Books That Really Made an Impact on Me ( when it mattered!)

By BookShrop Booksellers

By BookShrop Booksellers

These books really made an impact on me when I first read them.  I wonder if they stand the test of time?


Daphne Du Maurier

£8.99 £8.54

My first "adult" read, at a time when Young Adult reads did not exist. Named my first daughter after this haunting book by Daphne du Maurier.

The Return of the Native

Thomas Hardy

£7.99 £7.59

Not everyone likes Hardy's fatalism, but this book got me through my A levels and so it is recalled with fondness.

The Secret History: From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

£9.99 £9.49

A dark and gripping thriller about hedonistic college students sliding into a moral abyss of their own making.

The Quincunx: The Inheritance of John Huffam

Charles Palliser

£20.00 £19.00

A Victorian pastiche novel written 1989. I remember it being a huge hit for its atmosphere and gripping and complex plot

What Was Lost: Winner of the Costa First Novel Award

Catherine O'Flynn

£9.99 £9.49

A haunting and disturbing novel about the disappearance of a 10 year old girl. After reading this, you'll believe that inanimate objects can emanate evil!


Ian McEwan

£9.99 £9.49

Contains - for my money- one of the most powerful opening chapters I've ever read. A study of obsession and the boundaries of moral responsibility.

The Moonstone

Wilkie Collins

£8.99 £8.54

One of the first true works of detective fiction. Combines sleuthing with psychological insight - a new concept then

Room on the Broom

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

£7.99 £7.59

Bedtime story-time was never dull with this book to hand. A truly brilliant formula, much copied since.

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