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Fantastic Fiction (with a smidge of non-fiction)

Julia Flyte
 
The Twyborn Affair (Vintage Classics)
The Twyborn Affair (Vintage Classics)
"'Fringe of Leaves' was my favourite White novel until I read this. Incredible work of fiction with one of the most intriguing protagonists ever created. A truly beautiful work of art - amazing stuff."
The Tenant
The Tenant
"If you're looking for something to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, this is creepy perfection.  Very surreal and very, very good."
Music for Chameleons (Penguin Modern Classics)
Music for Chameleons (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Everything by Capote is pure genius, but this collection is particularly wonderful.  The stories 'Beautiful Child' and 'Handcarved Coffins' are especially good."
Lovesong
Lovesong
"An absolutely amazing book - have never read anything so beautiful and lyrical.  The contrast between the heat drenched Sunshine and rain soaked London is wonderfully rendered. Stunning prose style."
Bad Behavior
Bad Behavior
"Not for the prim and proper!  A brilliant look at the seedier side of everyday life.  Includes the story 'Secretary' on which the movie was based."
Cloudstreet: A Novel
Cloudstreet: A Novel
"Two large, eccentric families move into a large, eccentric house: naturally chaos ensues.  A beautifully written book with a huge cast of larger than life characters."
Stonedogs
Stonedogs
"A story about the dark side of New Zealand. Not an easy read but a definite must - discover the underbelly of New Zealand's disenchanted youth in a surprisingly intelligent, yet violent, novel."
The Bone People
The Bone People
"Equally shocking and stimulating, this is a beautiful and poetic novel that lingers in the mind. Powerful stuff."
The Price of Salt, or Carol
The Price of Salt, or Carol
"Also known as 'Carol' by Patricia Highsmith. A fantastic author and one of her finest works, this is an incredibly beautiful love story.  So well written, I didn't eat or sleep until I had finished it. Check out her macabre short stories too!"
Good Behaviour (Virago Modern Classics)
Good Behaviour (Virago Modern Classics)
"A terrific look at the blackly comic and tragic life of aristocratic  Aroon St Charles, a lady who could never be accused of 'good behaviour'!  Genius."
The Collected Short Stories (Norton Paperback Fiction)
The Collected Short Stories (Norton Paperback Fiction)
"A wonderful collection and an absolute must for true Rhys fans.  Read it from cover to cover or dip in and out - just make sure you read them all!"
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Persephone Classics)
"The only book to put a huge smile on my face and keep it there for a week after finishing it! Fantastic story of how in a single day, the life of the dowdy and shy Miss Pettigrew is changed forever."
The Grass is Singing (Paladin Books)
The Grass is Singing (Paladin Books)
"The first Doris Lessing book I ever read and it had an incredible impact on me.  Not without its flaws, but if you don't feel the oppressive heat of the African bush, you must be numb!"
Nights at the Circus
Nights at the Circus
"Magic realism at it's very best.  I instantly fell in love with the character of Fevvers and was mesmerised by all her adventures!  Simply wonderful."
We Were the Mulvaneys (Oprah's Book Club)
We Were the Mulvaneys (Oprah's Book Club)
"Something of a quiet masterpiece, this is a beautifully controlled look at the gradual disintegration of a seemingly perfect American family.  I would recommend this over 'The Corrections' any day."
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
"This is a wonderful collection to treasure forever.  Won't take you long to read, but if you are a true booklover, it will fill your heart with joy."
The Portable Dorothy Parker (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
The Portable Dorothy Parker (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
"One of the best looking books around and the contents are pretty fabulous too!  Will put the rest of your bookshelf to shame and is full of Parker's trademark sharp wit."
Paper Moon: A Novel
Paper Moon: A Novel
"This suberb book features a wonderful heroine in the mould of Scout Finch. Addie Pray is the youngest con artist around and by far the most charming!"
The Conformist
The Conformist
"Rather chilling example of the lengths a man will go to to hide a secret from his past.  But in the end, conformity in Fascist Italy won't save him.  Fantastic."
What a Carve Up
What a Carve Up
"Terrific black comedy and an amazing plot make this one of the best novels I've ever read.  I plan to reread it again and again!"
Ghostwritten
Ghostwritten
"Cloud Atlas' is also brilliant, but this is my personal favourite.  As far as I'm concerned, David Mitchell is a god."
The Quiet American
The Quiet American
"One of my favourite Graham Greene novels, this is bittersweet and tender.  Try and read everything by him, he's well worth it."
Secret History
Secret History
"I love the way Donna Tartt writes - another book where I barely ate or slept until I had finished it.  A real pleasure to read."
My Uncle Napoleon: A Novel (Modern Library Paperbacks)
My Uncle Napoleon: A Novel (Modern Library Paperbacks)
"This book deserves to be better known.  Witty, smart and immensely rewarding, according to the cover it is one of Iran's best loved novels. Should be as highly regarded here too."
Amongst Women
Amongst Women
"A gorgeous, gorgeous book.  A beautifully written and masterful study of the power struggles between a father and his daughters.  If you are interested in Irish fiction, this is an absolute must."
Angel at My Table (A Women's Press classic)
Angel at My Table (A Women's Press classic)
"One of the best books ever written. The writing is gorgeous and her life astonishing. A brave and fascinating woman who deserves to be remembered more that most."
Beware of Pity (New York Review Books Classics)
Beware of Pity (New York Review Books Classics)
"An absolutely incredible book. You can see how it will end (with a sense of dread), but the writing is so good you are compelled to follow the protagonist through to the very, very end. Onne of the best books I have ever read."
The Night Watch
The Night Watch
"My favourite Sarah Waters novel. For me, this really evoked wartime London to perfection. I almost felt like I was there and found the characterisations completely believable. Wonderful."
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire
"Amanda Foreman's passion for her subject is evident in this beautifully written biography. Sensitive and powerful, I loved every page of the story of this fascinating, yet troubled woman."
Paradise
Paradise
"An incredibly vivid portrayal of an alcoholic woman and her relationship with a man who might not be terribly 'good' for her. Kennedy is an absolute master and this book blew me away."
Silence
Silence
"As a lapsed Catholic, I thought I would hate this book. I couldn't have been more wrong - this book is amazing. It really got under my skin and made me think. Heartbreaking stuff, please, please read this book."
Bastard out of Carolina: (Plume Essential Edition)
Bastard out of Carolina: (Plume Essential Edition)
"A real slap in the face - this is a wonderful book with one of the most incredible protagonists ever committed to paper. Left me feeling angry, righteous and powerful - everyone should read this book."
The House of Mirth
The House of Mirth
"I wept for the beautiful Lily Bart long before I reached the ending of this book. I adore everything Wharton has written, but this is her most exquisite work."
The Wings of the Dove (Penguin Classics)
The Wings of the Dove (Penguin Classics)
"Henry James is another author that I never tire of. I love this book and his lovely prose style. I feel transported every time I read this book."
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
"For something a little lighter - great storytelling and a wonderful little twist. Classic stuff!"
Letty Fox: Her Luck (New York Review Books Classics)
Letty Fox: Her Luck (New York Review Books Classics)
"Christina Stead is a wonderful author and sadly neglected these days. This novel has some terrific characterisation and is an absolute favourite of mine."
The Long-Winded Lady: Notes from The New Yorker
The Long-Winded Lady: Notes from The New Yorker
"A wonderful selection of essays from the pen of the fabulous Maeve Brennan. New York of the 50s and 60s is brought to life in the most beautiful way from this little known columnist of The New Yorker. Fantastic!"