The Best Paperbacks of All Time Chosen by You

The Best Paperbacks of All Time Chosen by You

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Atticus Finch is one of the best loved characters in literature, having fought for the rights of a black man who had been accused of raping a white woman during the Great Depression. To Kill a Mockingbird is narrated by his 6 year old daughter Scout Finch, raising questions around race and justice.

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Based around a young girl living with an adoptive family in Nazi Germany, this is a story of love, freedom, power and the strength found in words, set against the hate of the Nazi regime. Markus Zusak has also offered an unusual take on mortality by using Death to narrate his tale.

The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

Enduringly popular across generations, it’s no wonder that The Fellowship of the Ring is one of the bestselling novels ever written. Set within the same stunningly ambitious world as The Hobbit, Frodo Baggins’ quest to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mordor is an incredible epic fantasy.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Mr Darcy’s rude first impression leaves Lizzie with a prejudice about his character, and so begins their feisty back-and-forth relationship. This couple has been a source of romantic inspiration for many writers of love stories to follow.

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

Lead character Holden Caulfield has become a symbol of teenage angst and rebellion for many readers, mourning the loss of childhood during the lonely and alienating transition into and exploration of adulthood.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling

Following orphan Harry as he not only discovers that he is a wizard but that his past is bound with one of the darkest wizards the world has ever known, this coming-of-age fantasy adventure has bewitched a generation of readers.

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Although offering a poignant portrait of the turbulent military events of Afghanistan, The Kite Runner is also praised for its heartfelt story of parents and children, with family themes that cross cultures.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Presenting a snapshot of the Jazz Age of the Roaring Twenties, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic is filled with decadence and extravagance. The young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby’s obsessive love for Daisy Buchanan is a gripping tale.

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

The heroine of Rebecca finds herself in a strange home with a husband she barely knows after naively marrying Maxim de Winter, who is still consumed with love for his deceased first wife Rebecca. Love and jealousy play their part in our heroine’s life as she struggles to find her identity.

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl helped fuel our obsession with domestic noir books, as the story of Amy and Nick’s toxic marriage unfolded in the pages. Dark, suspenseful and gripping, Gone Girl had us all asking how well do we really know the people we love.

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

John Green’s doomed lovers Hazel and Augustus captured and then broke the hearts of millions of readers, with their intense but short time together, offering a new perspective on both cancer and love.

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong is a heartbreaking wartime tale with poignant influences from classic war poetry. The story features Stephen Wraysford at different points in his life, straying before and after World War 1.

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Popular on school reading lists, this dystopian novel explores human nature and social structure as a group of stranded British boys descend into savagery in their attempts to survive.

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Yann Martel’s story of a shipwrecked boy and tiger at sea for 227 days is layered in deeper meaning, raising questions around truth and what we choose to believe. Barack Obama has described the book as “elegant proof of God”.

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen’s fight for survival in the Hunger Games – a cruel game where 2 participants from nine districts must fight to the death – is action-packed and full of twists that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

After a road accident leaves Will Traynor quadriplegic, his mum hires Louisa to provide him with some company and help him become more communicative. Louisa is able to help Will and in turn she finds comfort in his friendship, but is it enough to turn their lives around and find happiness?

One Day – David Nicholls

Each St Swithin’s Day for 20 years, David Nicholls gives us a glimpse into the lives of Emma and Dexter as they fulfil ambitions, experience failure and continue a friendship that frustratingly toes the line of romance while life and chance stops them from taking that step.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

15 year old Christopher describes himself as “a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties”. As he investigates the gruesome death of his neighbour’s dog, we learn more about Christopher’s struggles with society’s expectations.

1984 – George Orwell

Set in a dystopian version of 1984, George Orwell’s classic novel foretold a world completely under the control of Big Brother, where independent thinking is not allowed. Our protagonist Winston Smith works in propaganda, but secretly dreams of rebelling against the government and its constant surveillance.

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Often thought of as a novel ahead of its time, Jane Eyre is a great love story of the 19th century, as Jane proves herself to be equal in spirit and wit to her employer Mr Rochester, the pair fall in love despite her lower status. But love is never simple and there are many secrets that threaten to keep them apart.

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones is narrated by teenage Susie, a young girl who has been brutally murdered and raped on her way home. An unusual premise, Susie watches her friends and family grieve from heaven as they deal with losing her in individual ways.

