Scott Pack is a publisher; he runs the Friday Project imprint of HarperCollins in the UK. He also blogs daily about the book world and other matters at Me And My Big Mouth. He has chosen a diverse collection for his 2010 Top Four.
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The Mr Gum books are my family’s favourite bedtime stories – anarchic, surreal and very, very funny. Only the first in the series is currently available as an ebook but that is naturally the best place to start. For my money, Andy Stanton is the new Roald Dahl. You can purchase this book today for $4.32 and make it a family favourite, too.
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The Housekeeper and the Professorby Yoko Ogawa: A charming Japanese tale of a young woman who starts work as a housekeeper for a genius mathematician who has no short term memory. Every morning when she turns up she has to introduce herself and their relationship starts all over again. Short, bittersweet and really rather special. Today this book is available for the Kindle for $9.99.

The Swansong of Wilbur McCrum by Bronia Kita: A rambling Western that tells the story of an unfortunate young man who ends up a wanted criminal and wanders from one curious adventure to another. Imagine Forrest Gump crossed with Bonanza. You can purchase this fun fiction today for $8.90.

Stairway to Hell by Charlie Williams: With one of the finest closing scenes I have ever read, this book takes some of the greatest rock legends of the past 50 years and plonks them right in the middle of an urban crime novel. Via reincarnation and souls possessed. Completely over the top and all the better for it. Today you can buy this book for the Kindle for $8.70.