1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The original odd couple: delusional knight Don Quixote, brains addled by tales of chivalry, and his despairing but loyal manservant Sancho Panza. Hilarious, bizarre and very moving.
2. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Outcast waif Huck teams up with Jim, a runaway slave, on a perilous journey by raft down the Mississippi to the ‘free’ state of Illinois – an adventure of danger and unlikely friendship.
3. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
What on earth can the urbane scientist Henry Jekyll and the depraved creature Hyde have in common? Stevenson’s ‘shilling shocker’ remains a breathlessly mind-bending tale. The ultimate odd couple – in a single package!
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4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Articulate investigative journalist (Mikael Blomkvist) meets misfit computer hacker (Lisbeth Salander). Natural enemies? They have to work together if they want to survive.
5. Slow Horses by Mick Herron
There is no love lost between slovenly and offensive Jackson Lamb, head of the unit for disgraced spies, and Diana Taverner, ice maiden deputy director-general of MI5, forced to work together. But are they co-operating or manoeuvring to bring each other down?