The books which Kate Allan would take with her to a desert island to enjoy over and over again.
1. ROGUE MALE - GEOFFREY HOUSEHOLD
The classic thriller that still gets your heart racing with the emotion of the chase as the hero becomes a hunted man.
2. BRIDESHEAD REVISITED - EVELYN WAUGH
Superby observed characterisation in this novel always gives something new to think about on each read.
3. DR THORNE - ANTHONY TROLLOPE
Deep in Anthony Trollope's Barchester world is this romantic story waiting, like a long, hot bath, to sink into.
4. THE GREAT GATSBY - F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
Every word counts in this short, acutely observed world that intrigues and yet always tantilises.
5. WUTHERING HEIGHTS - EMILY BRONTE
The neverending enigma of Heathcliff.
6. REBECCA - DAPHNE DU MAURIER
Even though you know the end, the suspense is too powerfully put across not to get to you every time.
7. MOLL FLANDERS - DANIEL DEFOE
A riot of colourful highs and lows in what reads like the most compelling of autobiographies.
8. THE WAY WE LIVE NOW - ANTHONY TROLLOPE
The utter selfishness of characters like Carbury and Melmotte illumates uncomfortable truths in this striking example of a rise and fall story.
9. TOM JONES - HENRY FIELDING
An eclectic romp, a soap opera and ever-hilarious.
10. THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS - ERIC AMBLER
The best suspense is simple.