Today is World Book Day, which got us talking in the Dynam office about our favourite books. Then we thought: why keep them to ourselves?

So our gift today, from us to you, is a list of our favourite books along with our own homemade plot summaries.

A House for Mr Biswas by V. S. Naipaul, chosen by Ronnie

A sharply drawn look at colonial life via an Indo-Trinidadian who continually strives for success and mostly fails.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, chosen by Karen

Curiously, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias, as it fell, was, "Oh no, not again!"

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, chosen by Louise

Not one for sci-fi-esque gimmicks I was skeptical at first but this became a very extraordinary and moving love story.

On The Road by Jack Kerouac, chosen by Martin

An energetic, spontaneous story of the Beat Generation relating two friends' travels across the US in search of freedom, adventure and kicks.

1984 by George Orwell, chosen by David

Fiction becomes reality.

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, chosen by Jayne

One man's battle with morality in Stalinist Russia.

Smart Blonde by Dolly Parton, chosen by Charlene

Not working 9 til 5 to make a living.

The Magus by John Fowles, chosen by Eleanor

A difficult book to summarise - a psychological, fantasy thriller.

The Silver Castle by Clive James, chosen by Di

Boy at the bottom of the Bombay social ladder makes his way in the movies - fantastic study of poverty and privilege, funny, sharp, heartbreaking - and never once patronising.