WITH all pubs, clubs, restaurants shut and the UK placed on a strict three week lockdown a lot of us are wondering what to do with our time.

Getting fresh air, exercising and relaxing in front of the TV are great ways to pass the time, but sometimes nothing is better than winding down before bed and reading a gripping novel.

Here are five authors who are from Bucks or lived in the county whose books you can indulge in at these challenging times.

1) Roahl Dahl - Potentially the most famous author to have come out of the county, known for his magical children’s books of which many have been turned into major motion pictures. The writer lived in Great Missenden for 36 years until his death in 1990. Much of his work is from a child’s perspective such as ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Matilda’, with an adult villain. Many believe this references the challenges he faced whilst in boarding school. Dahl also wrote comedic books and auto-biographies aimed at adult readers.

2) Nasser Hashmi - This author once worked at the Bucks Free Press. His most recent novel ‘Girl without a Face’ is about a girl who is the victim of an acid attack, and the physical and mental scars this leaves her with.

3) E L James - E L James grew up in Bucks, attended Pipers Corner and then Wycombe High School. She went on to write the best selling ‘50 Shades of Grey’ trilogy. The novels, despite not being received well by critics, were loved by readers globally and later adapted into very popular films.

4) Mary Shelley - Shelley completed the classic ‘Frankenstein’ whilst living in Marlow with her husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Published in 1818 it continues to be highly regraded by literary critics and studied worldwide.

5) Enid Blyton - Enid Blyton is known most famously for the ‘Famous Five’, ‘Secret Seven’, and ‘Noddy’. The children’s novelist has sold over 600 million copies of her books since the 1930’s. She lived in Beaconsfield.