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"A must-read, fantastic in every way, a real page-turner with surprising twists antd turns and a real sense of character and atmosphere. Superbly captures the grimy underworld of the 19th centuy"
Catch-22 (Vintage Classics)
"A book the EVERYONE has to read. It captures the insanity of war superbly and is in turns absolutely hilarious,(one of the funniest books ever!), and poignantly moving with powerful images of war"
Mrs Dalloway (Penguin Modern Classics)
"One of those iconic classics. Read it non-stop in about 3 days. The stream-of-concious narrative gives it real psychological depth and you really get to know the characters as intimate friends."
The Portrait of a Lady (Oxford World's Classics)
"Amother master of the psychological narrative, with a central character that you really feel for. Although essentially quite tragic it is also full of witty satiric observations of 1890's society"
Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics)
"Another 19th century psychological classic (absolute sucker for them). A central flawed character (that I find entirely relatable even now) gives this novel great realism."
Jane Eyre (Oxford World's Classics)
"Need i say more about this truly great classic, you've all heard about it, now do yourself a favour and actually read it, you won't regret it."
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
"Another book everyone has to read, the world would indeed be so much better if everyone did. Undoubtably the best dystopian novel ever and one of the best books ever, guaranteed to make you think."
Birdsong (Vintage War)
"A book you owe it to yourself to read, Faulks is a historical genius and this is him at his very best, there are scenes that will make you cry, gripping, harrowing and relentlessly realistic."
The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
"Epic in scope and extremely entertaining despite the recent sexist and feminist criticisms. Doesn't seem that long at all despite the 900+ pages, essential."
The Catcher in the Rye
"A book that grows on you, so stick with it , it's so worth it."
Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics)
"Another essential classic, full of wit and acute observations of regency society."
The God of Small Things
"Wonderfully inventive prose and imagery that stays in the mind, extremely poetic, moving and funny. Captures India's exoticism and also it's dark politics."
Man and Boy
"Charming and touching, a real human story where you care for the characters, also bloody funny."
The Rotters' Club
"One of the best contemporary novels ever, really captures the struggles of youth, and doesn't wallow in nostalgia instead presenting the harsh enoch powell politics of the time+ v. funny."
On the Road (Penguin Classics)
"A real iconic classic, pacy, edgy and full of a reckless passion and youthful energy for, life, music and adventure. Really captures the times."
Lady Chatterley's Lover, Including 'A Propos of Lady Chatterley's Lover': A Propos of Lady Chatterley's Lover (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Very erotic (as is suggested by title) especially for the time when it was banned, but in an un-trashy way. Beautifully and lyrically written."
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
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The Regeneration Trilogy: Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, The Ghost Road
"Another classic of the first world war, sleep-disturbing."
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Absolutely brilliant, gives you a moving glimpse into the minds of the insane and the prison in which their kept. Plus a central character you really root for."
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
"Extremely beautiful and poignant offset by humour. Really feel for the characters."
Crime and Punishment: With selected excerpts from the Notebooks for Crime and Punishment (Wordsworth Classics)
"Although it may look utterly depessing (it is Russian after all) this is essential reading, deeply profound observations on humanity."
Great Expectations (Oxford World's Classics)
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To Kill A Mockingbird
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