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110 best books: The perfect library

From classics and sci-fi to poetry, biographies and books that changed the world… we present the ultimate reading list. Illustrations by David Juniper CLASSICS The Iliad and The Odyssey Homer Set during the Trojan War, The Iliad combines battle scenes with a debate about heroism; Odysseus' thwarted attempts to return to Ithaca when the war ends form The Odyssey. Its symbolic evocation of human life as an epic journey homewards has inspired everything from James Joyce's Ulysses to the Coen brothers' film, O Brother Where Art Thou?. The Barchester Chronicles Anthony Trollope A story set in a fictional cathedral town about the squabbles and power struggles of the clergy? It doesn’ t sound promising, but Trollope's sparklingly satirical novels are among the best-loved books of all time. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Heroine meets hero and hates him. Is charmed by a cad. A family crisis –caused by the cad –is resolved by the hero. The heroine sees him for what he really is and realises (after visiting his enormous house) that she loves him. The plot has been endlessly borrowed, but few authors have written anything as witty or profound as Pride and Prejudice. Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift Swift's scathing satire shows humans at their worst: whether diminished (in Lilliput) or grossly magnified (in Brobdingnag). Our capacity for self-delusion –personified by the absurdly pompous Gulliver –makes this darkest of novels very funny.

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And to tell the truth.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . Lydgate marries the beautiful but self-absorbed Rosamund. Middlemarch George Eliot Dorothea wastes her youth on a creepy. she was not. from the treacherous Steerforth to the comical Mr Micawber. hypocrisy.d o w o . David Copperfield Charles Dickens David's journey to adulthood is filled with difficult choices –and a huge cast of characters. POETRY Sonnets Shakespeare Shakespeare's sonnets contain some of poetry's most iconic lines –and a mysterious insight into his personal life.' Whether we should judge the cunning. but we never lose empathy with them. Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert Flaubert's finely crafted novel tells the story of Emma. George Eliot's characters make terrible mistakes. elderly scholar. o m w w w w . amoral Becky Sharp –or the hypocritical society she inhabits –is the question.c O W ! w . a bored provincial wife who comforts herself with shopping and affairs. Her relationship with Rochester has such emotional power that it's hard to believe these characters never lived.c Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë Cruelty. dashed hopes: Jane Eyre faces them all. War and Peace Tolstoy Tolstoy's masterpiece is so enormous even the author said it couldn't be described as a novel. Pierre and Natasha –and the tragic and unexpected way their lives intersect –grip you for all 1.PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N ." answered Miss Rebecca. Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray '"I'm no Angel.400 pages. But the characters of Andrei. yet her individuality triumphs. It doesn't end well.

B. Paradise Lost John Milton Since its publication in 1667. S. The Waste Land T. Odes John Keats Littered with sensuous descriptions of nature's beauty. Yeats fruitfully engages the topics of youth. Keats's odes also pose profound philosophical questions. art and war. He remains one of the defining figures of 20th-century poetry. Songs of Innocence and Experience William Blake Blake's short poems are simple in rhythm and rhyme. Canterbury Tales Chaucer These humorous tales about fictional pilgrims made an important contribution to English literature at a time when court poetry was written in either Anglo-Norman or Latin. but sophisticated in meaning.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . nature.d o w o . love. Milton’ 12-book English epic –in which he sets out to 'justify s the ways of God to men' –has been considered a classic. Collected Poems W. Eliot Eliot's vision of dystopia became a literary landmark.c O W ! w . Written during a time of political turmoil. Collected Poems Ted Hughes o m w w w w . The Prelude William Wordsworth This posthumously published work is both an autobiographical journey and a fragment of history from the revolutionary and post-revolutionary years. and introduced new techniques to the modern poet. Yeats Considered a driving force in the revival of Irish literature.PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . they embody his radical sympathies and anti-dualist ideas.c Divine Comedy Dante Dante Alighieri's epic tale of one man's journey into the afterlife is considered Italy's finest literary export.

