Alternative reading list: top 10 cult stories
A collection of cult classics, featuring Italo Calvino, Alan Moore, Angela Carter and Douglas Adams
This collection of mini mindwarps will make you see the world anew. Perfect for stretching both your imagination and your intellect.
A story within a story within a story, at its heart this is a creepy yarn about a house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
Dark, luscious fairytale retellings by one of Britain’s finest feminist writers.
This linguistically tricksy novel – the title can also read L-M-N-O-P – explores what happens when letters of the alphabet are banned one by one.
A complex, dark, graphic masterpiece.
The nature of stories and storytelling are questioned in this book of first chapters from other (invented) books.
Don’t panic! Relax with one of the funniest books ever written.
Meet the carnival sideshow Binewski family: flipper-limbed Arturo, albino hunchback Olivia, and sex-worker Siamese twins Iphy and Elly.
The story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change gender.
Let everyone else read Catcher in the Rye – this is Salinger’s finest work.