Top Ten Best Reads
Winter is fast approaching and its time to start settling onto the sofa with a good book. So here's some ideas if you're stuck
My top ten best reads
Walk into a bookshop and you either take the easy option and go for the best sellers or you become lost in floor upon floor of fiction (one of my favourite things to do on a Saturday when the high street is just too busy). So if you don't want to just go for the latest best sellers, here's my top ten.
1. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. It is pure brilliance and anyone who has read it will know it deserves credit for being a masterpiece, not for the press it received for being inflammatory. The story and language make it a can't-put-down book
2. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. A spell-binding tale of different lives interwoven to conjour up an altogether different picture of India
3. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami - only he can make raining fish seem normal
4. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - it immerses you in its magical realism
5. The Lord of the Rings by Tolkein - although the films did it credit, the book still stands supreme
6. War and Peace by Tolstoy - yes its long and yes its a classic you feel you should read but never get round to and yes there's a million confusing names, but it is still a brilliant story (and you can skim over the historical chapters if they are of less interest)
7. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende - you would think its a children's book but as a philosopher, his books are riddled with thought-provoking ideas
8. The Islamist by Ed Husain - it gave me a real insight into Islam and some of the arguments presented
9. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster - it suddenly all made sense, then five minutes later I was lost again in its maze of stories
10. Snow by Orhan Pamuk - looking at the impact of westernism in Turkey which leaves you feeling quietly unsettled.