My must-read book list

This is a long list of luscious books, mostly fiction but not all… I’ve read them at least once, many of them over and over. I can recommend them all, for one reason or another – some are classics, some bestsellers, some personal discoveries, others were well-chosen gifts. All good reads. Which have you read? Any favourites here?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute

Animal Farm by George Orwell

A passage to India by EM Forster

Arabella by Georgette Heyer

Arabel’s Raven by Joan Aiken

Babe (The sheep pig) by Dick King-Smith

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Bolt by Dick Francis

Bothie the polar dog by Virginia & Ranulph Fiennes

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Byron (biography) by Leslie Marchand

Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web by EB White

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Corvus by Esther Woolfson


Devices and desires by PD James

Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Doctor at sea by Richard Gordon

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dune by Frank Herbert

Erewhon by Samuel Butler

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


Glittering Images by Susan Howatch

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Goodnight, Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian

Gormenghast/Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake

Hand in glove by Robert Goddard

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Holes by Louis Sachar


I Claudius by Robert Graves

The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jemima Puddleduck by Beatrix Potter

Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach

Just so Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

London by Edward Rutherfurd

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Madam, will you talk? by Mary Stewart

Mad, bad & dangerous to know by Ranulph Fiennes

Man and Boy by Tony Parsons

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

A month in the country by JL Carr

Mortal engines by Philip Reeve

Mr Golightly’s holiday by Sally Vickers

Mr Midshipman Hornblower by CS Forester

Mutant message down under by Marlo Morgan

Never the bride by Paul Magrs

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Our man in Havana by Grahame Greene

Our mutual friend by Charles Dickens

Paddington Bear by Michael Bond

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Peter Pan by JM Barrie


Possession by A.S. Byatt

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Ramses by Christian Jacq

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Reginald Perrin by David Nobbs

Right ho, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse


Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd

Shogun by James Clavell

Silas Marner by George Eliot


Small is beautiful by EF Schumacher

Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

The American Boy by Andrew Taylor

The blacksmith by Jenny Maxwell

The Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

The day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

The Eyre Affair by Jasper fforde

The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye

The Farship Traders by Robin Hobb

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The glass bead game by Herman Hesse

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

The house at Pooh Corner by AA Milne

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Magician’s nephew by CS Lewis

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The rescue man by Anthony Quinn

The secret diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend

The secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The secret history by Donna Tartt

The shell seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

The snow goose by Paul Gallico

The snow geese by William Fiennes

The stranger by Albert Camus

The sword in the stone by TH White

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The Tao of physics by Fritjof Capra

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

The weather in the streets by Rosamond Lehman

The wind in the willows by Kenneth Grahame

The woman in black by Susan Hill

The woman in white by Wilkie Collins

The wrong boy by Willy Russell

The young visiters by Daisy Ashford

They came from SW19 by Nigel Williams

This thing of darkness by Harry Thompson

Thomas the Tank Engine by the Rev. W Awdry

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Utopia by Thomas More

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne

Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantakis

101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

1984 by George Orwell



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