Wine:

Reflections of a Wine Merchant: On a Lifetime in the Vineyards and Cellars of France and Italy by Neal I. Rosenthal

A Life Uncorked by Hugh Johnson

Romancing the Vine: Life, Love and Transformation in the Vineyards of Barolo by Alan Tardi

Investing in Liquid Assets by David Sokolin

Natural Wine by Isabelle Legeron

The Vines of San Lorenzo: The Making of a great wine in the new tradition by Edward Steinberg

Wine - a way of life by Steven Spurrier


The craft of writing:

Story by Robert McKee


Travel:

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle


Biography:

We choose to talk of war and strife by John Simpson

Hitch 22: A memoir by Christopher Hitchens

Dreams from my father by Barack Obama

The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama


Politics / Culture / Society

Trouble in Paradise by Slavoj Žižek

The Balkans 1804-2012: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers by Misha Glenny

Divided: Why we're living in an age of walls by Tim Marshall


Novels:

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Money by Martin Amis

The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow

Herzog by Saul Bellow

Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow

Dangling Man by Saul Bellow

Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac

Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac

Old Man Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

Eugenio Grandet by Honoré de Balzac

The Sea by John Banville

The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre

Anna Karenina by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Washington Square by Henry James

The Leopard by Giuseppi di Lampedusa

Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

The Trial by Franz Kafka

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

A Heart So White by Javier Marias

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

The Sicilian by Mario Puzo

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Blindness by Jose Saramago

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovtich by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

The Red and the Black by Stendhal

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Pigeon by Patrick Suskind

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

A Hanful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

The Masterpiece by Emile Zola