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A book (or a series of books) to get lost in

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AKAmyself Mon 28-Nov-16 20:35:13

I desperately need something chunky and absorbing to get lost in. A book that will make me call in sick from work and hide in the loo when my in-laws are here.

I adore multigenerational family sagas, I love romance when it's well written and the characters are strong, I love historical books.

I love both high literature and more commercial fiction, not fussy or snobbish about it... have loved everything from War and Peace to Outlander!

Basically I want to fall in love with a world and a set of characters and forget all about the shitty world we live in.

not asking too much, am I? please hit me with your recs!


MegBusset Mon 28-Nov-16 20:39:57

Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides

MermaidofZennor Mon 28-Nov-16 20:44:08

The Cazalets series by Elizabeth Jane Howard is very good as is the Shardlake series by C J Sansom.

Sleeperandthespindle Mon 28-Nov-16 20:49:21

Harry Potter!
I hadn't read them since I read each one as they were released (was a teacher so had an excuse). I have just finished listening to all of them read by Stephen Fry (sharing the first few only wirh DC) and have been utterly lost in them.

Failing that, CJ Sansom or Ken Follett (Pillars of the Earth).

YesILikeItToo Mon 28-Nov-16 20:49:39

You've read A Suitable Boy, though, haven't you?

festiveleadballoon Mon 28-Nov-16 20:52:46

Game of thrones

serialbunburyist Mon 28-Nov-16 20:57:24

If you're into fantasy at all I'd highly recommend Brian Staveley's Unhewn Throne trilogy. Or Robin Hobb, starting with the Farseer Trilogy. Total escapism with excellent writing.

LadyMetroland Mon 28-Nov-16 20:57:41

Trollope. Barchester Chronicles.

Pg Wodehouse, Blandings stories for pure escapism

Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour trilogy

rugbychick1 Mon 28-Nov-16 20:59:55

The Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paulina Simons. A romance featuring strong characters, but not conventional, and starts in Russia around the time of WW2

Allthebestnamesareused Mon 28-Nov-16 21:02:52

The Clifton Chronicles - a Jeffery Archer series following family/business empire etc. total holiday type read!

Patsy99 Mon 28-Nov-16 21:03:01

Another vote for the Cazelet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard.

Hilary Mantel named the first instalment- The Light Years - as the novel everyone should read and I couldn't put it down.

Patsy99 Mon 28-Nov-16 21:03:47

Ps. It's a multigenerational family saga.

MummyStep123 Mon 28-Nov-16 21:05:25

Huge fan of women of the other world by Kelley Armstrong, have just finished the series. It's more of a supernatural read x

GreengrocerMortificado Mon 28-Nov-16 21:09:02

The Wilbur Smith Egyptian books are wonderful

AKAmyself Tue 29-Nov-16 05:42:13

So many great suggestions, thanks all! And keep them coming!

FrancisCrawford Tue 29-Nov-16 05:45:16

The Game of Kings.

First of the Lymond Chronicles. Starts in Scotland when Mary Queen of Scots is a child and ranges through England, France, Malta and Russia. Family secrets abound and an unforgettable hero.

Kuriusoranj Tue 29-Nov-16 06:02:52

I have a huge soft spot for Susan Howatch - The Rich Are Different and Sins of the Fathers. Multi-generational single story arc told from multiple perspectives. Yum.

auberginesrus Tue 29-Nov-16 18:53:19

Yet another vote for the Cazelet chronicles - I found out about them on here and have read them all twice. Just marvellous.

GeorgeHerbert Tue 29-Nov-16 19:19:35

Cazalet again. Or Elena Ferrante's Neopolitan Quartet - I literally could not pull myself away, read one after the other!

Sosidges Tue 29-Nov-16 20:16:25

RF delderfield. Writes great sagas

Shitonyoursofa Tue 29-Nov-16 20:18:40

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. Totally absorbing.

BoreOfWhabylon Tue 29-Nov-16 20:21:36

Mary Stewart's Merlin/Arthurian series:

The Crystal Cave
The Hollow Hills
The Last Enchantment
The Wicked Day

80sMum Tue 29-Nov-16 20:30:30

A Fine Balance is indeed a great book shitonyoursofa but I wouldn't recommend it for the OP at present! It's not a good book to read if you want to escape from "this shitty world" for a while, as it depicts an even shittier one!

exWifebeginsat40 Tue 29-Nov-16 20:33:28

the Dark Tower. wait, I know it's Stephen King. hear me out.

7 books, some breathtaking, others not so much. it has problematic characterisations, plot holes you could drive a truck through and a world I would still prefer I had inhabited.

and at the end I felt ^ bereaved^. as I did the second time it ended. I'm about halfway through a sloooow re-read and it's still as rich as the first time.

so, yeah. bit of a curate's egg, but I love it.

exWifebeginsat40 Tue 29-Nov-16 20:34:15

ugh. italics fail.

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