Mystery In White by J. Jefferson Farjeon

Should you be heading home for Christmas on a train, then this is the perfect little novel with which to fritter away some pre-Yule time before you are forced to make polite conversation and pass the mistletoe. Another in the great British Library Crime Classics imprint, Mystery In White has everything you could want for the season of goodwill: a…

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

‘Call me Ishmael…’ Perhaps the most famous opening line in literature. Well, most famous short one, anyway. And by the by, who put the hyphen into Moby-Dick? Herman Melville’s brother, apparently – and the title is, as far as I can see, the only time the hyphen appears. The rest of the time the great white whale is just…