A vibrant and wonderful short story collection from one of the 20th century’s great masters of the art. Bradbury’s prose is magical; evocative, crisp and filled with unabashed joie-de-vivre.
The bleakest of Westerns, written in the darkest, most thundering Biblical prose. I love it.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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Myths of the Norsemen by H.A. Guerber
And, as a quote on one of her books once said: ‘If Joanne Harris didn’t exist, someone would have to invent her’ – and I couldn’t agree more!
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Dense, ominous, strange and compelling, Peake’s masterwork defies categorization, and continues to offer new insights and perspectives at every re-reading.
R is for Rocket by Ray Bradbury
Articles, history and perfume reviews ranging from the elegiac to the hilariously scathing. Bitchier than Joan Collins; cleverer than Stephen Fry.
The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Out of print even when I first read it, this was one of the great influences of my childhood. A compendium of Scandinavian and Icelandic myths, from which arose my lifelong fascination for old Norse mythology, language, and culture.
Perfumes, the Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez
One of the great passions of my adolescence, by the author that ruined Dickens for me forever; a massive, breathtaking novel, thrilling but literary, perfectly poised between epic and melodrama.
The book that taught me that language, correctly used, can evoke any sensation, create any emotion. Perfect voodoo on the page.