10 Novels That Will Teach You More Than You Realise

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Jurassic Park

While the film is widely regarded as one of the best ever made, the novel that formed the basis for the blockbuster is just as good. Jurassic Park is a tome on what happens when we create systems that are too complex to be controlled.

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Alone in Berlin

Alone in Berlin is a novel that I have recently read and it is one that I thoroughly enjoyed. It tells the story of several characters caught up in an intricate web of events in Nazi Germany.

A Clockwork Orange

Much like Jurrasic Park, the film version of A Clockwork Orange is much more well-known than the book. However, that does not diminish the novel in any way, it is an interesting read on whether it is better to choose to be bad or be forced to be good.

The Road

The Road is a fantastic novel by the great American author Cormac McCarthy. It details the journey of a man and a boy, whose names are not revealed, in post-apocalyptic America.


Nod is an unusual novel set in Vancouver where a global event causes the majority of the population to be unable to sleep. The book explores what happens to society when apocalyptic events hit.

Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood is a fantastic novel by the great Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The book details the student life of Toru Watanabe from his perspective.


Similar to Jurassic Park and A Clockwork Orange, Jaws is a novel that was later adapted into a famous film. While the book may not be as well-known as the film, it is still a good read.

The Color Purple

The Color Purple is a brilliant novel, written by Alice Walker, which details the life of Celie, a poor, half-literate, black woman in rural Georgia in the early 1900s.

The Beach

The Beach is a famous novel, which again, was turned into a popular movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Prey is another novel by Michael Crichton. Although it is not as famous as Jurassic Park, it is still an enthralling read.

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