I love bleak books. Novels where only sad things happen, and then they get more miserable. Not the weepy kind of fiction where you know the characters will overcome their troubles at the end of the book, or grisly horror, just pretty relentless grimness. A few days ago Lissa Evans author of Crooked Heart wrote her top 10 bleak books and inspired me to do the same. These aren’t necessarily my favourite books ever, just my favourite really unhappy ones. You can look for our lists on Twitter using #bleakbooks, but here’s mine below.
And if anyone else loves bleak books too, what have I missed (plenty, I’m sure)? If this inspires you to write your own list, I’d love to see it, and will update this post and link to yours. So ready for a bit of a cry?
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Father and son trudge through destroyed USA looking for food and trying to save people from cellars.
Legend of a Suicide by David Vann. In the main story two people go to an Alaskan island. One gets angry and destroys the radio. Only one survives.