ironic study of the disintegration of aristocratic values in the face of blank bureaucracy and Second World War butchery. is worth all the effort. For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway A sparse. a young American in search of her destiny. but makes enraptured enthusiasts of others. taking us into every nook and cranny of the narrator's fascinating mind. Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender are Waugh's crowning achievements. and the Spanish civil war in particular. but this masterpiece of modernity. Joyce's Ulysses takes its scatological stand at the pinnacle of modernist literature. LITERARY FICTION The Portrait of a Lady Henry James James's mastery of psychology has never been more elegantly expressed nor more gripping than in his tale of Isabel Archer.PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . and Gilbert Osmond. The Ballad of Peckham Rye o m w w w w . A la recherche du temps perdu Proust A novel whose every sentence can be a struggle to finish may sound forbidding. the ultimate cold fish and one of literature's most repellent villains. world-weary meditation on death. Ulysses James Joyce Banned in Britain and America for its depiction of female masturbation. Sword of Honour trilogy Evelyn Waugh A poignant.d o w o . masculine. Men at Arms.c O W ! w .c Although Hughes was a colossal presence among the English literary landscape –his work often draws upon the forbidding Yorkshire countryside of his youth –his personal life had a tendency to overshadow his talent.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . Lyrical and witty. its stream-of-consciousness narration deters many. ideology and the savagery of war in general.

The novels that follow cover 30 years and make up the great study of American manhood. has the seductive power of myth.c O W ! w . One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez The greatest moment in magical realist fiction.d o w o . to the upper working-class/ lower middle-class milieu of Peckham.c Muriel Spark Comic. unhappy former basketball jock who runs from (and to) his pregnant wife. disgrace and hypocrisy in Clinton-Lewinsky era America brings to a close his grand and meticulous American trilogy (American Pastoral. ROMANTIC FICTION o m w w w w . ghostwriter. García Márquez's passionate.PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . Her tour de force of guilt. angry dissection of race. I Married a Communist). mysterious figure of Satanic magnetism and mayhem. Beloved Toni Morrison Morrison brought to life a version of the slave narrative that has become a classic. the Buendías. researcher. as a boorish. Run. abandonment and revenge plays out against the background of preemancipation American life. Spark's fifth novel introduces Dougal Douglas. Rabbit series John Updike We first meet Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom in Rabbit. humorous history of Macondo and its founding family. satirical and ineffably odd. The Human Stain Philip Roth Roth's brilliant.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k .

d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . Claudius Robert Graves Rebecca: the narrator is haunted by the housekeeper's worship of her predecessor An invented autobiographical account of Claudius.c Rebecca Daphne du Maurier Cornish estate owner Maximilian de Winter's second wife –also the nameless narrator –is haunted by the housekeeper's oppressive worship of her predecessor. as they fight enemies and storms.c O W ! w . This selfish. Les Liaisons Dangereuses Choderlos de Laclos Paris in the 18th century: the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont concoct a scheme of seduction to entrap members of the aristocracy. the ship's surgeon. but gutsy heroine idealises the unattainable Ashley before realising her love for her third husband. o m w w w w . The novel follows Aubrey's convincing and complex friendship with Maturin. Le Morte D'Arthur Thomas Malory Malory's yarn explores the possibility that chivalry is best revealed by a knight's loyalty to his fellow knights. A masterful tale of suspense. and not simply his devotion to a woman. Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell Scarlett O'Hara manipulates her way through the American civil war.d o w o . Alexander Trilogy Mary Renault Renault transports readers to Ancient Greece in a historical trilogy that presents the life and legacy of Alexander the Great in a humanising fictional portrait. the fourth emperor of ancient Rome. Their roguish machinations lead to their climactic undoing. Graves draws upon the historical texts of Tacitus and Suetonius to write Claudius's story after claiming a visitation from the ancient ruler in his dreams. I. O'Brian's books journey the seas with Commander Aubrey and his crew aboard HMS Sophie. Master and Commander Patrick O'Brian Set during the Napoleonic Wars. Rebecca.PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N .

