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The Telegraph, 4th May 2012
Lorna Bradbury, Deputy Literary Editor
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (Scholastic). Box set of the trilogy.
In February, in response to a question from an enthusiastic grandfather, I selected a list of 50 books that could be seen as the building blocks of a child’s library. It included illustrated stories for the under-fives, as well as novels and reference books.
This was followed last month by 25 classic novels for teenagers, when I received a letter from a vampire-fatigued 14-year-old girl – books such as Emily Brontë’sWuthering Heights and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
I hoped readers might share their own childhood favourites with me, but I hadn’t envisaged anything like the number of thoughtful responses I was sent. The list that follows offers up 25 further books, based on suggestions from Telegraph readers, taking our proposed library to 100 titles.
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