“The Loved One” by Evelyn Waugh

The Loved One

I don’t remember how this book appeared on my shelf (I have a shabby, paperback Penguin edition), but I’m glad it did. Name puns, dark humour, direct references and wildly-caricatured characters don’t offer the subtle wit of “Brideshead”, but it probably made a great film.

“Beloved” by Toni Morrison


The most extraordinary American novel I have ever read. I feel like I’ve read it twice already because I have tried to catch every last drop of the magic and beauty. The turns of phrase are often so stunning, it feels like it was written by a talented foreigner, like Nabokov. You could sing this novel to your children.