Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

50 best winter reads: From bestselling thrillers to prize-winning comedies

Trick of the Dark by B R Collins
With its dissections of student life, youthful secrets and misery memoirs, a cast of charismatic lesbians and plenty of unexplained deaths, this is packed with twists and teases, says Rebecca. 'The past may be another country but as this novel proves it's a kingdom you can never truly escape from.'
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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
'A Victorian bestseller that has lost none of its power to grip,' says Tom. 'This has everything you'd want from a gothic tale - the impoverished hero, a creepily corpulent villain, incarceration, concealed identity and love triumphant.'
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The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
One of Greene's most emotionally powerful novels, says Greg. 'It explores the destructive triumvirate of self love, romantic love and religious belief, set in gloomy post-war London.'
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Kate Watson-Smyth gets the experts’ verdict on the hottest books to curl-up with - whatever your literary leaning

This week’s panel

Tom Sutcliffe, television critic of ‘The Independent’ and Booker Prize judge;

Rebecca Armstrong, deputy features editor of ‘The Independent’, crime fiction addict and bookworm;

Greg Eden, online content editor of Waterstones;

David Miller, director of literary agency Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd. His novel ‘Today’ will be published by Atlantic books in the spring.

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