My must-read book list

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

The American Boy by Andrew Taylor

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Arabella by Georgette Heyer

Arabel’s Raven by Joan Aiken

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Babe (The sheep pig) by Dick King-Smith

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

The Beach by Alex Garland

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Bolt by Dick Francis

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Byron (biography) by Leslie Marchand

The Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web by EB White

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

Devices and desires by PD James

Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dune by Frank Herbert

Emma by Jane Austen

Erewhon by Samuel Butler

The Eyre Affair by Jasper fforde

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye

The Farship Traders by Robin Hobb

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stief Larsson

The glass bead game by Herman Hesse

Glittering Images by Susan Howatch

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Goodnight, Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian

Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

The Green Mile by Stephen King

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

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

The keys to the street by Ruth Rendell

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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

Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Mad, bad & dangerous to know by Ranulph Fiennes

Man and Boy by Tony Parsons

Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

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

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

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

Papillon by Henri Charriere

A passage to India by EM Forster

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Peter Pan by JM Barrie

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Possession by A.S. Byatt

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell

Ramses by Christian Jacq

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Reginald Perrin by David Nobbs

The rescue man by Anthony Quinn

Right ho, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse

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

Shogun by James Clavell

Silas Marner by George Eliot

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

The snow goose by Paul Gallico

The snow geese by William Fiennes

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

The stranger by Albert Camus

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

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

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Triffids by John Wyndham

Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Utopia by Thomas More

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The weather in the streets by Rosamond Lehman

The wind in the willows by Kenneth Grahame

Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne

The woman in black by Susan Hill

The woman in white by Wilkie Collins

The wrong boy by Willy Russell

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

The young visiters by Daisy Ashford

Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantakis

101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

1984 by George Orwell