Library Ephesus

An ancient library now a ruin

Ephesus Library © ® Russell Hand 2002

Books are for ever


“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”

“Ignorance more frequently engenders confidence than knowledge”
Charles Darwin

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Einstein

“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything…”
George Bernard Shaw

“Those who fail to re-read are obliged to read the same story everywhere.”                                                                                                                       Roland Barthes

Reference points, ways of thinking, the worlds of possibilities

Since I am listing books, my poetry book on iBooks

My photography book on iBooks; My photography iBook

My artist book in The Tate special archive of artists books. Tate

More books by me on iBooks soon.

Enjoy the booklist.

The Age of Reason

The Reprieve

Iron in the Soul


No Exit

Being And Nothingness

(though only parts & various essays of ‘Being And Nothingness’)

The Philosophy of Jean Paul Sartre

by Jean Paul Sartre

Penguin classics edition with the Picasso painting covers

The Stranger

The Plague

The Fall

The Rebel

The Myth Of Sisyphus and other essays

The Albert Camus Collection

by Albert Camus

The Iliad

The Odyssey

By Homer

Translated to prose by E.V.Rieu

The Golden Ass

by Asinus Aureus

A Wizard of Earthsea

The Tombs of Atuan

The Farthest Shore


Rocannon’s World

Planet of Exile

City of Illusions

The Left Hand of Darkness

The Dispossessed

The Word for World Is Forest

The Lathe of Heaven

The Wind’s Twelve Quarters

Orsinian Tales

The Eye of the Heron

The Compass Rose
by Ursula K. Le Guin

Gulliver’s Travel

A Tale of a Tub

by Jonathan Swift

The Trial

The Castle

The Metamorphosis

by Franz Kafka

The Order Of Things

The Archaeology Of Knowledge

by Michel Foucalt


by Hermann Hesse

Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë

The Name Of The Rose

Foucault’s Pendulum

The Open Work


Travels in Hyperreality (Faith in Fakes)

by Umberto Eco


Camera Lucida


A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments

The Rustle Of Language

by Roland Barthes

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler

Invisible Cities


by Italo Calvino

More Pricks Than Kicks


Malone Dies

The Unnamable


might have read ‘Murphy’ as well

Selected Plays

by Samuel Beckett

The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

A Separate Reality

Journey to Ixtlan

Tales of Power

by Carlos Castaneda

On Photography

Against Interpretation

Styles Of Radical Will

Regarding The Pain Of Others

by Susan Sontag

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Love in the Time of Cholera

Of Love and Other Demons

No One Writes to the Colonel

by Gabriel García Márquez

Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Brontë

The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge

The Differend

The Postmodern Explained to Children

The Inhuman: Reflections on Time

by Jean-Francois Lyotard

The Shadow Of The Wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Cool Memories

Simulacra and Simulation

The Mirror of Production


Fatal Strategies



The Ecstasy of Communication

The Transparency of Evil

by Jean Baudrillard

Catcher In The Rye

by J. D. Salinger


by T S Eliot


by Spinoza

Witch World
Web of the Witch World
Three Against the Witch World
Warlock of the Witch World
Sorceress of the Witch World
Trey of Swords
Ware Hawk
The Gate of the Cat
Year of the Unicorn
The Crystal Gryphon
The Jargoon Pard
Zarsthor’s Bane
Gryphon In Glory
Lore Of The Witch World
Spell Of The Witch World
Horn Crown
Flight of Vengeance
On Wings Of Magic
Storms Of Victory
The Key of the Keplian
The Magestone
The Warding of Witch World
The Gifts of Asti

By Andre Norton

Chrome Yellow

Brave New World

The Doors Of Perception, Heaven and Hell

Those Barren Leaves

Eyeless In Gaza

Point Counter Point


by Aldous Huxley

Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion

by Rosemary Jackson

Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Under the Greenwood Tree

The Woodlanders

Far from the Madding Crowd

The Return of the Native

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Life’s Little Ironies

The Trumpet Major

Jude the Obscure

by Thomas Hardy

In Praise of Idleness

The Problems of Philosophy

Why I am Not a Christian

The Analysis of Mind

by Bertrand Russell

Paul Klee Notebooks

by Paul Klee

Love Among The Artists

The Adventures of The Black Girl In Her Search For God

by George Bernard Shaw

Interpreting Contemporary Art

Edited by Stephen Bann & William Allen

Cider With Rosie

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

by Laurie Lee

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

One-Way Street and Other Writings


by Walter Benjamin

The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project

by Walter Benjamin unfinished project by Susan Buck-Morss

Tender Is The Night

The Beautiful And The Damned

This Side of Paradise

The Great Gatsby

The Love of the Last Tycoon

(And various short stories and some of his letters)

Who is my favourite American writer of fiction

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

One thing that amazes me, F. Scott Fitzgerald never won an award, then I think that says more about awards and prizes in general than F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is my favourite American writer.

