Author Lynne Truss: My six best books

COLD COMFORT FARM by Stella Gibbons Penguin, £7.99 A parody of rural tragedies by the likes of Hardy and Lawrence that is so funny. The main character has no time for maudlin mincing about so she enters the novels and sorts people out. It’s very clever.

THE WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins Penguin Classics, £7.99 At university this was less literary than what I had been reading so was a big treat. I was immersed. It’s a satisfying mystery and has multiple narrators, a device I like using myself.

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