Want to become very well read but not much time to spare? Then try these…
Goodbye Mr Chips: James Hilton
Is it possible too condense a Victorian schoolteacher’s life from 1870s upstart to 1930s school institution in a few hours’ reading? Hilton shows us how it should be done. Actually quicker than watching the Martin Clunes TV version.
Sounds highbrow doesn’t it? Voltaire? But it’s honestly really easy, short and fun to read. And you’ll soon be able to explain what “Panglossian” means.
Animal Farm: George Orwell
A great novella and much more political than The Animals of Farthing Wood.
The Catcher in the Rye: JD Salinger
A short one, brilliantly written, although to be fair, more rewarding if you read it twice. This still won’t take you long though.
A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens
Dickens isn’t exactly famed for his brevity but this one really is a speedy read (my wife and I even managed to read it off the same e-reader simultaneously). You might want to save it for December though.