In a year when reality has often seemed stranger than fiction, taking time to share a good book with friends is just the tonic we need. This list of modern masterpieces and timeless classics is guaranteed to stimulate a lively discussion. Oh – and they're brilliant reads to boot.
Leading authors share their memories for Libraries Week 2019.
Diana Evans is the author of the novels 26a, The Wonder and Ordinary People. She has received nominations for the Whitbread First Novel, the Guardian First Book and the Commonwealth Best First Book awards and was the inaugural winner of the Orange Award for New Writers. Ordinary People won the 2019 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, and also received a nomination for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction. Her journalism appears in Time magazine, the Guardian, Vogue and the Financial Times. She lives in London. www.diana-evans.com