Five Short Novels to Read on an Aeroplane

Okay, so your work sucks and you only live for the holidays, right? Or maybe your work is the best thing ever, but even so you do go on holidays sometimes – right? So you need a book to read that’s just the right length for a short-haul flight.

(I’ll let you know my recommendations for long-haul when I’ve managed to get further than three hours’ flight.)


My top five favourite short novels, all more or less around 100-150 pages:

  • Moscow Stations by Venedikt Yerofeev
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  • No One Writes to the Colonel by Gabriel García Márquez
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

I even blogged about them all at some point or other – links at the end.

By the way, this is not a politically correct list of short novels, or one approved by prestigious literary critics. (I didn’t bother to look up what they recommend.) It’s just my – damnably personal! – selection.

I’d love to know yours.

You might also like:Moscow StationsThe Two Versions of The Old Man and the SeaThe Little PrinceThe Bridge of San Luis ReyA Day's Hiking (No One Writes to the Colonel)
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