Throughout 2019 I’ve written a weekly books column in the Irish Times, where each Saturday I write about a favourite pre-21st century book. My introductory spiel is here.

Week 1: ‘The Unwomanly Face of War’ by Svetlana Alexievich

Week 2: ‘Antwerp’ by Roberto Bolaño

Week 3: ‘Notes From Underground’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Week 4: ‘Practicalities’ by Marguerite Duras

Week 5: ‘Essays and Aphorisms’ by Arthur Schopenhauer

Week 6: ‘A Room of One’s Own’ by Virginia Woolf

Week 7: ‘The Gladiators’ by Arthur Koestler

Week 8: ‘On the Genealogy of Morals’ by Friedrich Nietzsche

Week 9: ‘America’ by Jean Baudrillard

Week 10: ‘But Beautiful’ by Geoff Dyer

Week 11: ‘The Tibetan Book of the Dead’

Week 12: ‘Valis’ by Philip K. Dick

Week 13: ‘Quartet’ by Jean Rhys

Week 14: ‘The Dispossessed’ by Ursula K. Le Guin

Week 15: ‘The Fight’ by Norman Mailer

Week 16: ‘À Rebours’ by J.K. Huysmans

Week 17: ‘Holy the Firm’ by Annie Dillard

Week 18: ‘The Baader-Meinhof Complex’ by Stefan Aust

Week 19: ‘Erotism’ by Georges Bataille

Week 20: ‘Tropisms’ by Nathalie Sarraute

Week 21: ‘The Trouble With Being Born’ by E.M. Cioran

Week 22: ‘The Bloody Chamber’ by Angela Carter

Week 23: ‘Cain’s Book’ by Alexander Trocchi

Week 24: ‘Meditations’ by Marcus Aurelius

Week 25: ‘Whatever’ by Michel Houellebecq

Week 26: ‘Água Viva’ by Clarice Lispector

Week 27: ‘Civilisation and its Discontents’ by Sigmund Freud

Week 28: ‘The Archaic Revival’ by Terence McKenna

Week 29: ‘Woodcutters’ by Thomas Bernhard

Week 30: ‘SCUM Manifesto’ by Valerie Solanas

Week 31: ‘Nadja’ by André Breton

Week 32: ‘Writing on Drugs’ by Sadie Plant

Week 33: ‘The Dhammapada’

Week 34: ‘The Art of the Novel’ by Milan Kundera

Week 35: ‘The Adversary’ by Emmanuel Carrère

Week 36: ‘Against Interpretation’ by Susan Sontag

Week 37: ‘Vulgar Favours: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History’ by Maureen Orth

Week 38: ‘London Fields’ by Martin Amis

Week 39: ‘Play It As It Lays’ by Joan Didion

Week 40: ‘Reader’s Block’ by David Markson

Week 41: ‘Moby Dick; or, The Whale’ by Herman Melville