Author Archives: Lucy

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Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Many of the books I l have left to read from the BBC’s Top 100 Books remain unread for a reason; put quite simply, they’re books I’ve avoided. Many of them are sci-fi; a genre I would never opt to read out of choice; a couple of them are dauntingly long; and until recently, three that remained […]

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Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

  Despite having studied – and hugely enjoyed – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde during my degree in English Literature, it was only as I neared the end of Treasure Island that it dawned on me that both novels were by the same author. Such is his prestige that Scottish Robert Louis Stevenson is […]

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The Twits – Roald Dahl

As I approach the last quarter of the BBC Big Reads, it dawned on me that much of what remains are books that I’ve deliberately avoided reading. Thankfully, in amongst the Russian greats and the sci-fi tomes was one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved books – The Twits. At just 101 pages, it was something […]

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Tess of the D’Urbevilles – Thomas Hardy

  Thomas Hardy is one of several authors who appears more than once in the BBC Big Read poll – with both Far from the Madding Crowd and Tess of the D’Urberville’s featured in the Top 100. Published in 1891, Tess of the D’Urbevilles is one of the oldest classics on the list of 100, […]

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Perfume – Patrick Suskind

The further I get into the BBC Top 100 Reads, the more I rely on others for recommendations. Most recently Francesca Main – an editor at Picador who has worked on some of my favourite books in recent years – suggested I read Perfume and, describing it as both dark and atmospheric, I was sold. […]

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The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Almost every person I’ve encountered in the past three weeks is probably aware that I’ve been reading The Count of Monte Cristo. At number 44 on the BBC Big Reads, it’s one of the longest I’ve read to date – though having last night discovered that Dumas was paid by the word, one can certainly […]

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Reader Wanted

  As with many things, it started with a tweet. Thirty-four year old Andrew Bailey, who has Friedreich’s ataxia – a degenerative disease which stopped him being able to read 15 years ago – put a sign in a bookshop looking for someone to read to him. Having spotted the note, Dec Munro, from Crouch End […]


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