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What short, beautiful novel should I read?

I’m trying to read more broadly these days. And, specifically, I’m trying to read short, beautiful books to help me with a book of my own that I am trying to write.

This morning I posted a question on social media.

‪I’ve been given a £40 book voucher (coolest present in the world). What shall I buy? Preference is for short and beautifully written novels.‬

Here, a selection of the answers, are enough book recommendations to keep you (and me) busy for a year!

• The Brilliant and Forever by @Kevin_MacNeil is a great read
• To my shame I’ve only just read “To Kill a Mockingbird”. I wish I’d read it years ago; I’d recommend it to everyone.
• Mend the living by Maylis de Kerangal, welcome prize winner this year, short(ish), beautiful & unique
• The Moon is Down is splendid. I’ve heard very good things about The End We Start From.
• Also, @meganfnhunter’s The End We Start From; Mingarelli – A Meal in Winter; and Steinbeck’s The Moon is Down.
• Life’s Music by Andrei Makinr. Fulfills both criteria
• The Cove. A short novel set off the coast of west Wales. Beautifully written and utterly gripping.
• The troublesome offspring of cardinal guzman
• Would recommed At Hawthorn Time then
• Grief is a Thing with Feathers by @maxjohnporter is well worth reading
• Rain – Four walks in English weather, by @M_Z_Harrison
• MINK RIVER by Brian Doyle. LOITERING WITH INTENT by Muriel Spark.
• Finally read “Amongst Women” by John McGahern and loved it.
• Buy “Do birds still sing in hell?” Excellent story
• A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler
• “Monsieur Linh and His Child” – Philippe Claudel. One of the most beautiful short novels ever.
• “Skin of a Lion” is fab! Or how about Toni Morrison’s “Sula”.
• The Year Of The Hare is right up your street.
• Written by a Finnish man, it’s quirky, funny and beautiful.
• The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is about a man who walks across England. His journey, both exterior and interior, might be a bit different than your excursions.
• If Woman Rose Rooted
• The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward abbey
•  ‘Gift From The Sea’ by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
• Mushashi by Eiji Yoshikawa which is a novel made up of short books. Truly beautiful read.
• “Silk” – Alessandro Baricco. Beautifully written, multi layered, romantic tale, with some epic transcontinental journeys thrown in. Strong, powerful, yet subtle.
• Elif Shafak The Forty Rules of Love. Turkish writer, book about Rumi and a Sufi dervish.
• Gilead by Marylinne Robinson. Amazing book (and winner of the Pulitzer Prize a few years ago).
• Monsieur Linh and His Child- Philippe Claudel. Very moving, but also uplifting
• The magic strings of frankie presto. If you enjoyed your violin trip you’ll like this book. By mitch Albom
• Things Fall Apart
• I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice
• Janette Turner Hospitals’ -‘Forecast Turbulence’
• Il Postino (The Postman) by Antonio Skarmeta.
• The Course of Love by Alain DeBotton
• The North Water – Ian McgGuire
• Erlend Loe: Doppler
• Run Wild – Boff Whalley

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