A year or so ago, we put together a feature about the top 10 most depressing books. Many of you, our loyal and very well-read customers, scoffed at the list. Emails pounded into our inbox telling us about books that were TRULY depressing – books without hope, books that offer only lingering despair.
There was even a wonderfully named lady called Nancy Bleakley who reminded us of the "grinding poverty" described in Frank McCourt's memoir Angela's Ashes. Thanks, Nancy. The original bleak books list featured nuclear fallout, the Holocaust, government oppression, poverty, mental illness and the savage nature of humanity, but we are positive that this new list of depressing literature takes bleakness to a different level – bleak to bleaker.
It was interesting reading through your suggestions. One formula for a depressing read is a bleak narrative that hints at a possible happy ending, only to have the author end the book with even more pain and suffering.
Enjoy (but we actually mean suffer through) the ‘Bleak Book Club' and thanks to everyone who offered recommendations.