Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

14 daunting books every man must read

Is Moby-Dick gathering dust on your shelf? Andrew Hankinson reveals why it’s finally time to conquer it, and 13 other daunting reads

Everyone has them; those thick tomes with tiny type that have edged open windows, propped up wobbly tables and weighed down loose paper. You’ve done everything with them — except read them. They invoke fear. It’s their size, their daunting literary baggage, their impenetrable language — and the very real prospect that if we were to attempt them, we’d spend approximately 4.5 days re-reading passages and another 12 hours looking up obsolete words in the dictionary before suffering a crushing sense of defeat when we finally commit it back to the bookshelf.

But this is a call to arms. Five ShortList members of staff are going to attempt to conquer the most testing novels written — follow how we fare here. So it’s time to unearth that hefty work of intellectual brilliance, blow off the dust and show those titans of literature who’s boss.

(Main image: Alan Murray @ GeorgeGraceRepresents.com)

Related

clockwork.png

The 50 coolest books ever

rex.png

40 Favourite books of famous people

partridgeb.jpg

Pop culture's finest fake books

Comments

More

Here's our fan theory for Sherlock series 4

The names of the first two episodes of series four have given some pretty major hints by David Cornish

26 Sep 2016

Exclusive: Sam Neill confirms he's in Thor 3

23 Sep 2016

Harry Potter fans can now discover their Patronus

Don't lie, you want to give it a go, don't you? by David Cornish

23 Sep 2016

Chilling first trailer for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's new TV show

Incorporated offers a creepy view of a future controlled by businesses by David Cornish

23 Sep 2016

Six things you need to know about the new series of Red Dwarf

Will you watch it? Of course you smegging will by Tom Fordy

22 Sep 2016

Freddie Ljungberg on the Premier League and his best ever XI

The Arsenal legend shares his thoughts on the Premier League and picks the best players he's ever faced by David Cornish

22 Sep 2016

Bryan Cranston interview: "I suppose I have quite a large head"

Bryan Cranston might be Hollywood’s coolest old guy. We sat down for a lovely chat... by Chris Mandle

22 Sep 2016

Celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves is back

Spare a thought for the A-listers by Tom Fordy

22 Sep 2016

14 astounding and lesser-known facts about George R R Martin

We celebrate the author's 68th year with some little known gems about his life and works

22 Sep 2016

Chris Pratt is a big deal - and we couldn't be happier for him

Chris Pratt talks to Jimi Famurewa about stripping off, the pay gap and why he’s happy to be a piece of meat

22 Sep 2016