Just really, really good reads!

A Listmania! list by T. McKay "yellowgrub" (South London)
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Affinity
1.  Affinity by Sarah Waters
The list author says:
  "Actually more absorbing than Fingersmith, and a good introduction to Sarah Waters."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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The Gormenghast Trilogy
2.  The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake
The list author says:
  "Beautifully written, imaginative and dark.  Couldn't put it down!"
£12.56   Used & New from: £0.10
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

The Last Unicorn
3.  The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
The list author says:
  "My mum read this to my brother and I when we were kids - it's even more beautiful now I'm grown up!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Lords And Ladies: (Discworld Novel 14) (Discworld Novels)
4.  Lords And Ladies: (Discworld Novel 14) (Discworld Novels) by Terry Pratchett
The list author says:
  "One of Pratchett's best, in my opinion! I must have read it a dozen times!"
£7.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
5.  The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set) by J. R. R. Tolkien
The list author says:
  "Probably the best book I've ever read (again and again!). The films really didn't do the books justice, I don't think anyone actually could!"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,356 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Hobbit
6.  The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The list author says:
  "A good introduction to Tolkein - should be read before reading Lord of the Rings, if only to get to know some of the characters!"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,420 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Boudica: Dreaming The Eagle: Boudica 1
7.  Boudica: Dreaming The Eagle: Boudica 1 by Manda Scott
The list author says:
  "I love the legend of Boudica, and this is a nice fictional take on her life. There are four books in the series."
£8.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

A Dog Called Demolition
8.  A Dog Called Demolition by Robert Rankin
The list author says:
  "One of Rankin's darker books (if that's possible). Great use of language, and a warped imagination!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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The House of Sleep
9.  The House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe
The list author says:
  "This book surprised me - not being a major Coe fan. Excellently written, and with a twisted plot."
£7.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

The Tales of the Otori Trilogy
10.  The Tales of the Otori Trilogy by Lian Hearn
The list author says:
  "Even though this is aimed at young adults, it is a fascinating story, and so very beautifully written. Everyone I've recommended this to has loved it!"
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts
11.  The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts by Douglas Adams
The list author says:
  "I absolutely love this series - some of the funniest books I've ever read!  Adams is sorely missed."
£13.60   Used & New from: £5.68
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 customer reviews)

The Dark Lord Of Derkholm (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
12.  The Dark Lord Of Derkholm (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by Diana Wynne Jones
The list author says:
  "Wynne Jones is a magnificent story teller - so much better than Rowling!  Completely original, spellbinding and freakish.  I love this book, and can't wait to read the sequal!"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Royal Flash (The Flashman Papers, Book 2)
13.  Royal Flash (The Flashman Papers, Book 2) by George MacDonald Fraser
The list author says:
  "Not one for the politically correct brigade - but highly recommended if you like hugely funny books! In this one, the hateful Flashman gets a taste of his own medicine!"
£6.79   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

Hotel World
14.  Hotel World by Ali Smith
The list author says:
  "This book blew me away, I love her use of language and her unorthodox storytelling. Should have won the 2001 Orange Prize for Fiction in my personal opinion!"
£8.99   Used & New from: £0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

The Sharpe Series (3) - Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803
15.  The Sharpe Series (3) - Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 by Bernard Cornwell
The list author says:
  "This is the book where I actually fell in love with Richard Sharpe! Dirty fighting, un-pc language, and behaviour, and the total rogue Sharpe! Just read them all, they're worth it!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Out
16.  Out by Natsuo Kirino
The list author says:
  "This book is one of the most absorbing I've read in a long time. Stark, beautiful and so quietly disturbing it took my breath away."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Lighthousekeeping
17.  Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson
The list author says:
  "Now, I'm not soppy at all, but I had to mention this book. It reaffirmed my faith in love, which worries me for some reason..."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Master and Commander
18.  Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
The list author says:
  "I watched the film first, which I really enjoyed, so thought I'd get the book. What a revelation! I'm not sure if it was meant to, but it had me cracking up all over the place!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)

American Gods
19.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "This is such an easy read, for a big book. Gaiman takes a slanted look at the way Gods would behave, if they were real. Weird, wonderful and utterly entertaining! Typical Gaiman."
£6.29   Used & New from: £0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Nights At The Circus
20.  Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter
The list author says:
  "I never thought I'd find a rival for Tolkein in my affection, but along came Angela Carter...  A summery will not even begin to do this book justice - read her, you'll be left in awe of her talent..."
£6.74   Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

The Carhullan Army
21.  The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall
The list author says:
  "Here is a rather scary tale, set in England after some unnamed natural disaster. The worst thing is, it feels too real, too likly to happen. Needless to say, the story has stayed with me..."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Forever Amber
22.  Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor
The list author says:
  "I read this book when I was just 18, and fell in love with Amber. Her innocence throughout is obvious, as is her ambition! The ending really made me angry though, but it has stuck with me for years!"
£13.48   Used & New from: £1.57
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The God Delusion
23.  The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The list author says:
  "I prefer novels, but this book is one of the best non-fiction, rational, eye-opening, clear thinking books I've ever read. I am now a huge fan of Prof. Dawkins!"
£6.29   Used & New from: £0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,423 customer reviews) | 166 customer discussions

Too Fast to Live (Duck Editions)
24.  Too Fast to Live (Duck Editions) by Bidisha
The list author says:
  "I have to admit to being a bit jealous of Bidisha after reading this book. So young, and such a writer! This book is by turns beautiful and disturbing. She makes you love her broken characters..."
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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