She emerges as a tragic heroine. the celebrated historical fiction writer. The Lion. which destroys her marriage to Angel Clare. Robinson Crusoe meets The Famous Five in a tale of sailing and ginger beer.c O W ! w .d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . Lewis Peter. Tess is tainted with shame and guilt. his wife. Susan.' Dr Zhivago Boris Pasternak Yuri Zhivago loves two women. and the captivating Lara.d o w o . the Witch and the Wardrobe C. Edmund's transition from self-interested schoolboy to heroic young man is also resonantly spiritual.PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . 'My dear. who died in 1993.S. Pasternak juxtaposes romance with the stark brutality of the Russian civil war in this extraordinary historical epic. CHILDREN'S BOOKS Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome Four children sail to Wildcat Island. incapable of escaping the hypocrisy of Victorian society. where they encounter a rival camping party then join forces to hunt treasure. I don't give a damn. o m w w w w . Edmund and Lucy discover the land of Narnia and the malevolent White Witch. who dismisses her with.c Rhett. Jean Plaidy is one of the many noms de plume of Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert. The Plantagenet Saga Jean Plaidy A collection of novels inspired by the Plantagenet dynasty. Tess of the D'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy Disgraced by an illegitimate child. Tonya. The novel uses Christian iconography in Aslan's dramatic sacrifice and resurrection.

Winnie-the-Pooh A. The big.K.A.R. is more than a British institution. tells of how Bobby. and by waving to the train. always kind-hearted Pooh.PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . making the young Hobbit one of the greatest fictional heroes of all time.c The Lord of the Rings J. Milne created a life philosophy with the trials.d o w o . triumphs and tiddley-poms of the honey-loving. Together they have an epic adventure spanning parallel universes. made famous by the 1970 s film.c O W ! w . beautiful books are enriched by Brunhoff's wonderful illustrations. Nesbit Nesbit’ classic. Babar Jean de Brunhoff Babar brings clothes and cars (and Madame) from Paris to his African kingdom. A.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . His Dark Materials Philip Pullman Will is a boy from Oxford. The Railway Children E. With his family and the wise Cornelius by his side. helped by Mr Perks. The Harry stricken life helped by waving to trains Potter phenomenon has its detractors. the Old Gentleman. Phyllis and Pete. with his friends in Hundred Acre Wood. o m w w w w . Milne The Silly Old Bear. Harry Potter J. The trilogy has inspired criticism for being heretical –Pullman himself declared the books were about 'killing God'. Rowling The boy wizard's dealings with the forces of adolescence and evil have sold more than The Railway Children: the children adapt to a poverty350million books in 65 languages. tells its own tale. Lyra is a girl from Oxford in a parallel world.A. but the success of special 'grown-up' covers. missing their beloved father. Babar protects his land from the Rhino King Rataxes. adapt to a poverty-stricken life in the country. Tolkien Frodo and friends journey to Mordor to destroy the ring. R. allowing commuters to read Rowling without shame. More than 100million copies have been sold of the trilogy that brought fantasy to a mainstream literary audience.

G. Wells's tale of the voyages of the Time Traveller in the distant future (AD802. giant squid and sharks. Brave New World Aldous Huxley Ignorance is far from bliss in Huxley’ terrible vision of a future of rampant consumerism. Shelley’ creature is part s gothic monster. but morally ambiguous Long John Silver. Captain Nemo steers the Nautilus. Nemo is the renegade scientist par excellence. routine drug use and cultural passivity. and embarks on a new life defending Toad Hall from the weasels. Wells A seminal work of dystopian fiction. Brought to life by Dr Victor Frankenstein.d o w o . s worthless free love. Mole ventures outside. The Time Machine H. 'pieces of eight' and the lovable.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . Toad and Badger. Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson The piratical coming of age of Jim Hawkins. shoals of swirling fish. SCI-FI Frankenstein Mary Shelley The great genius of Shelley's novel has often been overwhelmed by images of schlocky boltnecked 'Frankensteins'.c O W ! w .c The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame Lonely and miserable trying to clean his hole. He meets Ratty. Parrots. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne Among the deep-sea volcanoes. protecting Toad from himself and messing about in boats. a man madly inventive in his quest for revenge. who discovers a map of Treasure Island among an old sea captain's possessions –and then follows it. part Romantic hero.PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . o m w w w w .701) is also a cracking adventure story.

