The Books by RUMER GODDEN - specifically mentioned are:

Autobiography - Volume 2: A House with Four Rooms
A Candle For St Jude A book “I’d like to have written.”
Lady and the Unicorn

The Books by RUDYARD KIPLING - specifically mentioned are:

Baa Baa Black Sheep (1888)
Barrack Room Ballads (1890)
Children’s Song - poem
Complete Verse (1990)
Day’s Work (1898)
Debits and Credits (1926)
Departmental Ditties (1886)
Explorer, the - poem
Gods of the Copybook Headings, the [verse] (1919)
House Surgeon, the - short story
Just So Stories (1902)
Jungle Book (1894)
Kim (1901)
Letters of Marque
Life’s Handicap (1891)
Mandalay - poem
Many Inventions (1893)
Phantom Rickshaw (1888)
Plain Tales From The Hills (1888)
Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906)
Return of Imray (1891)
Rewards and Fairies (1910)
Schoolboy Lyrics
Second Jungle Book (1895)
Soldiers Three (1892)
Something of Myself (1937) Kipling’s autobiography
Stalky & Co (1899)
Traffics and Discoveries (1904)
Under the Deodars (1888)
Wee Willie Winkie (1888)

The Books by PAUL SCOTT - specifically mentioned are:

Alien Sky, the
Corrida at San Felius, the
Johnny Sahib
The Raj Quartet, vol 1 – The Jewel in the Crown
The Raj Quartet, vol 2 – The Day of the Scopion
The Raj Quartet, vol 3 – The Towers of Silence
The Raj Quartet, vol 4 – A Division of the Spoils
Staying On

OTHER AUTHORS - specifically mentioned include:

By Agatha Christie
By Jim Corbett
By Fenimore Cooper
By Daphne Du Maurier
By George Orwell
By Mignon G Eberhart She's a great girl for atmosphere.
By Joel Chandler Harris
By Mary Johnston
By John Masters
By Somerset Maugham
By Nancy Mitford
By Mary Roberts Rinehart (She) “always caught you on the hop.  You could see & smell the places she was writing about.”
By A J P Taylor
By Ernest Thompson Seton - animal stories
By Edgar Wallace
By P G Wodehouse

INDIVIDUAL BOOKS - specifically mentioned include:

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
A History of the Indian Mutiny by Kaye and Malleson
A History of the Sepoy War in India, 1857-1858 by Sir John William Kaye
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
A Passage to India by E M Forster
A Princess Remembers by Gayatri Devi
A Singular Hostage by Thalassa Ali
Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
An American Cookbook for India by Louise Rankin
An Enchanted Journey by Alan Jones
An Experiment with Time by J W Dunne
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan by Lieut.-Col James Todd (in 4 vols)
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Barretts of Wimpole Street, the
Battle of Blenheim, the by Robert Southey
Bhowani Junction by John Masters
Bridge of San Luis Rey, the by Thornton Wilder
Carnaki the Ghost Finder
Child Life in Chinese Homes by Isabella Carruthers
Children’s Corner Rhymes by R H Elkin, illustrated by H Willibeek Le Mair
Crimson Azaleas, the by H Vere Stacpoole
Day of the Jackal, the by Frederick Forsyth
Eleven Leopards by Norah Burke
Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
Freedom At Midnight by Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos
Glass Slipper by Mignon Eberhart (this book) “really made me look under the bed.”
Glitter and the Gold, the by Consuelo Vanderbilt
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Heroes, the by Charles Kingsley
Hill of Devi by E M Forster
House On The Roof by Mignon Eberhart “I still think it’s a classic.”
I Am A Camera dramatised by John van Druten after a short story by Christopher Isherwood
In Kedar’s Tents by Henry Seton Merrimen
In the Wake of Da Gama by Ernesta Hamilton
India We Left, the by Trevelyan
Indian Summer by James Cameron
Inferno by Dante
Ingoldsby Legends, the by Barham
Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
Kashmir by Sir Francis Younghusband
Life of Jesus of Nazareth - illustrated by William Hole, RA
Little Novels of English History by Maurice Hewlett
Little Women by Louisa M Alcott
Man-eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett
Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag by Jim Corbett
Master of Ballantrae, the by Robert Louis Stevenson
Memoirs of an Arabian Princess by Emily Said Ruete
My Adventurous Journey by Mrs Alec Tweedie
Murray’s Handbook for Travellers in India, Burma and Ceylon
My Adventurous Journey by Mrs Alec Tweedle
My India by Jim Corbett
Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
Orlando by Virginia Woolf- signed M M K H
Other Side of the Medal, the
Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen
Peter Ibbetson by George du Maurier
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J M Barrie
Pidgin English Sing Song by Leland
Pinocchio by Collodi
Plain Tales From the Raj by Charles Allen
Princes, the by Charles Allen
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Richard II by William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Robin Hood
Rudyard Kipling by Charles Carrington
Sacred Songs and Solos by Ira Sankey
Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Skinner of Skinner’s Horse by Philip Mason “that Arthur Bryant of the Raj”
Simla Past and Present by Sir Edward Buck
Smiley’s People by John Le Carré
Songs of Praise by Eleanor Farjeon
Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carré
Stones of Venice by John Ruskin
Story of the Guides, the by Sir Francis Younghusband
Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliffe
Temple Tiger, the by Jim Corbett
Through Finlandia in Carts by Mrs Alec Tweedie
Tiger in the Smoke, the by Margery Allingham
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Trilby by George du Maurier
Uncle Remus, Legends of the Old Plantation  By Joel Chandler Harris
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
Well of Loneliness by Radcliffe Hall
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
The Witch’s Garden (unknown)
Woods of Westermain by George Meredith
Woman of the Horizon by Gilbert Frankau


By Walter de la Mare (Mollie’s favourite poet) “Look last on all things lovely, every hour.”
By Matthew Arnold
By Houseman
By Omar Khayyam
By Francis Brett Young
Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns
Brook, the by Lord Tennyson
Childe Harold by Lord Byron
Comin’ Through the Rye by Robert Burns
Fare Well by Walter de la Mare
Guides of Kabul, The By Sir Henry Newbolt
Kashmiri Songs by Laurence Hope including:
Pale Hands I loved Beside The Shalimar
Ashoo at Her Lattice
Song of the Bride
Kingfisher Blue
Last Poems by Housman
Lalla Rookh by Thomas Moore
Oberman Once More by Matthew Arnold
Prometheus Unbound by Shelley


By Hans Christian Anderson
By The Brothers’ Grimm
By Andrew Lang:
- Blue fairy book
- Green fairy book
- Lilac fairy book

Fairytales Specifically mentioned:

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Hansel & Gretel

Jack and the Beanstalk


Snow White


Alexander the Great
The Ramayana
Rupert of the Rhine

I've always been curious to discover what kind of books authors themselves enjoy reading. Here is a very short list of books that M M Kaye is known to have read.


"I read an awful lot. I don't know what to do with myself if I haven't got a book. I really don't." M M Kaye