The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper – in particular the second book in the series, entitled The Dark is Rising. Just yesterday, as I was driving through the misty, country roads with the bare trees, and birds silhouetted against the sky, and a chill in the air, I had first Dark is Rising moment. Read it, you’ll see… I get Dark is Rising moments every year.
Fire & Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones – a remarkably layered book, you can read it again and again and always get something new from it. The two urns in the garden spelling out Now Here or was it No Where or is it Now Where?? and the wind that whips up the leaves into in the leaf monster are truly great.
Swallows & Amazons by Arthur Ransome – my *comfort book* – ’tis the first novel that I (annoyed my mum by going ahead and) read without her. It’s a wonderful book. I love it.
Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth – I think this one won the Booker Prize a few years ago. I can’t discribe accept to say it’s about a slave ship and is a very powerful, must-read book.