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C&TH’s Books To Read Before You Die

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C&TH’s Books To Read Before You Die

The Country & Town House team pick their must-read books

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Get properly prepped for summer by investing in a few new books – but with so many out there, allow the Country & Town House team to guide you in what to buy. Here we reveal our favourite tomes, in our edit of ‘books to read before you die’…

Books To Read Before You Die

Lucy Cleland, Editor

wuthering heights

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


‘The sense of place and character transports you out of your everyday existence.’

The Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante

‘Quite possibly the most visceral, honest and compelling view of a friendship ever, spread over four equally absorbing novels.’

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

‘For the utter desolateness of it.’

Maya Monro-Somerville, Associate Publisher

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez & A Little History of the World by Ernst Gombrich

Rosalyn Wikeley, Retail Editor

The Veiled Kingdom by Camen Bin Laden

‘It gives you a better idea than any stats/newspaper article/research on the religion, culture and reality underpinning the threats we face today from terrorism. It is particularly good at explaining how Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabist creed compromises women’s rights and opposes the central tenets of western liberal democracy, and yet the Oil Monarchy is the US and UK’s main ally in the Middle East… It’s a real story by a real woman who refused to be stripped of her rights. You’ll take it into the bath with you it’s so gripping.’

Olivia Milligan, Sales Executive

The Bible


‘If I had to choose one favourite it would be the Bible, the most read, translated and published book of all time… But I also love The Book Thief, The 100-Year-Old Man Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, 12 Year’s a Slave, Private Peaceful, All the Light We Cannot See, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Gone Girl.’

Rebecca Cox, Online Editor

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

‘Young adult dystopian fiction is my guilty pleasure, but the teenage melodrama and end-of-the-world plots aside, never has a book so perfectly described the delicious, heart-wrenching pain of falling madly in love for the first time.’

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

‘This unflinching depiction of the brutality of slavery in the deep south tells the story of 19th-century abolitionist and women’s rights pioneer Sarah Grimké and the slave-girl Handful she is given for her 11th birthday. A powerful novel and a moving story about one of America’s early suffragettes.’

Chloe Smith, Features Assistant

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

‘Unpredictable and compelling, this book follows a group of intelligent college students in New England as they test the boundaries of their morality. Beautifully written from the perspective of a lonely narrator who infiltrates the group of classics students and is swept into a whirlwind of Dionysian rites, murder and attraction. This book truly deserves the accolade of Modern Classic.’

Imogen Agnew, Editorial & Production Assistant

All Nancy Mitford Novels

‘The Pursuit of Love in particular. Completely unputdownable and despite being written over 65 years ago it feels relevant and relatable. It is the one book that everyone should read. Funny, sharp and astute writing about love and growing up. My mum gave me the complete collection (featuring a brilliant introduction by India Knight) for my birthday the year I started uni and they changed my life.’

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