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Books which remind me why I love reading

Gemma Arrowsmith "mmaarrow"
 
The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes
The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes
"I picked this up when I was 15 and have been an obsessive Sherlockian ever since.  Some of the best stories ever written in the English language.  My desert island book- deservedly in 1st place."
Great Expectations (Penguin Popular Classics)
Great Expectations (Penguin Popular Classics)
"This is the only book I was forced to study which I didn't end up loathing.  Probably because it's a masterpiece."
Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
"Simply one of the most beautiful, thoughtful books I've ever read."
Making History
Making History
"Stephen Fry at his twinkling best."
Carter Beats the Devil
Carter Beats the Devil
"I love magic and I love the 'Twenties.  So a book about a magician from the '20s was bound to please.  A great story which haunted me for days."
Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog! (Essential Penguin)
Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog! (Essential Penguin)
"Vic Reeves' favourite book and certainly one of mine too.  Hilarious stuff."
The Diary of a Nobody (Prion Humour Classics)
The Diary of a Nobody (Prion Humour Classics)
"A classic of British humour."
Very Good, Jeeves! (Everyman's Library P G WODEHOUSE)
Very Good, Jeeves! (Everyman's Library P G WODEHOUSE)
"It's impossible to pick out one Wodehouse above the others.  Just go and read everything he ever wrote if you know what's good for you."
Three Plays: "Blithe Spirit", "Hay Fever", "Private Lives"
Three Plays: "Blithe Spirit", "Hay Fever", "Private Lives"
"I was obsessed with Noel Coward for a while.  Pretty much everything the man wrote was touched with gold.  These are probably my favourites though."
The Importance of Being Earnest: 3-act Version (Acting Edition)
The Importance of Being Earnest: 3-act Version (Acting Edition)
"What can one say about possibly the funniest play in the English language?  Read it and always remember how funny Miss Prism is."
His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials
"Sublime.  Incredible. Thought-provoking.  Beautiful."