Our Top 5 Classic Canons You Need On Your Bookshelf

We love the Canons series from indie publisher Canongate, dubbed as ‘books without boundaries’ and featuring a range of books that are already classics or soon will be. To celebrate the recent release of Women’s Prize winner Kate Grenville’s The Secret River in the Canons series, we’ve created a list of a few of our favourite from the series, which we think your bookshelf could benefit from.

Plus, read on for the chance to win one of 4 sets of all 5 books!

The Secret River, Kate Grenville
First up, Kate Grenville’s The Secret River. This book is a modern classic of one man’s loss, struggle and survival in the Australian wilderness, with an introduction from none other than Diana Athill.

Orlando, Virginia Woolf
Introduced by the amazing Tilda Swinton, Orlando is Virginia Woolf’s seductive, provocative masterpiece – a whirlwind adventure through time, gender and identity.

Weight, Jeanette Winterson
In Weight, Jeanette Winterson’s retelling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles asks difficult and eternal questions about the nature of choice and coercion. Visionary and inventive, this unmissable book turns the familiar on its head and reveals humanity in a new light.

The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
Experiencing withdrawal after the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale? Never fear, Margaret Atwood’s incredible The Penelopiad will tide you over until the next instalment. This is Penelope’s slyly brilliant side of the story, and we guarantee this tale of lust, greed and murder will have you gripped.

Girl Meets Boy, Ali Smith
Finally, last but not least is Women’s Prize winner Ali Smith’s brilliant Girl Meets Boy. Ali remixes Ovid’s most joyful metamorphosis to tell a story about girls and boys, girls and girls, fluidity, reversals and revelations.

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