Beautiful books to read

This selection is where you will find sublime poetry and novels with elegant and exquisite language. Here beautiful is strong and magnificent – rather than pretty and cute. Just look at the book covers and you will get what we mean – they are ravishing and full of promise. Expect rich and alluring descriptions of emotion and landscape from books that will seduce you and tempt to you stay a while within their pages, rather than racing through to the end. Immerse yourself, make the most of the experience – beauty is all about appreciation. Take your time and enjoy it to the full.

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The Page Turner

David Leavitt

Mr Rosenblum's List or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman

Natasha Solomons

A Year of Marvellous Ways

Sarah Winman

Modern Love

Max Wallis


Roma Tearne


Jackie Kay


Chris Keil

Genie and Paul

Natasha Soobramanien

Of Mutability

Jo Shapcott


Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor


Chingiz Aitmatov

The Shieling

David Constantine


Lucy Wood

Wild Embers

Nikita Gill

Great House

Nicole Krauss

Some Things Matter: 63 Sonnets

James Nash

Heaven and Hell

Jon Kalman Stefansson


Amy Sackville

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

Anthony & Ben Holden (eds)

A Ghost's Story

Lorna Gibb

Five Fields

Gillian Clarke

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward

The Winter Vault

Anne Michaels

Hotel Bosphorus

Esmahan Aykol


Lily Prior

The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert

Salman the Solitary

Yasar Kemal

Joseph's Box

Suhayl Saadi


Eshkol Nevo

Tales of Protection

Erik Fosnes Hansen

The Belly of the Atlantic

Fatou Diome

Seasons of the Heart

Alan Spence

On Canaan's Side

Sebastian Barry

The Offing

Benjamin Myers


Rosy Thornton


Sai Murray

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Salman Rushdie

Come, Thou Tortoise

Jessica Grant

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Toshikazu Kawaguchi

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

A Gate at the Stairs

Lorrie Moore

Time Present and Time Past

Deirdre Madden

The Chimes

Anna Smaill

The Ruby in her Navel

Barry Unsworth

The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean

David Almond

Companions of Paradise

Thalassa Ali

The Angel of History

Bruno Arpaia


Christopher Nicholson

Variable Stars

Christina Koning

The Fire Gospel

Michel Faber