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William Brown
 
The Magus
The Magus
"Stunning; I read it over a weekend and it was unforgettable. It conjures a real sense of mystery in the Ancient Greek tradition."
Under The Skin
Under The Skin
"Peculiar stuff - don't read it while sitting in a car passenger seat!"
Foucault's Pendulum
Foucault's Pendulum
"Conspiracies abound in this complex tale of mystery cults."
Headlong
Headlong
"Apparently mundane yet absorbingly told. I was delighted by this particular book."
On The Black Hill (Vintage Classics)
On The Black Hill (Vintage Classics)
"More supreme writing from Bruce Chatwin. An absorbing and touching tale."
Rascal
Rascal
"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."
Beside the Ocean of Time
Beside the Ocean of Time
"The Orkney Bard with a tale involving a broad sweep through history, seen and heard from the eyes of a young lad growing up."
Greenmantle (Penguin Modern Classics)
Greenmantle (Penguin Modern Classics)
"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."
Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
"Once you get acquainted with the Russian names and their forms, this book is an absolute pleasure. Treasure every chapter."
The Arcanum: Extraordinary True Story of the Invention of European Porcelain
The Arcanum: Extraordinary True Story of the Invention of European Porcelain
"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."
The "39 Steps" (British Film Guides)
The "39 Steps" (British Film Guides)
"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."
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
"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."
Gravity's Rainbow
Gravity's Rainbow
"From bananas to V2 rockets to Monte-Carlo statistics. Undoubtedly inspired.  Irvine Welsh liked it so much he borrowed some of it."
How Proust Can Change Your Life
How Proust Can Change Your Life
"Alain de Botton rattles off an erudite and engaging synopsis of Proust's epic work."
The Naked Sun: 2/4 (Robot Series)
The Naked Sun: 2/4 (Robot Series)
"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."
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"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."
American Tabloid
American Tabloid
"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."