Anthony Doerr

We are all mapmakers: We embed our memories everywhere, inscribing a private and intensely complicated latticework across the landscape. More

Jack Higgins

Why I write: Some years ago, although enjoying great success, I was accused by certain literary critics of repeating myself too much in my work. More

Flashman

When this novel was first published, many critics mistakenly accepted it as a genuine historical memoir. More

Bernard Cornwell

Born in London in 1944, Bernard Cornwell grew up in Essex and, after a stint as a teacher, moved on to the BBC, where he took a job as a producer in Northern Ireland. More

Nostromo

A sweeping masterpiece considered by many to be Conrad’s greatest novel. More

Gorky Park

First book in the Arkady Renko series, which became an instant bestseller and changed the crime fiction genre. More

Moby-Dick

Often called the greatest American novel of all time. More

Master and Commander

First book in O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, widely regarded as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. More

Papillon

A bestselling phenomenon and classic memoir of prison breaks and adventure. More