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This weeks post-apocalyptic reads are chosen by author John Nicholl, whose thriller ‘White is the Coldest Colour’ is out now. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

John Nicholl’s Fallout 5:

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: Spiritually uplifting, wonderfully written, and full of hope and wisdom. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

the alchemist

2. Castaway by Lucy Irvine:  I admire the author’s writing style, lust for life, total honesty and adventurous spirit. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

castaway

3. Papillon by Henri Charrière: The ultimate adventure story, and a testament to the human spirit, even when faced with the greatest adversity. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

papillon

4. The Virgin Soldiers by Leslie Thomas: Everyone needs to laugh now and again. Thomas provides those laughs better than most. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

virgin soldier

5. Blue Noon by Robert Ryan: I’m fascinated by WW2, at least in part because my father was a decorated combatant. Ryan writes beautifully, and blends historic fact and fiction in a way I find enthralling. A real page turner. (Amazon UK/ Amazon US)

blue noon

You Suddenly have to run from the bunker, you can only save one book, which do you rescue?

If I had to take one, it would be The Alchemist. Given the post apocalyptic nature of the situation, I think I’d need all the hope I could get!

To take part in Post-apocalyptic Reads or to find out more about the concept, why not read the basics rules?

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