Epic Reads:

Narratives that alter you. Universal in their impact, these reads resonate with you long after the last page.

In the Heart of the Sea – By Nathaniel Philbrick

Posted by Andrew:  Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary How small and hopeless one would feel, to be wrecked by an 80 foot whale and cast adrift in the Pacific. Short of looking back at Earth from space, I can’t imagine a more vivid impression of humankind’s insignificance in the face of nature and the universe. Nathaniel Philbrick’s In […]

Whicker’s War – by Alan Whicker

Posted by Andrew:  Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary There is something about war that brings into focus the extremes of the human capacity for experience. Perhaps it’s the immediacy of mortality, the unfamiliarity of foreign things, or the camaraderie. I suspect it’s a little of each and more besides. In Whicker’s War Alan Whicker recounts how he […]

Assassin’s Apprentice – by Robin Hobb

 Posted by Andrew: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Robin Hobb doesn’t attempt to reinvent the fantasy wheel – she simply crafts it beautifully. Assassin’s Apprentice is the story of Fitz, a royal bastard, cast out by his impoverished family and forced into the hands of the unsuspecting royal household. As the illegitimate child of Chivalry Farseer, Fitz […]

The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad

Posted by Robin: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary In 1894, Martial Bourdin, a young French anarchist, attempted to bomb the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. On his way through Greenwich Park, however, he tripped over a tree stump, inadvertently set off the device and blew himself up. 12 years later, Joseph Conrad took inspiration from Bourdin’s goof […]

Purple Hibiscus – By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Posted by Parastou: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Read with us! See below for a chance to win a copy of Purple Hibiscus. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of those authors that I’ve always meant to read but never actually gotten round to (my to-read list increases exponentially). With Half of A Yellow Sun hitting the silver […]

So Much For That – By Lionel Shriver

Posted by Abi: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Shep Knacker’s life is the anti American Dream. His handyman business has become so successful he’s sold it for a million dollars, but he has the money earmarked for an escape from his life in the US to an early retirement on a tiny island in Africa – with […]

The Great Gatsby – By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” Think of beautiful long hazy days, lounging on freshly cut green grass, think of serene women in long floating gowns and well-respected men in starched white linen suits, […]

The God of Small Things – By Arundhati Roy

Posted by Abi: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary “They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved, and how. And how much.” Twins Rahel and Estha return to live with their grandmother and great aunt following the breakdown of their parents’ marriage. A series of inconsequential-seeming decisions, […]

A Christmas Carol – By Charles Dickens

Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary When someone asks you what you’re reading, say a ‘novella in five staves’ and watch them be impressed. A Christmas Carol is such a novella and one that should be read for its hilarity, delight and true festiveness.  I watched the ultimate transformation of the misanthropic Scrooge to joy-filled merry […]

Robinson Crusoe – By Daniel Defoe

Posted by Bartley: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Robinson Crusoe is in every sense of the word, a classic. As a tale, it has inspired and influenced western culture to the point of cliché: the survivor on the tropical island has been played out in dozens of formats from Lost to Gilligan’s Island; it echoes in the […]

Shards of A Broken Crown – By Raymond E. Feist

Posted by Parastou: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary To all the die-hard fantasy readers out there, if you haven’t already read this book, or this series, you must do so immediately. Right now. Go! Raymond Feist has been on my ‘to read’ list forever, but I never actually got round to reading any of them.  When Shards […]

Larry’s Party – By Carol Shields

Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary This is a deceptively simple book. Just one guy’s life. When you meet Larry he is luxuriating in a rather new ‘find’, a Harris Tweed jacket to end all Harris Tweed jackets. Larry does own one, but not this one. That means someone else will no doubt notice upon […]

Martha Quest – By Doris Lessing

Posted by Lawrence: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary For those of you looking for a great coming of age novel, and are desperate to avoid anything that involves teenage vampires, then look no further than Doris Lessing’s fantastic, Martha Quest: Beautifully written and still remarkably relevant 60 years after its publication, this brilliant novel is sure to […]

Dandelion Wine – By Ray Bradbury

Posted By Stevie: Tweet #neverendinglibrary It’s summer 1928 and twelve year old Douglas Spalding is on a mission to record every last magical moment. Be it Happiness Machines, vanilla-lime ice cream, phone calls to Buenos Aires or making healing dandelion wine – it’s all magic in his eyes. Having grown up amidst a family of […]

The Odyssey – Homer

Posted by Lawrence: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary If you ever had a burning desire to find what happened to Sean Bean’s character after the events in the film Troy, this book has the answer.  However, before you dive right in and get your Odyssey on, I suggest that you go home, read the Iliad, and feed […]

Farewell Summer – By Ray Bradbury

Posted by Genevieve: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary  “We gotta stand still! Stay the age we are. Grow up? Hah! All you do then is marry someone who screams at you!” A mock civil war has begun where the young and old are pitted against each other on the battlefield of Green Town Illinois. Douglas Spaulding, the […]