Isn’t it time you read . . . ?

There's never been a better time to pick up those classic books that have been sitting on your shelves for as long as you can remember.

17/03/2016
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There's never been a better time to pick up those classic books that have been sitting on your shelves for as long as you can remember.

American Psycho

by Bret Easton Ellis

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Bret Easton Ellis' violent black comedy about a wealthy New Yorker leading a double life as a serial killer turns thirty in 2021.

One of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time, this cult classic about the darkest side of human nature feels no less shocking and relevant three decades later.

In Cold Blood

by Truman Capote

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2016 is the fifty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the controversial and compelling book that made Truman Capote's name.

Capote's investigation into a bloody murder in rural Kansas and the effect it had on those involved is often described as the first non-fiction novel.

Electricity

by Ray Robinson

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It's fifteen years since the publication of Ray Robinson's inventive and unusual story of a young woman with epilepsy, which has since been made into a film starring Agyness Deyn.

Lily's epilepsy means she's used to seeing the world in terms of angles – you look at every surface, you weigh up every corner, and you think of your head slamming into it. Prickly, spiky, up-front honest and down-to-earth practical, Lily is thirty, and life's not easy but she gets by.

But then her mother – who Lily's not seen for years – dies, and Lily is drawn back into a world she thought she'd long since left behind.

Wide Sargasso Sea

by Jean Rhys

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Jean Rhys' postcolonial classic Wide Sargasso Sea, which transports Jane Eyre to a Caribbean island, is fifty-five this year. In this haunting novel, Rhys delves deeper into the story of the first Mrs Rochester, the mad woman in the attic.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

by James Joyce

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Never quite managed to get through Joyce's modernist masterpiece Ulysses? James Joyce's first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is much more manageable. This autobiographical Dublin-set coming-of-age tale is a story of sexual awakening, religious rebellion and artistic development.

The Genius of Shakespeare

by Jonathan Bate

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If you've yet to get through all of William Shakespeare's thirty-eight plays and one hundred and fifty-four sonnets, this could be the year. Alternatively, if you're short on time, you could read Jonathan Bate's classic biography of the life – and afterlife – of the greatest English poet, The Genius of Shakespeare and watch the BBC's series of history plays starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Bridget Jones's Diary

by Helen Fielding

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If your reading list is looking a bit heavy after all of those, you'll be delighted to know that 2021 is also the twenty-fifth anniversary of Helen Fielding's hilarious tale of a pissed, chain-smoking London thirty-something.