Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. Puffin book cover. Reprint from Cover design by A.H. Hall.

In truth, any one of Marian Keyes’ novels could have made this list, due to her charm, humour and pathos. But we’ve opted for this one because it clocks in at 928 pages – and you’ll still want to read it in a single sitting. Never one to shy away from darkness, Marian tackles addiction, depression and domestic violence in this tale of four different women and one charming man. NB: Don’t blame us if you come away speaking like Lola.

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