This page will be updated every Tuesday, with my take on a particular modern classic. These are some of the books that helped me, challenged me, drove me, and confused me, but none of which I could be without.
Please update with your own books and thoughts (e.g. share your blog link through the comments section), and please tell why that book meant so much to you.
We follow the daily struggle for survival in the harsh conditions of a Cold War Soviet prison camp.
A story of intense emotion, laughter and tears, and primarily about the power of words to create and destroy.
Horrific true-life story of turn-of-the-century industrial-scale rape, pillage and murder in the Belgian Congo.
Classic anti-war collection of fictional short stories
Dystopian insight into a world which values only the Pretty people.
A play rather than a novel, its shows the terrible consequences of mass hysteria in Salem.
A coming-of-age story of friendship, and how relationships grow as people do.
Quirky murder mystery with a Haunted House feel!
Classic absurdist existentialist novel.
You’d be crazy to fly a mission. If you know it is crazy, then you’re sane. So you can fly.
Normal is a state of mind
A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
“The best laid plans of mice and men, oft go awry”
Possibly the greatest anti-war story ever told.
Could it be that every one of all religions is true?
What lies beneath the veneer of civilisation?
The start of steampunk! Historical science fiction, with time travel thrown in!
Dystopia within reach – A chilling tale with all-too-relevant resonance today.
Combining fantasy, adventure, memorable characters, and humour.
Classic coming-of-age tale in the Deep South.
THE classic dystopia novel.
Love, loss, and a form of redemption in World War One.
What price to pay for the right to be unhappy?
Classic dystopia that has real resonance today.
A masterpiece of the thriller genre.
It articulates Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism
The classic Stoic philosophy, as set out by one of the greatest Roman Emperors.