I have made a list (in no particular order) of seven books that come to mind every time I think of classics. Most of these I read a while ago and some of them I have read several times, but all of them are brilliant. There is a wide variety, from stories about love and betrayal to dark outposts and surreal transformations, from very long to very short. Take your pick and enjoy!
Sixty-six detective novels and over 2 billion copies sold, Agatha Christie’s success as an author is beaten only by Shakespeare and the Bible. If you haven’t already read them, where should you start? To help you, we’ve chosen our 10 favourites. And don’t forget that these books are great for children aged 11 and older too (very little graphic violence, although they do have sometimes have a spooky atmosphere.)
It’s hard to recommend classics to your teenage children without running the risk of turning them off forever (just the fact that it’s coming from you might be enough…). The Guardian has a clever answer: a list based on the ‘If you liked…’ principle. Well worth a look.
Summer is the perfect time to dive into some challenging reading. Long lazy days and warm evenings are ideal for books that require a bit of focus and extended periods of reading to suck you in.