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8 brilliant short novels you can read in a day

Never have time to read? These short novels will help you fall in love with literature again - just in time for Read A Book Day

By Amy Lewis, 05 September 2016
8 brilliant short novels you can read in a day

Feel like you never have time to get stuck into a good book? Between all the juggles of daily life, finding time to settle down and read a book from cover to cover can be tricky.

Feel like you never have time to get stuck into a good book?

Enter the beauty of short novels.

Written to be read in one single sitting, you can enjoy these brilliant books from start to finish in just a few hours, making them perfect for those precious (albeit rare) free afternoons!

Intrigued? Start with these eight short novels that’ll reignite your love for literature.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

From the author of Gone Girl, this is a 64-page ode to the classic ghost story, which sees an unnamed lead character embark on a chilling journey to escape the evil lurking in an eerie Victorian house.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A classic for all sci-fi lovers, this is a 216-page novel which sees Arthur Dent plucked off planet Earth moments before it’s demolished to make space for a galactic freeway. Cue an expedition into space with his friend Ford Prefect, who reveals himself to be an undercover intergalactic researcher for an outer space travel guide.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

If this 180-page classic has slipped through the net, now’s the time to pick it up. Though a well known story, it’s well worth reading to get carried away into Gatsby’s world of lavish parties, gin cocktails and utter fabulousness.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

An easy read with a powerful impact, this 132-page novels follows the epic struggle of an old Cuban fisherman who hooks a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream, and begins a relentless battle with nature to pull his catch back to the shore.

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

This 179-page novel may be about the breakup of cookbook writer Rachel Samstat’s seemingly perfect marriage, but make no mistake; it’s a truly hilarious read, with plenty of foodie inspiration thrown in too.

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Murder mystery fans will love this 191-page instalment of the Miss Marple series. When the body of a young woman is found in the library of Colonel and Mrs Bantry, there’s only one person fit for the investigation.

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

A compact psychological thriller, this 193-page novel sees old friends Clive and Vernon reunited at the funeral of a woman they both shared an intimate history with. Cue a dangerous pact, moral implications and a hunger for revenge.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Lots of people don’t know that the classic Audrey Hepburn film actually began as a 142-page novel. Though you might be familiar with the plot, it’s still an absorbing read full of glamour, wit and charm.

Feeling inspired? See more reading recommendations at Asda.com.