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Presenter and guests meet to talk about their favourite books
Book Details - past programmes
This page only has details of programmes to March 2009. For details of programmes from April 2009 onwards, visit the new A Good Read homepage.
31 March 2009

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Memoir by John McGahern
Faber & Faber

Ann Widdecombe's choice:
Imperium by Robert Harris
Arrow Books

Kate Humble's choice:
The Ballad of Lee Cotton by Christopher Wilson
Abacus


24 March 2009

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Siege of Krishnapur by JG Farrell
Phoenix

Paul Gambaccini's choice:
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Penguin Red Classics

Thea Gilmore's choice:
The Book of Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agualusa (Author), Daniel Hahn (Translator)
Arcadia


17 March 2009

Sue MacGregor's choice
:
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale
Bloomsbury

Simon Warner's choice:
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Vintage Classics

Sophie Hannah's choice:
Unlucky for Some: A Novel of Suspense by Jill McGown
Pan Macmillan


10 March 2009

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Restless by William Boyd
Bloomsbury

Angie Errigo's choice:
Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
Penguin Classics

Jesse Armstrong's choice:
Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
Faber & Faber


3 March 2009

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Art of Fiction by David Lodge
Penguin

Robyn Karney's choice:
Dancer by Colum McCann
Phoenix

Huw Stephens's choice:
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Abacus


24 February 2009

Kate Mosse's choice:
Being Emily by Anne Donovan
Canongate

Jenny Agutter's choice:
In the Wake by Per Petterson
Vintage

Adam Hart-Davis' choice:
The Wind in My Wheels by Josie Dew
Little Brown


17 February 2009

Kate Mosse's choice:
The Blood of Flowers
by Anita Amirrezvani
Headline Review

Jonathan Holloway's choice:
The Getaway
by Jim Thompson
Orion

Nicholas McInerny's choice:
Nights at the Circus
by Angela Carter
Vintage Classics


10 February 2009

Kate Mosse's choice
Scum of the Earth
by Arthur Koestler
Eland

Victoria Derbyshire's choice
Slumdog Millionaire
by Vikas Swarup
Black Swan

Paul Blezard's choice
Letter to a Hostage
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Pushkin Press

2 December 2008

Sue MacGregor
The Duel (& other Stories) by Anton Chekhov
Dover Thrift

Rachel de Thame
The House by the Thames by Gillian Tindall
Pimlico

Dame Diana Rigg
The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd
Eland


25 November 2008

Sue MacGregor
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
Vintage Classics

Rebecca Jones
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
OneWorld Classics

Graeme le Saux
Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
Thorsons


18 November 2008

Sue MacGregor
Truant by Horatio Clare
John Murray

Caroline Charles
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell
Headline Review

Josie d'Arby
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E.
Frankl Rider


11 November 2008

Sue MacGregor
Billy Budd (& other Stories) by Herman Melville
Wordsworth Classics

Robin Hanbury-Tenison
The Violins of Saint-Jacques: A Tale of the Antilles by Patrick Leigh Fermor
John Murray

Sam Smith
An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan
Vintage


4 November 2008

Sue MacGregor
The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
Picador

Sukhdev Sandhu
Out of Sheer Rage by Geoff Dyer
Abacus

Gavin Esler
Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler
Vintage Classics


28 October 2008

Sue MacGregor

Wild Mary by Patrick Marnham
Vintage

Marcel Berlins
The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
Vintage

Pauline Black
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
HarperPerennial


21 October 2008

Sue MacGregor
The Road Home by Rose Tremain
Vintage

Patricia Routledge
The King of Sunlight: How William Lever Cleaned Up the World by Adam Macqueen
Corgi

Alexander Waugh
Letter to my Father by Franz Kafka translated by Howard Colyer
Lulu.com 


14 October 2008

Sue MacGregor

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Profile Books

Terry Jones
A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright
Canongate

Mark Borkowski
Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible by Jim Steinmeyer
Arrow


7 October 2008

Sue MacGregor

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Vintage

Ian Rankin
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Penguin Modern Classics

