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A Listmania! list by William Brown
 
The Magus
1.  The Magus by John Fowles
The list author says:
  "Stunning; I read it over a weekend and it was unforgettable. It conjures a real sense of mystery in the Ancient Greek tradition."
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Under the Skin
2.  Under the Skin by Michel Faber
The list author says:
  "Peculiar stuff - don't read it while sitting in a car passenger seat!"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)

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Foucault's Pendulum
3.  Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
The list author says:
  "Conspiracies abound in this complex tale of mystery cults."
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Headlong
4.  Headlong by Michael Frayn
The list author says:
  "Apparently mundane yet absorbingly told. I was delighted by this particular book."
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On The Black Hill (Vintage Classics)
5.  On The Black Hill (Vintage Classics) by Bruce Chatwin
The list author says:
  "More supreme writing from Bruce Chatwin. An absorbing and touching tale."
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Rascal
6.  Rascal by Sterling North
The list author says:
  "This book is vastly under-rated. As a 7yr old reading this, it brought home to me the emotional impact that a book could have on it's reader."
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Beside the Ocean of Time
7.  Beside the Ocean of Time by George Mackay Brown
The list author says:
  "The Orkney Bard with a tale involving a broad sweep through history, seen and heard from the eyes of a young lad growing up."
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Greenmantle (Penguin Modern Classics)
8.  Greenmantle (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Buchan
The list author says:
  "Set back in during the First World War, Richard Hannay of 39 Steps fame, leaps into action to prevent a Jihaad. Has curious parallels with the world situation today."
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Anna Karenina
9.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The list author says:
  "Once you get acquainted with the Russian names and their forms, this book is an absolute pleasure. Treasure every chapter."
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The Arcanum: Extraordinary True Story of the Invention of European Porcelain
10.  The Arcanum: Extraordinary True Story of the Invention of European Porcelain by Janet Gleeson
The list author says:
  "The Space Race of it's time, the challenge to discover the secret of porcelain glazing. These seemingly trivial subjects often give a surprising new perspectives on history in a larger scale."
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The "39 Steps" (British Film Guides)
11.  The "39 Steps" (British Film Guides) by Mark Glancy
The list author says:
  "The classic adventure novel. Concise yet complete, the tension of pre-WW1 Europe seeps through as Hannay struggles in vain to prevent the slide into conflict."
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Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
12.  Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert Pirsig
The list author says:
  "A book that perhaps should be read more than once although I gave up early on the second time round. Rewarding so I shall try again."
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Gravity's Rainbow
13.  Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
The list author says:
  "From bananas to V2 rockets to Monte-Carlo statistics. Undoubtedly inspired.  Irvine Welsh liked it so much he borrowed some of it."
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How Proust Can Change Your Life
14.  How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
The list author says:
  "Alain de Botton rattles off an erudite and engaging synopsis of Proust's epic work."
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The Naked Sun: 2/4 (Robot Series)
15.  The Naked Sun: 2/4 (Robot Series) by Isaac Asimov
The list author says:
  "This work doesn't deserve to be pigeon holed under Science Fiction. A story of dislocation and phobia on one level, a moral whodunnit on another."
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Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
16.  Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Philip K. Dick
The list author says:
  "Not easy to justice to this in less than 200 words wthout lapsing into cliches. Quite breathtaking in it's vision of a world where technology has both enhanced and destroyed."
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American Tabloid
17.  American Tabloid by James Ellroy
The list author says:
  "This is a scorching novel and leaves the Kennedy myth somewhat singed in it's pseudo-fictional account. Some of the vernacular can be a bit puzzling but you get there in the end."
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