I hesitated for a long time before making a selection of this kind. These are by no means the only books I've enjoyed or found to be important and the list could easily have been longer, particularly the fiction. So I'm sure about the value of the books I've included but there could certainly have been more of them. (In fact the list is subject to revision and additions from time to time.) The selection probably says as much about me as it does about the books, but, anyway, here it is. They are grouped vaguely by category but there is some overlapping.
For a different kind of selection, see my selected reading lists.