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A book to read aloud to young children. Poignant, magical and beautifully written. Do you have a 'Lob' in your garden?

This is THE book to read if the words 'Ragnarok', 'Odin', 'Fenrir' and 'Loki' fill you with fascination. These are fabulous tales which you will read and re-read.

Reading a story narrated by 'Death' might sound unrealistic and perhaps even cliched; this is anything but. Set in Nazi Germany and centred around the life of a young girl, this is a very moving novel about love between father and daughter, deep friendships across racial divides and the simultaneous destructive and uplifting power of words.

Maggie Tulliver, the independent, passionate protagonist is one of my favourite literary characters. A brilliant, powerful book.

The best novel by our greatest living writer. From its opening scene – a communal Moonie wedding - this novel grabs, provokes and furthermore skewers our modern anxieties and concerns.

I could have happily recommended any book by this wonderful writer.

The second I saw this volume, I had to own it! Singer won the Nobel Prize but is now perhaps not as celebrated as he should be. His writing is subtle, nuanced, affecting and human. Essential.

Still the most urgent book I've ever read. An attempt to reflect on what the Good Life could be from within social and economic conditions which systematically undermine the very possibility of such a life. Adorno's tireless and brilliant book holds up a mirror to the distorting influences of capitalism, and thereby gives some hope by revealing points where criticism can begin

A powerful documentation of Orwell's experiences submerged in the underclass of Paris and London. There are so many great books out there demanding to be read…this is the only one I've allowed myself to read twice