Thursday, 6 October 2011

Modern Classics

Suggestions via Twitter users on modern classics that you might have read, but really should if you haven't. (Apologies to those I haven't credited.) All suggestions are appreciated - add yours in comments. 

  • To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee via @Philipharv inter alia

  • Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry via @Mr__Gus

  • also Family Matters - Rohinton Mistry via @UKPizzaLover

  • A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

  • The Impressionist - Hari Kunzru

  • Glass Room - Simon Mawr via @sophieraworth

  • The Time-Travellers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger via @craftilicious

  • Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez via @superjonnyonion

  • Saturday - Ian McEwan - via @ianfflood

  • French Lieutenants Woman - John Fowles via @Carole_Benton

  • Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman via @wordycat

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society - Mary Ann Shaffer via @HNolan10
I am going to add: 

We Need to talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver

The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver

Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel 


  1. midnight's children - salman rushdie @huggyk

  2. Germinal - Zola @elizaboophotos

  3. The Crow Road - Iain Banks (no M) @throdd

  4. The Grapes Of Wrath - John Steinbeck

  5. The Life of Pi
    A Thousand Splendid Suns

  6. Anything by the great David Nobbs. His two most recent.... Obstacles to Young Love and It Had to be You.

  7. I'd argue with some of the stuff so far. John Fowles, for instance. I thought it was a deeply unpleasant, misogynistic, self-satisfied book. Others decent reads but hardly great literature.

    My suggestions: Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks and AS Byatt's Possession and/or The Children's Story.

    I'd back Life of Pi and Saturday. I would the Steinbeck and Zola if they were modern literature as well, but they ain't.

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  9. Brighton Rock - Graham Greene A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Unsure if 1938 counts as a modern classic but a classic it is.