Sadie Jones
Franny and Zooey by J.D Salinger
Penguin



29 July 2008

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
translated by Geoffrey Wall
Penguin Classics

Tracy-Ann Oberman's choice:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Vintage

Shaun Ley's choice:
Jabez: The Rise and Fall of a Victorian Rogue
by David McKie
Atlantic Books


22 July 2008

Sue MacGregor's choice:
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Penguin

Julian Barnes' choice:
The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald
Harper Perennial

Maureen Freely's choice:
Mercedes-Benz by Pawel Huelle
translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Serpent's Tail


15 July 2008

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany
Harper Perennial

Roger Graef's choice:
Secrets of the Sea by Nicholas Shakespeare
Vintage

Mohsin Hamid's choice:
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
Vintage


8 July 2008

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Union Street by Pat Barker
Virago Modern Classics

Andrea Catherwood's choice:
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
Serpent’s Tail

Tom Standage's choice:
The Gift of Stones by Jim Crace
Picador /Pan Macmillan


1July 2008

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
Penguin

Les Dennis' choice:
My French Whore: A Love Story by Gene Wilder
Old Street

Michael Simkins' choice:
The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton
Constable and Robinson


24 June 2008

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Ghost by Robert Harris
Hutchinson

Barry Cunliffe's choice:
Candide by Voltaire
Oxford World’s Classics

Marcelle D’Argy Smith's choice:
A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis
by David M Friedman
Robert Hale


17 June 2008

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Adventures in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird
Penguin

Valerie Grove's choice:
Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting by Penelope Mortimer
Persephone Books
(see their website for ordering information)

Alistair Beaton's choice:
The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol
Granta


10 June 2008

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
Penguin Classics

Dillie Keane's choice:
A World of Strangers by Nadine Gordimer
Bloomsbury

Professor Richard Fortey's choice:
Waterland by Graham Swift
Picador


3 June 2008

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Montmorency by Eleanor Updale
Scholastic Point

Trevor Dann's choice:
Letters From Iwo Jima:
The Japanese Eyewitness Stories That Inspired Clint Eastwood's Film
by Kumiko Kakehashi
Phoenix

Kate Muir's choice:
Room Temperature by Nicholson Baker
Granta



Series presented by Kate Mosse

25 March 2008

Kate Mosse's choice:
The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino
trans. William Weaver
Vintage

Dame Stella Rimington's choice:
The Untouchable by John Banville
Picador

Terence Blacker's choice:
Intimacy by Hanif Kureishi
Faber


18 March 2008

Kate Mosse's choice:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Penguin

Sheena McDonald's choice:
The Ghost Map:
A Street, an Epidemic and the Hidden Power of Urban Networks
by Steven Johnson
Penguin

Sally Lindsay's choice:
Perfume by Peter Süskind
translated by John E. Woods
Penguin


11 March 2008

Kate Mosse's choice:
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
Faber

Tim Pigott-Smith's choice:
The Last Ride by Thomas Eidson
(also available under the title The Missing)
HarperCollins

Colin Murray's choice:
The Damned Utd by David Peace
Faber


4 March 2008

Kate Mosse's choice:
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Virago

Mishal Husain's choice:
Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam
Faber

David Hepworth's choice:
Weekend Wodehouse by PG Wodehouse
Pimlico


26 February 2008

Kate Mosse’s choice:
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Virago

Bidisha’s choice:
The Bell by Iris Murdoch
Vintage Classics

Tom Robinson’s choice:
Black Vinyl, White Powder by Simon Napier-Bell
Ebury Press


19 February 2008

Kate Mosse's choice:
Negotiating With the Dead by Margaret Atwood
Virago

Jacqui Dankworth's choice:
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Virago

Chris Smith's choice:
Resistance by Owen Sheers
Faber


12 February 2008

Kate Mosse's choice:
Thomas Hardy: The Time-torn Man
by Claire Tomalin
Penguin

Robin Lustig's choice:
Twelve Bar Blues by Patrick Neate
Penguin

The Rt Rev Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark:
The Goldilocks Enigma by Paul Davies
Penguin


