Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

The Library at the End of Days

Apocalypse Books is a regular feature on my radio show, Hannah’s Bookshelf, on North Manchester FM. Each week, I ask my guests the question: in the event of the apocalypse, when society has broken down into a dystopian wilderness and bands of mutants roam the land, which three books would you save? I’ve gathered up the books that have been rescued and placed them here for safety. Welcome to the Library at the End of Days

shakespeare-complete-works

saved by Toby Stone

Knuffle Bunny

saved by Toby Stone

The Little Book of Calm

saved by Toby Stone

brett-easton-ellis-american-psycho

saved by Rob Shedwick

aimee-and-the-bear1

saved by Rob Shedwick

felidae

saved by Rob Shedwick

Eunoia

saved by Andy Hickmott

The Myth of Sisyphus

saved by Andy Hickmott

Crow From the Life and Songs of the Crow

saved by Andy Hickmott

The Hobbit

saved by Daisy Black

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

saved by Daisy Black

Lysistrata

saved by Daisy Black

The Rattle Bag

saved by Arthur Chappell

Catch 22

saved by Arthur Chappell

Alice in Wonderland

saved by Arthur Chappell

The Name of the Rose

saved by Nancy Schumann

Ronia, The Robbers Daughter

saved by Nancy Schumann

The Colour of Magic

saved by Nancy Schumann

The Icelandic Sagas

saved by James Priest

The Science of Discworld

saved by James Priest

Jurassic Park

saved by James Priest

Bible Historiée

saved by Chris Monk

Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

saved by Chris Monk

The Charioteer

saved by Chris Monk

Knowledge of Angels

saved by Emma Marigliano

Candide

saved by Emma Marigliano

Divine Comedy

saved by Emma Marigliano

Westlake Soul

saved by Cate Gardner

Tiny Deaths

saved by Cate Gardner

A Series of Unfortunate Events

saved by Cate Gardner

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro

saved by Mike Whalley

Bluebeard's Egg

saved by Mike Whalley

The House of Sleep

saved by Mike Whalley

The October Country

saved by Simon Bestwick

Where Furnaces Burn

saved by Simon Bestwick

The Therapy of Avram Blok

saved by Simon Bestwick

The Kenneth Williams Diaries

saved by Colin Daffern

Roger McGough Collected Poems

saved by Colin Daffern

Alan Bennett Telling Tales

saved by Colin Daffern

Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

saved by Annette Sills

Brooklyn Colm Toibin

saved by Annette Sills

Dark Lies the Island Kevin Barry

saved by Annette Sills

Ulysses by James Joyce

saved by Ramsey Campbell

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

saved by Ramsey Campbell

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

saved by Ramsey Campbell

Klaeber's Beowulf

saved by K. A. Laity

Jane Austen The Complete Novels

saved by K. A. Laity

Tove Jansson Finn Family Moomintroll

saved by K. A. Laity

Clive Barker Imajica

saved by Adele Wearing

Angela Carter Book of Fairy Tales

saved by Adele Wearing

Sun Tzu The Art of War

saved by Adele Wearing

I Am Legend Richard Matheson

saved by Erik Hofstatter

The Lord of the Rings J R R Tolkien

saved by Erik Hofstatter

Cold Skin Albert Sanchez Pinol

saved by Erik Hofstatter

Tales of the City Armistead Maupin

saved by Jane Bradley

Man Enough to be a Woman Jayne County

saved by Jane Bradley

The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

saved by Jane Bradley

The Manchester Man G Linnaeus Banks

saved by Dean Kirby

Mary Barton Elizabeth Gaskell

saved by Dean Kirby

Love on the Dole Walter Greenwood

saved by Dean Kirby

The Survivalists Handbook Rainer Stahlberg

saved by Matthew Frost

Shakespeares Sonnets First Folio

