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Jeremy Black is Professor of History, University of Exeter. His books include The Cold War, and A History of the British Isles. His latest book, Metropolis (reviewed overleaf), is out now

TOP 10

1. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (1760) Exuberance served up with whimsical chaos.

2. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett (1771) A comic travelogue with multiple narrators.

3. Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding (1742) A brilliant comic parody.

4. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (1953) The novel that launched the James Bond series.

5. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and a selection of Entrees by Agatha Christie (1960) Light and relaxing mastery.

6. Bel-Anti by Guy de Maupassant (1885) An account of Parisian life from the perspective of ambition.

7. The Red and the Black by Stendhal (1830) France in the decades after Waterloo.

8. History of the Thirteen by Honore de Balzac (1833-1834) A vivid fantasy grounded in Parisian society.

9. Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers (1931) A brilliant murder story.

10. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (1818) A brilliant comedy about the neo-Gothic.

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Author:Black, Jeremy
Publication:Geographical
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2016
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