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Please recommend me a great or your favourite book!

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msrisotto Sun 21-Apr-13 19:35:41

I'm looking forward to having time to actually read on holiday soon!
I don't fancy too much gore or too much twee romance. Classics or modern are good.
My favourite to date is "I know this much is true" by Wally Lamb. I liked Atonement and I have 1984 next on my list (and the much trashier but lovely Jemima J by Jane Green). Wrong section for nonfiction but I like stuff like 127 hours and Touching the void too. Any ideas?

PotteringAlong Sun 21-Apr-13 19:39:10

Gone with the wind


Peyton Place

Marjorie morningstar

tripfiction Sun 21-Apr-13 20:08:15

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msrisotto Sun 21-Apr-13 20:14:49

Thanks but I'm not bothered about where it is set. I just want to know what books people have particularly enjoyed!

tripfiction Sun 21-Apr-13 20:31:34

Then maybe try:

Kate Kerrigan books. They have a good storyline.
After the Fall by Charity Norman
Anita Shreve is generally a good read
The Lonely Desert by Sarah Challis

Hope you find something you like!

msrisotto Sun 21-Apr-13 20:33:01


LoganMummy Sun 21-Apr-13 20:33:23

I love Jodi Picoult novels.

Recently read Mum's List by St John Greene and loved it (but cried buckets!)

FuntimeFuschia Sun 21-Apr-13 22:15:17

The Stand, Stephen King. My all time favourite, I reread it every couple of years and still love it. Avoid at all costs, however, if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms wink

highlandcoo Sun 21-Apr-13 23:10:53

As you enjoyed Touching the Void, try Skating to Antarctica by Jenny Diski.

For fiction, Iain Banks is really good. The Crow Road (brilliant first line!)
and Espedair St are my favourites.

LittleMissLucy Mon 22-Apr-13 04:46:31

The Dubliners by James Joyce. Short stories, moving, compelling and easy to dip in and out of.

CoteDAzur Mon 22-Apr-13 14:30:41

This Thing Of Darkness
Cloud Atlas

headintheclouds Tue 23-Apr-13 22:48:28

The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver, I read this about 3 years ago and its just stayed with me..I loved it. I also read' I know this much is true' several years ago and I do remember it being a great I think you'd enjoy Poisonwood

Mintyy Tue 23-Apr-13 22:51:25

Some of my most favourite ever books are

Harry Thompson's biography of Peter Cook

The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle

Restoration by Rose Tremain

Puffball by Fay Weldon

King Soloman's Carpet by Barbara Vine

Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd

Samu2 Wed 24-Apr-13 09:29:20

Second SK's The Stand and 11.22.63 my best books ever.

I just finished Jodi Picoult's The Storyteller which was excellent.

Look up Kate Atkinson she is amazing.

MimsyBorogroves Wed 24-Apr-13 10:50:58

Have you tried any of the other Lamb books? I really enjoyed 'She's come undone'.

King's 'IT' is brilliant.

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 24-Apr-13 10:52:21

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Attwood

CurlsRUs Wed 24-Apr-13 10:56:18

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood - amazing!

UptoapointLordCopper Wed 24-Apr-13 20:15:30

Timothy Mo's The Redundancy of Courage. Stays with you forever ...

ZaraW Fri 26-Apr-13 18:49:52

I love Anna Karenina have read it many times. I had high hopes for War and Peace but hated it.

ZaraW Fri 26-Apr-13 18:51:34

The Quiet American by Graham Greene is also a favourite.

Sirzy Fri 26-Apr-13 18:52:05

I could read To Kill a Mockingbird over and over again.

RicStar Fri 26-Apr-13 19:07:24

Books by Pat Barker / Jonathan Coe or Sarah Walters. All modern classics. Margaret Atwood too as people say. Mind you for holiday reading i always end up packing a lee child / katie fforde as well as a proper book. Enjoy your hols.

Smartiepants79 Fri 26-Apr-13 19:19:31

Phillipa Gregory if you like historical novels, I loved The Other Boleyn Girl. Have just enjoyed Wolf Hall.
We need to talk about Kevin- quite shocking but brilliant.
Have you read His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman? Very good.
Also the game of thrones books are amazing if you like epics!

RedHelenB Fri 26-Apr-13 19:44:26

One Day in the Life of Alexander Solzhenitzin

RedHelenB Fri 26-Apr-13 19:45:03

The Great Gatsby

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