I spotted this in Piers blog and thought, well I have a bit of time. Little did I guess how long I would be searching my shelves for a book beginning with E or X. I remember plots but not titles.
So the idea is to list books for each letter of the alphabet. Only using the first one you think of and not the one you find later that is more impressive. And it must be one you have really read, not just one you keep on your coffee table to shock the vicar.
This is tougher than it looks. Epecially when you keep remembering ones and finding the letter is already used. There are a lot of books beginning with M and W on my shelves.
So here is my list. Like Piers I will not select a victim. Just read, enjoy and if you have a couple of hours to kill where you should really be writing or washing out the bin then have a go.
A: Animal Farm: George Orwell
B: The Big Sleep: Raymond Chandler
C The Chrysalids: John Wyndham
D: Dracula: Bram Stoker
E: Empire of the Sun: JG Ballard
F: Frankenstein: Mary Shelley
G: Greenwitch: Susan Cooper
H: The Hobbit: J.R.Tolkein
I: The Inheritors: William Golding
J: Judgement on Janus: Andre Norton
K: King Solomon's Mines: H Rider Hubbard
L: Labyrinth: Kate Mosse
M: The Midwitch Cuckoos: John Wyndham
N: The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency: Alexander McCall Smith
O: The Osterman Weekend: Robert Ludlum
P: Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen
Q: Queen of Sorcery: David Eddings
R: Revelation: C J Sansom
S: Swallows and Amazons: Arthur Ransome
T: A Town Like Alice: Neville Shute
U: Ubix: Philip K Dick
V: Virgin in the Ice: Ellis Peters
W: The Wierdstone of Brisingamen: Alan Garner
X: (Essential) X-men: Chris Claremont- Well I was struggling on this one.
Y: The Year of the Comet: John Christopher
Z: Zanthan at Moon's Madness: R M Williams