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21 favourite unputdownable reads...(My age?! - I wish!)

Terri Bate "tutleymutley"
 
The World According To Garp (Black Swan)
The World According To Garp (Black Swan)
"The first Irving novel I read - an epic of women, wrestling, humour, tragedy."
The Poisonwood Bible
The Poisonwood Bible
"Absolutely compelling - I learnt so much about the Belgian Congo, and Africa."
The Stand (The Complete and Uncut Edition)
The Stand (The Complete and Uncut Edition)
"I've been a Stephen King fan since I found Carrie in a second hand bookshop. This is probably his best: Apocalyptic, huge! King tells a thumping good yarn."
His Dark Materials Gift Set: "Northern Lights", "The Subtle Knife", "The Amber Spyglass"
His Dark Materials Gift Set: "Northern Lights", "The Subtle Knife", "The Amber Spyglass"
"Was recommended this by the teenager next door: fab, escapist and better than Harry Potter."
Kindred (Bluestreak)
Kindred (Bluestreak)
"First Butler book I read: sadly she died this year, so there'll be no more from this brilliant author.  Butler explores race and gender in this magic story."
Catch-22 (Vintage Classics)
Catch-22 (Vintage Classics)
"I was trapped in hospital with nothing else to read or I probably wouldn't have finished this classic anti war tale: I was so glad I did - wow."
The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
"As a hardened fantasy reader, I've got to include this!  Just skip the tedious historical battle stories and stick to the nitty gritty."
The Gormenghast Trilogy
The Gormenghast Trilogy
"Another blockbuster and cult classic that I adore.  These books had me laughing out loud at times.  Totally surreal - the last book in the trilogy upsets all your assumptions.  Masterpiece."
The Ship Who Sang: Fantasy
The Ship Who Sang: Fantasy
"Read this years ago, but it has stood the test of time.  Romantic but good escapist stuff of the kind I eat up."
The Gate to Women's Country
The Gate to Women's Country
"Another of my favourite authors: interesting questions posed in a great story."
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
"Steinbeck is another excellent storyteller - this tale is the story of a family forced to evacuate the 'Dust Bowl' during the Great Depression in USA."
Fear Nothing
Fear Nothing
"Couldn't include King without putting in Koontz. This story features one of my favourite characters, Christopher Snow, and I love Koontz' humour."
Practical Demonkeeping: Book 1: Pine Cove Series
Practical Demonkeeping: Book 1: Pine Cove Series
"No 13 - how appropriate.  I was introduced to Mr Moore by bookcrossing.  He makes me laugh out LOUD.  This was the first I read - but go read em all."
American Gods
American Gods
"I sense themes emerging in my list.  This book is a bit of horror, scifi, fantasy, and humour but, above all, a bloomin' good yarn."
Dune
Dune
"I wasn't that bothered by the sequels, but this first book is masterful.  Herbert creates an entirely believable, fascinating new world called Arrakis."
Watership Down (Puffin Books)
Watership Down (Puffin Books)
"An epic tale of bunnies with all my favourite components."
Perdido Street Station
Perdido Street Station
"This is the only book by Mieville I've read, but I'll be back, to be sure.  Fantastic, wierd imaginings - brilliant writing, and British too!"
The Mermaids Singing
The Mermaids Singing
"Hard to know which of McDermid's novels to choose - they're all great, but in the end I went for the Tony Hill (psychological profiler) + Carol Jordan (DI) no. 1.  McDermid was my intro to this genre."
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
"Read this whilst traipsing around China.  It is the story of three generations of women with the huge backdrop of China's tumultous history in the twentieth century."
Merlin Trilogy
Merlin Trilogy
"I read this a long time ago - and remember being entranced.  I lived not far from Caerfyrddin (Merlin's hill) hence my interest.   Stewart puts a new twist on the Arthurian legend.."
Toxic Shock (A V. I. Warshawski novel)
Toxic Shock (A V. I. Warshawski novel)
"Which VI Warshawski novel to pick? could have been any of them!  VI is my kind of hero  - tough, sassy, James Bond kind of luck but my kind of politics."