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magical realism masterfully fuses the mundane with the magical, infusing everyday settings with fantastical elements to create stories that are as enchanting as they are thought-provoking.
dive into the enchanting world of magical realism with our curated selection of must-read titles, all included in our 2 books for £7 offer;

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez


In the secluded town of Macondo, nestled in the heart of the Colombian jungle, the Buendía family weaves a tapestry of love, longing, and destiny across a century. Founded by the adventurous José Arcadio Buendía and his steadfast wife, Úrsula, Macondo becomes a realm where the extraordinary blends seamlessly with the mundane, and reality dances with magic.
As the generations unfold, the Buendía family faces an unrelenting cycle of fortune and misfortune. From the obsessive pursuits of alchemy and knowledge to passionate and ill-fated romances, each family member grapples with the ghosts of their ancestors and the weight of their legacies. José Arcadio Buendía’s prophetic visions and his descendants’ repeated names and traits echo the family’s perpetual struggle against the sands of time

Life of Pi

Yann Martel


Embark on an extraordinary journey with Pi Patel in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. After a shipwreck strands him in the Pacific Ocean with only a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, Pi’s tale unfolds as a profound exploration of faith, resilience, and the mysteries of existence. Martel crafts a captivating narrative challenging perceptions and inviting contemplation on truth and belief amidst adversity. Rich in adventure and spiritual insight, Life of Pi is a mesmerising literary achievement that explores the bonds between human and beast, pushing the boundaries of imagination and reality with every page turned.


Toni Morrison


Set in the post-slavery era, Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved immerses readers in the life of Sethe, a woman haunted not only by the memories of her own traumatic past but also by the ghost of her deceased daughter. Through vivid narrative, Morrison delves deep into Sethe’s psyche, exploring the complexities of identity and the profound impact of historical trauma on personal and collective memory. Beloved captivates with its lyrical depth and raw emotional power, inviting readers to confront the harsh realities of America’s past and the lasting scars of oppression. This acclaimed masterpiece earned the esteemed Pulitzer Prize.

Nights at the Circus

Angela Carter


In Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus, the mesmerising Fevvers, an enigmatic figure with wings who becomes the talk of Victorian London’s circus milieu, emerges as a captivating emblem of both transcendence and ambiguity. Carter’s narrative prowess shines through as she deftly intertwines elements of magical realism with incisive social commentary within a fantastical framework. This celebrated work beckons readers into a realm where the boundaries between reality and imagination blur, showcasing Carter’s skill in crafting a narrative that challenges conventional boundaries and captivates with its profound exploration of freedom and the indomitable human spirit.

The Tin Drum

Gunter Grass


In The Tin Drum Oskar Matzerath’s decision to halt his physical growth at age three symbolises not just a defiance of the natural order but a profound rejection of the world unfolding around him. As he clings to his tin drum, a cherished and symbolic possession, Oskar becomes a witness and participant in the tumultuous events that shape his existence. Through his uniquely perceptive narration, readers are immersed in the harrowing landscape of Nazi-era Germany, where Oskar’s innocent yet penetrating gaze captures the horrors and absurdities of war, ideology, and human cruelty.
Beyond the war years, Oskar’s narrative extends into the chaotic aftermath of World War 2, where Germany grapples with its shattered identity and divided soul. Amidst the rubble and reconstruction, Oskar’s anarchic adventures and interactions with a vivid array of characters reflect a society struggling to reconcile its past while navigating an uncertain future.

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov


Intertwining the supernatural with political satire, The Master and Margarita unfolds in Soviet Moscow during the 1930s. The novel begins with the Devil, disguised as the enigmatic Woland, arriving in Moscow with his entourage, exposing the hypocrisy and moral decay beneath the Soviet regime’s facade of order. As Woland navigates through Moscow’s streets and elite circles, he orchestrates bizarre and often ironic punishments for those who uphold the oppressive regime or exhibit moral corruption. His actions serve as a scathing critique of the Soviet leadership’s authoritarianism, censorship, and manipulation of truth.


Joanne Harris


In a picturesque French village, Vianne Rocher arrives with her daughter Anouk, bringing with them an unconventional charm and a mastery in crafting irresistible chocolates. Set against the solemn backdrop of Lent, Vianne defies tradition by opening a chocolaterie that swiftly becomes the heart of village life, igniting both fascination and resistance among its inhabitants. Chocolat enchants with its sensory richness, vividly depicting the intricacies of small-town dynamics and the allure of indulgence as a catalyst for personal metamorphosis. Harris intricately explores and the clash between tradition and modernity, offering a narrative that celebrates the transformative power of love and self-discovery amidst a backdrop of cultural conservatism.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman


Returning to his childhood home for a funeral, a middle-aged man is flooded with memories of a peculiar and haunting past, standing before the familiar house and reflecting on the enigmatic Hempstock family who lived down the lane. The enigmatic Hempstocks, with their secrets and otherworldly knowledge, serve as a focal point of mystery and fascination in the protagonist’s journey, where childhood innocence and curiosity intersect with eerie supernatural occurrences. The Hempstocks, particularly Lettie’s grandmother and mother, prove to be guardians of ancient wisdom and protectors against supernatural threats. Their farmhouse, with its mystical properties and the mysterious ocean-like pond, becomes a sanctuary and a battleground in the protagonist’s struggle to understand the true nature of fear and courage.


Max Porter


In a tranquil English village, young Lanny is a central figure in a community rich with eccentric characters. When Lanny mysteriously disappears, a search begins, exposing underlying tensions and anxieties among the villagers. Through author Max Porter’s poetic prose readers are drawn into a world where boundaries between the seen and unseen, the ordinary and mysterious, dissolve effortlessly. Lanny’s sudden disappearance serves as a catalyst for a profound exploration of parental fears and the intricate dynamics within the community, shedding light on the delicate balance children must navigate amidst a landscape filled with hidden dangers.

the snow child

Eoywn Ivey


In the rugged backdrop of 1920s Alaska, the lives of homesteaders Jack and Mabel are irrevocably transformed by the arrival of a mysterious girl in the wilderness, whose emergence from the snowy landscape seems as if conjured by their deepest longings and unspoken yearnings for the child they never had, echoing the haunting resonance of a timeless fairy tale brought vividly to life. The girl, named Faina, possesses an ethereal and enchanting presence that seems to harmonize effortlessly with the untamed wilderness surrounding Jack and Mabel’s homestead, her innocent gaze and free-spirited nature casting a spell of fascination and wonder over the couple, drawing them deeper into her world of mystery and natural grace.



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