The Fiction shelves of a bookshop can carry the widest variety of work from the ancient to the new and everything in between. The benefit of this can be books that are unexpectedly superb because you aren’t entirely sure what to expect. The following are ten books all of which I own that have done just this – surprised due to their exceptional quality. I recommend them all. Enjoy.
Memoirs of a Geisha / Arthur Golden
If you enjoyed the movie you’ll love the book and vice-versa.
Sister / Rosamund Lupton
Rosamund Lupton is an author who has fast built up a following. There’s no surprise why after reading this.
The Night Circus / Erin Morgenstern
The cover says it all, enchanting. One of my personal favourite books.
Dark Matter / Michelle Paver
This could have gone in a ghost or horror category, but it’s so well based in reality that I felt it best here. You’ll never see sunlight slipping away the same again.
Across The Nightingale Floor / Lian Hearn
The Orient, assassins, tradition, what more could you want? Most of all, a beautifully crafted tale.
The Virgin Suicides / Jeffrey Eugenides
This book put a spell on me just as had the Sofia Coppola movie. Not to everyone’s taste, but well worth the read.
I’m Not Scared / Niccolo Ammaniti
I felt this. ‘Nuff said. Distinctly Mediterranean and a great read.
The Vengeance of Rome / Michael Moorcock
This is the fourth book in the Pyatt Quartet. The only series of books that I’ve ever read, reached the last page, and thought ‘Jesus!’ he had me all the way.
The Dream Life of Sukhanov / Olga Grushin
‘Dream Life’ explains this better in two words than I could in a page. Very Russian. Very surreal. Always superb.
Milan Kundera / Unbearable Lightness of Being
Of love and lovers. A fantastic book and a great way to finish off this list.
I hope you enjoyed the choices and get chance to read at least one of these fine works of literature.
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Thank you for reading
Richard M. Ankers, author of The Eternals Trilogy