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 […]

High Rise – By J.G. Ballard

Posted by Fliss: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary “Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.” From the very first line of this bizarrely dystopian novel it is clear Ballard is out to […]

The Shipping News – By Annie Proulx

Posted by Fliss: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Meet Quoyle, a pathetic excuse for a man who lacks motivation and refuses to interject any passion or excitement into his life. All changes when his callous and unloving wife is killed in a car accident. Quoyle is forced to take life by the horns and up and leave […]