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The Road, Cormac McCarthy

Horrifying and beautiful. It is difficult to turn away as McCarthy weaves a world filled with torment.

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

Frank's writing is so incredibly vivid and alive. Her mature, honest and often humorous entries portray a rare understanding of humanity. A story I wish I'd read sooner.

The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

An intricate story exploring dignity, loss and life. Brilliantly written, with the narrative unfurling seamlessly before you.

The Wall, John Lanchester

Picked up at random from a Hampstead bookstore, this initially seemed to offer such an intriguing concept in today's world. The story, however, fails to go further than a rather forgettable, albeit enjoyable, holiday read. There are so many fascinating concepts and themes left unexplored.

Going Solo, Roald Dahl

My word Roald Dahl has lived a life. This autobiography tells of his time as an RAF pilot during WWII and through beautiful, simple writing, Dahl brings us a closer understanding of the fear and uncertainty facing the young men of the flying squadrons.

The Secret Commonwealth, Philip Pullman

I adored the original trilogy, but have struggled with this new series, and have made it just halfway through this volume. Where once was a world overflowing with magic and vibrance, now comes a story devoid of life and appeal. A real pity.

Hyperion, Dan Simmons

Flawless science-fiction. Having found reading a chore during lockdown, this book steamrolled right through me and reignited that fire. Simmons threads different tales and styles into one of greatest books in its genre I've had the pleasure of reading.

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