Books that I read in 1963

In 1963 I started keeping my first diary, a tiny one with little space per day. In late March I turned 9 years old, and in late September I went to boarding school for the first time, upon which I stopped keeping a diary, and didn’t restart until 1967.

In my diary, I sometimes noted the titles of books that I was reading, and here they are below in alphabetical order by author. The list is incomplete: sometimes I just noted “Books”, or something vague such as “Hornblower” or “Gerald Durrell”. If I noted a book, I presumably started reading it, but didn’t necessarily finish it in all cases.

Some of the books probably belonged to my mother, others came from a library or may have been bought for me. There’s some fantasy here, but no science fiction: a taste I developed a bit later.

AdamsonBorn free1960
AldousThe Tendrills in Australia1959
AllinghamSweet danger**1933
AtkinsonGreyfriars Bobby1912
BattenThe singing forest1958
BrownThe swish of the curtain1941
BurnettThe secret garden1911
BurnfordThe incredible journey1960
CuleBarfield’s blazer and other school stories1900
DefoeRobinson Crusoe1719
DurrellThe Bafut Beagles1954
DurrellThe drunken forest1956
ForesterThe happy return**1937
ForesterThe commodore**1945
GreenThe saga of Asgard1960
HughesTom Brown’s schooldays1857
Hull & WhitlockCrowns1947
KiplingAll the Mowgli stories**1895
KiplingStalky & Co.**1899
LewisThe magician’s nephew1955
LloydFell farm campers1960
LoftingDoctor Dolittle’s circus1924
MacDougallMacadam and Eve1950 play
MainwaringMurder in pastiche1955
MasefieldThe midnight folk**1927
MaxwellRing of bright water1960
OrczyThe Scarlet Pimpernel1905
PowerRedcap runs away1952
RansomeWe didn’t mean to go to sea**1937
RansomeMissee Lee*1941
RansomeThe Picts and the Martyrs**1943
ShakespeareHamlet*1601 play
StreatfeildTennis shoes1937
StreatfeildCurtain up1944
StreatfeildParty frock1945
SwiftGulliver’s travels1726
UstinovThe love of four colonels1951 play
UttleyThe country child1931
VerneyFriday’s tunnel1959
WhiteMistress Masham’s Repose*1946
WilliamsElephant Bill1950
WyssThe Swiss family Robinson1812

* I have the book now on paper

** I have the book now on Kindle