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Bloomsbury have recently released a special version of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' as part of their '21 Great Reads for the 21st Century' collection. This edition has a foreword by Alexander McCall Smith and a fantastic contribution from J K Rowling herself. Click on the picture to order your copy.

 

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In this book JKR lists her favourite children's books, current favourites,  and her favourite all time Top 10. Below are her Top 10, and some mini-reviews of our favourites from her recommendations. Any of them can be purchased by clicking on the pictures.
 
  • "Emma" by Jane Austen.
  • "Chéri" by Colette
  • "The Garden Party" by Katherine Mansfield
  • "Middlemarch" by George Elliot
  • "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov
  • "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens
  • "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith
  • "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
  • "The Van" by Roddy Doyle
  • "Tender is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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"Emma" by Jane Austen
This is a classic novel by the incomparable Jane Austen. The heroine begins the novel spoiled and self-delusional but learns lots of lessons about life, love and friendship. It's also a very funny book with some hilarious set-pieces and memorable characters. The sort of book you love to re-read.

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"Middlemarch" by George Eliot
Another brilliant classic novel that covers journeys of discovery. A strong and interesting heroine -Dorothea - keeps your attention. Eliot also covers themes of ambitions and dreams and people's ability to deceive themselves. It's a richly textured novel with lots of fascinating sub-plots.
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"I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith
This book is not nearly as well known as her most famous work - "101 Dalmations" - yet Dodie Smith's coming-of-age novel is heart-warming and captivating. The young protagonist loves to write about her bizarre home, eccentric family and peculiar circumstances. This novel is both funny and sad and written in a fresh, modern style. The ending is also instantly memorable.

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"Tender is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This brilliant novel tells the story of the Divers and their troubled marriage. They are a beautiful, rich, popular couple with sad and destructive secrets. The novel also explores the power of wealth and the problems it brings. Both sad and intriguing - a great read!
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is now available for pre-order on UK Amazon. Click through any links on this page to reserve your copy.

 
 
     

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