It seems the world is living through unique times, not least because for once we face a global problem. As the world fights the current strain of Coronavirus, Novel Covid19, we’re hearing phrases such as ‘social distancing’ , ‘self isolation’ and ‘forced quarantines’.
Should you find yourself stuck at home for a couple of weeks then we’re here to suggest some really, really long books that might just last you the entire two weeks quarantine, so long as you don’t read too fast!
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon – Rebecca West
At over 1,100 pages, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon is a hefty read but well worth every page. Written on the brink of World War II, Rebecca West’s classic examination of the history, people, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of international concern
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The longest book on our list so far at almost 1,500 pages, we’re off back to India again with A Suitable Boy. Set in the early 1950s, in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, A Suitable Boy takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves.
The Stand – Stephen King
We couldn’t have this list without The Stand, and if you’re brave enough to read it you’ll learn that at least you have much more chance of surviving the real world pandemic than Stephen King’s imagined one and with 1,200 pages you’ll have plenty to last your quarantine.