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Best in English - my top 25

H. Tee
 
Headlong
Headlong
"You're taken Headlong into this exciting story"
The Luxury of Exile
The Luxury of Exile
"Like Headlong but more intimate and sad"
The Collector (Vintage Classics)
The Collector (Vintage Classics)
"Collector is the ultimate 'getting the unobtainable' novel"
The Wasp Factory
The Wasp Factory
"Quirky and horrific"
The Octopus: The Epic of Wheat v. 1: A Story of California (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
The Octopus: The Epic of Wheat v. 1: A Story of California (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
"My Norris recommendation - Realism of Zola meets Serge Leone in Wheat Country"
The Road
The Road
"What are these two really trying to find?"
Of Human Bondage (Modern Library)
Of Human Bondage (Modern Library)
"My Maughan recommendation - a story about any man's way in life"
Morality Play
Morality Play
"Original novel where a troop of actors play detective"
A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics)
A Clockwork Orange (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Icon - one of those must reads (really)"
The Odd Women (Penguin Classics)
The Odd Women (Penguin Classics)
"My Gissing recommendation - slow and boring for some perhaps"
Fingersmith
Fingersmith
"My Waters recommendation - Dickens-like tale"
Waterland
Waterland
"My Swift recommendation - a 'fenland flat' dark tale"
A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics)
A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics)
"My Dickens recommendation - exciting and shortish example"
Ivanhoe (Wordsworth Classics)
Ivanhoe (Wordsworth Classics)
"A lost classic adventure - where Robin Hood originated"
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
"The best  ghost horror story - genuine goose-bumps"
Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children
"My Rushdie recommendation - Imagination and superheros"
I, Claudius (Penguin Classics)
I, Claudius (Penguin Classics)
"Rome and power"
The Private Memoirs & Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Wordsworth Classics)
The Private Memoirs & Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Wordsworth Classics)
"Absolutely a lost classic, this really really is brilliant"
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Wordsworth Classics)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Wordsworth Classics)
"Slavery up front and personal"
Brighton Rock
Brighton Rock
"My Greene recommendation - classic british stories"
Hope
Hope
"Being male"
Nineteen Eighty-four
Nineteen Eighty-four
"Icon - one of those must reads (really)"
The Red And The Green (Vintage Classics)
The Red And The Green (Vintage Classics)
"My Murdoch recommendation - Family & Easter rising -"
Under the Volcano (Penguin Modern Classics)
Under the Volcano (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Alcohol and heat"
Ben-Hur (Signet Classics)
Ben-Hur (Signet Classics)
"Persecution, christians, power and love"