For your morning commute...

Max Porter's

by Ellie Perry

21st October 2019

Not far from London, in an unnamed sleepy English village, Max Porter invites us to step into his dark green folk tale about a boy and an ancient tree. The titular character of this novel is ‘Lanny’ a young and imaginative, green-eyed boy...


Ellie perry's

TOP ELEVEN reads of all time... 

Because ten just wasn't enough

1.BELOVED by Toni Morrison (1987)

Set in the post-civil war United States, Toni Morrison's Beloved was inspired by the life of Margaret Garner. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988, Beloved is a harrowing testimony to the legacy of slavery and its lasting impact on the lives of families and individuals that managed to escape.

2. tales of the jazz age

by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1922)


by Zadie Smith (2005)

4.grief is the thing with feathers

 by Max Porter (2015)

5. heartburn

by Nora Ephron (1983)

Ephron's autobiographical novel tiptoes between fiction and reality to explore the breakdown of marriage in a thinly veiled revision of the author's own marriage to Carl Bernstien and his affair with Margaret Jay. Hilariously cynical, Ephron's wit and turn of phrase does not disappoint.

6. south and west

by Joan Didion (2017)



by Lewis Carroll (1865)


by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

9. mrs dalloway

by Virginia Woolf (1925)

Mrs Dalloway is perhaps Virginia Woolf's best known novel. The treasured classic follows the day of Clarissa Dalloway as she plans a party for her politician husband. The day unfolds as a backdrop for the more complex themes of mental illness, love and loss that Woolf explores through the perspectives of her characters

10. rebecca

by Daphne du Maurier (1938)

11.the picture of dorian gray

 by Oscar Wilde (1890)

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