Inspired by the BBC’s Big Read, Mosman Library staff members chose their top 5 books of all time, books that stuck with them, books that they loved. The result is an amazingly varied list of books for all ages.

All titles are available through Mosman Library

What are your top 5? Add your list as a comment.


The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
Almost French: a new life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull
American Gods Neil Gaiman
Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
A Bend in the River V. S. Naipaul
The Black Magician Trilogy Trudi Canavan
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne
The Bitterbynde Trilogy Cecilia Dart-Thornton
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Bronze Horseman Paullina Simons
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Berniernes
Catch 22 Joseph Heller
Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
The Day of the Triffids John Wyndham
The Diamond Throne David Eddings
Dracula Bram Stoker
Each Peach Pear Plum Janet Ahlberg
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Eucalyptus Murray Bail
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Famous Five Enid Blyton
Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl
Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S Thompson
Finding Ben:a mother’s journey through the maze of Aspergers Barbara La Salle
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry (2 votes)
A Fraction of the Whole Steve Toltz
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck (2 votes)
The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
Handmaids Tale Margaret Atwood
The Harp in the South Ruth Park
Harry Potter series JK Rowling
High Fidelity Nick Hornby
His Dark Materials Trilogy Philip Pullman
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
Hogfather Terry Pratchett
A House for Mr Biswas V.S. Naipaul
I Know this Much Is True Wally Lamb
Interview with a Vampire Anne Rice
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Light a Penny Candle Maeve Binchy
Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta
The Loved One Evelyn Waugh
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
Lord of the Rings Trilogy J.R.R. Tolkien (3 votes)
The Magus John Fowles
Middlesex Jeffery Eugenides
Nineteen-Eighty Four George Orwell (2 votes)
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
My sister’s keeper Jodi Picoult
On the Road Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Orchid fever: a Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust and Lunacy Eric Hansen
The Power and the Glory Grahame Greene
The Power of One Bryce Courtenay
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving
Rachel’s Holiday Marion Keyes
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Salvation Creek Susan Duncan
The Secret History Donna Tartt
Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon
She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb
Slaughterhouse 5 Kurt Vonnegut (2 votes)
The Spare Room Helen Garner
The Stranger Albert Camus
Stravinksy’s Lunch Drusilla Modjeska
Superfudge Judy Blume
Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan
Temple Matthew Reilly
Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations Greg Mortenson
To Kill a Mocking Bird Harper Lee
The Tomorrow Series John Marsden
Tully Paullina Simons (3 votes)
Tulip Fever Deborah Moggach
The Turning Tim Winton
A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
We Need to Talk about Kevin Lionel Shriver
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte

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