The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger
Having sold over 65 million copies in over half a century, Catcher is a must-read for controversy lovers. Even if you read it at school or hid behind it through those tormenting teenage years, its themes of innocence and its protection against all odds are timeless, rich for the regaling.
The Prince (16th century) by Niccolo Machiavelli
A great tome for you Alpha males out there, The Prince argues the timeless debate of whether it is better to be feared or loved as a leader. Many of the concepts apply to our modern cutthroat lives today.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee
This simple Pulitzer Prize-winning tale filled with exquisitely relatable characters ponders the concepts of prejudice and racism in the US of the 1930s; lacking a conventional climax, Lee seduces the reader with the seemingly innocuous stories of three young children as they navigate the turbulent politics of the era. Follow up with Lee’s much-awaited ‘sequel,’ Go Set a Watchman, which the author calls the “parent of Mockingbird,” out later this year.
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) by Ernest Hemingway
Animal Farm (1945) by George Orwell