Top 5s

If you've ever seen the film of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity you'll know that all human life and endeavour can be precised to a top 5. I’m not saying that this is true, but as the lady said in Sleepless in Seattle it feels true ! Anyhow, please feel free to send us your Top5s - and to get you started here are some of ours.

Top 5 UK Mid-20th Century Detective Story Writers

Agatha Christie

Marjorie Allingham

Edmund Crispin

Cyril Hare

Dorothy L Sayers

Top 5 UK Thriller Writers

Gavin Lyall

Len Deighton

Desmond Bagley

Hammond Innes

Eric Ambler

Top 5 Gloomsters

Henry Green

Vladimir Nabokov

Joseph Conrad

Thomas Hardy

Stendhal ( I've never forgiven him for the Scarlet and the Black)

Top 5 Books to Read in Times of Emotional Distress

Native Tongue - Carl Hiaasen

Joy in the Morning - P G Wodehouse

Black Mischief - Evelyn Waugh

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

The Enchanted April - Elizabeth Von Arnim

 Top 5 Irish Writers

W B Yeats

Brendan Behan

Flann O'Brien

Oscar Wilde

George Bernard Shaw

Top 5 Authors local to Aardvark Books

A E Housman

Mary Webb

Francis Brett Young

Malcolm Saville

Ellis Peters

 Top 5 Movie Book Adaptations

Great Expectations -  Dir David Lean  1946  

Wonder Boys - Curtis Hanson 2000

Voyager   ( from Homo Faber ) Voker Schlondorff 1991

Maltese Falcon - John Huston 1941

Agony and the Ecstasy - Carol Reed  1965 





























































Excludes Irish writers who lived in France or America!











Excludes Wilfrid Thesiger whose family home is a few miles from Aardvark on the grounds that he never wrote about the area preferring ’foreign parts’ instead.

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