Book list

Twentieth century classics

How do you define a classic? I have listed books which contain characters who you have surely heard of already before you even turn to the first page.

All books

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis

Visit the fantastic kingdom of Narnia, where the wicked White Witch's icy grip is about to be challenged by the mighty Lion King, Aslan.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

Family adventures in a flying car.

The Two Towers by J R R Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring is broken and the nine companions scatter. Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas follow the trail of Merry and Pippin, who are carried off by orcs, and they play their part in the battle against the Dark Shadow. Meanwhile Frodo and Sam must find a way into Mordor . . .

The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien

Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged a Ring of Power, by which he could enslave all the free peoples of the world. Read how the Ring came to be lost and found again, and fell into the unlikely hands of Frodo Baggins, hobbit of the Shire. What will he do with it?

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The little prince and the airman form a special kind of friendship and a special kind of understanding.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Lonely and neglected Mary Lennox makes friends, with a little bit of magic and a secret garden.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Tiny people with big ideas. They don't want to move away from under the kitchen floorboards, but they will if they have to.

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Stig is a caveman and he lives in a den at the bottom of the old quarry. He's Barney's secret friend. But where does Stig really come from?

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins, timid hobbit of The Shire, finds that he can indeed bring about the prophecies of the old songs, as he riddles with Smaug the Great Worm in the halls of the old King Under the Mountain.

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

The psammead (pronounced sammyadd) grants the children anything they wish for. But is he deliberately trying to make things go wrong?