and a cast of hustlers. Chilling. flesh-eating plants) the tale becomes taut. wry and romantic. Dick Dick's masterpiece questions what it is that distinguishes us as human. and far from ridiculous.c O W ! w . Neuromancer William Gibson A violent slab of cyberpunk sci-fi.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . Foundation Isaac Asimov 'Great Galaxy!' It is not for literary brilliance that one approaches the first in the Foundation series. o m w w w w .PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . Clarke creates the embodiment of the perils of computer technology. HAL9000. slangy sensibility. The Day of the Triffids John Wyndham Shifty Soviets and the clipped vernacular make this a Fifties horror story. it is above all a passionate cry for freedom. as we follow Rick Deckard on his mission to 'retire' recalcitrant androids. hacking. Once you've finished this. 14 novels and countless more short stories await. But as humans cope with disasters (mass blinding by meteor shower. Clarke The first in Clarke's quartet was written as a novel and. terrifying.d o w o . anarchic. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. ruthless walking. As the Discovery One mission drifts towards Saturn. Spawned Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. hackers and junkies trying to make sense of a world ruled by corporations. as a film script. in which techie activities (artificial intelligence. Orwell's novel is a passionate cry for freedom 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. but rather for the sweeping grandeur of Asimov’ s epic universe-wide tale of the decline and fall of empires. wry and romantic. 1984: chilling. virtual reality) are married with a grimy.c 1984 George Orwell So persuasive and chilling was the world summoned up here that 'Orwellian' has entered the language as shorthand for government control. in collaboration with Stanley Kubrick.

Soldier. Spy John le Carré The Maltese Falcon: a tale of greed and deceit. Tailor. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It's one of literature's most wonderful ironies that Conan Doyle himself became a spiritualist so soon after creating the most famously rational character in all literature. charming serial killer. film noir. follows British spymaster George Smiley as he tries to uncover a Moscow mole. later.c O W ! w . complete with flawed hero and femme fatale Le Carré. Hercule Poirot's little grey cells rattle away to improbable effect as o m w w w w .d o w o . who's utterly amoral in his pursuit of la dolce vita.PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . master of the Cold War novel. Karla. Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie From Istanbul to London. but with the help of long-time protagonist PI Philip Marlowe –who appears here for the first time –Chandler helped define the genres of detective fiction and. Tinker. femme fatale and a convoluted plot that unravels grippingly. Red Dragon Thomas Harris Hannibal Lecter's second literary appearance sees him called upon by old FBI chum (and near-victim) Will Graham.c CRIME The Talented Mr Ripley Patricia Highsmith Tom Ripley is one of 20th-century literature's most disturbingly fascinating characters: a suave. The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler His oeuvre may be small.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . and faces his KGB nemesis. to help solve the case of the serially morbid 'Tooth Fairy'. The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett A tale of greed and deceit that's also the archetypal work of 20th-century detective fiction: complete with flawed hero (Sam Spade).

