Fever's Favourite Fiction

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It’s official, The London Book Fair has opened its doors for a new chapter in literary discovery. With our stellar list of entertainment clients we can’t pretend to not be TV and movie buffs here at Fever, but we do also enjoy a good page turner. To celebrate The Fair, and our love of all things literature, we’ve collected contributions from a number of Fever book worms to create our all-time favourite book list. Some selected their favourite book from childhood while others went for adult reads – we have classics, modern masterpieces and even a game changing photo book. Check out our faves below and let us know which tops your list.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – the glitz, the glamour, parties, the romance. I basically wish I was born in the 1920s. And this quote: And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy (Chrissie Cooper)

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst – The themes within this book absolutely captivated me, and the characters are so complex and contrasting I completely fell in love with them (Rich Hawkins)

The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton – a different adventure every time, it’s true to childish imagination and Blyton at her finest (Katy Ball)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – beautifully evocative of post-war Barcelona; fantastically gripping and a meticulous plot featuring characters you quickly come to care deeply about (Lee Nugent)

The Twits by Roald Dahl – so deliciously sinister! (Caroline Farley)

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene – effortlessly beautiful, heartbreakingly sad (Bruce McLachlan)

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell – every PR should read it (Sophia Vanezis)

Karlsson on the Roof by Astrid Lindgren – This book perfectly reflected the imagination of a child (Natasha Williams)

The Secret History by Donna Tartt – Simply for its gripping narrative, dark and magical mash of characters and readable prose (Matt Davis)

William Eggleston’s Guide by William Eggleston – One of the first bodies of colour photography to be accepted into the art world. The photographs are all of everyday objects but the more you look at them, the more the colours become vivid, and the photos become these really beautifully composed, almost abstract images (Dan Wong)

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen – I like to sing along with the words! (Jess Archard)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – It takes you on both and emotional and historical journey (Lauren Hill)

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson – Quite possibly the most traumatising book to read as a child and for that reason it has stuck with me ever since (Mary Oladapo)

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – I read this at the age of 10, and it cemented my love of literature. If I hadn’t read this book, I probably wouldn’t have done an English Lit degree or eventually gone into PR, so you could say it set me on my path. Also, the final scene – the beautiful melodrama of it! (Fiona Hughes)

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