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Guilty pleasure books for the summer

I came across this list of reading "guilty pleasures" as recommended by a number of well known authors, intended to give you some summer holiday reading.  I haven't heard of all of the "famous" authors, but that's my ignorance no doubt, and probably some are American, as the list is in Time magazine. 

It has some good ideas, though, and I can save you ploughing through 16 pages on the very clunky Time website with the list below.  Mind you, if you do have the time to wade through it, click here.

Or you can be more selective and read just some of the excellent justifications of their choices produced by the writers,  by clicking on the titles in the list.  I was especially pleased to see Alexander McCall Smith's recommendation of Dick Francis.

Jane SmileyJustine by Marquis de Sade
Tina BrownThe Manny by Holly Peterson
Alexander McCall Smith Anything by Dick Francis
Joyce Carol OatesMad Magazine
Anne LamottFalling Man by Don DeLillo
Margaret Drabble20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Nathan Englander Literary Murder by Batya Gur
Martha SouthgateCarrie by Stephen King
Janet EvanovichBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 comic books
Susanna Moore Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor
Pete Hamill Bomba the Jungle Boy at the Giant Cataract by Roy Rockwood
Ann PackerLove and Work by Gwyneth Cravens
Karen Russell The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Doug Stumpf The Best of Russian Cooking by Princess Alexandra Kropotkin
David Baldacci Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde
Tom HaydenBoomsday by Christopher Buckley

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