This book is unbelievably good. A Gentleman in Moscow is a masterpiece of a story with beautiful writing and wonderful characters. The Count took pride in wearing a well-tailored jacket; but he took greater pride in knowing that a gentleman’s presence was best announced by his bearing, his remarks, and his manners. Not by the … Continue reading A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
My favourite reads of 2018.
The final curtain is closing on the Second World War and in an abandoned Italian village Hana, a nurse, tends to her sole remaining patient. Rescued from a burning plane, the anonymous Englishman is damaged beyond recognition and haunted by painful memories. This Booker winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives: Hana, the … Continue reading The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
One of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as … Continue reading War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
Imagine that Shakespeare had a sister—a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, and equal in genius, but whose legacy is radically different. This imaginary woman never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed. If only she had found the means to create, argues Woolf, she would have reached the same … Continue reading A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction, returning … Continue reading Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Acclaimed by many as the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina provides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. I absolutely loved reading this; I was completely absorbed in the story and it is now one of my all time favourite books. Anna Karenina is a book about life. All of … Continue reading Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Lyric and sensual, D.H. Lawrence's last novel is one of the major works of fiction of the 20th century. Filled with scenes of intimate beauty, explores the emotions of a lonely woman trapped in a sterile marriage and her growing love for the robust gamekeeper of her husband's estate. Lady Chatterley's Lover "highbrow porn" - … Continue reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence