The 10 best novels ever: a discussion with Ellen Thomassen

An upcoming literary event organised by the Algarve History Association (AHA) will aim to make a list of the “10 best novels ever”. Featuring Ellen Thomassen from Tavira Book Club as special guest, the event will be held on Monday, June 17 in the Tavira Library at 6pm.

According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, a novel is “an invented prose narrative of considerable length and a certain complexity that deals imaginatively with human experience, usually through a connected sequence of events”.

When and where was the first novel written? What genres can be distinguished? Do different nationalities admire and enjoy distinctive forms of writing or can a universal preference for certain novels be found? After an introduction to the history of the novel by Ellen Thomassen, the group will discuss these factors.

“We may even make a list of the 10 best novels ever,” said organiser Lynne Booker who admits her choice is Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco. “Please bring your ideas of which novel might merit the accolade of Best Novel Ever.”

Ellen Thomassen was born in The Netherlands and studied English Language and Literature at the universities of Leiden and Sheffield. The first 10 years of her career were spent teaching English, from zero level to proficiency, at a grammar school.

After retiring and emigrating to Portugal, she is now an enthusiastic member of the Tavira book club.

Voluntary monetary contributions to help run the AHA and to support local charities are welcome.

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