My Primary Bookcase

I always, when first entering a friend’s home for the first time, find myself checking out what books they have on their shelf, if any. I therefore thought it would be nice to let you know what books and authors I have on my own bookcase.

This is my main (primary) bookcase. Some you will know and love. Others may be new to you. They all hold a place in my heart.


Every book, but for one, is an installment of Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ collection. 

The sole book, sitting atop of the ‘Discworld’ books, is Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’.

Douglas Adams: The Dirk Gently Omnibus

Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams: long Dark Teatime of the Soul

Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the end of the Lane

Donna Hosie: The Devil’s Intern

Doug Naylor: Last Human

Grant / Naylor: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

Sara Douglas: Starman

A.C. Crispin: V

Robert Rankin: Raiders of the Lost Carpark

Robert Rankin: Nostrodamas Ate My Hamster

Craig Shaw Gardner: A Bad Day for Ali Baba

Craig Shaw Gardner: The Other Sinbad

Various Authors: Best SF Four

JRR Tolkien: The Hobbit

Nigel Cawthorne: A Brief Guide to Tolkien

Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

Helen Fryer: The Esperanto Teacher

Victor Hugo: Les Misserables

A. LeConte (Editeur): Guide Indicateur des Rues de Paris

My Reference Book (Home and Household)

Dr Johnson: Lives of the Poets

Compton Mackenzie: Prince Charlie

Anne Bronte: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Gordon Brook Shepherd: The Storm Petrels

Mary Shelly: Frankenstein

Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall of the House of Usher

Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities

JRR Tolkien: The Hobbit (Hardcover)

JRR Tolkien: Lord of the Rings 

Brothers Grimm: The Complete Illlustrated Stories

Lewis Carroll: The Complete Illustrated Works

Waverley Books: The Scots Dialect Dictionary

GRR Martin: A Dance with Dragons (Book 5 in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’)

The next eight are all Terry Pratchett hardbacks

Neil Gaiman: Trigger Warning

From the from BBC: Yes Prime Minister (Books 1 & 2)

Anthony Horowitz: The House of Silk

Robert Burns: The Complete Poems and Songs

JK Rowling: Harry Potter and the… (All Six Books)

Stephen Cole: The Monsters Inside (Doctor Who)

Jaqueline Rayner: Winner Takes All (Doctor Who)

Justin Richards: The Clockwise Man (Doctor Who)

Angus Donald: Warlord

David Drame: Goddess of the Ice Realm

Conn Iggulden: Lords of the Bow

The rest of the books on this shelf are informational, including ‘The After Dinner Olympics’ and ‘Mesostic herbarium’ by Alec Finlay.

William Shakespeare: The Complete Known Works

Various Books on Scottish History and Culture

Agatha Christie: Curtain (Do not read this until you have read all of the others)

Agatha Christie: Five Little Pigs

Enid Blyton: The Mystery of the Hidden House (A ‘Five Find-Outers’ Book)

Jeffrey Archer: A Quiver Full of Arrows

Nick West: The Coughing Dragon (A ‘3 Investigators’ Book)

George Orwell: Down and Out in Paris and London

Kathy Reichs: Break No Bones

Kathy Reichs: Cross Bones

Max Allan Collins: Bones Buried Deep (Based Entirrly on Kathy Reichs)

Robert Ludlum: The Bourne Ultimatum

Adrian Plass: The Sacred Diary of…

Donald E Westlake: Brothers Keepers

Carol Sobieski: Annie (Novelised by Leonore Fleischer)

Lillian Beckwith: Beautiful Just!

Richard Castle: Heatwave

Men Follett: Paper Money

Anthony Horowitz: public Enemy Number Two

Donna Fletcher Crow: Grave Matters (A ‘Lord Danvers’ Mystery)

Linda Buckley-Archer: The Tar Man

Readers Digest 3in1

Various Authors: Spectrum 2 (Includes Ray Bradbury, Anton Chekhov, DH Lawrence, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus)

David Leslie: Crimelord, The Licensee (The True Story of Tam McGraw)

John Cleese & Connie Booth: The Complete Fawlty Towers (The Scripts)

Three Histories of the Artists: Escher, Dali and Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Another Reader’s Digest 3in1

A Reader’s Digest 4in1

Rod Beattie: The Death Railway (Japanese Prisoner of War History: River Kwai)

ATB McGowan (My Father): The Person and Works of Christ

ATB McGowan (My Father): The New Birth

Scott McGowan (Me): Bjorn & Bread (Pre-Sale Copy)

Guy Ritchie: Snatch

Raymond Khoury: The Last Templet

Biography: Man in Black (Johnny Cash)

Brian Greenaway: Inside

Michael McIntyre: Life & Laughing

Richard Hammond: As You Do

Johnny Cash: The Autobiography

Humphry Carpenter: The Inklings

Spike Milligan: The Essential Spike Milligan

Simon Sebag Montefiore: Young Stalin

The Pythons: The Pythons (An Autobiography)

Brother Andrew: God’s Smuggler

Jostein Gaarder: Sophie’s Choice

Thomas Lindsay: Martin Luther (A Biography)

JJ Packer: Knowing God

John Blanchard: Why Y2K?

The Complete Mission Praise

C Stephen Evans: Existentialism

The Four Gospals in Braid Scots

The Bible (New Living Translaton)

The Bible (New International Version)

John RW Stott: The Preacher’s Portrait

Facts and Lists

Travel Guide to Britain

Vivian Russell: Gnomes
I hope you foundthis interesting. Keep reading…


A Brief Snippet from “Bjorn Again”, the Third in the Bjorn Trilogy

Everything went dark and they felt a sudden pull which sent them hurtling through nothingness to a sudden and agonising landing, in the middle of a bright red field of glowing hot embers. Luckily they had landed on some kind of path and, although it hurt everywhere, at least they weren’t burning up.

They looked around them at the local area. This new place was desolate and on fire. Everywhere they looked, there were flames enveloping the land and rock alike. There were mountains around them but they were coloured in greys and blacks, instead of the greens, yellows and purples that Bjorn was used to. The tops of them were smoking, too. Great billows of thick ash clouds wafted up, out and over the whole of this new world. Some even had a red smouldering liquid occasionally burst forth from the summit and pour down the mountainside, destroying everything in its path.

“Happy” …a poem

Happy is an unknown joy,

Known only from the outside.

I merely exist,

The truth of myself, I hide.

Time can never here be found,

For life to be enjoyed.

Ever scraping, ever busy,

But of peace, I am devoid.

The inner sanctum of my soul,

Is bleak and numb, I know.

Times of peace are far between,

And worktime oh so slow.

So what to do, when staleness comes,

And all seems tired and known?

Do I try and break away,

Or fester here, forlorn.

Maybe I shall never know,

Of what path might be found.

Maybe I’ll be still the same,

When they put me in the ground

Indie Success –10 things that really matter

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Hans Christian Andersen by Anne Grahame Johnstone Hans Christian Andersen by Anne Grahame Johnstone

There are a lot of articles and reports out there giving various and often conflicting figures about the Indie book market. All seem to agree, however, that the percentage of Indie writers and publishers is huge and growing. You only have to read a few Indie books to realise there is some seriously good stuff out there and marvel at the ingenuity and diversity of the imaginations from which they were born.

Yet there is still a stigma attached to independently published work. There are those, it is true, who see it only as a way to make a fast buck and churn out little more than rubbish. These are not writers in my opinion and it is not of their books I speak, they are little more than opportunists; marketeers who, seeing a potentially lucrative product churn out a cheap imitation that…

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