Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To … My Little Bro …



For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the lovely folk over at The Broke and the Bookish) we have been asked to recommend ten books to anyone we like.

As a big beefy 24-year-old, technically my little bro simply ain’t that ‘little’ any more. However, we will never lose that big sister/little brother dynamic – i.e. the fact that I’m always right and righteous and he should listen to all of my recommendations in life… however ridiculous.



1. Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman – when Daddy Relish finally relinquishes my copy of this wonderful novel (which he still hasn’t read…*ahem*) lil’ bro should read it. Because it is both modern and beautiful.


2. Scouting for Boys by Robert Baden-Powell – bought it for the boyfriend last Christmas. A bible for any good, adventurous boy.


3. The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith – poor lil’ bro has had this book bought for him as a gift by a forgetful yours truly no fewer than twice. He has read it. And he should read it again and again.


4. Somewhere a Cat is Waiting by Derek Tangye – cats, Cornwall and a great big dose of perspective.


5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – words can’t express how important and utterly perfect this spiritual little tale is.


6. Under the Skin by Michel Faber – Freaky. Not to be read on Christmas day.


7. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – mmmm, Tudory….



8. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell – perspective-lending and wholly inspiring. Orwell’s personal experiences of poverty on the streets of our capital cities pack a punch.


9. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood – heartbreaking.

10897810. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut – I’m like a stuck record with this book so I’ll keep shtum this time.

Happy reading!

2 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To … My Little Bro …

    1. They’re both marvellous Michael. Very different books for different moods. Pigeon English has become the benchmark for the book group against which all other books are judged. Which is quite unfair really!


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