A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

With over 1000 named characters, the A Song of Ice and Fire series offers an ambitiously diverse world filled with power struggles, violence, danger and questionable morals. Prepare to have all your expectations challenged in A Game of Thrones.

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

Addressing the role of women within Afghan society, A Thousand Splendid Suns is the thought-provoking novel from the author of The Kite Runner. Two women from different generations find their lives thrown together when Laila is forced to accept a marriage proposal from Mariam’s husband Rasheed.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams’ comedy science fiction has a huge following of fans that love to read and re-read Arthur and Ford’s adventures across the universe. We’re still trying to work out what 42 could mean…

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Including six stories that take us from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future, Cloud Atlas explores the theme of universality and human oneness. Each of the stories relate to the others in some way and are concluded in the final tale.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson’s action-packed thriller is the first book in the Millennium series, following troubled but gifted computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and the publisher of Swedish political magazine Millennium Mikael Blomkvist.

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

The phrase catch 22 originated from Joseph Heller’s satirical novel about a US army squadron who were caught between maintaining their sanity and fulfilling their duty. Airmen mentally unfit to fly were not obligated to fly, but could not be excused from duty – hence the phrase ‘catch 22’.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Cathy and Heathcliffe’s love seems destined not to be as their different statuses keep them from getting married. Tortured by their inability to fulfil their true love, this 19th century classic is a cruel and tragic romance.

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

The tale of a young girl sold as a servant to a renowned geisha house, Memoirs of a Geisha paints a vivid picture of Japan through the early 20th century with the story of a young girl’s fight to become a geisha.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

Set in Greece during World War Two, Louis de Bernieres’ classic depicts the German and Italian occupation of the island Cephallonia. Contrasting the brutal horror of war with stories of family love, romance, lust and friendship, this book demonstrates the devastation of war.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

An intimate picture of adolescent life, The Perks of Being a Wallflower covers everything from sexuality and friendships to drugs and body image. Written as a number of anonymous letters, this novel has an honest, confessional feel that makes Charlie so relatable.

The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree is loved by generations of children with its exciting and vivid story of the ever-changing worlds at the top of the faraway tree. Jo, Bessie and Fanny explore the lands at the top of the tree, along with the various friends who live in tree itself.

Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult’s bestseller is set within an Amish community as the discovery of a dead infant shakes the inhabitants. Top defence lawyer Ellie Hathaway gets involved in the case as more details about the death come to light and a young unmarried Amish girl stands accused.

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

Detailing an elaborate conspiracy theory in the history of Christianity, Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu investigate the murder of Sophie’s grandfather and the symbolic meaning of the crime scene, whilst escaping the police and uncovering a historic mystery along the way.

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Henry suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to involuntarily travel through time, resulting in an unpredictable and unconventional relationship with his wife Clare. A wonderful and unforgettable romance.

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt’s debut reverses the ‘whodunnit’ story to a ‘whydunnit’ format, introducing us to the murder of a fellow student and friend of lead character Richard from the beginning. The events leading up to the murder and the impact it has is slowly revealed to us throughout the book.

Room – Emma Donoghue

A tragic take on a kidnapping case, Room is told from the perspective of a 5 year old boy whose mother has been kidnapped and held in a single room. 5 year old Jack has only known life in the room and his narration is skewed by his limited knowledge of the world.

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Charles Dicken’s classic tale of 19th century London is full of rich characters that have become icons in popular culture. Following the personal growth of orphan Pip, wealth, poverty and love are all important themes within this story.

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Scarlett’s obsession with winning the love of Ashley Wilkes dictates everything she does. And even when she meets Rhett, she can’t see far enough past her pursuit of Ashley to realise that there could be more to their friendship.

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

A vivid depiction of Bombay life, Shantaram is thought to be influenced by author Gregory David Roberts’ own experiences. The book follows a convicted bank robber/drug addict who escapes prison and runs away to India.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Set in a dystopian future where a totalitarian government rules and women have been stripped of their rights dependant on their class, Margaret Atwood’s story is told by handmaid Offred who has been separated from her family to be kept for reproduction.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

Narrated by Chief – a patient in a psychiatric hospital – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest mostly revolves around the rebellious actions of McMurphy, a patient who faked insanity to serve his prison sentence in hospital and who is in a constant power struggle with the nurses.

