The Tudors: Charles Brandon
When you told me you loved me, you had me fooled for a second that, maybe, you might have meant it
One Day – David Nicholls (2009)
"You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you."
Telling the story of two people’s encounters on the same day over 20 years, One Day is remembered for the fate of one of its protagonists, giving the message to enjoy every moment.
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (1847)
"Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"
Tragic lovers Cathy and Heathcliffe’s passionate story set against the wild Yorkshire countryside is one of the most enduring.
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (2002)
"Murderers are not monsters, they’re men. And that’s the most frightening thing about them."
Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon narrates the story of her rape and murder from heaven in this poignant, heartbreaking novel by Alice Sebold.
After You’d Gone - Maggie O’Farrell (2000)
"Why isn’t life better designed so it warns you when terrible things are about to happen?"
After seeing a shocking sight at Edinburgh train station, Alice Raikes walks into a traffic accident, which leaves her in a coma. Maggie O’Farrell’s novel perfectly captures the swirl of voices and shared experiences that are set off by this freak occurrence, as well as weaving in a realistic, modern and heartbreaking love story.
The Time Traveller’s Wife- Audrey Niffenegger (2003)
"Chaos is more freedom; in fact, total freedom. But no meaning. I want to be free to act, and I also want my actions to mean something."
The tragic story of a man whose genetic disease causes him to time travel through his relationship with his wife and its effects on her cast the concept of romance in an unexpected, sad light.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (1960)
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view."
Harper Lee’s classic novel about a lawyer who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman and the prejudices this evokes in the Alabama town they live won is horrific, but poignant.
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1967)
"He really had been through death, but he had returned because he could not bear the solitude."
Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s narration of generations of a family whose history repeats itself time and time again is at times happy, at others heart wrenching, and all uplifted through his magic realism style.
Half Of A Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2006)
"This was love: a string of coincidences that gathered significance and became miracles."
Set during the Nigerian-Biafran War in the late 1960s, Half Of A Yellow Sun tells the story of the war’s effects on four very different people as the conflict uproots the Nigerian people and creates new tensions in their relationships.
Atonement – Ian McEwan (2001)
"A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended."
Set during World War Two, Atonement’s lovers are split apart by the war, but also by a dark family secret that draws them both closer together and further apart.
The Fault In Our Stars – John Green (2012)
"You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices."
Narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient who falls in love at a support group, The Fault In Our Stars is a beautiful, heartbreaking account of suffering.