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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A Gate at the Stairs

Lorrie Moore

Great House

Nicole Krauss

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

Natasha Solomons

Five Fields

Gillian Clarke

The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert


Rosy Thornton


Amy Sackville

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

Anthony & Ben Holden (eds)

Heaven and Hell

Jon Kalman Stefansson

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

On Canaan's Side

Sebastian Barry

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Salman Rushdie

Salman the Solitary

Yasar Kemal

The Page Turner

David Leavitt

Genie and Paul

Natasha Soobramanien

Wild Embers

Nikita Gill

The Winter Vault

Anne Michaels

The Belly of the Atlantic

Fatou Diome


Lily Prior

Some Things Matter: 63 Sonnets

James Nash

A Year of Marvellous Ways

Sarah Winman

Modern Love

Max Wallis

Joseph's Box

Suhayl Saadi

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward


Eshkol Nevo


Chris Keil

Hotel Bosphorus

Esmahan Aykol

The Offing

Benjamin Myers


Chingiz Aitmatov

Seasons of the Heart

Alan Spence


Sai Murray

A Ghost's Story

Lorna Gibb

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Tales of Protection

Erik Fosnes Hansen


Jackie Kay


Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Come, Thou Tortoise

Jessica Grant


Roma Tearne


Lucy Wood

Of Mutability

Jo Shapcott

The Shieling

David Constantine

Ancestor Stones

Aminatta Forna

Life of Pi

Yann Martel

A Far Country

Daniel Mason

Winona's Web

Priscilla Cogan

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Julie Maroh

Bel Canto

Ann Patchett


Kathleen Jamie

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman

Sea Holly

Robert Minhinnick