One book on the list:
The End of the Affair by Graham GreeneRead about the other nine novels on Mullan's list.
Maurice Bendrix, the sour narrator of Greene's tale of doomed, obsessive love, is a novelist as well as a lover. Bendrix, who is used to making his characters do what he wants, finds himself a character in a story he passionately resents. Sarah, his lover, turns away from him to religion. "We are inextricably bound to the plot, and wearily God forces us, here and there, according to his intention."
The End of the Affair also appears on Douglas Kennedy's ten best list of books about grief.