My Favourite British Classical Novels ~ Part 1 #FavouriteBritishClassicalNovels.

I don’t claim to be a massive reader of the classics, but I have over the years read many that I have loved. I love Jane Austen, I adore George Elliott. But I also consider books such as The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy as classics!

I wonder what books from the current cohort of writers will go on to be considered as classics, or if this title has been replaced by the modern phrase ‘must read”?

I have broken this up into two posts of ten each to make it feel less cluttered!

1 My heart will I admit forever belong to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.


2 As it will to Elizabeth Gaskill’s magnificent North and South.

North and south

3 I loved Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen long before Collin Firth strode out of the lake in the BBC adaption of this classic novel. Though I admit he did a fine job of it and no one has bettered his splendid performance as Mr Darcy as far as I am concerned.

pride and P

4 I can’t help but include Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.  I love it without reservation and could read it over and over.  The late Alan Rickman’s portrayal of Colonel Brandon is right up there with Colin Firth’s portrayal of Mr Darcy.

sense and s

5 The Jane Austen love fest continues with Emma. I have yet to see a TV adaption I am completely happy with, though I admit I have not watched the newest one,but the book never disappoints.


6 I simply can’t miss of Austen’s Persuasion from this list.


7 I’m sorry, it’s another Austen novel up next, Northanger Abbey. Okay I’m not really sorry and yes I have been to the museum in Bath!


8 Next we return to a much loved childhood read The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett. 

the secret garden

9 Another much loved read as a teenager was The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien 


10 I feel I can’t include The Hobbit without including another fantasy classic The Lord of The Rings Trilogy.


All of these books can of course by bought from Amazon and Waterstones, but why not consider ordering books you want to read from your local Indie bookshop.





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