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    Surprised no-one's done this before now. I'm primarily thinking of novels, but if you want to include non-fiction - feel free, I'm not going to be tight-arsed and prescriptive about it. Here are some of my favourites down the years. In no particular order:

    The Orphan Master's Son - Adam Johnson.
    The Narrow Road To The Deep North - Richard Flanagan.
    Bonfire Of The Vanities - Tom Wolfe.
    The Cement Garden - Ian McEwan.
    The White Hotel - D.M.Thomas.
    The Deptford Trilogy - Robertson Davies.
    Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks.
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey.
    A Kestrel For A Knave - Barry Hines.
    Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas - Hunter S Thompson.
    The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett.
    The Son - Philipp Meyer.
    The Power & The Glory - Graham Greene.
    A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini.
    The 2nd Rumpole Omnibus - John Mortimer.
    Saki: The Complete Short Stories - H.H.Munro.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aleandhearty View Post
    Surprised no-one's done this before now. I'm primarily thinking of novels, but if you want to include non-fiction - feel free, I'm not going to be tight-arsed and prescriptive about it. Here are some of my favourites down the years. In no particular order:

    A Kestrel For A Knave - Barry Hines.
    You may want to watch this if you've not done so: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...ooking-for-kes

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    I don't read a lot of novels these days but a quick look along the bookshelves and a trail through my addled brain threw up this list, nothing very new.

    The Mayor of Casterbridge / Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (my favourite two, both depressing)
    Ulysses - James Joyce
    all 6 completed novels - Jane Austen
    The Journey to the East - Herman Hesse
    Wyrd Sisters / Reaper Man (although any Discworld novel would do even the very fat ones) - Terry Pratchett
    Virgin Soldiers - Leslie Thomas
    Vintage Stuff - Tom Sharpe
    Puckoon (and his wartime auto-biographies) - Spike Milligan
    Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

    When I was young I read a lot of science fiction, mostly Issac Asimov and Robert Heinlein plus the first few of Frank Herbert's Dune series. I also had a thing for the wartime potboilers of Sven Hassel.

    I agree with A&H, I like John Mortimer (Rumpole and Paradise Postponed etc), Alan Bennett and Hunter S Thompson too. Charles Dickens is a good writer although best known for his costume dramas on TV
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    we are the drunk and disorderly,
    and we’ll drink more beer wherever we may be,
    and we’ll meet you all in a pub said he.

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    Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy (a trilogy in four parts) - Douglass Adams
    Corfu Trilogy - Gerald Durrell
    Zorba the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis
    Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchet , like OB any Discworld
    Dogs of War - Fredrick Forsyth , any Forsyth really but this is my favorite
    The Seventh Sanctuary - Daniel Easterman
    Das Boot - Lothar Gunter Buchheim
    From Russia with Love - Ian Fleming , My favorite Bond although i like them all

    Reading a lot of Scandi Noir recently so Jo Nesbo , Lars Kepler and Samuel Bjork

    When i was younger i used to read a lot of Michael Moorcock so Elric , Corum , Hawkmoon and the like .
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    No, I don't read a great deal of fiction at the moment;mainly nature writing and poetry, but here are some novels that I return to.

    Dickens- Our Mutual Friend
    Sterne-The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
    Joyce-Ulysses.Marmite, this.Loved it as a young man, unable to finish it when middle aged.Due a revisit.
    Jane Austen-Mansfield Park
    Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa-The Leopard
    Most Thomas Hardy
    T F Powys-Mr Weston's Good Wine
    Doris Lessing-The Canopus in Argos series, especially The Making of the representative of Planet 8
    John Cowper Powys-Wolf Solent
    Tolkien-The Lord of the Rings
    Cormac McCarthy-The Border Trilogy
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    Fiction:
    1984 - George Orwell
    This Thing of Darkness - Harry Thompson
    Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
    Don Quixote - Cervantes
    One Hundred Years of Solitude - Garbriel Garcia Marquez
    The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
    A Prayer For Owen Meany - John Irving

    Non Fiction:
    Pillars of Hercules - Paul Theroux
    The Bang Bang Club- Greg Marinovich
    The Dig Tree - Sarah Murgatroyd
    Stasiland - Anna Funder
    Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys - Viv Albertine
    Blood River - Tim Butcher
    In Europe - Geert Mak

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    Wondered if this might come up as one of the next subjects of topic; it'll be favourite comedians next no doubt Here are my favourite books:

    Fiction
    American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
    Dubliners - James Joyce
    On The Road - Jack Kerouac

    Non-Fiction
    Rip It Up And Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-1984 - Simon Reynolds
    Tales of a New Jerusalem (series) - David Kynaston
    The London Nobody Knows - Geoffrey Fletcher
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oggwyn Trench View Post
    Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy (a trilogy in four parts) - Douglass Adams
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    Five parts surely? Hence the reference to "the increasingly inaccurately-named Hitchhikers Trilogy".
    'Beer is for all day, not just for breakfast'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ETA View Post
    Five parts surely? Hence the reference to "the increasingly inaccurately-named Hitchhikers Trilogy".
    Or the same book five times?
    Drink drink, whoever you may be,
    we are the drunk and disorderly,
    and we’ll drink more beer wherever we may be,
    and we’ll meet you all in a pub said he.

    Dr Busker

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