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Douglas

Adams

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Aravind

Adiga

White Tiger

Monica

Ali

Brick Lane

Kingsley

Amis

Lucky Jim

Margaret

Atwood

Cat’s Eye

James

Baldwin

Go Tell it to the Mountain

Pat

Barker

Regeneration

Sebastian

Barry

A Long Long Way

Ronan

Bennett

The Second Prison

Brendan

Behan

Borstal Boy

Joyce

Cary

The Horse’s Mouth

Len

Deighton

The Ipcress File

Charles

Dickens

Oliver Twist

J P

Donleavy

Ginger Man

A E

Ellis

The Rack

William

Faulkner

Intruder in the Dust

Sebastian

Faulks

Birdsong

Robert

Graves

I, Claudius

Dashiel

Hammett

The Maltese Falcon

Joseph

Heller

Catch 22

James

Jones

From Here to Eternity

Franz

Kafka

The Castle

Arthur

Koestler

Darkness at Noon

John

Le Carré

The Spy who came in from the Cold

Harper

Lee

To Kill a Mocking Bird

Andrea

Levy

Small Island

Sinclair

Lewis

Elmer Gantry

Naguib

Mahfouz

Palace Walk

Norman

Mailer

The Naked and the Dead

Henning

Mankell

Faceless Killers

Hilary

Mantel

Eight Months on Ghazzah Street

John

Masters

Bhowani Junction

Ian

McEwan

Saturday

George

Orwell

1984

Alan

Paton

Cry the Beloved Country

Ian

Rankin

Knots and Crosses

C J

Sansom

Dissolution

Mikhal

Shokolov

Quiet Flows the Don

Zadie

Smith

White Teeth

C P

Snow

The Masters

Muriel

Spark

A Far Cry from Kensington

John

Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath

Colm

Tóibin

Brooklyn

Kurt

Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse 5

Evelyn

Waugh

The Loved One

Irvine

Welsh

Glue

Herman

Wouk

The Caine Mutiny

Richard

Wright

The Outsider

Mark

Twain

Huckleberry Finn
















This is a list of novels which I enjoyed and often made a deep impression on me when I read them. I read some of these books fifty years ago. People change over the years and it is possible that, if I re-read them, I would no longer get the same enjoyment; for one thing, my attention span seems to have shortened over the years.

I have limited my choice to one book per author. Some authors have only written one book I would recommend, others have written several. I have not included authors because they are highly regarded and/or considered to be classic writers. I am not trying to demonstrate, falsely, my intellectuality (I would describe myself as middle brow), just to share some of my own pleasure from reading good novels.

Some favourite novels