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The best book series to binge on

Tired of losing hours to box-sets? Maybe it's time you got stuck into a great novel series instead. Here are 10 of the most binge-worthy collections around.

Binge-worthy books. Image: Ryan McEachern/Penguin

It's probably fair to say that most of us have been watching a terrific amount of telly recently. Something about being trapped inside our homes for three months has given us the freedom to make a serious dent in our Netflix queue. Thing is, excessive TV viewing is not great for our health. Indeed, one study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found, quite shockingly, that "every single hour of TV viewed after the age of 25 reduces the viewer's life expectancy by 21.8 minutes." 

But Netflix, Amazon, iPlayer and so on aren't the only places that offer binge-worthy storytelling. It goes without saying that many of the most successful TV series, from Game of Thrones to Outlander, are – whisper it! – based on books. And the books are often better. Plus, a good book series lasts a lot longer than a six-episode blockbuster, and has the time and space to go far deeper into plot, character and context. So, from Philip Pullman to Malorie Blackman, here are 10 of our favourite book series to binge on.

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