The Republic


various other texts

by Plato

Titus Groan


Titus Alone

by Mervyn Peake

The Truth in Painting

Writing and Difference

Of Grammatology

by Jacques Derrida

Keep The Aspidistra Flying

The Road To Wigan Pier

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Animal Farm

by George Orwell

Babel 17

The Einstein Intersection


Stars In My Pockets Like Grains of Sand


The Jewels of Aptor


Tales of Neveryon


Flight From Neveryon

Return To Neveryon

by Samuel R. Delany

More Than Human

by Theodore Sturgeon

The Second Sex

by Simone de Beauvoir

Have read a theory book by Julia Kristeva but longtime ago so still trying to remember might be Black Sun

The Cherry Orchard

will add more as I remember

by Chekhov

The Prince

Discourses On The First Decade of Titus Livius

by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Fall of The House of Usher

The Masque of The Red Death

The Pit And The Pendulum

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Premature Burial


The Murder In The Rue Morgue

Narrative of A.Gordon Pym

The Raven




by Edgar Allan Poe

Though I have read all his prose and most of his poetry and other things, but a sample


Foundation And Empire

Second Foundation

I, Robot

The Caves of Steel

The Naked Sun

The Stars, Like Dust

By Isaac Asimov

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

By Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Four Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis


by Jacques Lacan

The Chronicles of Morgaine

Exile’s Gate

Fortress in the Eye of Time

Fortress of Eagles

Fortress of Owls

Fortress of Dragons

Fortress of Ice

Downbelow Station

Merchanter’s Luck


Heavy Time



Finity’s End

Serpent’s Reach

Forty Thousand in Gehenna


The Paladin

The Pride of Chanur

Chanur’s Venture

The Kif Strike Back

Chanur’s Homecoming

Chanur’s Legacy

The Faded Sun Trilogy

Angel with the Sword

Port Eternity

Voyager in Night

Cuckoo’s Egg

Brothers of Earth

Hunter of Worlds

by C. J. Cherryh

On The Museum’s Ruins

by Douglas Crimp

Destiny Doll

by Clifford D. Simak

Frankenstein Unbound

Helliconia Spring

Helliconia Summer

Helliconia Winter

by Brian Aldiss

The City and the Stars

2001: A Space Odyssey

2010: Odyssey Two

2061: Odyssey Three

Rendezvous with Rama

The Songs of Distant Earth

by Arthur C. Clarke

The Golden Bough

by James George Frazer


by Lyall Watson

Sigmund Freud various texts

by Sigmund Freud

Time Enough for Love

Stranger in a Strange Land

Glory Road

I Will Fear No Evil

by Robert A. Heinlein

Sister Alice

by Robert Reed

Elric of Melniboné
The Dreaming City
The Stealer of Souls
Elric: The Sailor on the Seas of Fate
The Vanishing Tower
Elric At The End Of Time
Elric: The Sleeping Sorceress
Elric: The Revenge of The Rose
Elric: The Fortress of The Pearl
Elric of Melniboné And Other Stories
Son of The Wolf
The Quest For Tanelorn
The Champion of Garathorm
Count Brass
The Runestaff
The Sword of Dawn
The Jewel In The Skull
The Knight of Swords
The Queen of Swords
The King of Swords
The Bull and the Spear
The Oak and the Ram
The Sword and the Stallion
The Mad God’s Amulet
Behold the Man
The Ice Schooner
The Black Corridor
The Distant Suns
An Alien Heat
The Hollow Lands
The End of All Songs
The Final Programme
A Cure for Cancer
The English Assassin
The Condition of Muzak
The Adventures of Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius in the 20th Century
The Entropy Tango
The Dreamthief’s Daughter
The Skrayling Tree
The White Wolf’s Son
Destiny’s Brother

