What is it about a book that makes it a classic? A classic is a classic, as Italian writer and novelist Italo Calvino suggests, because it lingers long after you have turned the last page. Some books become classics immediately. They are read, passed on and loved by generations of readers. Here are some our favourites that have become instant classics.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014. A novel of the cruelty of war, tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
'The best thing he has ever written' Observer
'A masterly portrait of a truly virtuous and dedicated man' New Yorker
A stunning collector's edition of John Boyne's unforgettable novel, with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers.
'A new novel from Tyler is always a treat and this is her best in years' Mail on Sunday
Tie-in edition with the film adaptation of the global bestseller, The Light Between Oceans, one of the most successful Australian novels of recent years. Produced by Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks and directed by Derek Cianfriance, the highly anticipated film stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weiss.
Now a major film starring Academy Award nominees Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling
Moving between Spanish conquest abroad and the court of the astute Charles V, Hugh Thomas's masterful work brilliantly brings alive one of the most influential and amazing moments in world history.
An epic story of love and war, and of England in the first half of the twentieth century, from the bestselling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.