saved by Matthew Frost

The Map is Not the Territory Alan Woods

saved by Matthew Frost

Holy Bible

saved by Scott Thompson

A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

saved by Scott Thompson

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

saved by Scott Thompson

complete-novels-of-charlotte-bronte

saved by Gwyneth Jones

the-tale-of-genji

saved by Gwyneth Jones

the-adventures-of-alyx

saved by Gwyneth Jones

A Steampunk's Guide to the Apocalypse by Margaret Killjoy

saved by John Reppion

Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus by PG Wodehouse

saved by John Reppion

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

saved by John Reppion

The Midwives Book by Jane Sharp

saved by Sara Read

Katherine by Anya Seton

saved by Sara Read

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

saved by Sara Read

Man's Search for Meaning

saved by Dori Ann Dupré

Atlas Shrugged

saved by Dori Ann Dupré

All the Light We Cannot See

saved by Dori Ann Dupré

The Works of Thomas Paine

saved by David Hartley

Elidor Alan Garner

saved by David Hartley

City of Saints and Madmen Jeff VanderMeer

saved by David Hartley

Plague Town by Dana Fredsti

saved by Amanda Steel

It by Stephen King

saved by Amanda Steel

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis

saved by Amanda Steel

Dickens by Peter Ackroyd

saved by Lee Jackson

Armadale by Wilkie Collins

saved by Lee Jackson

The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier

saved by Lee Jackson

The Complete Edgar Allan Poe

saved by Bob Ashworth

King Arthur and His Knights

saved by Bob Ashworth

The Dark Knight Returns

saved by Bob Ashworth

Jennings Goes to School

saved by Martin Gittins

I, Robot

saved by Martin Gittins

Manchester Streets and Manchester Men

saved by Martin Gittins

magicians-of-the-gods-graham-hancock

saved by Tom Metcalfe

the-ancient-secret-of-the-flower-of-life

saved by Tom Metcalfe

the-bhagavad-gita

saved by Tom Metcalfe

Charles Dickens Christmas Books

saved by George Melling

Billy Hopkins Our Kid

saved by George Melling

Fun-Loving Criminal Dennis Stafford

saved by George Melling

my-family-and-other-animals-gerald-durrell

saved by Seamus Kelly

i-explain-a-few-things-pablo-neruda

saved by Seamus Kelly

opened-ground-seamus-heaney

saved by Seamus Kelly

Ulysses by James Joyce

saved by Joy France

Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

saved by Joy France

Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

saved by Joy France

the-girl-with-all-the-gifts

saved by Andy N

the-book-of-illusions

saved by Andy N

billys-rain

saved by Andy N

wuthering-heights

saved by Tony Earnshaw

the-rats

saved by Tony Earnshaw

the-collector

saved by Tony Earnshaw

the-house-of-the-dead-dostoyevsky

saved by Stephen Morris

fairy-tales-of-the-brothers-grimm

saved by Stephen Morris

dracula-bram-stoker

saved by Stephen Morris

the-moons-a-balloon-david-niven

saved by Pete Slater

the-martian-chronicles-ray-bradbury

saved by Pete Slater

the-collected-poems-of-wilfred-owen

saved by Pete Slater

Cryptonomicon

saved by Kim Bannerman

Monkey Beach

saved by Kim Bannerman

Pattern Language

saved by Kim Bannerman

deep-water-patricia-highsmith

saved by Pete Kalu

nobility-failure-ivan-morris

saved by Pete Kalu

recitatif-toni-morrison

saved by Pete Kalu

William Dalrymple To the Holy Mountain

saved by Nigel Barlow

Ian Sinclair London Orbital

saved by Nigel Barlow

W.G. Sebald Rings of Saturn

saved by Nigel Barlow

Discourses of Epictetus

saved by Jonah Locksley

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

saved by Jonah Locksley

