World Unread Book Day

Interesting survey of 2000 people’s Top Ten Books – and maybe a bit unbelievable.  I’ve managed three of them – the Bible, Nineteen Eighty Four and Pride and Prejudice.  I have a long list of books I ought to have read but never will.  James Joyce’s Ulysses will always head that list – has anyone ever managed to read it? – closely followed by War and Peace.  My own best books?  Well – anything by William Trevor, particularly the Short Stories which are near-perfect in their economy and agonising in their content.  Of everyday reading, I think Ian McEwan is very good, particularly the opening pages of Enduring Love, and Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong is extraordinary.  I have a growing affection for more modern classics – books like the Catcher in the Rye [which I gather Bill Clinton re-reads any time he doesn’t have anything more pressing on hand] and the Riddle of the Sands.  I don’t possess a copy of the Father Ted scripts – after all they are oral tradition.  And, of course, Arthur Ransome and Biggles continue to occupy their own unassailable position in my heart.

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