Some of our favourite books, in no particular order...

 

 

 

London Belongs to Me by Norman Collins

Glorious novel written shortly after the Second World War, set in the late 1930s, following the various occupants of a house in Kennington. Excellent characters, and an evocative glorious read. An often-overlooked modern classic.



 

We by Yevgeny Zamyati

Extraordinary novel which George Orwell credited as a direct influence on '1984' (and I imagine Aldous Huxley must have read it too before writing 'Brave New World') - a mathematically perfect society, near-total observation of all citizens... Written in the 1920s, still feels completely timely and prescient.

 

 

 

Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

Global warming & loneliness are the main themes of this

wonderful novel. Beautifully written, the characters are heart-
 
breakingly real - can't recommend it highly enough. Captivating,

topical and deeply human story touching on class, poverty and

climate change. http://bitly.com/SCPvO4

 

 



Maus by Art Spiegelman

A wonderfully moving and original account of the Holocaust that

also recounts a man's troubled relationship with his father. A

 must for all those who think graphic novels are 'unliterary'. 

http://bit.ly/MFeqkM









Ask the Dust by John Fante


Nice reissue of Fante's first novel in the Bandini Quartet, a story of

 Los Angeles in the '30s - darkly funny and desperate.  


http://bit.ly/PjUiVL









High-Rise by JG Ballard

A darkly comic vision of 1970s London, this is the perfect example

of Ballard's famous 'sci-fi of the present'. Essential for lovers of 
modern fiction. bit.ly/LCdeKM 



 

 

 

The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker

An amazing, hyper-detailed account of office life, and life in general. Very funny, a must read! bit.ly/L7sTFl

 

 

  

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

"This was a golden age, a time of high adventure, rich living, and

hard dying ... but nobody thought so. This was a future of fortune

and theft, pillage and rapine, culture and vice ... but nobody

admitted it. This was an age of extremes, a fascinating century of

freaks  ... but nobody loved it."

So begins this classic novel, a glorious epic of revenge, following

the anti-hero Gully Foyle. Hugely recommended, even if you don't

usually read science fiction. http://bit.ly/qZqt8H

 

 

 

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

"There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English

novel." A great novel, following the lives of American college

students in the 1980's - Madeleine, Leonard and Mitchell - as they

fall in and out of love, and cope with growing up and settling

down. Excellent characters, and a gripping story, this is

engrossing, emotional and wise. http://bit.ly/z4FTTV

 

  

 

 Flatland by Edwin Abbott

Satirical novel about a two-dimensional world occupied by

geometric shapes who can't imagine a third dimension.

Fascinating take on how we perceive space and senses.

http://bit.ly/pvmPzK

 


Tony & Susan by Austin Wright

Extraordinary novel , a page-turning thriller and at the same time, an

insightful exploration of what it means to be a writer and to be a

reader. At times, genuinely terrifying and in equal part fascinating.

http://bit.ly/pTammA

 

 

A Void by Georges Perec

The mind-blowing novel that at no point uses the letter 'e'. No

mis-spelling, no cheating - and it works! And is a genuinely good

 read too. Truly stunning.

http://bit.ly/ohwpfc