|The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy.
A comedic tour de force for sci-fi fans. A group of interstellar
misfits careen through outer space commenting on everything they
encounter and some things they don't. It's the first in a series that
includes The restaurant at the end of the universe and Life, the
universe, and everything.
Watership down. Richard Adams.
Fiver and a small group of rabbits, forewarned by a premonition,
escapes the death that befalls the rest of their warren and set off to
find a safer place to live. Along the way, the rabbits encounter many
Lucky Jim. Kingsley Amis.
Jim Dixon, a junior lecturer at a British college, is thoroughly
disgusted with the presence of nitwits in the school.
The Rachel papers. Martin Amis.
Charles Highway is nearly twenty and on his way to Oxford. As a pit
stop along the way, he thinks he'd like to seduce a girl named Rachel.
The handmaid's tale. Margaret Atwood.
Offred is a woman living in the Republic of Gilead, where women are
only of value when they are able to reproduce. This futuristic tale is
a satirical commentary on population problems.
Empire of the sun. J. G. Ballard.
A young boy named Jamie is separated from his parents when they leave
Shanghai at the beginning of the second world war. Jamie ends up in a
Japanese Civilian Assembly Center along with other displaced people.
The death of the heart. Elizabeth Bowen.
Portia, a young orphan, moves in with her brother Thomas in London.
Portia's naivete leads her to a relationship with Eddie, a man of
A clockwork orange. Anthony Burgess.
Alex is a young man with no sense of right or wrong. After Alex is
nabbed by the coppers, an attempt is made to rehabilitate him--with
disastrous results. Burgess invented a language to suit this
Farenheit 451. Ray Bradbury.
Guy Montag is a fireman in the future -- a future where firemen burn
books. He loves his job until he meets a young woman who tells him
about a time when people read books instead of destroying them.
Suddenly, he's intent on saving books, but that's a dangerous job!
Manservant and maidservant. Ivy Compton-Burnett.
Horace Lamb undergoes a transformation from mean-spirited tyrant to
general nice guy. But can others overlook their memories of his former
Heart of darkness. Joseph Conrad.
Marlowe sets out to find Kurtz, a legendary ivory trader, in the wilds
of Africa. As he journeys through the interior of the continent,
Marlowe comes face to face with the brutality of colonialism. Be on
the lookout for shrunken heads.
Bridget Jones's diary. Helen Fielding
Bridget records the vital statistics of her life including all
important info like men salivated over, cigarettes inhaled, calories
consumed, weight gained, and embarrassment suffered. Hillarious!
A passage to India. E. M. Forster.
Miss Adela Quested, Mrs. Moore, and Cyril Fielding are newcomers to
India who all encounter Dr. Aziz, an educated, wealthy Indian man. In
a time when friendship between English and Indian people was frowned
upon, these four become unlikely friends until an allegation of
misconduct is raised.
A room with a view. E. M. Forster
Lucy Honeychurch is in Italy with her aunt when she meets George
Emerson, to whom she is attracted against her better judgement--he is
beneath her socially. Lucy must choose between George and a more
"suitable" suitor when she returns to England. An engaging romantic
comedy. (The movie is great, too! Matthew Modine was so cute back
The yellow wallpaper. Charlotte Perkins Gillman.
Sentenced to bed-rest, an unnamed woman robbed of her rights as a
patient and a human begins a descent into insanity that starts with
the contemplation of her room▓s annoying, dirty wallpaper.
The lord of the flies. William Golding.
Stranded on a desert island after their plane crashes, a group of boys
must try to survive without any adult supervision.
Blindness. Henry Green.
As John Hayes loses his vision, his failure to understand the people
around him becomes more and more apparent
The heart of the matter. Graham Greene.
Pity has replaced passion in Scobie's marriage and when another woman
needs him at least as much as his own wife does, his loyalties are
High Fidelity Nick Hornby.
Rob Fleming's life is falling apart. His girlfriend has moved out,
he's not employed in one of his all-time-top-five jobs, and he feels
like his life is going nowhere. Rob's solution: to figure out where
his dating life fell apart by bugging ex-girlfriends. A music-lover's
paradise, this funny novel is even better than the movie.
A brave new world. Aldous Huxley.
In this futuristic world, babies are born in test tubes, sex is only
permitted for breeders, and people are tracked for their roles in
society from the day they're conceived. So when Bernard Marx falls in
love, there are bound to be problems.
The remains of the day. Kazuo Ishiguro.
Stevens, an English butler who strives for perfection, has difficulty
reconciling his idea that he worked for a great man with the popular
reaction against his former employer, whose connections to Nazis in
the World War II era are dubious.
D. H. Lawrence. Lady Chatterley's lover.
Connie, a bored upper class woman, becomes involved with Mellor, the
game keeper hired by her husband.
The fifth child. Doris Lessing.
Harriet and David Lovatt, a young middle class couple, buy a big house
and have child after child. But with the birth of their fifth child,
who's abnormally ugly, mean, strong, and hungry, the Lovatt's get more
than they bargained for.
Therapy. David Lodge.
Television writer Lawrence Passmore seeks therapy in any of its many
forms (from aroma- to pyscho-) in this wry novel.
Of human bondage Somerset Maugham.
Philip Carey was raised by his ultra-religious aunt and uncle. After
studying art in Paris, Philip returns to England where he meets a
young woman who changes his life.
Wide Sargasso Sea. Jean Rhys.
After marrying an Englishman, Antoinette Cosway moves from her family
home in the West Indies and begins a rapid descent into madness. The
story is told from both Antoinette's and her husbands perspective.
Brideshead revisited Evelyn Waugh.
While stationed at Brideshead, Charles Ryder reminisces about his
relationships with the Marchmain family before the first world war.
The war of the worlds. H. G. Wells.
Aliens descend on the planet, wreaking havoc and scaring everyone!
The time machine. H. G. Wells.
The Time Traveler goes forward to the year 802,700 to find a strangely
different planet with two types of creatures, the Eloi and the
Morlocks. The Eloi consume things made by the Morlocks and the
Morlocks hunt the Eloi.
Trainspotting. Irvine Welsh.
Renton, a twenty-something heroin addict in Scotland, is an incredible
slacker with a sarcastic sense of humor and a bleak look on life.
Ordinary people. Judith Guest.
A family struggles to regain normalcy after the accidental boating
death of a son and brother, Buck. Relationships between mother, Judith
and father, Cal are especially strained after their other son, Conrad,
attempts to commit suicide.
The picture of Dorian Grey. Oscar Wilde.
Like Peter Pan, Dorian Gray wishes to never grow old or ugly. He gets
his heart's desire, but is burdened with a painting of himself that
The Code of the Woosters. P. G. Wodehouse.
Wacky Bertie Wooster is rescued from countless dilemmas by his trusty
manservant, Jeeves, in this hilarious book.
The house of seven gables. Nathaniel Hawthorne.
A curse on their mansion has plagued the Pyncheon family for
generations. A suspenseful, dark tale that calls guilt and redemption
To the lighthouse. Virginia Woolfe.
The Ramsay family's summer visits to the Isle of Skye are reflected on
in this novel written with a stream-of-consciousness style.