5 February 2008

Kate Mosse's choice:
What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn
Tindal Street Press

Shami Chakrabarti's choice:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
by JK Rowling
Bloomsbury

Carol Klein's choice:
The Comedians by Graham Greene
Vintage


4 December 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow in 1911
by Juliet Nicolson
John Murray

Marcus Du Sautoy's choice:
A Mathematician’s Apology by GH Hardy
Cambridge University Press

David Dabydeen's choice:
The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon
Penguin Modern Classics


27 November 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Harper Perennial

Preethi Nair's choice:
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Penguin

Jay Rayner's choice:
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
by David Sedaris
Little, Brown


20 November 2007

Sue MacGregor’s choice:
Nella Last's War:
The Second World War Diaries of 'Housewife 49'
edited by Richard Broad & Suzie Fleming
Profile Books

Professor Eamon Duffy’s choice:
The Nebuly Coat by John Meade Falkner
Steve Savage Publishers

Elinor Goodman’s choice:
Gone With the Windsors by Laurie Graham
HarperPerennial


13 November 2007

Sue MacGregor’s choice:
Nature Cure by Richard Mabey
Pimlico

Justine Picardie’s choice:
Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann
Virago

Michael Fenton Stevens' choice:
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Penguin


6 November 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
by Alan Sillitoe
Harper Perennial Modern Classics

Deborah Moggach's choice:
Lost in Translation by Eva Hoffman
Vintage

Mike Gayle's choice:
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾
by Sue Townsend
Penguin


30 October 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Theft: A Love Story by Peter Carey
Faber

Lionel Shriver's choice:
The Name of the World by Denis Johnson
Methuen

Jim Crace's choice:
The Goshawk by TH White
NYRB


23 October 2007

Terry Wogan's choice:
The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Tóibín
Picador

Jan Ravens' choice:
The Dog Catcher by Alexei Sayle
Sceptre

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Bloomsbury


16 October 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Cobra's Heart by Ryszard Kapuscinski
translated by Klara Glowczewska
Penguin

Saira Khan's choice:
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki
Sphere

Boyd Hilton's choice:
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Penguin


9 October 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Everyman by Philip Roth
Vintage

Jeremy Paxman's choice:
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
Vintage

Bettany Hughes' choice:
Bilgewater by Jane Gardam
Abacus


31 July 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield
Penguin Classics

AL Kennedy's choice:
Island: Collected Stories by Alistair MacLeod
Vintage

Philip Kerr's choice:
Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant
translated by Margaret Mauldon
Oxford World’s Classics


24 July 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
translated by Michael Hofmann
Penguin

Dr Tanya Byron's choice:
Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
translated by Andrew Rothwell
Oxford World’s Classics

Charlie Higson's choice:
From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
Penguin


17 July 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Don't Look Now and Other Stories
by Daphne du Maurier
Penguin

Marie O’Riordan's choice:
Dubliners by James Joyce
Penguin

Christopher Douglas' choice:
Between the Woods and the Water
by Patrick Leigh Fermor
John Murray


10 July 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Penguin

Clive Swift's choice:
Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy
Picador

Margaret Heffernan's choice:
Dancing in the Dark by Caryl Phillips
Vintage


3 July 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
Penguin

Phil Hammond's choice:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Penguin

Andi Oliver's choice:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Vintage


26 June 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
Vintage

Jean Seaton's choice:
Making it Up by Penelope Lively
Penguin

Bill Thompson's choice:
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Voyager


19 June 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
Canongate

Shappi Khorsandi's choice:
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Vol 1)
Jonathan Cape

Roberta Taylor's choice:
Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice
Vintage


12 June 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Chains of Heaven by Philip Marsden
HarperCollins

Richard Francis' choice:
Either Side of Winter by Benjamin Markovits
Faber

Marjorie Wallace's choice:
Christine: SOE Agent and Churchill’s Favourite Spy by Madeleine Masson
Virago


5 June 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo
Picador

Mark Steel's choice:
My Father and Other Working-Class Football Heroes by Gary Imlach
Yellow Jersey Press

