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The Peregrine: The Hill of Summer &...
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J. A. Baker; Mark Cocker; John Fanshawe
The best edition is the 2010 one from Harper Collins, edited by Mark Cocker and John Fanshawe, which also contains Baker’s wonderful Hill of Summer and some interesting extracts from his diaries. Baker draws on both close observation and literary imagination to fashion his startling metaphors and extraordinary prose and has an almost shamanistic identification with the wildlife he responds to so sensitively.

Jeremy Mynott - 13/03/2012
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Where Good Ideas Come from: The Seven...
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Steven Johnson
 
A fresh perspective on the importance of timing, collaboration, and the right setting for ideas - challenging the time honored 'Eureka!' moment of the lone inventor.

Biz Stone - 16/06/2014
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Lola and the Boy Next Door
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Stephanie Perkins
 
To be honest, I’ve read Anna and the French Kiss at least, I don’t know, a million times. It’s my go-to comfort read. I adore the hero in that book and the Paris setting. However, I love the character in this book, Lola, more than sliced bread.

Jenn Bennett - 05/08/2015
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The Buddha of Suburbia
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Hanif Kureishi
Had to re-read this for work and was surprised by how fresh it still felt. It was the first book I came across that made me think that the British Asian experience was perhaps worth writing about, and it has dated well. Think Kureishi was about ten years ahead of everyone else when it came to the themes of multiculturalism and identity

Sathnam Sanghera - 26/09/2013
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The Bathroom
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Jean Toussaint; Nancy Amphoux; Paul ...
 
A young man decides to live mainly in his bathroom. It’s a book about the desire not to move, not to have time pass – basically a hymn to the joys of immobility, maybe best appreciated by readers the same age as the protagonist, a self-described “twenty-five going on twenty- seven.” I teach it to my students who always love it. Watch out for that dart in the forehead!

Zadie Smith - 10/08/2012
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The Autobiography of Alice B.Toklas
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Gertrude Stein
 
I recently took part in a 48-hour continuous live reading of Stein’s The Making of Americans in Brooklyn, New York. I thought I’d hate reading her aloud, but in fact the section I got was really beautiful. So then I picked this up off my 'should have read it 20 years ago' pile. And it’s so funny and thrilling. What a house they ran together, and what amazing people passed through it: Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Hemingway, Fitzgerald!

Zadie Smith - 10/08/2012
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The Alienist
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Caleb Carr
 
Oh, the suspense! The Alienest by Caleb Carr is set in steamy and corrupt 1890s New York at a time when police investigations were beginning to make use of psychological research and new technologies. The nature of tackling crime is changing, and some proper analysis is required of the team on the case. This book is clever and absolutely compelling.

Sara Sheridan - 19/11/2014
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The Football Man: People & Passions ...
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Arthur Hopcraft; Michael Parkinson
 
Michael Parkinson, whose own fine talent as a writer is sometimes obscured by his television work, was a friend of Hopcraft’s and described him as ‘a perceptive and gifted observer’. The evidence runs, like a gold thread, through The Football Man, an essay collection published two years after England’s ‘wingless wonders’ won the World Cup. What Cartier-Bresson could do with a camera – freezing a moment or a character with elegance and beauty – so Hopcraft does with a pen. I guarantee this book will remain in print as long as the world spins.

Duncan Hamilton - 11/09/2013
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Full Dark, No Stars
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Stephen King
 
A collection of four novellas, each with its own unique strain of terror while still holding the same theme: retribution.

Amy Lukavics - 08/10/2015
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The Way We Live Now
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Anthony Trollope
From the title onward, this novel seems every bit as fresh and relevant now as it would have when published in 1875.

Maya Jasanoff - 29/05/2012
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The Mermaids Singing
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Val McDermid
 
Val McDermid is a very fine novelist who has won an international reputation for her impeccably-researched novels featuring psychopathic murderers. Inevitably the books deal with horror, but they are also compassionate, especially in the delineation of her psychological profiler, Dr Tony Hill, and the dedicated and courageous police officers, most of them women, whose task it is to detect and arrest these frightening monsters. It is difficult to choose one’s favourite of stories so compelling, but I have a fondness for 'The Mermaids Singing', which first introduced me to these remarkable novels.

P D James - 16/06/2014
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Butcher's Moon
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Lawrence Block
Perhaps the greatest of all the Parker books by this great crime writer.

John Banville - 18/06/2012
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Get Carter
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Ted Lewis
 
NINETEEN SEVENTY-FOUR: Jack’s Return Home by Ted Lewis, now more widely known and reprinted as Get Carter after the brilliant film adaptation, directed by Mike Hodges. But as great as the film is, and particularly its Geordie locations, this novel is still worth reading if only for the fact it is set in Doncaster: Original (South) Yorkshire Noir.

David Peace - 25/07/2013
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Gargantua and Pantagruel
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Francois Rabelais; M. A. Screech
 
Written in the 16th century, before the novel form was domesticated, this book contains everything - bodily humor, philosophical digression, brutality, satire. While reading it, you’re convinced it’s the best thing ever written by anyone.

Teju Cole - 12/09/2012
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Cold Granite
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Stuart MacBride
 
Cold Granite is the first in Stuart's amazing series about Logan McRae, a detective in Aberdeen. The series gives us gruesome, funny, relentless story-telling.

Bernard Cornwell - 26/09/2013
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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James Joyce; Hans Walter Gabler
 
I have a memory bright as sunned silver from my first days reading Joyce. I am 18 and new to Dublin and I am atop a double-decker bus on a winding journey through the city. In my hands is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and I am in swoon. Perhaps I saw a little of myself in Joyce’s Stephen Daedalus, the wannabe writer who must slough off all that was Ireland before he could write. But it was how my mind lit-up and hummed at Joyce’s language that changed all that I knew of novels, and showed me that language could be as much about music for its own sake as anything else.

Paul Lynch - 09/05/2013
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