French historian and political thinker Alexis de Toqueville, was born on this day in 1805 in Paris. Tocqueville's Democracy in America (1835), is today considered a phenomenal early work of sociology and political science. Read more by Alexis de Toqueville
Read the opening extract of the brand new Kevin Sampson book before its publication on 07/08/2014
One Day David Nicholls
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 23 February 2012.
One of Richard Bacon's favourite books.
A 2011 World Book Night selection.
Winner of... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2010
Death on the Nile Agatha Christie
One of Sister Wendy Beckett's favourite books.
The wonderful Hercule Poirot works his magic in this murder mystery set in the exotic location of Egypt.
July 2010 Guest Editor Louise Candlish on Agatha Christie...
I read this when I was about... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2001
The Beginning of Spring Penelope Fitzgerald
One of Katharine McMahon's favourite books.
Highly evocative of time and place this wonderful novel set in the early 20th century is funny, touching and curious. A real treasure of a novel.
A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher...
Perhaps Penelope Fitzgerald’s... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/04/1989
The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende
One of Carol Drinkwater's favourite books.
May 2011 Guest Editor Carol Drinkwater on The House of the Spirits...
Since discovering this book, I have bought every Allende, but for me this remains her finest. It recounts the horrors of living... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/1994
The Blue Flower Penelope Fitzgerald
One of One of Joanna Trollope's favourite books.
February 2012 Guest Editor Joanna Trollope on Penelope Fitzgerald...
Alas, dead too, but of old age. I had supper with her once, in the converted garage of her daughter’s house, where she... Format: Paperback - Released: 05/08/1996
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One of Dan Snow's favourite books.
June 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.
On My Bookshelf by Isabel Allende...One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez is arguably the best Latin Americannovel ever written. I found characters that seemed to... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2007
The Secret River Kate Grenville
One of Anne Berry's favourite books.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006.
An epic novel of the early settlers in Australia, of the plight of the Aborigines and...
Drop Dead Beautiful Jackie Collins
One of Katie Agnew's favourite books.
The Queen of Glitz comes up trumps – she brings Lucky Santangelo back with a fistful of problems, both emotional and lethal. Jackie Collins...
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
One of Susan Fletcher's favourite books.
A fascinating story told from the perspective of a mother and her four daughters who have been taken to the Congo, by the father...
Topics About Which I Know Nothing Patrick Ness
One of Patrick Gale's favourite books.
A wonderful, humorous and bizarre collection of tales looking at how the world might have been.
June 2010 Guest Editor Patrick Gale on Patrick...
The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
One of Hardeep Singh Kohli's favourite books.
The Communist Manifesto (1848), Marx and Engels's revolutionary
summons to the working classes, is one of the most important and
influential political theories...
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on The Handmaid's Tale...
A story about a terrifying dystopian world, ruled by a military and religious dictatorship which is homophobic, racist and misogynistic....
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe, John J. Richetti
One of Larry Lamb's favourite books.
The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is stranded on an uninhabited island far away from any shipping routes. With patience and ingenuity,...
One for the Money Janet Evanovich
One of Peter Snow's favourite books.
Stephanie Plum is down on her luck. She's lost her job, her car's on the brink of repossession, and her apartment is fast becoming...
Saturday Ian McEwan
One of Alastair Campbell's favourite books.
Selected for the Man Booker Prize 2005 Longlist. The novel is set within a single day in Feb 2003 as war in Iraq...
Nightingale Wood Stella Gibbons
One of Veronica Henry's favourite books.
August 2010 Guest Editor Veronica Henry on Nightingale Wood...
Stella is most famous for Cold Comfort Farm and most people are unfamiliar...
The Bone Garden Tess Gerritsen
One of Lisa Gardner's favourite books.
January 2011 Guest Editor Lisa Gardner on Tess Gerritsen...
While I’m a huge fan of her characters Rizzoli and Isles, my favourite novel...
The Pursuit of Love Nancy Mitford
One of P. D. James' favourite books.
February 2011 Guest Editor Carmen Reid on Nancy Mitford...
I gobbled up all of Nancy Mitford’s books when I was a young...