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Unexpected delights

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A Month in the Country (Penguin Modern Classics)
A Month in the Country (Penguin Modern Classics)
"A very short book - only 112 pages - but beautifully written.  Poignant, moving and evocative."
Pompeii
Pompeii
"Everybody knows what happened to Pompeii, but Robert harris keeps you hooked from first page to last."
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Five Star Paperback)
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Five Star Paperback)
"The cover says it's sold 1,000,000 + copies - so it shouldn't have been unexpected!  But any book that grips the reader (this reader) so forcefully, and has such strong characters is a delight."
Dead in the Water
Dead in the Water
"Recommended by a friend.  The writer was not previously known to me - but what a cracking good read.  Intelligent thriller with believeable characters - far more plausible than most."
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (Penguin Classics)
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (Penguin Classics)
"The most unreliable of all narrators.  Subtle and devious, but very memorable."
Prodigal Summer
Prodigal Summer
"A great read.  Compelling and moving.  One of those rare books that leaves you feeling genuinely enriched."
Restoration
Restoration
"What an amazing act of ventriloquism.  Rose Tremain gets right inside the head of the lecherous  Robert Merivel.  A wonderful book.  Funny and moving and evocative."
The Book of Evidence
The Book of Evidence
"Not as well known as Banville's booker prize winning 'The Sea', but just as compelling.  Beautifully written - and shocking."
Cloudsplitter
Cloudsplitter
"Far more than a historical novel, though it evokes the period in which it's set beautifully."
Dirt Music
Dirt Music
"The setting and the story is harsh, but profoundly moving, wirtty, humourous, humane and uplifting.  Winton writes with great insight."
In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon
In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon
"A travel book with a difference.  Wild, outrageous, very funny."
An Imaginary Life
An Imaginary Life
"Magical, beautiful prose."
Young Hearts Crying (Vintage Classics)
Young Hearts Crying (Vintage Classics)
"Not as well known as Revolutionary Road, but moving, witty and very sharp."
The Professor's House
The Professor's House
"Fascinating novel - wonderfully evocative.  Formally interesting in its shifts."
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (Penguin Modern Classics)
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (Penguin Modern Classics)
"One of the great autobiographies."