Killshot Elmore Leonard Leonard is known for his pithy dialogue and freaky characters.remains one of modern democracy's fundamental texts. The Rights of Man Tom Paine Written during the heady days of the French Revolution.c O W ! w .PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . Paine's pamphlet .' How are we to reconcile our individual rights and freedoms with living in a society? Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville This treatise looked to the new country's flourishing democracy in the early 19th century and the progressive model it offered ‘ Europe. The Social Contract Jean-Jacques Rousseau 'Man is born free. The Woman in White Wilkie Collins A sensational 19th-century epistolary tale of women in peril adds one of the most charismatic. Auguste Dupin. The cardinal critique of the capitalist system. The Murders in the Rue Morgue Edgar Allan Poe Poe's blackly ingenious tale of brutal murder in 19th-century Paris establishes C. a man of 'peculiar analytic ability'. as the model for pretty much every intellectual detective to come. Here he manages to create a sweatily suspenseful thriller. BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Das Kapital Karl Marx His thinking may not be as popular as it was in the Sixties and Seventies. with a married couple as the unexpected heroes. refined and straightforwardly fat villains to the pantheon.by introducing the concept of human rights . but it's as relevant.c he untangles the mystery of the life and violent death of a sinister passenger. old’ On War o m w w w w . and everywhere he is in chains.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k .d o w o .

c Carl von Clausewitz The first. the 35-volume encyclopedia was the ultimate document of Enlightenment thought.c O W ! w .PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . et al Subtitled 'A Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences. The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli Written during his exile from the Florentine Republic. L'Encyclopédie Diderot. Diderot and others. Machiavelli's bible of realpolitik offers the ultimate mandate for those (still-too-many) politicians who value keeping power above dispensing justice. and probably still foremost. Montesquieu.d o w o . On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin The Prince: the ultimate mandate for politicians who value power above justice No other book has so transformed how we look at the natural world and mankind's origins. o m w w w w . treatise on the art of modern warfare. On the Interpretation of Dreams Sigmund Freud Drawing on his own dreams. with contributions by Voltaire. plus those of his patients.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . Arts. but it was based on the then-groundbreaking belief that all men are naturally equal. Freud asserted that dreams –by tapping into our unconscious –held the key to understanding what makes us tick. Leviathan Thomas Hobbes Hobbes's call for rule by an absolute sovereign may not sound too progressive. The Prussian general looked beyond the battlefield to war's place in the broader political context. and Crafts'.

and is dedicated to the 'real seagull in all of us'.c O W ! w .PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: a feel-good memoir that became the biggestselling philosophy book of all time o m w w w w . does the opposite. the controversial American feminist (and teenage victim of anorexia). became a New Age classic.d o w o . The Beauty Myth Naomi Wolf Wolf. How to Cook Delia Smith The cookery queen's series is credited with teaching culinary delinquents how to prepare good wholesome food from scratch. How to Cheat at Cooking.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . can spark a social epidemic. who seeks to soar above the ideology of his flock. The Tipping Point Malcolm Gladwell Gladwell uses everything from teenage smoking to Sesame Street to show how one person's small idea. Pirsig Pirsig's feel-good memoir about a father-son motorcycle trip across America became the biggestselling philosophy book of all time. Her latest book. or way of thinking.c BOOKS THAT CHANGED YOUR WORLD Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. argues that women's insecurities stem from society's demands on them either to be beautiful or face judgment. Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Bach Bach's fable about a dreamy seagull called Jonathan. this quotable comedy about a hapless Englishman and his alien friend proved that sci-fi could be clever and funny. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams Originally broadcast on Radio 4.

Schott's Original Miscellany Ben Schott Dip into Schott's compendium of trivia and impress your friends with such questions as. The Histories o m w w w w . Gibbon fell back on sociology. HISTORY The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon Compressing 13 turbulent centuries into one epic narrative. he's had to fight off accusations of embellishment and fantasy from family members. Shoots and Leaves Lynne Truss In an attempt to stamp out poor punctuation. but now-unfashionable. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Winston Churchill Taking us from Caesar's 55BC invasion to the Boer War's end in 1902. Churchill’ fours volume saga makes the proud. to explain Rome's demise.PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . Since then. from unexpected snowfalls to an algae-coated swimming pool. rather than superstition. 'Do you know who makes the Queen's pork sausages?' The answer: Musks of Newmarket.c A Year in Provence Peter Mayle For those who've dreamt of leaving it all to live in the South of France.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k .d o w o . Byzantine scholar Runciman's work broke with centuries of Western tradition. this is often labelled the first 'modern' history book. Truss compiled a lively and useful account for all those in doubt about how to use an apostrophe. claiming the crusading invaders were guilty of a 'long act of intolerance in the name of God'. A History of the Crusades Steven Runciman Still the landmark account of the Crusades. Eats. A Child Called 'It' Dave Pelzer Pelzer's graphic account of his abusive childhood topped the bestseller lists worldwide.c O W ! w . expat Peter Mayle's diary offers a dose of reality. connection between speaking English and bearing 'the torch of Freedom'.