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella

Financial journalist Becky Bloomwood might spend her time advising others how to spend their money, but in her spare time she has an obsession with shopping that is quickly getting out of control. With spiralling debts and lies, it’ll take a miracle to get Becky out of trouble.

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

A fantasy fairytale set near Victorian London, the Circus of Dreams appears and leaves without warning and is only open from sunset to sunrise. Featuring magical wonders such as a vertical cloud maze and a blooming garden made of ice; it’s truly a circus like no other.

The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins enjoys the quiet home comforts of life in his Hobbit hole in the Shire and doesn’t care much for adventure. That is until he is thrown into a quest to rid Smaug the dragon and help a group of dwarves claim back their treasure.

My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

When Kate is diagnosed with leukaemia as a child, her parents decide to have Anna, a ‘saviour sister’ who could donate parts that Kate might need. But when Anna turns 13 and is expected to donate a kidney to Kate, she sues her parents for medical emancipation in an attempt to gain control of her own body.

Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian

Michelle Magorian’s world war two novel tells the story of William – an abused boy living in London who is evacuated to live with reclusive Mister Tom during the Blitz. The two gradually form a friendship and William is given the love and affection that his abusive mother denied him.

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Set during the Great Depression, Of Mice and Men is a story of friendship between migrant ranch workers Lennie and George. Searching for work and opportunity together, the pair strive for a better life but circumstance is not always on their side.

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Set in the 1960’s, The Help is told from the perspective of two African-American maids and a white woman, Skeeter. After learning more about the horrendous experiences African-American maids suffer, Skeeter decides to write a book – putting herself and the maids willing to speak to her in danger.

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame’s beloved 1908 novel follows the charming adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad on the riverside and Wild Wood. As Toad’s behaviour becomes more and more reckless, the animals find themselves in even more hijinks, including a fight for Toad Hall with the weasels.

Girl Online – Zoe Sugg

Zoe Sugg’s – or Zoella’s – debut novel Girl Online caused a huge amount of excitement in 2014 with her story about a young blogger who finds love in New York. Zoella has earned a huge number of fans online as a video blogger herself.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis

Generations of children love the story of Narnia, filled with mythical creatures and ruled by the White Witch. Four children find a secret entrance to Narnia in the back of an old wardrobe, and escape into its fantasy world with friends and danger around every corner.

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Rude and spoilt little girl Mary is sent to live with her uncle in England after her family is killed by cholera. Although unhappy at first, Mary is soon told about the secret garden that was closed up after her uncle’s wife died there in an accident, and finds there are many more secrets to uncover in her new home.

The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

Told from troubled and isolated teenager Frank’s perspective, The Wasp Factory explores themes of death, religion and violence. Although mostly well received, Iain Banks’ gruesome depictions created some controversy upon release.

The Green Mile – Stephen King

Told from the first-person narrative of death row block supervisor Paul Edgecombe, The Green Mile introduces us to a variety of characters on death row, including convicted rapist and murderer John Coffrey who is soon revealed to have unusual healing powers.

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

After following the white rabbit down the rabbit hole, Alice finds herself in a mysterious and illogical fantasy world with a host of peculiar and sometimes magical creatures. Her adventures include attending the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and a game of croquet with the Queen of Hearts.

Dracula – Bram Stoker

The most famous vampire in literature, Count Dracula was first described in this 19th century Gothic horror. In this story, Dracula leaves Transylvania in search of new blood, where he is confronted in England by Professor Van Helsing.

The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett

The first book in the Discworld series, Terry Pratchett’s fantasy story follows incompetent wizard Rincewind and naive tourist Twoflower as they travel across the disc. Including dragons, tree-nymphs and Gods who play the inhabitants of Discworld like a board game.

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

This classic 19th century tale explores the ups and downs of a family – including sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy – who live in poverty. Featuring friends, drama and sisterly love, this is a Christmas story that celebrates family over money.

Paper Towns – John Green

John Green’s hugely popular story follows Quentin who worriedly searches for his childhood neighbour/crush Margo after she disappears. Q finds a number of clues that he thinks Margo has left behind to help him find her, and so the hunt begins.

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

The Color Purple focuses upon the suffering of African-American women in South America during the 1930’s. Told from the perspective of poor and uneducated Celie, a 14 year girl who is being abused at home, we meet a variety of characters with different experiences of poverty and suffering.

