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Beauty, truth and cheap thrills

Billy Gubbins
 
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
"Haruki's tour-de-force. His real skill is how he can merge the surreal with the mundane to make it believable."
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Death And The Penguin (Panther)
Death And The Penguin (Panther)
"Recommended by a Haruki loving friend - a fine recommendation - the strange and eventful life of an obituary writer and his pet penguin."
Survivor
Survivor
"Far better than Fight Club & Choke - inventive and subversive."
Siddhartha
Siddhartha
"Simplicity, clarity and beauty. A wonderful story."
Atomised
Atomised
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
"Most aptly titled book ever."
The Dharma Bums (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Dharma Bums (Penguin Modern Classics)
Norwegian Wood (Panther)
Norwegian Wood (Panther)
"Haruki tells a melancholic tale of inevitable doom like no other. Beautiful."
A Year With Swollen Appendices: The Diary of Brian Eno
A Year With Swollen Appendices: The Diary of Brian Eno
"Fascinating diary of a year in the life of the multi-faceted Grand-daddy of Ambient. Not even the presence of Bono can spoil it."
The Plague (Essential Penguin)
The Plague (Essential Penguin)
Nausea (Modern Classics)
Nausea (Modern Classics)
The New York Trilogy: "City of Glass", "Ghosts" and "Locked Room"
The New York Trilogy: "City of Glass", "Ghosts" and "Locked Room"
The Fuck-up
The Fuck-up
45
45
"Written when Drummond hit 45 years of age - he reflects on music, art and tea. Give thanks that he exists - just don't buy Bad Wisdom which is ruined by Mark Mannings puerile crap."
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
A Wild Sheep Chase (Panther)
A Wild Sheep Chase (Panther)
Stupid White Men: ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!
Stupid White Men: ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!
"Occasionally hectoring and as subtle as a brick (his attempt at political stand-up is no match for Bill Hicks) but thank God he's out there chipping away at the venal scum who lord it over us proles."
Post Office: A Novel
Post Office: A Novel
"Brutal, economical prose. Leaves me short of breath & wanting more. Not unlike my wife."
Blackbox
Blackbox
Catch-22
Catch-22
The Rum Diary
The Rum Diary
"Hunter's early novel is way out of character from his gonzo stuff - and pretty wonderful for it."
This Is Modern Art
This Is Modern Art
"I could have chosen any of Matt's books. His conversational, pseud-free style is a rarity for the genre. Unlike others he isn't afraid to admit to incomprehension in the face of art."
American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story
American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story
"Not the greatest biog ever written but anything that keeps Bill's name alive can only be a good thing."
The Wasp Factory
The Wasp Factory