Favourite books

Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr
Changing Places by David Lodge
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
Fat Ollie’s Book by Ed McBain
Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
Letter from New York by Helene Hanff
Longitude by Dava Sobel
No Minor Chords by Andre Previn
Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe
Small World by David Lodge
Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse
Sword of Honour Trilogy by Evelyn Waugh
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Boy Who Wanted Peace by George Friel
The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monserrat
The Forgotten Highlander by Alistair Urquhart
The General Danced at Dawn by George MacDonald Fraser
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
Underfoot in Showbusiness by Helene Hanff
Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie

2 thoughts on “Favourite books

  1. Hello
    I googled the words “Pickwick Papers” and “favourite books”, and was led to your website. I’ll say why I did this in a minute – but right now,let me say that I see that you have a post on the Titanic. This immediately caught my eye, because I recently went to Belfast, where I visited The Titanic Museum. I have to say it is the best museum I have ever visited. Indeed it is more of an experience than a museum, really. Highly recommended!
    Anyway, I have been searching for people who list Pickwick among their favourite books, as I have a piece of news which I hope will be of interest. You see, I have actually written a novel about the origins and subsequent history of The Pickwick Papers. It’s called Death and Mr Pickwick, and it will be published by Jonathan Cape of the Random House Group on 21st May. You can find out more at:
    where there is also a link to the Random House website.

    Funnily enough, after visiting the Titanic Museum, I commented to my wife that there are certain parallels between The Pickwick Papers and the Titanic: both were colossal – one the biggest ship in history, the other the greatest literary phenomenon in history – and both were attached to tragedy. I think both have the formula for fascination!
    Best wishes
    Stephen Jarvis

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