Not so long ago, our average life expectancy didn’t extend much beyond 40. These days, hitting your 40s means – statistically speaking – you’ve probably got a ways to go. Thankfully, there are a million books to help you spend that extra time. And because you’ve already asked (and possibly answered) a lot of life’s big questions, reading can be as purposeful or indulgently pleasurable as you please. Here are some essential reads to help you over the hump.
Now a major film starring Academy Award nominees Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling
Bill Bryson's hilarious tour of his adopted country: the book that was voted the nation's favourite book on modern Britain in a World Book Day BBC poll.
A new edition of Salman Rushdie's prize-winning masterpiece to tie in with the release of a major film adaptation.
A classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world’s master storytellers – ‘a masterpiece’ The Times
Deborah Rodriguez's bestselling novel about a little cafe in Kabul, and the five extraordinary women who meet there ...
For the first time in over 30 years, John le Carré returns to the Cold War in this thrilling masterpiece.
Before EAT, PRAY, LOVE there was ALMOST FRENCH
Twenty new titles in the much-loved and hugely successful Penguin English Library series.
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is a book to be settled into fully, tomorrow be damned. Funny, heart-hammering, wise. The New York Times
The breakout novel by one of Scotland's best novelists – brave, inventive and brilliant. A.L. Kennedy on top form
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014. A novel of the cruelty of war, tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
Wuthering Heights has achieved an almost mythical status as a love story, yet it is also a unique masterpiece of the imagination: an unsettling, transgressive novel about obsession, violence and death.
1908, and American engineering geniuses are being killed off one by one . . .
A witty, wise family saga from the bestselling author of Those Faraday Girls and Family Baggage.
An electrifying literary conspiracy thriller from the internationally bestselling author of HHhH.
Opening with an act of inexplicable violence, Idaho is a stunning debut about loss, grief and redemption
THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING OUTLANDER SERIES.
'I want to tell you a story about my daughter, my beautiful failure. Every day of her high school life was a struggle. She woke up in the morning and the thought of going to school was like an enormous mountain to climb.'