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This is a list of books that I'd say were my favourite reads of all time. Got me through many a dark night of the soul. Deciding who my favourite author of all time is is more tricky. Can't do it - but I'd say my top three would be Dostoyevsky, Tolkien & Hesse...


Adams, Douglas

Life, the Universe and Everything The third of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Trilogy (in five parts) and my personal favourite, sees Arthur Dent & co. saving the Earth from psychotic, xenophobic cricket playing robots. Atmospheric, interesting locations (prehistoric Earth, Lord's Cricket Ground, the planet Krikkit), great characters (Agrajag) and sublimely funny.

Asimov, Isaac

Robot series As a fan of 'old-school' science fiction I do like the works of Asimov. The three main books of the Robot series, The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and The Robots of Dawn are exciting detective novels set in the future concerning the adventures of plainclothesman (detective) Elijah Baley and his robotic companion, R. Daneel Olivaw.

Bach, Richard

Jonathan Livingston Seagull A dinky little blue book, less than 100 pages long, and many of them black & white photographs of seagulls. An allegorical tale of striving for spiritual perfection, seeing beyond the surface of things and the possibility of life after death. Poetic, perfect, timeless and inspirational.

Brontë, Charlotte

Jane Eyre This is my favourite of nineteenth century British female authors' works. Page-turning and enjoyable. Has you rooting for Jane from the beginning. Deeply satisfying.

Brooks, Terry

The Sword of Shannara Trilogy A trilogy of classic early fantasy books: The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara & The Wishsong of Shannara. Sword does copy The Lord of the Rings 'formula' somewhat but it's still a great read. Simple, uncomplicated old-school fantasy.

Burnett, Frances Hodgson

The Secret Garden

Camus, Albert

The Outsider

Carroll, Lewis

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Cervantes, Miguel de

Don Quixote

Conan Doyle, Arthur

The Lost World

Defoe, Daniel

Robinson Crusoe

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

Crime and Punishment

The Idiot

Gallico, Paul

The Snow Goose

Gogol, Nikolai

Dead Souls

Grahame, Kenneth

The Wind in the Willows

Haggard, H. Rider

King Solomon's Mines

She

Hesse, Hermann

Steppenwolf

Moorcock, Michael

A Nomad of the Time Streams

Elric of Melniboné series

The Dancers at the End of Time series

The History of the Runestaff

Peake, Mervyn

The Gormenghast Trilogy

Pratchett, Terry

Hogfather

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Hobbit

The Lord of the Rings

Tolstoy, Leo

The Raid and Other Stories

Wilde, Oscar

Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

Winsor, Kathleen

Forever Amber