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I can't do it!

So after days of mulling I still can't get it down to a definitive top ten but I'll give you what I got so far (not in any order)

Hey Nostradamus by Douglas Coupland.  There had to some Coupland and although I love Girlfriend in a Coma (not least for all the Moz refs!) this one has the happiest associations for me - flying on silly little planes around middle America on my honeymoon with Pixies singing non-stop in my headphones.

Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier.  So cliched, so romantic, so fabulous!

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. Skip the overlong descriptions of the scenery and this is really exciting.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. First book that kept me up reading till 3am with a torch under the duvet.  I am a narrative junkie and need to know what happens next.

Persuasion by Jane Austin.  

The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler. I love how atmospheric his books are. In the same vein Dashiel Hammet is also great.

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh.  I spent years thinking the bear's name was pronounced 'Al-oy-see-uss'. Doh.

Any short stories by F.Scott Fitzgerald

Grittier stuff by James Ellroy & Walter Mosley

And One Hit Wonder by Lisa Jewell. Just so there's some fluff.  I just love the way the sister describes going through the flat and finding all the fabulous things.
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