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Posted: 03/05/2005 in 10... 9... 8..., books

It was quite fitting that Thursday was World Book Day when I got to spend most of last week being paid to read and occasionally answer the telephone. I managed to finish off The Third Man, Anna K., Moby D. and get 400 or so pages into Middlemarch. I have to say that I was very disappointed by the tale of the aforementioned whale. Why did no one warn me (and by no one I mean my mother) that it is a very dull read all about whaling terminology and 101 things to do with blubber. The blinking chase isn’t until the last thirty or so pages! But, I guess that my soul is feeling all the better for finishing them off and I am now left craving a nice juicy mystery novel to even out all the high brow twaddle.

In honour of WBD, and if I had been more organised it would have appeared on the right day, here are my top seven books (in no particular order of preference).

  1. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  4. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  5. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  6. Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
  7. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Earlier in the week Claire was asked to pick which work of fiction she would like to suddenly discover to be true. As much as I really want to go through the wardrobe, I would have to pick Cold Comfort Farm as Flora Post is my type of heroine.

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