Some Librarians Write Books. A Top 10 List.

out stealing horsesSome of the world’s finest writers have also been librarians at one point or another. Check out this interesting and comprehensive list of some of the best books written by those inscrutable keepers of books. If you know of any other current or former librarians that are also writers, please leave a comment and tell us.

What’s the Librarian Reading Now?

VAGABONDHOLES   Author Biography

Mr Bull is currently reading Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffids edited by Chris Coughran & Niall Lucy and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical by Robert Shearman. David McComb was an Australian singer/songwriter best known as the Lead Singer/Guitarist with groundbreaking Perth band The Triffids. Named after the British writer John Wyndam’s famous dystopian novel, McComb Garnering wide critical acclaim with this band especially in the UK and Europe. The lineup included McComb’s brother Robert, future Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds bass player Martin P. Casey and pedal and lap steel guitar legend, ‘Evil’ Graham Lee. McComb became a member of The Blackeyed Susans, as well as forming  a shortlived post-Triffids band The Red Ponies. His only solo album Love of Will has become highly collectible following the singer’s untimely death at age 37.

Robert Shearman is a prolific English playwright and screenwriter who has produced three volumes of short stories, this being the second. His other claim to fame is as the first writer to bring back the Daleks in television’s Doctor Who in his hugely popular episode, Dalek. Check out my post about his appearance at the Adelaide Writers Festival 2012.

The 10 Hardest Books To Finish?

Guardian Article

A recent Guardian Newspaper article by Robert McCrum lists ten books often cited as the most difficult to finish. Have you started any of them, better still finished one? How many have you even heard of? Life is too short to finish every book you start. If you’re not enjoying or getting anything out of a book, maybe you should try something else and come back to it later, maybe. Check out the full article here.

Please feel free to list some of your ‘most difficult reads’ in our comments section.


Read what you like, like what you read.

Here’s a different “top Ten Hardest” books list. Check it out here.