Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/10/1994
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Still probably the best novel about war ever written! Set during the last throes of the Second World War, Yossarian is not happy because thousands of peopl... READ MORE
Jackie Carreira at Bury St Edmunds
This book is so cleverly put together. Scenes which first appear comic reveal themselves 100 pages later to be horrifically tragic. This classic satire of ... READ MORE
a real feather in your cap!
Catagorically, this book is insane. it's mad. It's bonkers. It's wacko. It's sixes and sevens. It's sevens and eights. It's flown the coop in a B-19 bomber... READ MORE


'The greatest satirical work in the English language' - The Observer

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22

Captain John Yossarian, reluctant US army bombardier, is stuck on a Mediterranean island in the dog days of the Second World War. Spinning giddily amidst a morass of specious rules and pointless regulations he attempts to maintain a tenuous grip on his sanity, whilst not losing his life on another fruitless mission. But with the warped logic of Catch-22 ringing in his head and a cast of eccentric, deluded and just plain crazy comrades snapping at his heels, he begins to wonder whether he is ever going to be allowed to go home again.

One of the great satirical novels in Western literature, Catch-22 is an absurdist condemnation of armed conflict and a rallying cry against the arbitrary authority of those in power. A television adaptation, co-directed by and starring George Clooney, aired on Channel 4 in June 2019.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099477310
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Weight: 362g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 31 mm

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Go on, ask why she was hitting him over the head...This is one very good book.The story revisits events again but from the point of view of the other chara... READ MORE
rachel field
I picked this book up at University as it was thoroughly recommended. The size of it meant that I did not come to read it until later when I had time to fo... READ MORE
Should've read years ago
This book was recommended by my English teacher in College but I didn't bother to read it. I enjoy the Monty Python films and it was recommended by a colle... READ MORE
Bizarre and rebellious
If you are expecting a heavy going war book, prepare to be surprised. All large organisations should read this and consider their ridiculous bureaucracy. Y... READ MORE
Fat A
This is a moving sardonic tale about the absurdities of war. I found this book utterly compelling, in particular the way in which Heller brings the charact... READ MORE
A unique and wonderful book.
These kinds of books are truely few and far between. Packed with wondeful characters who are brought to life through a style unmatched in modern writing. Y... READ MORE
A must read
"An unreasonable belief that everybody around him was crazy, a homicidal impulse to machine-gun strangers" Imagine you're fighting in a dangerous support... READ MORE