This has been doing the rounds of Facebook recently. I thought it was worth a blog entry.
The name of the game is to list 15 books that will always stick with you and do it within a 15 minute time frame. Pass it on to 15 friends and see what they come up with.
Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Graham
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Ten Little N*ggers (yes, that's what it was called way back when dinosaurs roamed) - Agatha Christie.I found this on my grandmother's bookshelf when I was a teenager and it introduced me into the world of crime fiction.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Christine - Stephen King (my first horror book and it gave me the heebie jeebies)
Needful Things - Stephen King (it was supposed to be horror but I laughed all the way through - it made me realise I had a taste for sick puppy humour)
all of the Dalziel and Pascoe novels by Reginald Hill
Riotous Assembly - Tom Sharpe - political commentary in the form of farce - glorious.
The Colour of Night - Terry Pratchett (audio book narrated by Nigel Planer - introduced me to Pratchett's beautifully odd disc world)
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith
Be My Enemy (aka F*ck This for a Game of Soldiers) - Christopher Brookmyre - Mad, bad, tacky, tasteless, politically incorrect, hysterically funny and the best ranter in the business
Underbelly - John Silvester & Andrew Rule - hooked me on Australian true crime
The Body Farm- Patricia Cornwell - my first encounter with the forensic side of crime - that fascination has stayed with me even though Cornwell hasn't. I've long since given up reading her books.
Diamond Dove - Adrian Hyland - so many themes in this book combined with aboriginal spirituality
A Beautiful Place to Die - Malla Nunn - I've just read it and it truly was a WOW book. Set in 1952 South Africa, the fear and paranoia that apartheid laws brought is all through this book.
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