Yesterday (Wednesday), the Liberal Democratic Party launched their manifesto in the run-up to the UK General Election on 7th May, all 33,000 words and 160 pages of it. For that amount of paper, Michael Wilkinson in the Daily Telegraph suggests four short novels that would make more interesting reading.
Animal Farm by George Orwell (30,000 words, 120 pages)
Orwell’s chilling parody of Russia under Stalin gave us the famous quote, ‘All animals are born equal – but some are more equal than others.’
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway (27,000 words, 127 pages)
The story of an old man, a boy and a fish, won Hemmingway the Nobel Prize for Literature.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (29,000 words, 64 pages)
The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation from miser to a kindly old gentleman is loved by children to this day.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (26,000 words, 96 pages)
A fantastic tale of shrinking humans, talking animals and a magical fantasy world like no other.