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A Listmania! list by Tasha R "Tasha" (London)
 
Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics)
1.  Stoner: A Novel (Vintage Classics) by John Williams
The list author says:
  "Quiet but affecting 19th century classic recently unearthed, about a man who loves unwisely."
£6.29   Used & New from: £3.35
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (669 customer reviews)

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2.  s. by J.J. Abrams
The list author says:
  "Three connected novels by the creator of TV series 'Lost' etc. Suitably odd/challenging in a not-too-profound sort-of-way."
£20.40   Used & New from: £12.02
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
3.  The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
The list author says:
  "Similar themes to 'Harold Fry' but this international (originally German) bestseller has more originality and wit."
£6.29   Used & New from: £1.16
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7,345 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Valley of Unknowing
4.  The Valley of Unknowing by Philip Sington
The list author says:
  "Delicious mix of comedy, tragedy and thriller about a talented but fallible man pursuing love in a Kafkaesque police state. 'Simply superb,' said the FT. Definitely a favourite."
£6.69   Used & New from: £3.36
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

The Hidden Child (Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 5)
5.  The Hidden Child (Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 5) by Camilla Läckberg
The list author says:
  "Expertly executed, if somewhat formulaic tale of secret Nazi pasts, lethal cover-ups and a nasty family secret, served up Swedish-style."
£5.51   Used & New from: £0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

The Deaths
6.  The Deaths by Mark Lawson
The list author says:
  "Clever mix of satire and crime thriller by the cultural critic and broadcaster. Enjoyable."
£10.49   Used & New from: £1.43
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

The Dance Of The Seagull: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries - Book 15
7.  The Dance Of The Seagull: The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries - Book 15 by Andrea Camilleri
The list author says:
  "Montalbano in prose where he began. Enjoyable Italian crime with plenty of rich detail and a personable cast."
£5.59   Used & New from: £1.48
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

The Redbreast: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 1)
8.  The Redbreast: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 1) by Jo Nesbo
The list author says:
  "Chilly supernatural/historical thriller by the latest Nordic writer to hit the UK best seller lists."
£5.59   Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

A Visit From the Goon Squad
9.  A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The list author says:
  "Entertaining mish-mash of a novel, made up, in effect from a series of shirt stories about American life and values today. Inevitably a curate's egg."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
10.  The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The list author says:
  "The premise is shaky but the execution is good, in this story of a child awakening to the truth of the world he is living in."
£3.85   Used & New from: £0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (728 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Black Box
11.  The Black Box by Michael Connelly
The list author says:
  "Connelly adds a journalistic twist to his latest Bosch outing with mixed results."
£7.27   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (412 customer reviews)

The Time Traveler's Wife
12.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The list author says:
  "Weird, romantic and a bit too long. Just don't take the philosophy too seriously."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,302 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
13.  The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The list author says:
  "Gentle but engaging take of getting old with many pleasing episodes."
£3.85   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,963 customer reviews)

The Radleys
14.  The Radleys by Matt Haig
The list author says:
  "A nice new take on the over-used vampire theme, involving pensioner vamps in suburban Britain. Still I could have done without the pointless vampire lore, of which there is way too much."
£5.59   Used & New from: £0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

Three Cups Of Tea
15.  Three Cups Of Tea by Greg Mortenson
The list author says:
  "Revealing and affecting account of living and working in the troubled tribal border lands of Pakistan."
£6.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (424 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus 19)
16.  Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus 19) by Ian Rankin
The list author says:
  "Rebus is back on the case, and this latest outing is said to be a good one."
£7.00   Used & New from: £0.48
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (772 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Very Thought of You
17.  The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison
The list author says:
  "Coming-of-age tale set against the pre-war evacuation of London."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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The Goldfinch
18.  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The list author says:
  "You have to a Tarttista not to think this book is too long for its own good. There is simply way too much detail (clothes, settings etc). But the story is still interesting and thoughtful. It just takes its time way too much."
£7.00   Used & New from: £2.65
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (991 customer reviews)

Revolutionary Road
19.  Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
The list author says:
  "Piercing critique of American suburban life, one of the first to tackle a subject that has become an American mainstay. Not ideal recession reading, but skilfully done."
£5.66   Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Glass Room
20.  The Glass Room by Simon Mawer
The list author says:
  "Intelligent, somewhat contrived novel about art, architecture and history."
£8.18   Used & New from: £0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

Sister
21.  Sister by Rosamund Lupton
The list author says:
  "Slightly ponderous for a thriller, too sketchy for a literary novel, this  book starts well and definitely has its moments."
£8.00   Used & New from: £0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (631 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Freedom
22.  Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The list author says:
  "Quiet but mostly convincing portrait of a modern American marriage. Goes on too long, but the first 400 pages are pretty engaging."
£8.99   Used & New from: £0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Gone Girl
23.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The list author says:
  "Overrated disappearance thriller, but with enough ingenuity to make it worth reading."
£3.50   Used & New from: £0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,088 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
24.  Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
The list author says:
  "I wasn't mad about this at all, but it's interesting if only to show you how even a great character can outstay her welcome."
£7.00   Used & New from: £0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,191 customer reviews)

Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
25.  Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela
The list author says:
  "Candid, well written and very involving. Somehow more moving even than the eulogies."
£13.79   Used & New from: £0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)

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Backorders 4 3 Feb 2014
Kindle editions costing more than a paperback, delivered! 0 15 Sep 2013
Allan Karlsson - is he a good creation ? 0 26 Apr 2013
Historical Fiction 2 2 Apr 2013
Harry Hole Book 1 and 2 1 31 Aug 2012
Depressed anyone? 25 4 May 2012
The Emperor's new clothes or what ? 29 8 Jan 2012
dangerous historical inaccuracy 31 7 Nov 2011
Order of the Jo Nesbo Books 8 25 Oct 2011
Surely the wire would have been electrified? 17 28 Sep 2011
Psycological thriller 1 1 Jun 2011
This is called grooming and is scary 21 7 Apr 2011
 
   

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Last updated: 15/12/2013
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