Epic stories to inspire reading

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From Harry Potter to the Lord of the Rings, we’ve put together a list of epic stories to inspire readers of all ages to jump into a book.

Check out our top picks and find the perfect read to gift to reluctant readers or to reignite your own passion for books.

Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling 

An infectious tale about eponymous young wizard Harry Potter, this series of children’s books appealed to a much wider audience – enchanting kids and adults alike. Follow his thrilling journey through seven magical books and discover a whole new world.

A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth 

Find yourself fascinated by this gorgeous – and long! – story set in 1950s India. This epic tale is, at its heart, a love story but as well as learning about Lata and her complicated relationships, you get a gorgeous picture of a country during a period of change.

Chaos Walking Trilogy, Patrick Ness

This is another young adult series that has successfully made the crossover to all-round well loved series. The Chaos Walking books have a strong fantasy element and offer some insightful social commentary alongside a rip-roaring yarn.

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, Jung Chang

This truly epic true story follows three generations of women from one family and spans many fascinating years of Chinese history. Beautifully written and offering insights into everything from bound feet to the communist regime, it is an enthralling book.

Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

If there’s one classic trilogy that’s certain to transport you to a whole new world, this is it. Find out what all the fuss is about and immerse yourself in Tolkien’s incredible story, which has been charming readers for more than 60 years already.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon

Travel to exciting locations in Prague, New York and the Arctic with this epic story about two comic book men who make their fortune and change the world. It’s an engaging, sprawling book that has an excellent combination of comedy and tension.

Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin

If you haven’t already dipped into the fantasy series that’s been taking the world by storm, what’s been keeping you? Dragons, family drama and thrilling adventures mean these books are always exciting – as is the TV show based on the series.

The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber

Get lost in the thrilling streets of Victorian London in this epic tale of love, mystery and intrigue. Join the heroine, Sugar, as she navigates the dark side the city, meeting an unforgettable cast of characters along the way.

What book do you love losing yourself in?

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17th Jul 2015
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For a truly absorbing read, either (or both) of the two Anthony Trollope collectives. The relevance of both the Barsetshire Chronicles or the Pallisers shows how little we change.
24th Apr 2015
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One of my favourite books is Atonement by Ian McEwan.
20th Apr 2015
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Just loved the Bernard Cornwell trilogy: Harlequin, Vagabond and Heretic. I read the first and just had to order the other two straight away. So good!
20th Apr 2015
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I'm currently reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and it's the most engrossing book I've come across in a long time. As is often the case in books I love I find that it's a first novel and the author is Rachel Joyce. Beautifully written and so descriptive of thought processes, the awareness of the environment, and the complexities of seemingly ordinary people it is very thought-provoking. It came out in 2012 so may have already been discovered by many readers, but if you haven't come across it yet give it a try.
20th Apr 2015
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Some of my favourites here. I am a huge RR Martin fan - the Game of Thrones series is fantastic. I can't wait for the next book!
20th Apr 2015
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I recently read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - excellent fiction about sisters caught up in Vichy France during WWII.
20th Apr 2015
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. Both great reads and my grandkids think I am really cool having read them!
20th Apr 2015
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Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon, I'm on number 8 and still enjoying them!
20th Apr 2015
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Agreed, these books are so absorbing; they have it all!
20th Apr 2015
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Just finished the Peter May trilogy.....The Black House, The Lewis Man and The Chess Men. The best thing I have read in a long time.

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