Duncan Fallowell's choice:
The Slide Area by Gavin Lambert
Serpent’s Tail


27 March 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Faber

Marina Warner's choice:
The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
translated by Ruth L.C. Simms
New York Review of Books

Tim Marlow's choice:
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Picador


20 March 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
My Invented Country by Isabel Allende
translated by Margaret Sayers Peden
Harper Perennial

Ken Campbell's choice:
The Illuminatus! Trilogy: Part 1 The Eye in the Pyramid by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
Constable & Robinson

Arabella Weir's choice:
Seeds of Greatness by Jon Canter
Vintage


13 March 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Penguin Modern Classics

Adam Sisman's choice:
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Penguin Classics

Tim Lott's choice:
The Fire-Eaters by David Almond
Hodder Children’s Books


6 March 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk
translated by Victoria Holbrook
Faber

Andrew Motion's choice:
The Peregrine by J.A. Baker
New York Review of Books

Roger Cook's choice:
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
Penguin Classics


27 February 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous
translated by Philip Boehm
Virago

Matt Seaton's choice:
The Rider by Tim Krabbé
translated by Sam Garrett
Bloomsbury

Anita Anand's choice:
In the Freud Archives by Janet Malcolm
Granta


20 February 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Harper Perennial

Ann Leslie's choice:
Staying On by Paul Scott
Arrow

Ray Connolly's choice:
The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy
Abacus


13 February 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
February House by Sherill Tippins
Pocket Books

Sara Wheeler's choice:
Voices of the Old Sea by Norman Lewis
Picador

Lynn Barber's choice:
Amazing Disgrace by James Hamilton-Paterson
Faber


6 February 2007

Sue MacGregor's choice:
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Penguin

Anne Karpf's choice:
Address Unknown by Kressmann Taylor
Souvenir Press

Jonathan Rée's choice:
The Spirit of the Age by William Hazlitt
The Wordsworth Trust

5 December 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice

Naples '44 by Norman Lewis
Eland

Jude Kelly's choice
Paradise by A.L. Kennedy
Vintage

Janet Street-Porter's choice
Ghost Town: Tales of Manhattan Then and Now by Patrick McGrath
Bloomsbury


28 November 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice

The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
Vintage

Sir Arnold Wesker's choice
The People on the Street by Linda Grant
Virago

Hunter Davies' choice
Passovotchka: Moscow Dynamo in Britain, 1945 by David Downing
Bloomsbury


21 November 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice

The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White
Penguin Classics

Philippa Gregory's choice
Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
Pushkin Press

Jonathon Porritt's choice
The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
Vintage


14 November 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice

Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
Penguin Classics

Katharine Whitehorn's choice
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Egmont Books

Eoin Colfer's choice
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Puffin Classics


7 November 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice

Ragtime by E L Doctorow
Penguin Modern Classics

Tessa Hadley's choice
Boyhood: A Memoir by J.M. Coetzee
Vintage

John Mullan's choice
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
Penguin


31 October 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice

Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon
Arrow

Joanne Harris' choice
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Penguin Popular Classics

Lisa Jardine's choice
The Deadly Space Between by Patricia Duncker
Picador


24 October 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice

For Esme with Love and Squalor by J.D. Salinger
Penguin

Simon Thurley's choice
Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Gamble by Andrew Roberts
HarperPerennial

Susan Blackmore's choice
The End of Faith by Sam Harris
Free Press


17 October 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice

Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
Vintage

Michael Dobbs' choice
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
HarperCollins

Antony Beevor's choice
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
Penguin


10 October 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Vintage

Janet Reibstein's choice
The Collected Stories of Grace Paley
Virago

Roshan Doug's choice
The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin
Faber


3 October 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice
Leaving Home by Anita Brookner
Penguin

Lesley Abdela's choice
Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallach
Phoenix

Greg Neale's choice
Towards the End of the Morning by Michael Frayn
Faber



1 August 2006
Series presented by Martha Kearney

Martha Kearney's choice
The Clicking of Cuthbert and Other Golf Stories by PG Wodehouse
Penguin

