A not-short list of some short books

by Jamie Klingler


Sometimes, there just isn’t the time (or, if we’re honest, the inclination) to pick up a weighty tome and get stuck in. And sometimes, you’re busy and hopping from here to there, and don’t want to lug an enormous brick of a book around that’ll end up sending you to the osteopath. And sometimes you just fancy a nice, short book.

To which end here, for your perusing pleasure, is a not-very-short list of some of life’s shorter reads, the favourites of London Book Club members and others…

Novellas, and other short books

Epitaph of a Small Winner, Machado de Assis

The Uncommon Reader, Alan Bennett

The Destiny of Nathalie X, William Boyd

Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

When I Was Five I Killed Myself, Howard Buten

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote

The Awakening, Kate Chopin

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

The Twits, Roald Dahl

Heartburn, Nora Ephron

Brown on Resolution, CD Forester

Where Angels Fear to Tread, E.M. Forster

The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giorno

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

All My Friends Are Superheroes, Andrew Kaufman

Trumpet, Jackie Kay

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

A Life’s Music, Andrei Makine

Horseman, Pass By, Larry McMurtry

Restraint of Beasts, Magnus Mills

South of the Border, West of the Sun, Haruki Murakami

The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (this was the most-often suggested of all the books on the list, if that sort of thing means anything to you)

Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

What in God’s Name, Simon Rich

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger

Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

Eat Him If You Like, Jean Teulé

The Suicide Shop, Jean Teulé

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Between The Acts, Virginia Woolf

The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

Moments of Being, Virginia Woolf

Short stories

Love of Fat Men, Helen Dunmore

Jigs & Reels, Joanne Harris

The Last Girlfriend on Earth, Simon Rich

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