Sometimes 600 pages just isn't enough. If you’re looking for a literary challenge for the New Year, or would just like a good excuse to spend the winter months curled up with a good book, here’s some very long novels (plus a few trilogies) that we can guarantee are worth the investment. 


The Luminaries

The Luminaries

By Eleanor Catton

848 pages

The second novel from Eleanor Catton and winner of the Man Booker Prize, The Luminaries is a gripping mystery set in the 1800s and described by The Observer as "a dazzling feat of a novel

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The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

By Donna Tartt

880 pages

Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Goldfinch is an odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power that combines unforgettably vivid characters with thrilling suspense.

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Middlemarch

Middlemarch

By George Eliot

904 pages

Lauded by many critics as the finest novel in English, Middlemarch provides a complex look at English provincial life at a crucial historical moment and contains an exploration of some of the most potent myths of Victorian literature.

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Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest

By David Foster Wallace

1100 pages

Touching on topics such as addiction, recovery, tennis and even Quebec separatism, Foster Wallace’s encyclopaedic bestseller is considered one of the best novels ever published.

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1Q84: The Complete Trilogy

By Haruki Murakami

1328 pages

Weighing in at a staggering 1328 pages, Murakami’s dystopian trilogy 1Q84 features a plot built around a mystical cult and two long-lost lovers who are drawn into a distorted version of reality.

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A Suitable Boy

A Suitable Boy

By Vikram Seth

1504 pages

At its core, a love story: the tale of Lata - and her mother's - attempts to find her a suitable husband. At the same time, it is the story of India, newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis as a sixth of the world's population faces its first chance to map its own destiny.

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