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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Modern Love

Max Wallis

Genie and Paul

Natasha Soobramanien

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

Natasha Solomons


Jackie Kay

The Winter Vault

Anne Michaels

The Offing

Benjamin Myers

A Ghost's Story

Lorna Gibb

The Page Turner

David Leavitt

The Belly of the Atlantic

Fatou Diome

Of Mutability

Jo Shapcott

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward


Amy Sackville

The Shieling

David Constantine

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

Anthony & Ben Holden (eds)

Salman the Solitary

Yasar Kemal

A Year of Marvellous Ways

Sarah Winman

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

Some Things Matter: 63 Sonnets

James Nash

Seasons of the Heart

Alan Spence


Rosy Thornton

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Come, Thou Tortoise

Jessica Grant

Great House

Nicole Krauss


Chris Keil


Roma Tearne

The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert

Joseph's Box

Suhayl Saadi


Chingiz Aitmatov

Wild Embers

Nikita Gill

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Salman Rushdie


Lily Prior

Heaven and Hell

Jon Kalman Stefansson


Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor


Eshkol Nevo


Sai Murray

A Gate at the Stairs

Lorrie Moore

On Canaan's Side

Sebastian Barry


Lucy Wood

Tales of Protection

Erik Fosnes Hansen

Five Fields

Gillian Clarke

Hotel Bosphorus

Esmahan Aykol


Anita Brookner

Island of Wings

Karin Altenberg

Variable Stars

Christina Koning


Susan Wicks


Will Eaves

The Funny Side: 101 Humorous Poems

Wendy Cope

A Long Long Way

Sebastian Barry

11 Emerald Street

Hugh O'Donnell

Trouble Came to the Turnip

Caroline Bird