by Michael Moorcock

Mille Plateaux

Nomadology: The War Machine

by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari

Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes


Count Zero

by William Gibson

Naked Lunch

The Ticket That Exploded

by William S. Burroughs


Startide Rising

The Uplift War

Brightness Reef

Infinity’s Shore

Heaven’s Reach

The Practice Effect

The Postman

by David Brin


The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five

The Sirian Experiments

The Making of the Representative for Planet 8

The Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire

The Grass Is Singing

Briefing for a Descent into Hell

by Doris Lessing

The Shadow of the Torturer

The Claw of the Conciliator

The Sword of the Lictor

The Citadel of the Autarch

Soldier of the Mist

The Urth of the New Sun

by Gene Wolfe

The Divine Comedy

by Dante Alighieri

Fahrenheit 451

The Illustrated Man

The Martian Chronicles

Something Wicked This Way Comes

by Ray Bradbury

The Drowned World

The Drought


The Wind from Nowhere

Empire of The Sun

The Crystal World

The Atrocity Exhibition

Concrete Island

High Rise

The Unlimited Dream Company

Hello America

The Terminal Beach

The Day of Forever

The Overloaded Man

The Disaster Area

Vermilion Sands

The Day of Creation

Cocaine Nights

Low-Flying Aircraft and Other Stories

The Venus Hunters

The Voices of Time

Myths of the Near Future

by J. G. Ballard

The Birth of Venus

by Sarah Dunant



A Darkness at Sethanon

by Raymond E. Feist

Daughter of the Empire

Servant of the Empire

Mistress of the Empire

Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts

Curse of the Mistwraith

Ships of Merior

Warhost of Vastmark

Fugitive Prince

Grand Conspiracy

Peril’s Gate

Traitor’s Knot

Stormed Fortress

Initiate’s Trial


Keeper of the Keys


by Janny Wurts

Tao Te Ching

(The Way)

by Lao-Tzu

The Handmaid’s Tale

by Margaret Atwood

Robinson Crusoe

by Daniel Defoe

Last and First Men

by Olaf Stapledon

Spirit Gate

Shadow Gate

Traitor’s Gate

by Kate Elliott

The Three Musketeers

Twenty Years After

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Man in the Iron Mask

by Alexandre Dumas

Popular Defense & Ecological Struggles

Speed and Politics

by Paul Virilio

A Game of Thrones

A Clash of Kings

A Storm of Swords

A Feast of Crows

A Dance With Dragons

by George R. R. Martin

The Hobbit

The Fellowship of The Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Tree and Leaf

Smith of Wootton Major

Farmer Giles of Ham

The Silmarillion

The Book of Lost Tales 1

The Book of Lost Tales 2

The Lays of Beleriand

The Shaping of Middle-earth

The Lost Road and Other Writings

The Return of the Shadow

The Treason of Isengard

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Remaking History

Discussions in Contemporary Culture #4

Edited by Barbara Kruger & Phil Mariani


Dune Messiah

Children of Dune

God Emperor of Dune

Heretics of Dune

Chapterhouse: Dune

The Heaven Makers

The Godmakers

and various short stories

by Frank Herbert

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Silver Chair

The Horse and His Boy

The Magician’s Nephew

The Last Battle

by C. S. Lewis

Discussions in Contemporary Culture #1

Edited by

Hal Foster

Recodings: Art, Spectacle, Cultural Politics

by Hal Foster

Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

Postmodernism and Cultural Theories

The Geopolitical Aesthetic: Cinema and Space in the World System

by Fredric Jameson

A streetcar Named Desire

The Glass Menagerie

Orpheus Descending

Suddenly, Last Summer

Sweet Bird of Youth

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

I think I have read most of his plays after all he is my favourite American Playwright

by Tennessee Williams

The Ascent of Man

by Jacob Bronowski


The Lair of The White Worm

by Bram Stoker


Or The Modern Prometheus

by Mary Shelley

Beyond The Wall of Sleep

The Transition of Juan Romero

The Statement of Randolph Carter

The Cats of Ulthar

At The Mountains of Madness

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

The Nameless City

The Call of Cthulthu

The Silver Key


The Shadow Out Of Time

The Haunter of The Dark

by H. P. Lovecraft

(A selection of what I have read by H. P. Lovecraft as otherwise it would be a very long list

as I have read all his stories, expect the first few)

Various books on the Bauhaus

by Various members of the Bauhaus  I can not remember the other titles at the moment apart from the Paul Klee Notebooks