Sir Digby Jones' choice
Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World by Niall Ferguson
Penguin

Rupert Thomson's choice
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
HarperCollins


25 July 2006

Martha Kearney's choice
Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius
Oxford World's Classics

Ali Smith's choice
Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Polygon

Peter Bazalgette's choice
Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
Oxford World's Classics


18 July 2006

Martha Kearney's choice
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Penguin

Colm Tóibín's choice
The Witness by Juan Jose Saer
trans. Margaret Jill Costa
Serpent's Tail

Tony Robinson's choice
Cloudstreet: A Novel by Tim Winton
Picador


11 July 2006

Martha Kearney's choice
Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen
Pan

Sarfraz Manzoor's choice
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Vintage

Anthony Julius' choice
Trilby by George Du Maurier
Oxford World's Classics


4 July 2006

Martha Kearney's choice
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Penguin

Juliet Barker's choice
The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
Collins

Justin Cartwright's choice
Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald, trans. Anthea Bell
Hamish Hamilton


27 June 2006

Martha Kearney's choice
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
Faber

Edna Healey's choice
The Persian Boy by Mary Renault
Arrow

Sandi Toksvig's choice
Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King
Virago


20 June 2006

Martha Kearney's choice
That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern
Faber

Julian Baggini's choice
In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall
Phoenix Press

Penny Smith's choice
Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene
Vintage


13 June 2006

Martha Kearney's choice
Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan
Atlantic Books

Jim White's choice:
Any Chance of a Game?: A Season at the Ugly End of Park Football
by Barney Ronay
Ebury Press

James Lasdun's choice:
After Leaving Mr Mackenzie by Jean Rhys
Penguin



7 February 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice
Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
Perennial

Jon Snow's choice:
Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
Penguin

Christopher Frayling's choice
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M R James
Dover Publications


31 January 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Penguin Classics

Joanna Trollope's choice
Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje
Bloomsbury

Jay Parini's choice
In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
Scribner


24 January 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice

Odd Girl Out by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Pan

Anna Ford's choice
Far Away and Long Ago by William Henry Hudson
Eland

Paul Morley's choice
Television by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Dalkey Archive Press


17 January 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice
Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
Pan

Fiona Bruce's choice
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Bloomsbury

Gervase Phinn's choice
Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher Nolan
Phoenix.


10 January 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Oxford World's Classics

Andrew Graham-Dixon's choice
War Music by Christopher Logue
Faber

Tim Bentinck's choice
Troublesome Words by Bill Bryson
Penguin


3 January 2006

Sue MacGregor' choice
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
Arrow

Kerry Shale's choice:
Post Office by Charles Bukowski
Virgin Books

Michael Berkeley's choice:
The Devil in the Flesh by Raymond Radiguet
Marion Boyars


1 January 2006

Sue MacGregor's choice
St. Joan by George Bernard Shaw
Penguin Classics

Julia Neuberger's choice:
Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski
Persephone Books

Paul Farley's choice
Parallel Lines or Journeys on the Railway of Dreams by Ian Marchant
Bloomsbury


20 December 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice:
The Hamilton Case by Michelle de Kretser
Vintage

Cherie Booth QC's choice:
Saturday by Ian McEwan
Vintage

Andrew Davies' choice
Love and Friendship by Alison Lurie
Vintage


13 December 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice
Mapp and Lucia by E.F. Benson
Penguin

Sir Roy Strong's choice
Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy
Oxford University Press

Hilary Spurling's choice
The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen
Elliott & Thompson


6 December 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Oxford World’s Classics

P.D. James' choice
Good Behaviour by Molly Keane
Virago

Julie Myerson's choice
Being Dead by Jim Crace
Penguin



20 September 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice

When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head
Heinemann

Phill Jupitus' choice
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Penguin

Candace Allen's choice
Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick
NYRB Classics


13 September 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
Penguin Classics

Maria Aitken's choice
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited by Vladimir Nabokov
Penguin Classics

Hugh Dennis' choice
The Innocent by Ian McEwan
Vintage


6 September 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice

Love Lessons by Joan Wyndham
Virago Modern Classics

Matt Harvey's choice
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Bloomsbury

