Is It Better to be British? Some of the Best Books Britain Has to Offer

For some bizarre reason, most of the books I've been reading as of late have been written by British authors. They're also some of the best, most amazing books I've ever read.

I’ve wondered why this is but have come up with no clear answer. Instead, I just enjoy the books, and the words, of these amazing authors from across the sea from my Canadian home. Here they are in no particular order:


Motorbikes, ducks and crispy sweet apple

by Christopher I King

This is perhaps one of the best crime novels I have ever read, mostly because it’s so unconventional. When ever you think you know where the story is going, King takes you on a different path entirely.


From Zaftig to Aspie

by DJ Kirkby

"From Zaftig to Aspie" is an incredibly moving and inspirational memoir. It details one woman’s life living as a hippie in the 1960s and who tries to come to terms with having Asperger Syndrome. It’s one woman’s search to find herself and an incredible read.


The Letters

by Fiona Robyn

Not your normal chick lit by any means, "The Letters" is an incredible novel about one woman’s search to find herself, now that she is entering the later years in her life. The novel reads like liquid poetry and is incredibly, wonderfully beautiful.


Being Normal

by Stephen Shieber

This is an excellent books of short stories. In it, all the characters search for themselves, try to find themselves in a world that may or may not want them. Each story leaves you haunted by the characters and I know I will be re-reading this collection again and again.


The Art of Being Dead

by Stephen Clayton

One of the most bizarre novels I can recall, this novel asks the question: can you be responsible for murder without doing anything? A dark and delightfully uncomfortable read that will hold you spellbound.



by Nik Jones

This grim and lovely novel is set entirely in a DVD rental store. Our nameless narrator fantasizes about the customers that come into the shop, making lives for them inside his head. But then a customer returns a video that is splattered with blood. Thus begins a dark and frightful journey. Wonderfully dark, it is a novel about fantasy, loneliness and love.


In Search of Adam

by Caroline Smailes

Jude Williams is six years old when she finds her mother dead from an overdoes. Beside her is a note that says: Jude, I have gone in search of Adam. I love you baby. Not understanding death or what has happened, Jude is left to fend for herself without love or support. Grim and harrowing and touching on subjects like self harm, abuse, neglect and depression, "In Search of Adam" is nonetheless an incredible tour de force and an amazing novel.


Disraeli Avenue

by Caroline Smailes

"In Search of Adam", Smailes first novel, was set in Disraeli Avenue. Before, we only saw the inhabitants of Disraeli Avenue through the eyes of Jude Williams. Now, in this novella, Smailes lets us see into the lives of the other inhabitants. Beware though: there is a secret behind every door.


Black Boxes

by Caroline Smailes

Told in two voices, "Black Boxes" focuses on Anna and Pip. Anna is coming apart at the seams and is spiraling down into a depression. She has cacooned herself in her bedroom, her black box, ignoring the world outside of the rooms walls. Pip, her daughter, is left to fend for herself and her brother Davey. Incredible, moving, shocking and disturbing, "Black Boxes" is a novel about two people desperate to find themselves and understand what has happened to them.



by Sarah Salway, Lynne Rees

"Messages" is the result of an exciting writing collaboration between Lynne Rees and Sarah Salway. Ranging from moving to the playful, the themes of love, sex, life, death and chocolate all take their place in this unique book of 300 pieces of 300 words. Though short, it is surprising how powerful, how moving and how captivating the pieces are. An incredible masterpiece.


Your Messages

edited by Lynne Rees, Sarah Salway

A spin-off anthology from the collaborative classic "Messages" by Lynne Rees & Sarah Salway, "Your Messages" is a selection of original work by 41 out of 115 writers from all over the world who took part in the online writing project during November 2007. It’s an incredible read and each piece flows into one another, making a beautiful tapestry of words.


Something Beginning With

by Sarah Salway

Written in short entries that go from A to Z, "Something Beginning With" tells the story of Verity Bell, an odd woman who is unsure of her place in the world. It’s Bridget Jones mixed with Dr. Seuss and is an absolute delight from start to finish. It’ll make you laugh, shed a tear and laugh some more.