What Writers Read: 35 Writers on their Favourite Book - Edited by Pandora Sykes in aid of the National Literacy Trust

By Pandora Sykes

By Pandora Sykes

What Writers Read: 35 Writers on their Favourite Book

Pandora Sykes

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Edited by Pandora Sykes in aid of the National Literacy Trust

Emil And The Detectives

Erich Kastner

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There are some books that you know are there, at the core of you - Nick Hornby

Pride and Prejudice (Vintage Classics Austen Series)

Jane Austen

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It ignited my lifelong love affair with Austen’s work - Monica Ali


Jeffrey Eugenides

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The miracle of writing is that we can meet other people on a page - Diana Evans


Virginia Woolf

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A courageous book, full of chutzpah - Elif Shafak

Fever Dream

Samanta Schweblin

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It is a book that feels hopeless and yet provides hope - Lisa Taddeo

Sorrow and Bliss: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022

Meg Mason

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What luck it is to love someone you’ve never met, to be elevated and improved by both the author and her book - Ann Patchett

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Milan Kundera

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For the first time in my life, literature had provoked a sensual, erotic shock in me - Leïla Slimani


Zadie Smith

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I think Zadie Smith does things in it that border on genius - Caleb Azumah Nelson

Back from the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories


I knew that it was a mistake to judge a book by its cover but how could this be anything less than phenomenal? - David Nicholls

Bridget Jones's Diary

Helen Fielding

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The joy of reading is that books forge these connections between the unlikeliest of people - Sara Collins

Tom's Midnight Garden

Philippa Pearce


The twist of plot unlocked so much for me, it haunted and obsessed me - Tessa Hadley

Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell

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Gladwell is a skilled and talented storyteller - George the Poet

Cold Comfort Farm

Stella Gibbons

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I loved it because it was funny in this very eccentric way - Marian Keyes

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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This was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen - Derek Owusu

The Summer Book: A Novel

Tove Jansson

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The lightness of its writing, day or night, dark or light, is a kind of magic - Ali Smith

The Beach

Alex Garland

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Like all great works of art, it helps furnish my inner world - Paris Lees

Heartburn: VMC 40th Anniversary Edition

Nora Ephron

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The most-loved and most-read book on my shelf - Dolly Alderton

Escape to an Autumn Pavement

Andrew Salkey

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The Windrush generation produced a rich seam of literature - Paul Mendez

National Velvet

Enid Bagnold

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I’m a picky reader and I get something out of it every time I read it - Jojo Moyes

The God of Small Things: Winner of the Booker Prize

Arundhati Roy

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This was a book that made me feel that one could do something magical with language - Meena Kandasamy

Moon Tiger

Penelope Lively

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As a reader, I have no favourite book. As a writer, I have Moon Tiger - Taiye Selasi

The Pillow Book

Sei Shonagon

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As I started to read, my heart beat faster - Ruth Ozeki

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Agatha Christie

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She knew what it was to put the reader at the centre of all her storytelling - Elizabeth Day

The Thing About December

Donal Ryan

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I was horrified that someone had written something so fantastic - Kit de Waal

I Capture the Castle: A special gift edition

Dodie Smith

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I was inspired and enchanted by this most unusual novel - Deborah Levy

Train Dreams

Denis Johnson


The true pleasure of this book is its style – dryly lyrical, but also highly restrained - Damon Galgut

Schott's Original Miscellany

Ben Schott

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It reminds you on every page that life holds more than you can ever comprehend - Naoise Dolan


Joseph Heller

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I was utterly rapt, utterly held and read the book in one long blast of mesmerised absorption - William Boyd


Nella Larsen


It’s incredible that it was Larsen’s first book – the writing is sublime - Emma Dabiri

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