The Classics Club Spin

It’s time for another  Classics Club Spin. By 27 November compile a Spin List of twenty ‘chunkster’ books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

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On Tuesday 27th November, the Classics Club will post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by 31st January, 2019.

I have only 18 unread books left on my list – and not all of them are ‘chunksters’! So, I’ve repeated two titles (that are ‘chunksters’) to make the numbers up to 20 – Parade’s End and Little Dorrit.

  1. Greenmantle by John Buchan
  2. The Riddle of the Third Mile by Colin Dexter
  3. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  4. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  5. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  6. Parade’s End by Ford Maddox Ford
  7. The Forsyte Saga (1) : The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
  8. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  9. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  10. Ruling Passion by Reginald Hill
  11. Three Man in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
  12. Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
  13. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  14. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  15. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  16. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L Sayers
  17. The Shadow Puppet by Georges Simenon
  18. The Saint- Fiacre Affair by Georges Simenon
  19. Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
  20. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

I don’t mind which one I get especially as there is more time than usual for a Spin and I hope to read them all at some time.

22 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin

  1. These all look great, Margaret. You have a nice mix here, I think, of literary fiction and genre fiction. It’s nice to know, too, that most of them are not doorstop-sized…

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  2. Several there that I’ve enjoyed, Clouds of Witness, Three Men in a Boat, Birdsong, The Man in the Queue (though that’s not the best Josephine Tey in my opinion). Hope you get one that you want to read now.

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  3. This is an interesting selection of books Margaret, but I wonder what the CLassics Club definition of a classic is? Birdsong is only 25 years old (I must admit I was surprised it was that old!)

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    1. The CC definition of a classic is: ‘For the purposes of your project list, it’s your choice, really. Modern classics, ancient classics, Eastern canon, Western canon, Persephone, Virago, African literature, children’s classics… You make your own goal, and you decide what is “a classic.”

      I’ve seen Birdsong described as a ‘wartime classic’, and I included it because I’ve been looking for books about WW1 – I loved the TV version some years ago. But maybe I shouldn’t have included it, as you say it is only 25 years since it was first published – on the other hand the CC definition is vague enough for me to do so, don’t you think?


  4. I enjoyed Three Men in a Boat too and I think that Greenmantle is Buchan’s best. Quite a few of your books are on my longer list but not on the list of twenty that I’ve compiled for the spin.

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  5. What a nice, broad selection of books. It’s nice to be in the position of being happy with any number that is selected. Looking forward to my first sprin myself!


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