10 Books with Really Good Bad Guys

Author Gillian Philip picks some irresistible villains

...or really bad good guys. Because we all love a villain, don't we? Even when he's the hero.

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H.M. Castor
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2. Mapp and Lucia

E.F. Benson
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3. Prince of Thorns

Mark Lawrence
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5. The Lords of the North

Bernard Cornwell
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6. The Rebel Angels

Robertson Davies
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7. Quite Ugly One Morning

Christopher Brookmyre
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8. The Pyrates

George MacDonald Fraser
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9. Mortal Engines

Philip Reeve
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10. Northern Lights

Philip Pullman

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Gillian Philip
Gillian Philip

Gillian Philip lives in the north-east highlands of Scotland with her husband, twins and too many animals. She is a full-time writer of Young Adult fiction in several genres including crime, fantasy and horror. Her books include Bad Faith (a dystopian mystery novel), Crossing The Line (a gritty story of teenage gangs), and The Opposite of Amber (a murder story set in a Scottish seaside town).