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20 Classics of every colour

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You're An Animal, Viskovitz!
You're An Animal, Viskovitz!
"A book that could easily be read in a few sittings, but one that should be savoured."
Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood
"This book will make you both happy and sad."
The Master and Margarita (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Master and Margarita (Penguin Modern Classics)
"A book that can make you laugh despite its dark basis."
In Patagonia (Penguin Classics)
In Patagonia (Penguin Classics)
"A perfect travel book, a mixture of vivid descriptions and entertaining general knowledge."
The Alexandria Quartet: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea
The Alexandria Quartet: Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea
"An emotional epic and a book to ponder over. The main character is Alexandria, which is living and breathing amongst the pages."
Penguin Great Ideas : On the Shortness of Life
Penguin Great Ideas : On the Shortness of Life
"A philosopher who has something intelligent and sensible to say - what a relief!"
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life
"The wonders of evolution and the natural world. Dawkins helps you look at the animals around you with 'open' eyes."
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
"In war 'saving face' and showing ones superiority is important to everyone."
Bunker 13
Bunker 13
"The book hits you like injecting Heroin during free-fall at 8,000 feet, unlike heroin, however, it doesn't let up. It is convoluted at times but very enjoyable."
Coming through Slaughter
Coming through Slaughter
"This is a small book, composed of many short chapters (often a page or two) that beautifully recreate a genius's tragic life."
Our Man in Havana (Vintage Classics)
Our Man in Havana (Vintage Classics)
"The 'real' James Bond;  maybe not."
The Comedians
The Comedians
"Another Greene book set in the Caribbean. It appears that there are many comedians with parts to play, tragically 40 years later Haiti is still playing the same role."
Being Dead
Being Dead
"Jim Crace at his best. A book not about the murderer, but about the decaying corpses."
Flashman (The Flashman Papers)
Flashman (The Flashman Papers)
"Flashman is a bounder and a cheat but refreshingly so. These books are some of the most UN-PC around yet still immensely enjoyable."
Louis de Bernieres Box Set of 3 books: The War of Don Emmanuels Nether Parts / Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord / The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman
Louis de Bernieres Box Set of 3 books: The War of Don Emmanuels Nether Parts / Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord / The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman
"One of the best trilogies ever written, magic surrealism ala Marquez but with a British (i.e. dark) sense of humour."
Next Boxed Set: "The Eyre Affair", "Lost in a Good Book", "The Well of Lost Plots" AND "Something Rotten"
Next Boxed Set: "The Eyre Affair", "Lost in a Good Book", "The Well of Lost Plots" AND "Something Rotten"
"Set in Swindon, but don't hold that against it, a future classic with some very subtle (and not so subtle) references to many other books. A literary journey in itself."
The Histories (Oxford World's Classics)
The Histories (Oxford World's Classics)
"The first 'history' book, learn about who did what and when, even if it does include information about Phoenix' and other mythical beasts."
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diaries
"If you only know of Che Guevare as a revolutionary then you should read this book. It gives a deeper insight into a great man and is a very enjoyable read at the same time."
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago
"The narrative is a little slow to start, but it sets the scene to a truly tragic story where the love affair takes second stage to the environment in which it is set."
Istanbul (Lonely Planet City Guides)
Istanbul (Lonely Planet City Guides)
"A great guide to the most enchanting city on earth."