I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes

Terry Hayes’ action-packed debut takes us around the globe with vivid and memorable characters, and an ambitious plot that leap off the page. Pilgrim’s pursuit to solve the perfect crime will have you reading up into the night.

Killing Floor – Lee Child

Drifter Jack Reacher answers to no one after finding himself outside of the system, but in Killing Floor he must fight to prove his innocence after being arrested for murder. Lee Child’s series based around his rogue lead character is incredibly popular with thriller readers.

Fifty Shades of Grey – E. L. James

E. L. James’ erotic romance has been one of the most talked-about books of the 21st century, telling the story of innocent literature student Ana and successful but troubled entrepreneur Christian Grey.

P.S: I Love You – Cecelia Ahern

Withdrawn and grief-stricken, Holly struggles to cope with the death of her husband Gerry following his brain tumour, but when a number of letters from Gerry arrive, each ending with “P.S: I Love You”, Holly finds the courage to start enjoying life again.

I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

Written by the author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians, I Capture the Castle is a funny story of romance and family based around the eccentric Mortmain family. The book is structured as youngest daughter Cassandra’s journal as she discusses love, life and family.

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Identical twins Cath and Wren come as a pair, but now that they’re heading off to university things are about to change. While Wren explores the party scene and lets her hair down, Cath keeps herself to herself. But what will happen when she opens herself up to new experiences.

Matilda – Roald Dahl

Children of all ages love the story of Matilda, a child prodigy who loves to read despite her neglectful and television-obsessed family. Matilda taps into her brain’s extraordinary power of telekinesis to teach the horrible adults in her life a lesson.

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romance is perhaps one of the best-known fantasy romance books around. Bella Swan’s dangerous relationship with vampire Edward Cullen opens up a world of vampires, werewolves and powers she didn’t know she had.

Jamaica Inn – Daphne Du Maurier

Set in 1820’s Cornwall, Mary is sent to live with her aunt and her husband at Jamaica Inn. Life at Jamaica Inn is grim for Mary, but she soon learns that she is in more danger than she first thought, as she discovers more about a group of murderous wreckers who have been stealing cargo from ships

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Tess of the d’Urbervilles is best known for its challenging exploration of sexual morals of Victorian England. Tess claims kinship with the wealthy D’Urbervilles to escape poverty, but soon finds herself exposed to the expectations of women in love and society.

Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh

Based around a group of drug users in Scotland, Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting has achieved cult status for its gritty narrative and unforgettable characters. Both the book and film adaptation have received fantastic critical acclaim.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce

65 year old Harold Fry’s journey to visit terminally ill old friend Queenie allows him to reflect on the successes and mistakes of his life. Although he sets out to see Queenie in her final moments, he soon realises that his 627 mile walk serves more purpose than that.

I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh

A tragic accident has the police searching for a hit-and-run driver involved in the death of a little boy in Bristol. But as we learn more about the aftermath of the incident, more begins to unravel about the events that led to Jacob’s death.

We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

Eva tells her story through a number of letters to her presumably estranged husband Frank. In her letters she reflects upon her relationship with their son Kevin up until the point he committed a massacre at his school.

Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

Set in Victorian England, headstrong and feisty Bathsheba Everdene makes quite an impression after taking up a position as a farmer at Weatherbury. She finds herself courted by three very different men who each complicate her life in some way.

The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Nobel prize winner John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel Grapes of Wrath follows a poor family during the Great Depression as they set out for California with thousands of other Okies looking for a better future.

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Described as an elaborate metaphor for the events leading up to the Russian Revolution and the Stain era, a group of farm animals revolt against their farmer. The aftermath of this and the power struggle between their leaders causes the animals to wonder if they’re any better off than they were before.

The Stand – Stephen King

Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic horror The Stand explores the possibility of a worldwide pandemic, as a weaponized strain of influenza is accidently unleashed on the world. As 99.4% of humans are killed, society breaks down into violence and lawlessness and small pockets of survivors try to find various solutions.

A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

Dealing with notions of fate and spirituality, this is the story of best friends John and Owen who grow up in a small town together in the 1950’s and 60’s. As a child Owen develops a strong sense of purpose to carry out God’s will and eventually knows how and when he will die.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthopist – Robert Tressell

Based on his own personal experiences in Hastings, Robert Tressell captures the changing political views of the working class in England as socialism grew in popularity and the Labour Party came into being.

