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Books that I could not live without

Miss Blimey "someeyes"
 
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
"A beautifully crafted tale of three successive generations of women in a family caught up in the events of Chinese history. The fact that it is all true simply makes it even more difficult to put down"
Memoirs Of A Geisha
Memoirs Of A Geisha
"Beautiful, poetic and heart rending. I don't know a single person who has not loved this book."
Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics)
Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics)
"The ultimate romance novel. How any man will ever match up to Mr Darcy I will never know..."
Waterland
Waterland
"An amazing book that combines a sense of history and place with some beautifully realised characters. Swift is one of the authors people will still be reading in 100 years time."
I Capture The Castle (Vintage Classics)
I Capture The Castle (Vintage Classics)
"Written from the point of view of one of the most delightful characters in English Literature this is a book I didn't read until very recently and I am kicking myself for not  discovering it earlier.."
His Dark Materials Gift Set: "Northern Lights", "The Subtle Knife", "The Amber Spyglass"
His Dark Materials Gift Set: "Northern Lights", "The Subtle Knife", "The Amber Spyglass"
"Technically a childrens' book but only in the same way that 'Lord of The Rings' is. Stunning."
Edward Thomas. Collected Poems.
Edward Thomas. Collected Poems.
"My favourite poet. Enough said."
JANE EYRE (Penguin Classics)
JANE EYRE (Penguin Classics)
"In my opinion this is the best of the books produced by the Bronte sisters - and that's REALLY saying something."
White Teeth
White Teeth
"A stunning debut novel about life, family and what it means to 'fit in' in a multi cultural society - I read this book in one sitting."
Our Mutual Friend (Oxford World's Classics)
Our Mutual Friend (Oxford World's Classics)
"My favourite Dickens novel. Its darker and less comic than some of his other, and perhaps, more popular novels but the story gripped me throughout."
Daniel Deronda (Penguin Classics)
Daniel Deronda (Penguin Classics)
"Those who believe 'Middlemarch' was Eliot's masterpiece are quite simply wrong."
Behind The Scenes At The Museum
Behind The Scenes At The Museum
"This is a real word of mouth book. Recommended to me by a friend it has since done the rounds of my friends and family and has been universally loved."
Foundation
Foundation
"Science fiction at its best - even for those who cannot stand science fiction!"
A Short History Of Nearly Everything
A Short History Of Nearly Everything
"Utterly and completely fascinating."
Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics)
Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics)
"The only way I can describe Flaubert's writing style is to say that its like drowning in chocolate. I just wish I could read the original French!"
The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics)
The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics)
"A frightening vision of a future where religion and politics have destroyed American society. Yet what sticks in my mind is the basic hope and humanity that surfaced from this novel - a beautiful read"
Serious Concerns
Serious Concerns
"Wendy Cope's humourous poems always put me in a good mood and so a copy of one of her collections (this being my favourite) is never far from hand."