telling the tale of 'ordinary people' and boldly concluding that they 'weren't the victims of the Revolution but protagonists in its tragedy'.P. self-mythologising account of how he united a string of Arab tribes and successfully led them to rebellion against their Ottoman overlords. it blends fact. Lawrence Lawrence of Arabia's fascinating. this is the earliest-known history of England written in old English. Taylor Was Hitler all that bad? Wasn't he just an opportunist who took advantage of Anglo-French dithering and appeasement? The label 'iconoclastic' applies to few historians so well as it does to Taylor. Prof Schama offered 948 pages of proof that there was more to the French Revolution than fraternity.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . Thucydides –with this detailed study of the 25-year struggle between Athens and Sparta –set the template for every historian after him. hearsay. LIVES Confessions St Augustine o m w w w w . The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Compiled at King Alfred's behest in the AD890s. E.c O W ! w .PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . Seven Pillars of Wisdom T. The History of the Peloponnesian War Thucydides Famously fastidious over the reliability of his data and sources. legend and myth to tell tales of life in and around Ancient Greece. The Origins of the Second World War A.J. It's also the oldest history of any European country in a vernacular language. A People's Tragedy Orlando Figes Figes charts the Russian Revolution in stark detail. equality and eating cake.d o w o .c Herodotus Ostensibly about Greece's defeat of the invading Persians in the 5th century BC. Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution Simon Schama Before he was on television.

A Life of Charlotte Brontë Elizabeth Gaskell A biography of the intriguing Jane Eyre author. If This is a Man Primo Levi His background as an industrial chemist from Turin may not sound remarkable. but Sassoon was also once popular for his semiautobiographical trilogy of novels.c O W ! w . Graves was another Englishman to write unsparingly about the horrors of trench warfare. Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man Siegfried Sassoon He's best known for his anti-war poems.PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N . Gaskell. but Levi's poised account of his hell-on-earth experiences as a prisoner at Auschwitz undoubtedly is. from the boy who stole pears from a neighbour's tree to the articulator of key Christian doctrines. of which this was the first. Eminent Victorians Lytton Strachey Strachey didn't do hagiography. Lives of the Artists Vasari The history of Italian Renaissance art.d o w o .c In probably the first autobiography in Western literature.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . Lives of the Caesars Suetonius Charting the lives of Julius Caesar. but most of what we know about o m w w w w . His unflattering biographical essays on major Victorian figures debunked the myth of Victorian pre-eminence. The Life of Dr Johnson Boswell He's one of English literature's all-time heavyweights. with scandalous tales of imperial decadence. as told through the biographies of its heavyweight practitioners. vice and lunacy. Augustus and the 10 subsequent Roman emperors. the Church Father recounts his life-journey from sinner to saint. by her friend and fellow-novelist. One of the definitive 'tortured genius' biographies. Goodbye to All That Robert Graves A friend of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.

PD H F-XC A N GE PD H F-XC A N GE O W ! N y bu to k lic C m C lic k to bu y N .c Samuel Johnson. comes from his friend Boswell’ hearty anecdotal biog.d o w o . the man.d o c u-tr a c k c u-tr a c k . His indiscreet memoirs detailed countless extra-marital affairs and character assassinations of colleagues.c O W ! w . s Diaries Alan Clark The late Tory MP was not one to get bogged down in matters of policy. o m w w w w .

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