Title Author Comments
A Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift With tongue firmly in cheek, Swift proposes an audacious solution to the starving Irish
Alices Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Who needs hallucinagenic drugs when you can read this childrens story?
Around the world in eighty days Jules Verne The premise is a gentlemanly wager. Centred around the eccentric punter and his valet.
Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell I read this for my English course at college.
Emma Jane Austen Emma is a wicked match-maker. A most unlikeable main character.
Fanny Hill John Cleland An early erotic novel. Fanny uses her sexuality to her advantage and eventually marries.
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift A hilarious political satire and a parody of travel writing and colonialism.
Hard Times Charles Dickens A novel set in the industrial north with typically two dimensional characters such as Mr Gradgrind. Ok if you like Dickens.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth Jules Verne Two men investigate the inner workings of the earth and are ejected via a volcanic chimney. Good reading for teenage boys.
Mansfield Park Jane Austen Not the most memorable of Jane Austen novels but still good.
Mary Barton Elizabeth Gaskell Working class strife 1840s
Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe Working girl escapes death and makes good. Whats not to like?
North and South Elizabeth Gaskell A story of comparisons and worker-manager relations.
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen Was this in the middle of a re-work? Two distinct approaches.
Persuasion Jane Austen One of the shorter Austen novels.
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen The regency equivalent of a rom-com. With razor sharpe observations.
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe You know the story but have you read the actual book?
Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen A novel tracing the betrothal of the sisters Elinor and Marianne.
The Book Keith Houston An absorbing account of the history of the book as a medium. An academic work with references.
The Computing Universe Tony Hey and Gyuri Papay This is an academic work with extensive references covering a wide range of aspects of computing.
The Group Mary McCarthy Novel about NY socialites in the late 1930s. Not a page-turner.
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom T.E. Lawrence Lawrence of Arabias own account of the Arab Revolt. A substantial work.
Tom Jones Henry Fielding Tom Jones is the typical bad boy that the girls go for. Reveals the hyocritical morals of the period.
Tom Sawyer Mark Twain The adventures of a Mississipi youth.
Treasure Island Robert Lewis Stevenson A romping tale of piracy and contrasting characters.
Ulysses James Joyce Famously unreadable... until he wrote Finnegans Wake that is.