The Most Beautiful Books Ever Written

A Listmania! list by N. D. Taylor (Gambia, West Africa)
(REAL NAME)   
 
Dangerous Love
1.  Dangerous Love by Ben Okri
The list author says:
  "An incredibly intelligent, beautiful and poetic retelling of a young man's life in Lagos"
Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

See buying options
The New Life
2.  The New Life by Orhan Pamuk
The list author says:
  "Turkish Magical Realism, the book begins: "I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.""
Used & New from: £0.01
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

See buying options
Essential Rumi (Essential (Booksales))
3.  Essential Rumi (Essential (Booksales)) by Jalal al-Din Rumi
The list author says:
  "The most perfect, exquisite poetry ever written"
Used & New from: £2.59
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

See buying options
Sexing The Cherry
4.  Sexing The Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
The list author says:
  "Although there is a main narrative to this book, fairy tales and dreams run in and out of the text and it's hard to resist chasing after them too..."
£7.46   Used & New from: £0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

One Hundred Years of Solitude (Essential Penguin)
5.  One Hundred Years of Solitude (Essential Penguin) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The list author says:
  "The story of the Buendias family, filled with magic, love, tragedy and mystery"
Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)

See buying options
The Stories of Eva Luna
6.  The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
The list author says:
  "A dazzling collection of short stories by the great Isabel Allende"
Used & New from: £0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

See buying options
Chronicler Of The Winds
7.  Chronicler Of The Winds by Henning Mankell
The list author says:
  "A magical little fable of mozambiquan street-life that is as full of the small joys of personal life as it is its tragedies and sadnesses..delicate, beautiful and moving"
Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

See buying options
The Famished Road
8.  The Famished Road by Ben Okri
The list author says:
  "Ben Okri's masterpiece...read, then re-read again!"
£6.99   Used & New from: £0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

The Bloody Chamber & Other Sto
9.  The Bloody Chamber & Other Sto by Carter Angela
The list author says:
  "A collection of short stories; Carter has taken classical children's tales and added glorious language with adult magic and sensuality"
Used & New from: £6.11
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

See buying options
God's Bits of Wood (Heinemann African Writers Series)
10.  God's Bits of Wood (Heinemann African Writers Series) by Sembene Ousmane
The list author says:
  "Set during the railway strike in Senegal in the 1940s, this novel celebrates not only anti-colonial struggles, but the beauty of West-Afican life"
£10.20   Used & New from: £0.07
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture
11.  In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture by Kwame Anthony Appiah
The list author says:
  "African philosophy, and a truly fanastic thinker; here lies the future of the generations to come"
£17.20   Used & New from: £13.19
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Brothers Lionheart
12.  The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren
The list author says:
  "Although a writer of childrens' books, Astrid Lindgren will always be the best writer ever to come out of Sweden; her books are as enchanting to me now as they were when I was little"
Used & New from: £9.45
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

See buying options
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Illustrated by Mervyn Peake
13.  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Illustrated by Mervyn Peake by Lewis Carroll
The list author says:
  "What a crazy, magical, delightful trip to go on!"
Used & New from: £24.97
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)

See buying options
Complete Works of Oscar Wilde (Collins Classics)
14.  Complete Works of Oscar Wilde (Collins Classics) by Oscar Wilde
The list author says:
  "Another very perfect writer. The best of them all, the short story "the sphinx without a secret""
£10.49   Used & New from: £5.94
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Introduction to Socialism
15.  Introduction to Socialism by Leo Huberman
The list author says:
  "Beautiful because it is true and so important today and in the future ahead"
£6.95   Used & New from: £1.60

Waiting For an Angel
16.  Waiting For an Angel by Helon Habila
The list author says:
  ""Political" novel set in Nigeria, beautifully judged, powerful, compassionate and complete"
£11.35   Used & New from: £0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

The Romance of Tristan and Iseult
17.  The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by M Joseph Bedier
The list author says:
  "Also known as "Tristan & Isolde", this is what Romeo  &Juliet was based on, and together they really are the greatest love stories ever written"
£27.99

"A Midsummer Nights Dream" (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series)
18.  "A Midsummer Nights Dream" (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series) by William Shakespeare
The list author says:
  "One Word: Magic!"
£8.09   Used & New from: £3.92
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

More Actions

Discover more about this author
 See all of their Listmania! lists
Make your own list
 Create a Listmania! list
View your page on Amazon.co.uk
 Go to Your Profile page

About this Listmania!

 

Author

N. D. Taylor (Gambia, West Africa)
(REAL NAME)   
Qualifications: Politics graduate, SOAS
Last updated: 18/07/2006
Report abuse
    

More Listmania!

 

My Favourite Things My Favourite Things

My Favourite Things: A list of 15 items by R. Hammond

Good Books Good Books

Good Books: A list of 15 items by Miss H. Cowell "halo_han"

Novels I like remembering Novels I like remembering

Novels I like remembering: A list of 21 items by Mehmet Agop Bakkaloglu

A few must have unputdownables A few must have unputdownables

A few must have unputdownables: A list of 12 items by Jonathan Phillip Shock "jonshock"

Books by women for people who love literature Books by women for people who love literature

Books by women for people who love literature: A list of 11 items by Sarah