My writing is supported by three kinds of reading: researching my subject; learning from other writers; and reading for pleasure. My bookshelf usually holds a mix of the three with me roving between them all the time reading several at any one time. Currently some of these are:

  • Antonio Aliotta and Agnes McCaskill, The Idealistic Reaction against Science, Macmillan, 1914. This is a reprint. The full text can be found at     www.questia.com/Online_Library
  • Hiroshi Kitagawa, The Tale of Heike , Vols. I and II, University of Tokyo Press, 1978.
  • Fahrad Daftary (ed.), Mediaeval Isma'ili History and Thought, Cambridge University Press, 1996. 
  • Fahrad Daftary and Josef W Meri (Eds.) , Culture and Memory in Medieval Islam, I B Taurus & Co, 2003.
  • Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan, Hiraizumi: Buddhist Art and Regional Politics in Twelfth-Century Japan, Harvard University Asia Center, 1998.
  • Gustav Nachtigal, Tibesti, Horst Erdman, 1978. 
  • Douglas Glover, The life and Times of Captain N, Goose Lane Editions, 2001. 
  • Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Canterbury Press, 2011. 
  • Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk, Harper Perennial, 2008.
  • Annie Dillard, The Writing Life, Harper Perennial, 1990.
  • Tayeb Saleh, The Wedding of Zein, New York Review of Books, 2009.
  • Nadia Eboo Jamal, Surviving the Mongols, I B Taurus & Co, 2002.
  • Elizabeth Ladenson, Proust's Lesbianism, Cornell University Press, 1999. 
  • Steven Shankman and Stephen Durrant, The Siren and the Sage, Cassell, 2000. 
  • Francisco Rodriguez Adrados, Greek Wisdom Literature and the Middle Ages, Peter Lang, 2009. 
  • Iain M Banks, Surface Detail, Orbit, 2010. 
  • Dimitri Gutas, Greek Thought, Arabic Culture, Taylor & Francis, 2003.
  • Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past, Vols. I - VII, eBooks@Adelaide, 2010.
  • Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate, 2012. 
  • Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies, Fourth Estate, 2012. 
  • Mo Yan, Red Sorghum, Random House, 2012. 
  • Theodore Bent and Mabel Bent,  Southern Arabia, Smith, Elder & Co, 1900.
  • David Grossman, To the End of the Land, Vintage Digital, 2010.
  • Hisham Matar, In the Country of Men, Penguin, 2007.
  • Diana Pinto, Israel has Moved, Harvard University Press, 2013. 
  • Stephen Turnbull, Samurai Women 1184-1877, Ospray, 2012.
  • Thomas Beebee, Transmesis, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • M E McMillan, The Meaning of Mecca, Saqi, 2012. 
  • Maureen Lindley, The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel, Bloomsbury, 2009.
  • Gavin Weston, Harmattan, Myrmidon, 2012. 
  • Edwin John Dingle, Across China on Foot, 2004.
  • Ladislaus E Almásy,  Schwimmer in der Wüste, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1999.
  • Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World, Fabar and Faber, 1988. 
  • John M Yumoto, The Samurai Sword: A Handbook, Turtle Publishing, 2008. 
  • Paul Auster, Moon Palace, Faber and Faber, 1989. 
  • Youssef Ziedan, Azazeel, Atlantic Books, 2012.
  • Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, Paper, Bloomsbury, 2005. 
  • John Wilkinson, Egeria's Travels, Aris and Phillips, 2006. 
  • Mark Wilson, Biblical Turkey , Yayinlari, 2010.
  • Amira K Benison, The Great Caliphs, I B Taurus, 2011. 
  • Amin Maalouf, The Crusades through Arab Eyes, Saqi Books, 2004.
  • Kathy Page, Alphabet, Phoenix, 2004.
  • Arthur C Clarke, The Lost Worlds of 2001, Sedgewick and Jackson, 1973. 
  • Eric A Kimmel, Sword of the Samurai, Browndeer Press, 1999. 
  • Mineko Iwasaki, Geisha of Gion, Simon and Schuster, 2002. 
  • Stephen Turnbull, Siege Weapons of the Far East (1), Osprey, 2001. 
  • David Nicolle, Saracen Faris, Ospray, 2000. 
  • David Nicolle, Saracen Strongholds, Ospray, 2009. 
  • David Nicolle, The Moors, Ospray, 2008. 
  • David Nicolle, The Third Crusade 1191, Ospray, 2010.
  • David Nicolle, Saladin, Ospray, 2011. 
  • Paul Hilliam, Islamic Weapons, Warfare and Armies, The Rosen Publishing Group, 2004. 
  • David Nicolle, Saladin and the Saracens, Ospray, 2008. 
  • Tim Macintosh-Smith (ed.), The Travels of Ibn Battutah, Picador, 2000.
  • Paul Carus, The History of the Devil, Dover, 2008. 
