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Books you reckon everyone should read

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beansforbreakfastonceagain Sat 19-May-18 23:16:05

I'll begin with Aldous Huxley- Brave New World. I am an avid reader but have failed to chalk up quite a few classics. Also open to more modern suggestions of course.

Crunchymum Sat 19-May-18 23:17:49

Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell.

AgathaMystery Sat 19-May-18 23:18:44

Riders by Jilly Cooper

iklboo Sat 19-May-18 23:19:54

Brighton Rock

Tokelau Sat 19-May-18 23:22:46

I agree with you OP, it’s my favourite book. I don’t usually read books like that, but I read it when I was helping in an English class years ago. I couldn’t put it down.

beansforbreakfastonceagain Sat 19-May-18 23:22:53

To my shame I haven't read Nineteen Eighty Four. Have read Animal Farm.

CurbsideProphet Sat 19-May-18 23:23:28

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Vibrola Sat 19-May-18 23:24:04

I've got Brave New World sitting in my TBR pile. Said pile is getting too big. blush

I'm not sure what I'd suggest... can i go non - Fiction and suggest Bad Science? Might counteract a lot of the awful reporting of scientific research in mainstream journalism....

JoyceDivision Sat 19-May-18 23:24:50

Lionrl shriver The Mandibles

The church mice at christmas

beansforbreakfastonceagain Sat 19-May-18 23:26:35

Is that Ben Goldacre? Used to love his column in The Guardian when I still bought it.

DamsonGin Sat 19-May-18 23:27:45

The Grapes of Wrath.

Definitely agree with Bad Science and 1984.

annandale Sat 19-May-18 23:32:44

The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard.
A few complete books of the Bible.
Some poetry. Doesn't really matter what. If it has to be 'I am not here, I did not die', fair enough (although I hate that poem). Tennyson, Dickinson and Keats have done a lot for me.

concretesieve Sat 19-May-18 23:41:22

Vita Sackville-West's In Your Garden.

AnaVanda Sat 19-May-18 23:56:38

The Stand by Stephen King. I thought Brave New World was much better then 1984.

beansforbreakfastonceagain Sun 20-May-18 00:22:05

Some poetry. Doesn't really matter what. If it has to be 'I am not here, I did not die', fair enough (although I hate that poem). Tennyson, Dickinson and Keats have done a lot for me.

Yes poetry as well, I love Sylvia Plath.

Ketzele Sun 20-May-18 00:35:58

Beloved by Toni Morrison. If This is a Man by Primo Levi.

Keeptrudging Sun 20-May-18 00:37:35

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston.

TittyGolightly Sun 20-May-18 00:37:56

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

DamsonOnThisDress Sun 20-May-18 00:38:43

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

AdaColeman Sun 20-May-18 00:46:02

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller.

moretrouble Sun 20-May-18 00:48:44

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton. Actually, anything by Tim Winton.

LoniceraJaponica Sun 20-May-18 00:50:04

Wild Swans

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Sun 20-May-18 00:51:41

The Road To Wigan Pier by George Orwell.

Ohsuchaperfectday Sun 20-May-18 00:53:53

Old goriot and cousin bette, balzac.

Amazing human study

Ohsuchaperfectday Sun 20-May-18 00:55:01


Why that book? Is it good for gardeners or is it a story. I know she had famous garden.. Been there

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