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1001 Books: You Must Read Before You Die

1001 Books: You Must Read Before You Die

Paperback Cassell Illustrated

By (author) Peter Boxall

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  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated
  • Format: Paperback | 960 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 207mm x 58mm | 1,915g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844036146
  • ISBN 13: 9781844036141
  • Edition: 8000
  • Edition statement: updated edition.
  • Illustrations note: 100
  • Sales rank: 97,673

Product description

They're called the classics for good reason. Whether they're a work of wacky imagination, a piercing insight into social and cultural traditions at the time of writing, or simply a fantastically absorbing story, all the books featured in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die have come about out of people's desires to communicate a story, a message or a lesson. From much loved tales to off-beat cult fiction and the timeless classics of the nineteenth century, discover the influences on the authors, plots and characters of the books that really should make up part, if not all, of your library.Battle orks with Frodo and Aragorn in Middle Earth, go on the road with Kerouac in search of freedom, get involved with questions of gender and androgyny with Orlando, immerse yourself into the full and expansive portrait of India created by Seth in A Suitable Boy and enter the world of Christoper Boone in his touching and amusing quest to find the killer of his neighbour's pet dog. All of these books, and many more are reviewed with fresh perspectives in terms of plot, the ideas that they bring out and why they deserve, above others, to be recommended and read.

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Author information

Peter Ackroyd is well known for writing historical fiction. His awards are numerous, including the Guardian Fiction Prize, Whitbread Biography Award, Royal Society of Literature William Heinemman Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize to name but a few. He has written biographies on T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens and more and also holds a C.B.E for services to literature. London

Table of contents

A selection of the greatest contemporary and classic books you should read including: Aesop's Fables, Little Women, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Bleak House, Crime and Punishment, Arcadia, Foucault's Pendulum, On the Road, The Cider House Rules, The Good Soldier, The Water-Babies, Brighton Rock, A Room with a View, American Psycho, A Clockwork Orange, Kidnapped, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Invisible Sons, The Passion, Sexing the Cherry, La Bete Humaine and many many more