Not including Lord of the Rings, which I don’t much like. A lot of these I haven’t read, so I’ll have to work my way through this list. Trilogies are good if you’re going on holiday, I think, as they repay a bit of devotion.

1) The Transylvanian Trilogy, also known as The Writing on the Wall, Miklos Banffy

2) The Balkan Trilogy, Olivia Manning

3) The Cairo Trilogy, Maguib Mahfouz. And I’m just noticing how a lot of trilogies have a place in the title. Actually, so does

4) The Three Cities Trilogy, Emile Zola


5) The New York Trilogy, Paul Auster

6) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts, Douglas Adams

7) The Gormenghast Trilogy, Mervyn Peake

8) The Border Trilogy, Cormac McCarthy

9) The Beckett Trilogy – Malloy, Malone Dies, The Unnameable – Samuel Beckett

10) The Sword of Honour Trilogy, Evelyn Waugh

11) The Regeneration Trilogy, Pat Barker – suggested by the quibbler

… and a couple of quartets:

11) The Raj Quartet, Paul Scott

12) The Alexandria Quartet, Laurence Durrell

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