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30 BOOKS TO READ IN A LIFETIME
A powerful collection of books that belong on everyone’s bucket list

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Memoir

These powerful, shocking, honest and compelling works of narrative memoir re-defined the genre and count as some of the finest ever written.
Memoirs of a Geisha
Memoirs of a Geisha
Arthur Golden
 
A young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. Set in 1928 post-war Japan opening a window into a half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
John Berendt
 
Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess. A morose inventor. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window and a redneck gigolo!
If This Is a Man
If This Is a Man
Primo Levi
 
This slightly built, duitful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the most endearing human events and with the most contemptible.
Dispatches
Dispatches
Michael Herr
 
Herr travelled to Vietnam as a war correspondent for Esquire. He returned to tell the real story in all its hallucinatory madness and brutality, cutting to the quick of the conflict and its, devastating impact on a generation of young men.
Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces
James Frey
 
James Frey wakes up on a plane, with no memory of the preceding two weeks. He has abused alcohol and every drug he can lay his hands on for a decade. James Frey starts his perilous journey back to the world of the drug and alcohol-free living.
In Cold Blood
Mr Nice
Howard Marks
 
During the mid-1980s Howard Marks had 43 aliases, 89 phone lines, and owned 25 companies throughout the world. All were money laundering vehicles serving the core activity: dope dealing. 
 

Manuals for life

The thirst for spiritual and mental wellbeing in a hectic world is well served by these beloved classics that have become seminal reading for generations.
How To Win Friends & Influence People
How To Win Friends & Influence People
Dalke Carnegie
 
In How to Win Friends and Influence People, Carnegie offers practical advice and techniques, in his exuberant and conversational style, for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Steven Covey
 
Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems.
The Road Less Travelled
The Road Less Travelled
M Scott Peck
 
Dr M. Scott Peck suggests ways in which facing our difficulties and suffering through the changes can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding.
How To Be a Women
How To Be a Women
Caitlin Moran
 
Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby? Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.
Eat Pray Love
Eat Pray Love
Elizabeth Gilbert
 
Elizabeth Gilbert has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges to pursue her own journey.
The Rules of Life
The Rules of Wealth
Richard Templar
 
Some people seem to find money so easy. Easy to make, easy to hold on to and easy to grow. The rest of us just find it easy to spend. Here’s a personal code for a life of prosperity and plenty.
 

The World We're in

From philosophy, psychology, and science these smart thinking classics have changed the way we see the world and our place in it.
Freakonomics
Freakonomics
Stephen Levitt
 
Assume nothing, question everything. Levitt’s rule-breaking, iconoclastic book about crack dealers, cheating teachers and bizarre baby names that turned everyone's view of the world upside-down.
Thinking Fast and Slow
Quiet
Susan Cain
 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Our lives are driven by a fact that most of us can't name and don't understand. It defines who our friends and lovers are, which careers we choose.
The God Delusion
The God Delusion
Richard Dawkins
 
Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types.
Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Robert Prisig
 
The story of the narrator, his son Chris and their month long motorcycle odyssey from Minnesota to California profoundly affected an entire generation.
The Psychopath Test
Confessions of a Sociopath
M. E. Thomas
 
Thomas draws on the latest research to explain why at least one in twenty-five of us are sociopaths - and shows why that's not a bad thing.
A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time
Stephen Hawking
 
Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries?
 

Stranger Than Fiction

Fantasy, fable and myth blend in unique, exhilarating and disturbing ways in this powerful selection of dystopian and futuristic fiction.
The Hobbit
The Hobbit
J R R Tolkien
 
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life. But his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey.
he Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
Douglas Adams
 
It's an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass.
The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
 
The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness.
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies
William Golding
 
A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued.
The Life of Pi
The Life of Pi
Yann Martel
 
One boy, one boat, one tiger ...After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific.
The Little Prince
The Little Prince
Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
 
Heart-breaking, funny and thought-provoking, it is an enchanting and endlessly wise fable about the human condition and the power of imagination.
 

The Human Spirit

These classic works of fiction explore and examine the human condition - its strengths and frailties - in new and life-affirming ways.
A Town Like Alice
A Town Like Alice
Neville Shute
 
Jean Paget is just 20 old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she is forced to march for miles through the jungle an experience that leads to the deaths of many.
The Help
The Help
Kathryn Stockett
 
Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver.
Shantaram
Shantaram
David Roberts
 
A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld.
The Beach
The Beach
Alex Garland
 
Richard lands in East Asia in search of an earthly utopia. In Thailand, he is given a map promising an unknown island, a secluded beach and a new way of life.
Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
Josepeh Conrad
 
Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz: dying, insane, and guilty of unspeakable atrocities.
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold
 
In heaven, Susie Salmon can have whatever she wishes for except what she most wants, which is to be back with the people she loved on earth.
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