Classics Every Self-Confessed Bibliophile Should Have Read
You fancy yourself a Bibliophile, right? But have you read these? If not, you know where to get a copy.
- Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
This book taught me a lot about the Civil war, and the language and the descriptions are amazing. This is a great historical read, and makes a good holiday read, as its long enough to keep you busy reading for at least a week.
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Sexual double standards are held up to the cold, Wessex light in this rural tragedy.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Out on the winding, windy moors Cathy and Heathcliff become each other’s “souls”. Then he storms off.
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
A slave trader is shipwrecked but finds God, and a native to convert, on a desert island.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Every proud posh boy deserves a prejudiced girl.
- Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Septimus’s suicide doesn’t spoil our heroine’s stream-of-consciousness party.
- Disgrace by JM Coetzee
An English professor in post-apartheid South Africa loses everything after seducing a student.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Poor and obscure and plain as she is, Mr Rochester wants to marry her.
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy’s doomed adulteress grew from a daydream of “a bare exquisite aristocratic elbow”.
- Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
The manic Captain Ahab seeks vengeance on the white whale which ate his leg.
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Buying the lies of romance novels leads a provincial doctor’s wife to an agonizing end.
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A Nigerian yam farmer’s local leadership is shaken by accidental death and a missionary’s arrival.
- The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
A mysterious millionaire’s love for a woman with “a voice full of money” gets him in trouble.
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Scholar’s sexual obsession with a prepubescent “nymphet” is complicated by her mother’s passion for him.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A child ‘s eye view of racial prejudice in 1930s Alabama.