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My best reads of the last 5 years!

E. Garraway "elliegee"
 
Ghostwritten
Ghostwritten
"Intriguing and compelling - a must and definitely needs a re-read. I especially enjoyed the chapter about the random soul."
After You'd Gone
After You'd Gone
"Cryed on the tube reading this - incredibly emotionally involving."
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
"Part of modern English language - this is a must read for all."
The Secret History
The Secret History
"The most unputdownable novel ever - had to lock it in another room when I had to study."
My Year of Meat
My Year of Meat
"Complex, controversial and compelling."
Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
"Words don't convey the importance of this book. Great preparation for anyone visiting South Africa"
Cannery Row (Penguin Modern Classics)
Cannery Row (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Any book by Steinbeck ... this was a re-read ..."
Twelve Bar Blues
Twelve Bar Blues
"You can feel the music ..."
The Bean Trees
The Bean Trees
"Barbara Kingsolver has become one of my favourite authors - this was the first one I read and I look forward to re-reading it soon."
Bel Canto
Bel Canto
"Became totally involved with the fate of the hostages, but would have preferred a different ending ..."
Blessed is the Fruit (Faber Caribbean Series)
Blessed is the Fruit (Faber Caribbean Series)
"Richly evocative of the Caribbean and its mystique and superstition, desparate women in straitened circumstances"
A Patchwork Planet
A Patchwork Planet
"A great Anne Tyler novel - very satisfying"
I Capture The Castle (VMC)
I Capture The Castle (VMC)
"A classic that has had a much deserved renaissance - many of my friends were suddenly reading it all independently of eachother and at least 18 months before the film came out in the UK!"
Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe
Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe
"Fannie Flagg's greatest - a warm feel-good novel of the deep South with marvellous characters."
Esperanza's Box of Saints
Esperanza's Box of Saints
"A Mexican journey of the soul. Also a marvellous film"
The Book of Secrets
The Book of Secrets
"Brings to light a different part of the world involved in a little known part of the 2nd World War."
Temples of Delight
Temples of Delight
"Any Trapido book is a truly a delight  - perfect symmetry and use of coincidence"
Revolutionary Road (Modern American Fiction)
Revolutionary Road (Modern American Fiction)
"The malaise behind the American Dream"
Where the Heart is
Where the Heart is
"Schmaltzy but incredibly feel-good!"
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
"Another wonderful 'Southern' book."
Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood
Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood
"An archetypal 'Southern' novel - I wish I had been a Ya Ya!"
Miss Garnet's Angel
Miss Garnet's Angel
"Classy novel - for once looking at events surrounding a 'slightly older' person."
Year of Wonders
Year of Wonders
"A historical novel based on fact about the only village in Derbyshire affected by the plague (at Eyam, pronounced Eem)."
Tales Of The City: Tales of the City 1
Tales Of The City: Tales of the City 1
"The whole series is great  - read them all ... and if you get to San Francisco - explore the alleys."
A Map Of The World
A Map Of The World
"Hooked from the very beginning - a compelling story of how the escalating events of a few minutes can affect the lives of many people."