These suggestions are chosen because of upcoming anniversaries or events that will or have occurred so far in 2015.

With the return of Sherlock to our screens and especially the arch villain in the form of Andrew Scott’s Moriarty, it is an appropriate time to read the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle in their entirety. Once you’ve finished those you should give the new novels authorised by the Conan Doyle Estate and written by the brilliant Anthony Horowitz a try. The first, The House of Silk is a tribute to the original stories and (although possible inadvertently) touches on a subject that is currently very hot in our media and societal consciousness.

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The second book Moriarty is also well worth a read, but I refuse to reveal any sort of spoiler so you must discover it for yourself.

With last year being the centenary anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, we must not forget that it lasted four terrible years and irrevocable changed the nature of our world. One way of remembering the tragedy of the barbaric war is to read the writings of those who lived through it and in particular the poets Siegfriend Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.

Last year saw the end of The Hobbit trilogy and many said goodbye to the cinematic Middle Earth. However as another tale that was highly influenced by the author’s experience in the First World War and the fact that 2015 marks the 60th Anniversary since the final volume of The Lord of the Rings was published in the form of The Return of the King, it is well worth reading the entire novel if you haven’t visited it already.

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And if you have already read it, why not return to it like an old friend knocking on a hobbit’s door?

In other adaption news, we saw Benedict Cumberbatch pull off a spectacular appearance as Alan Turing in The Imitation Games. With the 70th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War approaching, why not read Andrew Hodges’ biography on the war hero titled Alan Turing: The Enigma. The book tells the story of a man who helped crack the German Enigma code, was a pioneer that helped create the modern computing and digital age we have today and was betrayed by a government he helped save from fascism for the crime of being himself.

Finally to rejoice at the news of Stephen Fry’s engagement, why not delve into his literature? He has four bestselling novels: The Stars’ Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus and The Liar. Then if you are interested in reading about the life of one of Britain’s national treasures, the have a look at his biographies: Moab is my Washpot, The Fry Chronicles and More fool me.   #Television