TWENTY ONE BOOKS FOR 21 YEAR OLD SON

Dear Ella and Suse
I would like to give my son 21 books for his 21st birthday. He isn't a reader but I am and I feel he should have various texts on his bookshelf to lead him forward as he graduates and starts the next phase of his life.Your thoughts would be appreciated!
Yours,
Thinking of a LIbrary
Dear thoughtful mother,
You should surely be coming to the event at Heals this Thursday about how to build a library in a modern home, for advice for your son! It is wonderful that you are thinking about this for him, and a brilliant idea to give him 21 books. In fact it would be wonderful to buy him books from the Everyman Library, as they are such beautiful editions. One excellent option, of course, would be to send your son for a bibliotherapy session with us, so that we could give him a tailor-made list of books to suit him, and to discuss ways for him to read if he is not a huge reader. You could also give him a copy of The Novel Cure, to whet his appetitie...but meanwhile, as a starter for a library for the young man,

on our list, we would definitely put

The Master and Margarita by Mikail Bulgakov
Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Junior
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
L'Etranger by Albert Camus
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
First Love by Ivan Turgenev
Siddhartha by Thomas Mann
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Rabbit Angstrom Tetralogy by John Updike
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
A House for Mister Biswas by V S Naipaul
1984 by George Orwell
The Handmaid's Tale by Margeret Atwood
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Leopard by Guiseppi de Lampedusa

Of course there are many more we would love to add, and not knowing your son, we can't be attuned to his personality and reading tastes - but the above are all essential reading in our view!
All the best, and we would love it if you let us know which books you give him in the end - do send us the list if you would be happy to share it with us!
Ella and Suse
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