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Attack the tomes

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Traverse the Mount Everests of the literary world.

You might have one glowering at you from the bottom of your bookshelf already. It’s not that you don’t want to read them. On the contrary, they’re the books that you aspire to read in your lifetime. Eventually. It’s just that they’re so imposing – not to mention heavy – and you’re yet to find the time. Well, they’re not getting any shorter. And there’s no time like the present. Here are some insightful, inspiring, enlightening and delightful literary tomes to tick off your bucket list.

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They came on a Wednesday to execute my father. Looking back, I should have sensed something amiss during morning Mass three days earlier.

Grown Ups

Johnny Casey launched into a fit of energetic coughing – a bit of bread down the wrong way.

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

Malcolm let the canoe drift to a halt and then silently slipped in among the stiff stems