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I work for a small company in the North of England that specialises in information management. My interests are in pursuing justice for my deceased sister, and in literature and music. Rather than write down ‘my favourite book is this’ and ‘my favourite composer is that’ I’ll give a list below which shows my extraordinarily good taste (ha ha!):

 

Writers

Honoré de Balzac
Algernon Blackwood
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Charles Dickens
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Alexander Dumas
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Henry Fielding
Nikolai Gogol
Victor Hugo
Sheridan Le Fanu
Arthur Machen
Thomas Love Peacock
Edgar Allan Poe
Alexander Pushkin
Charles Reade
Sir Walter Scott
Tobias Smollett
Ivan Turgenev
HG Wells

 

Essayists

Charles Dickens
Samuel Johnson
Charles Lamb
William Hazlitt

 

Poets

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Thomas Gray
Horace
Percy Bysshe Shelley
William Wordsworth

 

Playwrights

Aeschylus
William Shakespeare
Sophocles

 

Composers

Ludwig van Beethoven
Hector Berlioz
Frédéric Chopin
Franz Liszt
Nicolò Paganini
Sergei Rachmaninov
Domenico Scarlatti
Jean Sibelius

 

Conductors

Sir Thomas Beecham
Otto Klemperer
Bruno Walter

 

Musicians

Vladimir Ashkenazy
Daniel Barenboim
Maria Callas
Sir Yehudi Menuhin
Jacqueline du Pré
Sergei Rachmaninov
Artur Rubinstein

 

Books

All of Dickens’s works
All of HG Wells’s early works (until 1916)
All of the Sherlock Holmes stories
Most of Dr Johnson’s essays and writings
‘Crime and Punishment’
‘Don Quixote’
‘Le Morte D’Arthur’
‘Les Miserables’
“Les Travaillers de la Mer’
‘Père Goriot’
‘Peregine Pickle’
‘Rasselas’
‘Roderick Random’
‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’
‘The Antiquary’
‘The Brothers Karamazov’
‘The Cloister and the Hearth’
‘The Idiot’
‘Tom Jones’
‘The Last Day of a Condemned Man’
‘Vathek’

 

Plays

Henry IV parts 1 and 2
Prometheus Bound
Oedipus the King
Oedipus at Colonnus
Antigone

 

Poems

Most of Wordsworth’s poems
All of Thomas Gray’s poems
Most of Shelley’s poems

 

Films

All of Laurel and Hardy’s films
All of Val Lewton’s films
All of the Sherlock Holmes stories starring Basil Rathbone
Most of Orson Welles’s films
‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
‘A Matter of Life and Death’
‘Blood on Satan’s Claw’
‘Casablanca’
‘The Chimes at Midnight’
‘Dracula’
‘Excalibur’
‘Get Carter’
‘Frankenstein’
‘I Know Where I’m Going’
‘Les Enfants du Paradis’
‘Lord of the Rings’ (Trilogy)
‘Night of the Demon’
‘Oliver Twist’ (1968)
‘Rashomon’
‘Scrooge’ (1951)
‘Seven Samurai’
‘The Amazing Mr Blunden’
‘The Big Sleep’
‘The Curse of the Werewolf’ (Oliver Reed, 1961)
‘The Fall of the House of Usher’
‘The Horror of Dracula’
‘The Maltese Falcon’
‘The Man Who Would be King’
‘The Masque of the Red Death’
‘The Pit and the Pendulum’
‘The Three Musketeers’ and ‘The Return of the Three Musketeers’ (1973)
‘The Wicker Man’
‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ (Tom Baker, 1982)
‘The Time Machine’ (Rod Taylor, 1960)
‘The Wolf Man’
‘Tokyo Story’

 

Television

All of the Sherlock Holmes films and stories starring Jeremy Brett
‘Bleak House’ (1984)
‘Children of the Stones’
‘Columbo’
‘Danger Man’
‘Dark Shadows’
‘Dr Who’ (1963-84)
‘Kung Fu’ and ‘Kung Fu: The Legend Continues’
‘Quatermass’ (John Mills, 1979)
‘Sapphire and Steel’
‘Star Trek’
‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’
‘The Avengers’
‘The Martian Chronicles’
‘Nicholas Nickleby’ (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981)
‘The Prisoner’

 

Directors

Alfred Hitchcock
Jacques Tourneur
Orson Welles

 

Actors

Humphrey Bogart
Lauren Bacall
Boris Karloff
Peter Cushing
Christopher Lee
Margaret Rutherford
Alistair Sim

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