Simon Evans' choice
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Penguin


30 August 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice

The Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard
Virago

Razia Iqbal's choice
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Flamingo

Judith Flanders' choice
A Visit to Don Otavio by Sybille Bedford
Eland


23 August 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice

Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl
Penguin

Ruth Rendell's choice
The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
Dover Thrift Series

Robert Macfarlane's choice
Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Penguin Modern Classics


16 August 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice

Bad Blood by Lorna Sage
Fourth Estate

Virginia Ironside's choice
Of Love and Hunger by Julian Maclaren-Ross
Penguin Modern Classics

Ian Sansom's choice
I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal
Picador


9 August 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice

The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Vintage

Bella Bathurst's choice
Lighthouse by Tony Parker
Eland

David Bell's choice
The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton by Joe Klein
Hodder & Stoughton


2 August 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice

Old School by Tobias Wolff
Bloomsbury

Steve Punt's choice
The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester
Penguin

John O’Farrell's choice
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
Penguin


26 July 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice

Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Faber

Krishnan Guru-Murthy's choice
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Penguin Classics

Amanda Craig's choice
The Colour by Rose Tremain
Chatto & Windus


19 July 2005

Sue MacGregor's choice

The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
Profile

Kate Mosse's choice
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Harper Collins

Charles Collingwood's choice
In Love and War - A Letter to My Parents by Maria Corelli
Short Books



10 May 2005

Sue MacGregor’s choice

The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
Vintage

Nick Hornby’s choice
Spies by Michael Frayn
Faber

Simon Fanshawe’s choice
Noblesse Oblige edited by Nancy Mitford
Oxford Language Classics


3 May 2005

Sue MacGregor’s choice
The Dark Heart of Italy by Tobias Jones
Faber

Connie St Louis’ choice
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley
Serpent's Tail

Miranda Sawyer’s choice
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Perennial


26 April 2005

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Jane Austen by Carol Shields
Phoenix

Ruth Rogers’ choice
Havoc, in Its Third Year: A Novel by Ronan Bennett
Bloomsbury

Janet Suzman’s choice
Silk by Alessandro Baricco
Vintage


19 April 2005

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
John Murray

Dan Pearson’s choice
Second Nature by Michael Pollan
Bloomsbury

Anna Pavord’s choice
Keats - Selected Poems and Letters
Heinemann


12 April 2005

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Stasiland by Anna Funder
Granta

Jon Ronson’s choice
Pastoralia by George Saunders
Bloomsbury

Karen Thomson’s choice
Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre
Abacus


5 April 2005

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Oxford World’s Classics

Carmen Callil’s choice
Only in London by Hanan Al-Shaykh
Bloomsbury

Simon Blackburn’s choice
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume
Penguin Classics



8 February 2005

Sue MacGregor’s choice

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
Virago

Mel Giedroyc’s choice
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Oxford World’s Classics

Sue Perkins’ choice
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Puffin


1 February 2005

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Embers by Sandor Marai
Penguin

Andrew Roberts’ choice
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
Penguin

Henry Goodman’s choice
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Wordsworth Classics


25 January 2005

Sue MacGregor’s choice
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Vintage

Jo Brand’s choice
In the Springtime of the Year by Susan Hill
Penguin

David Quantick’s choice
Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry by B.S. Johnson
Picador


18 January 2005

Sue MacGregor’s choice
English Correspondence by Janet Davey
Vintage

Peter Egan’s choice
Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink
Orion

Baroness Amos’s choice
In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz by Michela Wrong
Fourth Estate


11 January 2005

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller
Penguin

John Fortune’s choice
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
The Harvill Press

Jonathan Meades’ choice
The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien
Flamingo


4 January 2005

Sue MacGregor’s choice
They Would Never Hurt a Fly by Slavenka Draculic
Abacus

Ronan Bennett’s choice
The Young Hemingway by Michael Reynolds
Norton

Barbara Trapido’s choice
Grace Notes by Bernard MacLaverty
Vintage

28 December 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
Vintage

Michael Buerk’s choice
The Zanzibar Chest by Aidan Hartley
Perennial

Tine van Houts’ choice
Open Secrets by Alice Munro
Vintage


21 December 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Toast by Nigel Slater
Perennial

Andrew Collins’s choice
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Flamingo

