The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend
The first of a superb eight-book series. I grew up with them, just about. Funny enough to make me laugh out loud in a full train carriage, which is rare! His frustrated loves, his expertise on the Norwegian leather industry, measuring his ‘thing’ and the chaos of a school coach trip – all brilliantly told.
The Broken Empire trilogyby Mark Lawrence
Prince of Thorns was the first. Very dark fantasy, with a hugely damaged boy as the main character. So well written it made me want to kick my own computerin sheer envy.
Good Omensby Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
I haven’t seen the recent TV series, but the book is somehow the best of both authors in one. It is full of brilliant banter about a mix-up with the antichrist, the apocalypse and the other four horsemen.