Alex Massie


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Via Norm comes this entertaining, if fairly pointless, parlour game: pick a novelist to represent each letter of the alphabet and a book of theirs you've read (and enjoyed!). My list:

A: Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim

B: John Buchan, Greenmantle

C: Albert Camus, L'Etranger

D: Alexandre Dumas: The Three Musketeers


F: F Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night

G: Alasdair Gray, Lanark

H: Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

I: Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let You Go

J: Jerome K Jerome: Three Men in a Boat

K: James Kennaway, Tunes of Glory

L: Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time

M: Andrei Makine, Le Testament Francais


O: Flann O'Brien, At Swim Two Birds



R: Joseph Roth: The Radetzky March

S: Stendhal: Le Rouge et Le Noir

T: Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace


V: Gore Vidal, Washington DC

W: PG Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters

X: Pass!


Z: Emile Zola, Therese Raquin

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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