One of his six favorite books, as told to the Daily Express:
Bleak HouseRead about the other books on the list.
by Charles Dickens
It’s my favourite Dickens, packed with all the things he’s good at.
It’s a thriller, whodunnit, a study of class from the poorest to the very rich, a scathing attack on the legal system and a wonderful battery of characters. Even the young women are well drawn for once.
Bleak House is one of Ian Rankin's 5 favorite literary crime novels, Tim Pigott-Smith's six best books, James McCreet's top ten Victorian detective stories and one of Rebecca Ford's favorite five fiction books. It is on John Mortimer's list of the five best books about law and literature and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best thunderstorms in literature and ten of the best men writing as women, and is among the top ten works of literature according to Stephen King.