- Brideshead Revisited – Lots of posh Oxford, maybe gay. Or, about Catholicism and nostalgia and messed up families and not as much gay as expected.
- John Le Carré – Spies. SPIES. Should be Cold War but won’t necessarily be.
- The Secret History – Where too close group do something Bad. Narrator may have inferiority complex.
- Sarah Waters – Victorian and either contains lesbians or wants people to pick it up thinking that it does.
- We Need To Talk About Kevin – Dealing with troubled motherhood.
- Stephen King – Any kind of horror. Vaguely horror. Once met horror in a supermarket.
- Trainspotting – Trying to be Trainspotting and probably failing.
- Jane Austen – If you’re incredibly lucky not lacking completely in satirical edge.
- Brick Lane / anything by Zadie Smith – Set in London amongst a community of people who are not white and/or Christian.
- Hemingway – Something you should run away from.