Favourites

Just in case you were curious... Here are a few brief lists of favourite reads.

Best Recent Book


  • SL - Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  • FL - Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
  • MW - Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
  • VC - The Universe Versus Alex Woods, Gavin Extence

Preferred Genres


  • FL - Fantasy, Science Fiction
  • VC - Modern Fiction
  • MW - Science Fiction, Historical
  • SR - Spy, Detective, Autobiography
  • SL - Offbeat, 'Quirky'

Some of Our Favourite Writers


  • SR - Evelyn Anthony, Sue Grafton
  • VC - Thomas Hardy, George Orwell
  • FL - Bill Bryson, Terry Pratchett
  • MW - Keith Waterhouse, George MacDonald Fraser
  • SL - George Orwell, Michael Moorcock

Science Fiction


  • FL - The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
  • SL - 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke
  • VC - The 'Gone' Series, Michael Grant
  • MW - The Malacia Tapestry, Brian Aldiss

Horror/Ghost Fiction


  • VC - The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
  • SL - The Green Mile, Stephen King
  • MW - Hawksmoor, Peter Ackroyd
  • FL - The Devil Rides Out, Dennis Wheatley

Children's/Young Person's Fiction


  • MW - Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
  • SR - Frenchman's Creek, Daphne du Maurier
  • VC - The Magician's Nephew, CS Lewis
  • FL - The Folk of the Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
  • SL - Stig of the Dump, Clive King

Biography/Autobiography

  • SL - The Devil is a Gentleman, Phil Baker
  • FL - Dear Me, Peter Ustinov
  • ML - The Tale of Beatrix Potter, Frank Delaney
  • VC - The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher

Historical Fiction


  • ML - The Cadfael books, Ellis Peters
  • SR - Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
  • MW - The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara
  • VC - The Siege, Helen Dunmore
  • SL - The Winter King, Bernard Cornwell

...and: For a Desert Island


  • SR - The Bible
  • SL - Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  • MW - The Hitch-hiker books, Douglas Adams
  • FL - An encyclopaedia 
  • VC - 1984, George Orwell

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