King’s Blood Four

Necromancer Nine

Wizard’s Eleven

The Song of Mavin Manyshaped

The Flight of Mavin Manyshaped

The Search for Mavin Manyshaped

Jinian Footseer

Dervish Daughter

Jinian Star-Eye

by Sheri S. Tepper

White Crow

Golden Witchbreed

Ancient Light

by Mary Gentle

Deconstruction And Art / The Art of Deconstruction

Architectural Design (journal)

includes architects; Valerio Adami, Daniel Libeskind, Gunter Behnisch, Hiromi Fujji

Catch 22

by Joseph Heller

Jonothan Livinston Seagull

by Richard Bach

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice Through the Looking-Glass

The Hunting of the Snark


by Lewis Carroll

Watership Down

by Richard Adams


by Richard Hooker

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Soul of Man

The Happy Prince & Other Stories incldung

The Selfish Giant

by Oscar Wilde

Rights of Man

by Thomas Paine

Of Human Bondage

by W. Somerset Maugham

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou

The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

Dead Souls

by Nikolai Gogol

The Portrait of An Artist as A young Man

Have started ‘Ulysses’ several times and since I like the postmodern,

‘Ulysses’ often claimed as the first postmodern novel never really enjoyed it, I like the Odyssey

as well which it parallels, favourite Irish writer is Samuel Beckett

by James Joyce

Collected Short Stories of Bertolt Brecht

The Modern Theatre Is the Epic Theatre

& I think Threepenny Novel

might have read some more by him as well

by Bertolt Brecht

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Think I have read a number of her books

by Beatrix Potter


Treasure Island

The Master of Ballantrae

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Book/s & some essays

will add when I remember which

by Theodor W. Adorno

In a Lonely Street: Film Noir, Genre, Masculinity

by Frank Krutnik

The Sword of Shannara

The Elfstones of Shannara

The Wishsong of Shannara

The Scions of Shannara

The Druid of Shannara

The Elf Queen of Shannara

The Talismans of Shannara

Ilse Witch



by Terry Brooks


by Peter Ackroyd

You might notice a lot of science fiction and fantasy, well yes I do like, and many of the writers, scientist as well, including ones that have written scientific theorem, consult for Nasa, on various committees, boards and consult for various agencies, scientific, environmental, AI, etc, and or have also written books on issues like the environment and various other subjects, historians, professors of comparative literature etc. And are some of the best writers in their field, and have influenced scientific thought with their ideas and books through time, imagination.

The Time Machine

The First Men in the Moon

A Modern Utopia

The New Machiavelli

The War in the Air

The Sleeper Awakes

The Dream


The Shape of Things to Come

The Island of Doctor Moreau

The War of the Worlds

I think I have read most of his fiction, though not his non-fiction

but the list is incredibly long, his none fiction is incredibly long as well.

by H G Wells

I Ching

(The Book of Changes)

Not sure which translation of this ancient Chinese text but I think it was a Penguin book.

The Art of War

by Sun Tzu

The Once and Future King

by T. W. White

Of Mice and Men

The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck

Hotel du Lac

by Anita Brookner

The White Hotel

by D. M. Thomas

The Bone People

by Keri Hulme

Heart of Darkness

Think I have read some others

by Joseph Conrad

Permutation City

by Greg Egan

Remote Control

by Barbara Kruger

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Much Ado about Nothing



by William Shakespeare

Literature and Evil

Story of the Eye

Lascaux; or, the Birth of Art, the Prehistoric Paintings

The Accursed Share

The Tears of Eros

L’Abbé C

Blue of Noon

by Georges Bataille

Delos; Monuments And Museum

by Dr Fotini Zaphiropoulou

Bought on Delos while I was there, amazing place

Iconographic Anatomique

by André Vésale

The Naked Ape

by Desmond Morris

Postmodernism Critical Concepts

Edited by Victor E. Taylor, Charles E. Winquist

The Anti-Aesthetic

Edited by Hal Foster

Art in Theory
An Anthology of Changing Ideas

editedm Charles Harrison and Paul Wood, most but not all

The Chronicles of The Conquest of Granada

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Rip Van Winkle

The Alhambra

(The Wars of Granada)