Clare Balding’s choice
Ignorance by Milan Kundera
Faber


14 December 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Cries Unheard by Gitta Sereny
Macmillan

Yvonne Brewster’s choice
The Enigma of Arrival by V.S. Naipaul
Picador

Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford
The Voices of Morebath by Eamon Duffy
Yale University Press


7 December 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
Persephone Books

Susan Greenfield’s choice
Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner
Phoenix

Mike Harding’s choice
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
Picador



21 September 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice

Pompeii by Robert Harris
Hutchinson

Simon Callow’s choice
Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
Vintage

Alexander McCall-Smith’s choice
The Difficulty of Being A Dog by Roger Grenier
Chicago University Press


14 September 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Year of the King by Antony Sher
Nick Hern Books

Fay Weldon’s choice
That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis
HarperCollins

Ruth Deech’s choice
I Don’t Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson
Vintage


7 September 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
The Gate by Francois Bizot
Vintage

Prue Leith’s choice
Not That Sort of Girl by Mary Wesley
Black Swan

Lembit Opik’s choice
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Vintage


31 August 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
London Fields by Martin Amis
Vintage

Simon Barnes’ choice
Casanova’s Chinese Restaurant (Book 5 of A Dance to the Music of Time) by Anthony Powell, Arrow

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s choice
Leading The Cheers by Justin Cartwright
Sceptre


24 August 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Paradise News by David Lodge
Penguin

Lord Carrington’s choice
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Penguin Classics

Clare Francis’ choice
As I Walked Out One Midsummer’s Morning by Laurie Lee
Penguin


17 August 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Period Piece by Gwen Raverat
Faber

Ralph Steadman’s choice
De Profundis by Oscar Wilde
Penguin Classics

Hugh Thomson’s choice
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Penguin


10 August 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Frankie and Stankie by Barbara Trapido
Bloomsbury

Lady Antonia Fraser’s choice
Washington Square by Henry James
Penguin Books

Lesley Pearse’s choice
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
Black Swan


3 August 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
The Good Doctor by Damon Galgut
Atlantic Books

Clare Boylan’s choice
The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
Flamingo

Guy Browning’s choice
Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
Penguin Classics


27 July 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge
Abacus

Tracy Chevalier’s choice
The Sewing Circles of Herat by Christina Lamb
Flamingo

Christopher Cook’s choice
Venus as a Boy by Luke Sutherland
Bloomsbury


20 July 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Vintage Classics

Bob Worcester’s choice
The English by Jeremy Paxman
Penguin

Martin Newell’s choice
Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr
Bloomsbury



11 May 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice

A Short Walk from Harrods by Dirk Bogarde
Penguin

Stuart Maconie’s choice
William at War by Richmal Crompton
Macmillan

Rebecca Front’s choice
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes by Anita Loos
Penguin


4 May 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Penguin

Howard Davies’ choice
Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton
Penguin

Eleanor Updale’s choice
Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter by Diana Souhami
Flamingo


27 April 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Stet by Diana Athill
Granta

Sir Menzies Campbell’s choice
Who Goes Home? by Roy Hattersley
Abacus

Alain De Botton’s choice
U & I: A True Story by Nicholson Baker
Granta


20 April 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
Vintage

Monica Ali’s choice
A Gesture Life by Chang-Rae Lee
Granta

Kevin Crossley-Holland’s choice
The Leper’s Companions by Julia Blackburn
Vintage


13 April 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
An Omelette and a Glass of Wine by Elizabeth David
Penguin

Jancis Robinson’s choice
The Easter Parade by Richard Yates
Methuen

Peter Preston’s choice
Editor: A Memoir by Max Hastings
Pan


6 April 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Travels with Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn
Eland

Hannah Gordon’s choice
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Vintage

Louise Welsh’s choice
Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
Penguin



