The 50 quick reads to impress university admissions tutors

  1. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow

  2. Daisy Miller – Henry James

  3. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch – Alexsander Solzhenitsyn

  4. The Outsider – Albert Camus

  5. The Book of Evidence – John Banville

  6. The Golden Gate – Vikram Seth

  7. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

  8. For Esme with Love and Squalor – J D Salinger

  9. Dubliners – James Joyce

  10. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

  11. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

  12. The Life and Times of Michael K – J M Coetzee

  13. The Spire – William Golding

  14. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan

  15. Slaughter House 5 – Kurt Vonnegut

  16. Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

  17. The Essential tales of Chekhov – Anton Chekhov (Edited by Richard Ford)

  18. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

  19. If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller – Italo Calvino

  20. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth 
The Reader – Bernhard Schlink

  21. The Quantity Theory of Insanity – Will Self

  22. The Collector – John Fowles

  23. At Swim Two Birds – Flann O’Brien

  24. Candide – Voltaire

  25. The Turn of The Screw – Henry James

  26. Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges

  27. An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro

  28. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis

  29. The Man Who Was Thursday – G K Chesterton

  30. Chronicle of a Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  31. Pastoralia – George Saunders

  32. The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  33. Fear and Trembling – Amelie Nothomb

  34. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote

  35. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

  36. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

  37. The Hours – Michael Cunningham

  38. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

  39. Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller

  40. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

  41. The End of the Affair – Graham Greene

  42. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

  43. Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell

  44. Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson

  45. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

  46. The Mezzanine – Nicholas Baker

  47. On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan

  48. The Sense of an Ending – Juilan Barnes

  49. The Turn of the Screw – Henry James

  50. Gilead – Marilynne Robinson

15 thoughts on “The 50 quick reads to impress university admissions tutors

    1. Apart from the fact that the guy writing it had to blink every single letter into existence, i struggle to see how this book represents any kind of achievement. it is a mess – as a whole – and looked at in pieces there is little of any merit. in my humble opinion. almost as bad as such books as the alchemist which aren’t really lit – they’re whatever a weak mind wants them to be.

  1. Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. It’s basically Anna Karenina, but in 130 pages instead of 800. Plus, it’s brilliant. Full of imagery, symbolism and all of that good literature business.

  2. It’s Kazuo Ishiguro for Remains of the Day, not Kasho. It’s spelled correctly for An Artist of the Floating World. 🙂 I read his novel Never Let Me Go, and it was absolutely fantastic.

  3. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales need to be added to this list. Very old-school, but even if you read only part of them, it will certainly impress the admissions staff.

  4. 28. Should be A Universal History of INFAMY not Insanity!! Deliberate mistake of course. Even so, as a University Tutor I’m not impressed.

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