My Top Ten Books – The Longlist

So there’s a thing going round Facebook to name your Top 10 Books. Which is nearly impossible. Top 10 that you’ve loved for ever? Top 10 recent favourites? Comfy reads or thought-provoking ones?

So here’s the longlist I came up with after looking through my bookshelves. I’ll post the final Top 10 tomorrow.

The Complete Father Brown – G.K. Chesterton
Delusion’s Master – Tanith Lee
The Complete Calvin & Hobbes – Bill Watterson
The Gun Seller – Hugh Laurie
The Sandman – Neil Gaiman (OK, cheating a but, but I can’t pick just one!)
Elise ou la vraie vie – Claire Etcherelli
Candide – Voltaire
Wyrd Sisters – Terry Pratchett
Venetia – Georgette Heyer
Rivals – Jilly Cooper
The Gypsy Goddess – Meena Kandasamy
Dissolution – C.J. Sansom
Madam Will You Talk – Mary Stewart
Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell
The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut
Growing Rich – Fay Weldon
Blandings Castle – P.G. Wodehouse
Dune – Frank Herbert
Use of Weapons – Iain Banks
Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke
Asimov’s Guide to Science – Isaac Asimov
Whit – Iain Banks
The King’s General – Daphne du Maurier
Good Omens – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaardner
The Cat Who Walked Through Walls – Robert Heinlein

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