end of the world
Delia Falconer, The lost thoughts of soldiers & selected stories
Sophie Cunningham, Melbourne (nf)
Derek Parker, Outback: the discovery of Australia’s interior (nf)
William Gass, Omensetter’s luck
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Aleksandr Pushkin, Eugene Onegin
WEH Stanner, The Dreaming & other essays (nf)
Cate Kennedy, The taste of river water (poetry)
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The brothers Karamazov
Anna Krien, Into the woods (nf)
Arnold Zable, Jewels and ashes (nf)
Leo Tolstoy, The death of Ivan Ilyich and other stories
Herman Hesse, Steppenwolf (2)
Paul Kelly, How to make gravy (nf)
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and punishment
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from underground
Bruno’s song and other stories from the NT
Yann Martel, Beatrice and Virgil
Peter Temple, The broken shore
Peter Temple, Truth
DBC Pierre, Ludmilla’s broken English

2010
Nicolas Rothwell, The red highway
Mark Tredinnick, The blue plateau: a landscape memoir (nf)
Jorge Luis Borges, The aleph
Cormac McCarthy, Cities of the plain
Levin A Diatschenko, The rooftop sutras
MK Turner, Iwenhe Tyerrtye: what it means to be an Aboriginal person (nf)
Barry Jonsberg, Blacky blasts back!: on the trail of the Tassie Tiger (cy)
Barry Jonsberg & Craig Phillips (ill.), The heart of the forest (cy)
Nick Bland, Twinkle (cy)
Leonie Norrington & Dee Huxley (ill.), Look see, look at me! (cy)
Jasmine Jan, Counting with birds: from northern Australia (cy)
T & C Goode, Baby SOS: common problems & solutions: birth to twelve months (nf)
Toni Tapp Couts, Bill Tapp: cattle king (nf)
Cormac McCarthy, The sunset limited
Levin A Diatschenko, The man who never sleeps
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Robert Dessaix, The night letters (nf)
Dante, The Divine Comedy: Purgatory (2)
Martin Amis, Night train
Orhan Pamuk, Snow
Mario Vargas Llosa, The feast of the goat
Cormac McCarthy, All the pretty horses
Louis Nowra, ‘Ten anecdotes about Lord Howe Island’ (from The Australian Long Story)
David Musgrave, Glissando
Sleepers Almanac 4
Murray Bail, The pages
Rod Moss, The hard light of day (nf)
Jorge Luis Borges & Adolfo Bioy Casares, Extraordinary tales
M is for Mates: Animals in wartime from Ajax to Zep (cy)
Ernest Hemmingway, The old man and the sea
Tim Flannery, The weather makers (nf)
Eva Sallis, Hiam
Arnold Zable, Sea of many returns
Germaine Greer, On rage (nf)
James Murray, My life in the sea of cars (nf)
Alice Pung, Unpolished gem (nf)
Patrick Allington, Figurehead
Cyril Wong, Let me tell you something about that night
Sonya Hartnett, Butterfly
Leonie Norrington, The devil you know (cy)
Frank Moorhouse, The dark palace (incomplete, 100 pages)
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (incomplete, 100 pages)
Ovid, Metamorphoses (extracts) (nf)
Jennifer Mills, Prospect & other stories
Jennifer Mills, Unconditional love & other stories
Orhan Pamuk, My name is Red
Franz Kafka,
The trial
Kalinda Ashton, The danger game
Steven Amsterdam, Things we didn’t see coming
Cate Kennedy, The world beneath
Cormac McCarthy, The road (2)
Eva Hornung, Dog boy
Ivan Rudolph, Sturt’s desert drama (nf)
Ten short stories you must read this year
Jorge Luis Borges, The book of sand & Shakespeare’s memory
Imre Kertesz, Liquidation
Italo Calvino, The path to the spiders’ nests
Christos Tsiolkas, Dead Europe

2009 (December)
Tim Winton, Dirt music
JM Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello
Amy Witting, Isobel on the way to the corner shop
Joan London, Gilgamesh
Myfanwy Jones, The rainy season

 

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