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Landmark Books

Posted on September 27th, 2014

Forget ice bucket challenges and no make-up selfies. This is my kind of enforced facebook fun… I was asked to name my top ten landmark books – not necessarily favourites, but those books that heralded a certain time in my life, and have therefore stayed with me very strongly. It’s an odd exercise, casting yourself back to being little, not so little, a bit troublesome, and then picking up books as a career. In retrospect I have missed lots of important ones – but here is the original list, for all it’s quirks and omissions.

1. The Babysitters Club by Ann M Martin
2. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
3. Middlemarch by George Eliot
4. A Room with a View by E M Forster
5. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
6. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
6. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
7. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
8. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
10. They Were Counted by Miklos Banffy