Rupert Gethin Sayings of the Buddha New Translations from the Pali Nikayas

saved by Jonah Locksley

word-freak-stefan-fatsis

saved by Ian Peek

reading-the-oed-ammon-shea

saved by Ian Peek

the-art-of-looking-sideways-alan-fletcher

saved by Ian Peek

silmarillion-tolkien

saved by Joel Cornah

the-fifth-season-jemisin

saved by Joel Cornah

earthsea-quartet-ursula-le-guin

saved by Joel Cornah

shakespeare-complete-works

saved by Alrene Hughes

Jane Eyre

saved by Alrene Hughes

saved by Alrene Hughes

traitors-blade

saved by Jamie Ryder

american-gods

saved by Jamie Ryder

island-dr-moreau

saved by Jamie Ryder

as-she-climbed-across-the-table-jonathan-lethem

saved by Brian C. Baer

sex-drugs-and-cocoa-puffs-chuck-klosterman

saved by Brian C. Baer

he-man-and-she-ra-complete-guide-to-the-classic-animated-adventures

saved by Brian C. Baer

the-road-cormac-mccarthy

saved by Lee Harrison

life-of-pi-yann-martel

saved by Lee Harrison

birdwatchers-pocket-guide-mitchell-beazley

saved by Lee Harrison

the-day-of-the-triffids

saved by Peter Topping

one-day-in-the-life-of-ivan-denisovich

saved by Peter Topping

animal-farm

saved by Peter Topping

collected-poems-of-john-donne

saved by Andrew Simpson

the-story-of-chorlton-cum-hardy

saved by Andrew Simpson

the-lord-of-the-rings

saved by Andrew Simpson

the-once-and-future-king

saved by Jan M. Flynn

the-left-hand-of-darkness

saved by Jan M. Flynn

st-lucys-home-for-girls-raised-by-wolves

saved by Jan M. Flynn

jitterbug-perfume

saved by Andrew Hook

the-time-travellers-wife

saved by Andrew Hook

blonde-joyce-carol-oates

saved by Andrew Hook

le-morte-darthur-thomas-malory

saved by Grace Timperley

brighton-rock-graham-greene

saved by Grace Timperley

winnie-the-pooh-a-a-milne

saved by Grace Timperley

permaculture-handbook-peter-bane

saved by Joyce Chng

forager-handbook-miles-irving

saved by Joyce Chng

saved by Joyce Chng

a-moveable-feast-ernest-hemingway

saved by Peter May

the-beastly-beatitudes-of-balthazar-b-j-p-donleavy

saved by Peter May

the-adventures-of-tintin-herge

saved by Peter May

ten-years-in-an-open-necked-shirt-john-cooper-clarke

saved by Alisha Loco

dna-dennis-kelly

saved by Alisha Loco

thinking-in-ink-collection-colourscapes-a-l-magnone

saved by Alisha Loco

ella-enchanted-gail-carson-levine

saved by J.M. Sullivan

bible-new-american-standard

saved by J.M. Sullivan

lord-of-the-flies-william-golding

saved by J.M. Sullivan

under-milk-wood

saved by Jo Thomas

rubaiyat-omar-khayyam

saved by Jo Thomas

the-princess-bride

saved by Jo Thomas

complete-works-shakespeare

saved by Paul Morris

the-iliad

saved by Paul Morris

jack-the-diver

saved by Paul Morris

those-about-to-die

saved by Keith Hoare

cruise-of-the-condor

saved by Keith Hoare

casino-royale

saved by Keith Hoare

where-the-wild-things-are

saved by A.K. McAllister

shakespeare-complete-works

saved by A.K. McAllister

strangeland

saved by A.K. McAllister

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Hannah,

    Great list, thank you! & I’m thrilled to get a mention, because I grew up in North Manchester. Coincidentally, there’s a devastatingly muddy rock festival in Boggarthole Clough featured in Bold As Love, and another in Heaton Park (where two junior characters try to feed their despised baby brother to the pigs in the petting farm).

    • Hannah Kate

      Hi Gwyneth,

      Thanks for dropping by. 🙂 I’m very pleased to have Bold as Love on the list (and not just for the North Manchester connection), so was really happy when Jeanette nominated it. The guests on my show have excellent taste!

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