3 February 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice

The Trick of It by Michael Frayn
Faber

Ken Russell’s choice
The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
Penguin

Ben Haggarty’s choice
The Other Side of Eden by Hugh Brody
Faber


27 January 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Disgrace by JM Coetzee
Vintage

Steven Norris’ choice
The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
Faber

Theodore Zeldin’s choice
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Oxford World’s Classics


20 January 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
The Siege by Helen Dunmore
Penguin

John Calder’s choice
Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley
Flamingo

Diana Athill’s choice
Loving by Henry Green
Vintage


13 January 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi
Penguin

Steven Isserlis’ choice
The Land of Green Ginger by Noel Langley
Faber Children’s Classics

Ardashir Vakil’s choice
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Methuen


6 January 2004

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Awakenings by Oliver Sacks
Picador

Paulette Randall’s choice
Mr Potter by Jamaica Kincaid
Vintage

Anna Raeburn’s choice
These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
Arrow
30 December 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
Vintage

Beryl Bainbridge’s choice
Therese by Francois Mauriac
Penguin

Clare Short’s choice
World on Fire by Amy Chua
Heinemann


23 December 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Red Fox

Sarah Waters’ choice
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Vintage

Stephen Frears’ choice
The Snapper by Roddy Doyle
Vintage


16 December 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Any Human Heart by William Boyd
Penguin

Roger Deakin’s choice
The Sword in the Stone by TH White
Collins

Kristine Landon-Smith’s choice
Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai
Vintage


9 December 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
The Last Life by Claire Messud
Picador

Doris Lessing’s choice
Basil Street Blues by Michael Holroyd
Abacus

Kenneth Grange’s choice
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Anchor (Pan)


2 December 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine
Penguin

Brian Sewell’s choice
The Rich Pay Late by Simon Raven
Vintage

Josephine Hart’s choice
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Phoenix



23 September 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice

Hotel World by Ali Smith
Penguin

Alan Coren’s choice
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
Vintage

Anna Shapiro’s choice
Childhood, Boyhood, Youth by Leo Tolstoy
Penguin


16 September 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
A Fish Caught in Time by Samantha Weinberg
Fourth Estate

Fi Glover’s choice
The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
Polygon

Steve Jones’s choice
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
Puffin


9 September 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Crimes of Conscience by Nadine Gordimer
Heinemann

Helen Lederer’s choice
The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark
Penguin

Jane Smiley’s choice
The Verificationist by Donald Antrim
Bloomsbury


2 September 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
Flamingo

Al Alvarez’ choice
Nothing Like The Night by David Lawrence
Michael Joseph

Mary Midgley’s choice
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Faber


26 August 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Song of the Rolling Earth by John Lister-Kaye
Time Warner

Ivan Massow’s choice
Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
Penguin

Anthony Howard’s choice
Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey
Oxford University Press


19 August 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi
Abacus

Elaine Showalter’s choice
The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
Virago

Romesh Gunesekera’s choice
Sicilian Uncles by Leonardo Sciascia
Granta


12 August 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Consequences by U.A. Fanthorpe
Peterloo Poets

Kathleen Griffin’s choice
Birds of Passage by Robert Sole
Harvill Press

Anthony Green’s choice
The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich
Phaidon


5 August 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
Fourth Estate

Carol Drinkwater’s choice
Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Penguin

Peter Stanford’s choice
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
Picador


29 July 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford
Orion

Oliver James’choice
The Story of My Life by Jay McInerney
Bloomsbury

Esther Rantzen’s choice
Wise Children by Angela Carter
Vintage


22 July 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
The Story of San Michele by Axel Munthe
Flamingo

Miles Kington’s choice
An Audience with an Elephant by Byron Rogers
Aurum Press

Claire Rayner’s choice
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Virago


15 July 2003

Sue MacGregor’s choice
Ancient as the Hills by James Lees-Milne
John Murray

Maureen Lipman’s choice
Unless by Carol Shields
Fourth Estate

Christina Odone’s choice
The Pursuit of Alice Thrift by Elinor Lipman
Fourth Estate


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