Kleo's top 20 books - recommended

A Listmania! list by Mr. K. Papas "kleopapas" (London, UK)
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (International Writers)
1.  Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (International Writers) by Patrick Suskind
The list author says:
  "A wonderfully original and clever book, truly one of a kind that will stay with you forever. A unique accomplishment, superlatives do not do it justice."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)

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Wonderland Avenue: Tales of Glamour and Excess (Abacus Books)
2.  Wonderland Avenue: Tales of Glamour and Excess (Abacus Books) by Danny Sugerman
The list author says:
  "Very funny and totally gripping from the first paragraph onwards, it's written in a very comfortable almost conversational style, an excellent book."
10.99   Used & New from: 0.58
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
3.  1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four by Thomas Pynchon
The list author says:
  "Very dark, very disturbing and sadly coming very true. If you thought Big Brother was just a figment of Orwell's imagination, read this and think again."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (644 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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Girl With a Pearl Earring
4.  Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The list author says:
  "A hugely enjoyable book, simply beautifully written and very touching."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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All in the Mind: Farewell to God
5.  All in the Mind: Farewell to God by Ludovic Kennedy
The list author says:
  "Ludovic Kennedy's views on God and atheism - marvellous."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Chickenhawk
6.  Chickenhawk by Robert Mason
The list author says:
  "A hugely interesting account of a young chopper pilot's Vietnam war experiences."
6.29   Used & New from: 0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

Fermat's Last Theorem
7.  Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh
The list author says:
  "Riveting, a centuries old problem finally cracked by a man obsessed. Simon Singh's narrative is utterly compelling and the book almost reads like a crime thriller."
6.99   Used & New from: 0.22
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

Snowblind: A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade ("Rebel Inc." Classics)
8.  Snowblind: A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade ("Rebel Inc." Classics) by Robert Sabbag
The list author says:
  "A fantastic book, read how Robert Sabaag became a coke king and managed to retire without ever getting caught. Enormously entertaining from start to finish."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution
9.  Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution by Richard Fortey
The list author says:
  "A wonderfully written book about some of the earliest life that appeared on our planet, Richard Fortey's account of these mystical creatures is utterly engrossing and hugely informative."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

The Map That Changed the World: A Tale of Rocks, Ruin and Redemption
10.  The Map That Changed the World: A Tale of Rocks, Ruin and Redemption by Simon Winchester
The list author says:
  "An amazing account of the father of modern geology, William Smith, who single-handedly mapped Great Britain geologically, overcoming great adversity. A marvellous book."
7.69   Used & New from: 0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Lost King of France: Revolution, Revenge and the Search for Louis XVII
11.  The Lost King of France: Revolution, Revenge and the Search for Louis XVII by Deborah Cadbury
The list author says:
  "Completely and utterly compelling, a very sad and beautiful book"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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The Gospel According To Jesus Christ (Panther)
12.  The Gospel According To Jesus Christ (Panther) by Jose Saramago
The list author says:
  "Truly a great book, winner of the 1998 Nobel Literature prize, just wonderfully written."
6.29   Used & New from: 2.97
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Science: A History 1543-2001
13.  Science: A History 1543-2001 by John R. Gribbin
The list author says:
  "A masterpiece and a must-have for anyone seriously interested in scientific history. Extensive and far reaching in scope and depth, an amazing book."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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The Language of the Genes
14.  The Language of the Genes by Steve Jones
The list author says:
  "Steve Jones is almost unequalled in the ability to make complicated science accessible to all, a fantastic book in every sense."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms
15.  The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms by Marcus Chown
The list author says:
  "Want to know why you're made of star-stuff ? Read this excellent book by a very accomplished author."
7.65   Used & New from: 0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder (Penguin Press Science)
16.  Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder (Penguin Press Science) by Richard Dawkins
The list author says:
  "The master of evolutionary biology examines why people are gullible and prone to superstition."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War
17.  Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War by Robert Fisk
The list author says:
  "Mesmerising, appalling and tragic, if you want to know the real root cause of 9-11 and terrorism then read this simply awesome book by an unrivalled journalist."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Life On Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster
18.  Life On Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster by David Attenborough
The list author says:
  "A wonderful book by a wonderful man, Attenborough is a living legend and this book made me realise the astonishing depth of his experience and knowledge, masterful."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements
19.  Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements by Paul Strathern
The list author says:
  "Everyone remembers the periodic table from school but this book will open your eyes to the astounding impact it's discovery had on modern chemistry, a brilliant book."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Picador)
20.  The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Picador) by Oliver Sacks
The list author says:
  "Oliver Sacks is hugely talented and manages to explain through anecdotes very complicated neurological failures and diseases, highly recommended."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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