I started compiling a list of modern novels which have really had wow! factor for me. Books which delighted by their originality or humour; which have already been re-read happily and gone onto the favourites’ list. Considering the hundreds of books I must have read, the list is sadly short. Anything by a dead author is out. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, Sue Townsend
Hawksmoor, Peter Ackroyd
Lake Wobegon Days, Garrison Keillor
Microserfs, Douglas Coupland
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
Toast, Nigel Slater
A Landing on the Sun, Michael Frayn. Also Spies. Also his first novel The Tin Men, one of the funniest books ever written.
Help me out here with books I might have forgotten. I could have made a much longer list of non fiction books.