Thought that was the title, then I read it when I was 14,

stayed in the Washington Irving Hotel when I drove around

Spain, well France and crossed to Morocco too, with the first woman I lived with

by Washington Irving

The Pastel City

A Storm of Wings

In Viriconium

Viriconium Nights

by M. John Harrison

Selection of Poems

by Arthur Rimbaud

Poets of The English Language

Volume I Langland to Spenser

Volume II Marlowe to Marvell

Volume III Milton to Goldsmith

Volume IV Blake to Poe

Volume V Tennyson to Yates

edited by W. H. Auden & Norman Holmes Pearson

(These are one of the sets of poetry books of my mothers I read when I was 9 onwards)

The Canterbury Tales

by Geoffrey Chaucer

I have bought many books since reading the books in the boxes my brother had, from second-hand bookshops, Spinoza’s ‘Ethics’ I bought from a second hand bookshop for 20p, one of the great works of its time, that opened peoples minds and helped start the ‘Englightenment’.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

by T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

On The Origin of Species

by Charles Darwin

Man and His Symbols

by Carl Jung

The World

(Treatise on the Light)

by René Descartes

The Dying Earth

The Eyes of the Overworld

Cugel’s Saga

Rhialto the Marvellous

Araminta Station

Ecce and Old Earth


Trullion: Alastor 2262

Marune: Alastor 933

Wyst: Alastor 1716

The Anome

The Brave Free Men

The Asutra

City of the Chasch

Servants of the Wankh


Lyonesse: The Green Pearl

Lyonesse: Madouc

The Dirdir

The Pnume

The Blue World

Showboat World

by Jack Vance

De revolutionibus orbium coelestium

(On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres)

by Copernicus

Selection of Poems

by Federico García Lorca

Midnight In The Garden of Good And Evil

by John Berendt

Washington Square

The American

The Europeans

by Henry James

Captain Courageous


The Light That Failed

The Jungle Book

I think I have read most by him

by Rudyard Kipling

Ben Hur

by Lew Wallace

The Rainbow

Women In Love

by D. H. Lawrence

To the Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf

(Read a number of others by Virginia Woolf, need to think about them.)

Le Morte D’Arthur

by Sir Thomas Mallory

The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change

by Robert Hughes

Pawn Of Prophecy

Queen Of Sorcery

Magician’s Gambit

Castle Of Wizardry

Enchanters’ End Game

Belgarath the Sorcerer

Polgara the Sorceress

by David Eddings

Gardens Of The Moon

Deadhouse Gates

Memories Of Ice

House Of Chains

Midnight Tides

The Bonehunters

Reaper’s Gale

Toll The Hounds

Dust Of Dreams

The Crippled God

by Steven Erikson


by William Gerhardie

Ways of Seeing

About Looking

by John Berger

The Midwich Cuckoos

The Day of the Triffids

The Kraken Wakes

The Chrysalids


Trouble with Lichen

by John Wyndham

Myth and Meaning

Mythologiques I–IV (various sections of these books but not all)

by Claude Lévi-Strauss

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

by Victor Hugo

Nights at the Circus

by Angela Carter



by Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Perspectives on Power: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order

Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

by Noam Chomsky

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Around the World in Eighty Days

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

by Jules Verne

The Critical Image: Essays on Contemporary Photography

Edited by Carol Squiers

The Sublime

Edited by Simon Morely

Stories From Le Morte Arthur And The Mabinogion

by Beatrice E. Clay

The New History of the World 6th Edition (ISBN 0195219279)


J M Roberts

(Published by Penguin)

Though I have read many history books through time, and ones that covered large part of this book. This history though not as detailed gives a brilliant overview and perspective of the history of humanity.

A Short History of Europe: Pericles to Putin


Simon Jenkins

Son of Achilles



Madeline Miller

France: A History: from Gaul to De Gaulle


John Julius Norwich


How the Earth Shaped Human History


Lewis Dartnell

(ORIGINS a book that anyone with a claim to think should read, and reflect on)

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


Yuval Noah Harari

I finished reading Sapiens on 21st May 2020 just after reading ORIGINS, much of what I read in Sapiens I had already read and researched myself in the past so maybe it helped with many of the references and ideas in Sapiens, though it seems to be written in such a fluid and informative way that whether you do not know any of the histories or ideas in Sapiens you will by the end and the overall vastness both in time and concepts and the way they are put together is wonderful. If you read 2 books this year I would recommend you read ORIGINS and Sapiens.

To be continued…