By Francis King
Antonio Valli is a brilliant young Italian philosopher who arrives to do a year's research at a well-to-do university. His roommate, Dick, a successful middle-aged novelist, is captivated by Antonio's good looks and likable affability. Soon enough Dick has fallen completely in love with his charming—but very heterosexual—lodger. Will this ill-fated relationship end in disaster?
Out of the Shelter
By David Lodge
Sixteen-year-old Timothy is used to the restrictions of a wartime childhood in London, but when his glamorous older sister, Kath, invites him to spend the summer in Heidelberg, he is introduced to a deliriously fast, furious and extravagant lifestyle. Timothy finds his holiday an unforgettable rite of passage in more ways than one.
A Fairly Honourable Defeat
By Iris Murdoch
In this dark comedy of errors, Julius, a cynical intellectual, demonstrates through a Machiavellian experiment how easily loving couples, caring friends and devoted siblings can betray each other. Julius artfully plays on the human tendency to embrace drama,intrigue and the distraction of confrontations over the difficult effort of communicating openly and honestly.
By Shiva Naipaul
The Khojas are an important Indian family in Trinidad. At the head of the family is Mr. Khoja, piously enshrined by his flock of quarrelsome sisters. At the bottom is the girl who will become Mrs. Lutchman, our heroine.
Master and Commander
By Patrick O'Brian
The first of the famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written, this is the beginning of the story between Capt. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent. With plenty of action and excitement, it includes impeccable depictions of life aboard a Nelsonic man-of-war, weapons and life at sea.