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10 great garden reads

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

A richly poignant novel set in the southwest Indian village of Ayemenem. Weaving between a series alternating timelines and flashbacks, Arundhati Roy’s wonderful, Booker Prize-winning debut will evoke tears and laughter in equal measure!

Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin

The first installment of George R. R. Martin’s outrageously successful Song of Ice and Fire series. Dark fantasy and mythical creatures, combined with dastardly plots and political intrigue, make this a hard book to put down.

Cider With Rosie, Laurie Lee

A charming chronicle of Laurie Lee’s childhood growing up in an idyllic Cotswolds village. The novel evokes a sense of quintessential English rural life and of long, forgotten summers.

French Leave, PG Wodehouse

Adapted from Guy Bolton’s 1938 stage play, Three Blind Mice, this classic Wodehouse novel follows the holidaying adventures of an American chicken farmer, Teresa Trent, in the French towns of St. Rocque. The very best of 1950s English satire.

Our Man in Havana, Graham Greene

Set in the stifling heat of the Cuban capital, Greene's classic spy novel tells the tale of James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman, and his run-ins with a corrupt local police chief.

Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

More trouble in tropical paradise in this seminal Defoe adventure story. Set on an island just off the coast of South America, the titular castaway is marooned for nearly three decades: a lifetime spent escaping cannibals, slave merchants and existential despair.

The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch

Theatre director, Charles Arrowby, retires to the coast to finally write his memoirs. In the search for solitude and a simple rural existence, he instead unearths more heartache with an encounter with an erstwhile love. 

Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Written more than a decade after Fitzgerald’s literary masterwork, The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night tells the story of the deteriorating marriage of Dick and Nicole Diver—set against the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera.

A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson

A fabulously funny account of Bryson’s expedition along the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine, spanning some of the most awe-inspiring natural landscape in America. 

The Goldfinch, Donna Tart

A contemporary masterpiece. Theo Decker is the 13-year-old New Yorker at the heart of this enthralling odyssey through modern America. Tragedy, art theft, good-natured antique experts, hot-headed Russian classmates. All life is here.

Posted on September 12th 2021

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