  • William Radice and Barbara Reynolds (eds), The Translator's Art, Penguin, 1987.
  • Georgina Howell, Daughter of the Desert, Pan Books, 2006. 
  • Caroline Hull and Andrew Jotischky, The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Bible Lands, Penguin, 2009. 
  • Stephen Turnbull, Chinese Walled Cities, 2009. 
  • David Nicolle, The Second Crusade 1148, Ospray, 2009. 
  • Stephen Turnbull, Japanese Fortified Temples and Monasteries, Ospray, 2005.
  • Stephen Turnbull, Japanese Warrior Monks, Ospray, 2008. 
  • David Nicolle, The First Crusade, 1096-99, Ospray, 2003. 
  • Elizabeth Birkelund Oberbeck, The Dressmaker, Arrow Books, 2007. 
  • J A Hamilton, July Nights and Other Stories, Douglas Macintyre, 1992. 
  • Jane Eaton Hamilton, Hunger, 2002. 
  • Ibn Warraq (ed.), The Origins of the Koran, Prometheus, 1998. 
  • Roland Broadhurst (transl.), The Travels of Ibn Jubayr, (orig. ms. by Ibn Jubayr), Goodword, 2011. 
  • Richard Bowring (transl.), The Diary of Lady Murasaki, (orig. ms. by Murasaki Shikibu), Penguin, 2005.
  • Mark R Thornton, Kid Moses, Jacana, 2011. 
  • Discovery Channel, Morocco, Apa, 2009. 
  • Jackie Kay, Trumpet, Picador, 1999. 
  • Marina Nemat, Prisoner of Tehran, 2008. 
  • Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, The Saddlebag, Bloomsbury, 2001. 
  • Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph and Other Stories, Penguin, 2000.
  • Bandula Chandraratna, Mirage, Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 
  • Jeff Goodell, Trapped 77 Hours Underground, Ebury Press, 2004. 
  • Jorge Luis Borges, Everything and Nothing, New Directions, 1999. 
  • Joseph Kessel, The Horsemen, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968. 
  • Hanan Al-Shaykh, I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops, Bloomsbury, 2002. 
  • Georg Lukács, The Historical Novel, Penguin, 1969. 
  • Jacob d'Ancona (transl. David Selbourne), The City of Light, Abacus, 1998. 
  • H A R Gibb (transl.), The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades, (orig. ms. by Ibn Qalanisi), Dover, 2002.
  • H Coombes, Literature and Criticism, Penguin, 1966. 
  • Irving Wallace, The Writing of One Novel, New English Library, 1972. 
  • Peter Willey, Eagle's Nest, I B Taurus, 2005. 
  • Delia Cortese and Simonetta Calderini, Women and the Fatimids in the World of Islam, Edinburgh University Press, 2006. 
  • Malcolm Lambert, The Cathars, Blackwell, 1998. 
  • Martin Lings, Muhammad, George Allen and Unwin, 1991. 
  • Robert Lebling, Legends of the Fire Spirits, I B Taurus, 2010. 
  • Ahmad Ali Al-Imam, Variant Readings of the Qur'an, International Institute of Islamic thought, 2006. 
  • James E Lindsay, Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World, Hackett, 2005. 
  • Li Rongxi (transl.), The Great Tang Dynasty Records of the Western Regions, (orig ms. by Xuanzang) Numata Centre, 1996.
  • Patricia Crone and Martin Hinds, God's Caliph, CUP, 2003
  • Olivia Remie Constable, Housing the Stranger in the Mediterranean World, CUP, 2009. 
  • Amira k Bennison and Alison l Gascoigne, Cities in the Pre-Modern Islamic World, Routledge, 2009.
  • Ibn Warraq (ed.), Which Koran?, Prometheus, 2011. 
  • Henri Stierlin, Encyclopædia of World Architecture, Vols. 1 and 2, Office du Livre, 1977.
  • Knud Landbæk,  The Traditional History of the Chinese Script, Aarhus University Press, 1988.
  • Stephen Turnbull, The Samurai and the Sacred, Ospray, 2009. 
  • Malise Ruthven, Historical Atlas of the Islamic World, OUP, 2004. 
  • Beatrice Gruendler, The Development of the Arabic Scripts, Scholars Press, 1993. 
  • Wong How Man and Adel Awni Dajani, Islamic Frontiers of China, I B Taurus, 2011.
  • Markus Hattstein, Monasteries, Parragon, 2010. 
  • Trewin Copplestone, World Architecture, Hamlin, 1981.
  • Anthony Lawlor, The Temple in the House, G P Putnam's Sons, 1994.
  • Lydia Kwa, Sinuous, Turnstone Press, 2013.
  • Annie Proulx, Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories, Harper Perennial, 1999.

Almost all these books are available from Amazon. Click on the thumbnails (from Amazon) to get to the Amazon page. I'll just keep adding new stuff to the top. No, I do not work for Amazon.