TOP TEN READS

As we scored our books it is very easy for us to recommend our top ten.  So this could be a good starting point for your book club.  

- for people who love books

CUTTING FOR STONE

By Abraham Verghese

 

Cutting for Stone is simply a stunning, tremendous read and unanimously made it into the top ten of our Reading Den. Ask any one in the den (& beyond) and Cutting for Stone will always make the list. 

534 pages

MADAME BOVARY

By Gustave Flaubert

If you are looking for a classic read, this could be the time to try or re-visit Madame Bovary.  And discover an original desperate housewife.

 

Flaubert gets under the skin of his characters and this is a passionate and erotically charged novel.  A classic everyone should take on.

311 pages

THE GOLDFINCH

Rollercoaster
READ

By Donna Tartt


A book this long needs plenty of energy. Take your seat, indulge and enjoy this rollercoaster journey that you can expect from award winning American author, Donna Tartt.  But we tell you, it’s worth it!

850 pages

TO KILL A 
MOCKING BIRD

never loses that
classroom
grip 

By Harper Lee


All of us had read this classic when we were much younger but we decided to read it again after the release of Go Set a Watchman and for most of us, To Kill A Mocking Bird is still one of our favourite books of all time - and even more of a ‘must read" if you have never done so.

300 pages

ON CHESIL BEACH

By Ian McEwan 
 

Almost any McEwan book has a strong chance of making it into our top 10 Den reads (in our humble opinion) but we’ve chosen his novella On Chesil Beach as it works brilliantly for time-poor book lovers.

You will easily be drawn into this one... 

166 pages

 

By Gregory David Roberts


Shantaram is an epic book club read, if you can schedule in a break or holiday to take this one on. 

 

Based on the author’s experiences and misfortunes Shantaram weaves a story of his own life’s rollercoaster journey in the eighties.  

    SHANTARAM                

900 pages

THE
WASP FACTORY

Our 
Wild card

By Iain Banks

This is rather an unusual choice for our reading den and we chose to read The Wasp Factory after a flurry of interest in the author’s works that followed the announcement of his death in 2013.  

240 pages

ALIAS GRACE

By Margaret Atwood
 

Make room in your den for a Margaret Atwood novel.     From the Bestselling author of The Handmaid’s Tale we chose Alias Grace to co-incide with a Netflix adaptation - so we could read, watch & cheat, if necessary. 

 

Hag-Seed is also brilliant.  See fav authors. 

450 pages

By Sebastian Barry

Days Without End is a rich, disturbing and sometimes funny read.  Imagine Walking Dead meets It Ain't Half Hot Mum (or Good Morning Vietnam).   But more poignant, daring and experimental in style and content.

DAYS WITHOUT END

 

250 pages

CROW LAKE

By Mary Lawson

 

Page one and you are there. 

 

We loved this book, it is such a heartening story to come out of tragedy and so beautifully observed. 

 

You will find your own story in this book.   An easy escape read when the day job seems relentless.  

340 pages
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