Before I go to Sleep – S. J. Watson

S. J. Watson’s psychological thriller about Christine Lucas – a lady suffering from amnesia and starting each day with no idea who she is – received fantastic praise upon release. As Christine slowly tries to rebuild her identity through her own journal entries, we learn that something is amiss.

The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

Ken Follett’s historical novel is set in the fictional town of Kingsbridge in the middle of the 12th century. Depicting the anarchy that followed the loss of the only male heir to the throne during the sinking of the White Ship, The Pillars of the Earth captures the uncertainty of the time.

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

First published in 1967, One Hundred Years of Solitude was one of the first books of the literary Latin American Boom of the 60’s. Interpreting Columbian history through 7 generations of the Buendía family, we gain an insight into some of Columbia’s key historic events.

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

Based in an alternative 19th century England where magic exists, Susanna Clarke introduces us to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel – two great magicians who couldn’t be more different. Friendship, reason and madness are all called into question in this fantastically imaginative story.

The Island – Victoria Hislop

Victoria Hislop’s heartbreaking historical novel follows 25 year old Alexis as she investigates her family’s hidden past and the tragic history of Spinalonga island which was once used as a leper colony in the 20th century.

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Based around young shepherd Santiago’s journey to Egypt after a recurring dream of finding treasure there, The Alchemist explores the idea of accomplishment. In the story the Alchemist suggests that people are easily distracted by treasure when searching for accomplishment.

Northern Lights – Phillip Pullman

Philip Pullman’s spectacular world where humans are accompanied by daemons – animals that look after them and hold their human’s souls – has entranced children around the world. In this first book of the series, Lyra travels to the Arctic to look for her missing friend.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

After Eddie is killed while trying to save a little girl from being crushed, he is sent to heaven and meets 5 people who were significant in his life. Among these are his old captain from fighting in WW2 and a child who died as a consequence of Eddie’s actions. Eddie learns a number of lessons about life.

Flowers in The Attic – Virginia Andrews

When the Dollangager family’s father dies, they’re left with extensive debt. Their mother moves them to her wealthy estranged parent’s house but it soon becomes apparent that their new grandparents are abusive and slowly the children begin to lose the protection of their mother.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

A heart-breaking story of the incomprehensible tragedy of the Nazi concentration camps told through the naive and innocent eyes of a 9 year old boy. Bruno lives in a big house next door to ‘out-with’ where his father works. At the camp fence he meets a boy wearing striped pyjamas and the two become friends.

A Town Like Alice -Nevil Shute

After meeting as prisoners of war during World War 2, Jean emigrates to Australia to be with Joe. There she tries to build a new life in a small outback community, attempting to replicate Alice Springs with her inheritance money.

Watership Down – Richard Adams

The tale of a group of rabbits who narrowly escape the destruction of their warren, this classic children’s adventure story follows the rabbits as they search for a safe place to live and try to re-build their lives in a new warren.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl’s imaginative story of five children who find golden tickets in their chocolate bars and are allowed to visit Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory has been a children’s favourite for generation after generation.

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Set in the early 1800’s, the story follows Edmond Dantès who escapes from prison after being falsely imprisoned and embarks on getting his revenge. Justice, mercy, innocence, guilt, loyalty and selfishness all play a part in this story.

The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks’ heart breaking romance is told by an elderly man in a nursing home. In his story young lovers Allie and Noah enjoy a fiery summer romance before the different classes of their families forces them apart. They’re emotionally reunited 14 years later and have a second chance at love.

My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell

Naturalist Gerald Durrell’s autobiographical account of the years he lived on the island of Corfu as a child offers a funny and rich description of the nature, animals and eccentric characters that he lived with.

The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells

Detailing an attack on Earth by the Martians, H. G. Wells’ famous novel caused widespread panic in the 1930’s when a radio reading of his story caused listeners to believe that a genuine alien attack was under way.

War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

This emotional story follows the experiences of a horse bought by the Army during World War One. Spending time with various people affected by the war, including soldiers of various armies, War Horse paints a broad picture of the horrors of World War One.

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

A dystopian sci-fi novel in which clones are made of the human population to be harvested for vital organs, Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel is an eye-opening look at life and mortality.