Books have the power to change our perceptions, offer new insights on the world, provide fantasy worlds to immerse ourselves into and introduce us to friends we could never have imagined. A poignant book stays with us long after we’ve turned the last page, and they’re often the first ones we’ll pull off the bookshelf when making a recommendation to a friend.
We asked around the office to find out which paperbacks spring to mind when we mention the best of all time. It wasn’t easy, but collectively we narrowed it down to 30 of our favourites, including time-honoured classics, rule-breaking contemporaries and much more.
While these are the 30 paperbacks that we think are the best of all time, we’re sure there are plenty of you out there looking through our list and thinking “but how could you forget...?” and “surely...should be on this list?” Help us fill in the gaps in our list by recommending the best paperback of all time on Facebook or Twitter using #WHSBestPB and you could win a WHSmith gift card worth £100.