100 Must Read Books
18 February 2016

100 Must Read Books

Your Love Affair With Books...

After a long day of tasks completed and ticked off or on the way or abandoned, how great is it to curl up in bed - with a good book, allowing yourself to be swept off your feet by the story, characters and scenes? Your cares being massaged away as your fingers turn the pages?  How many stories have you laughed at and cried over been moved and inspired by?  Yes books are sexy!

100 Novels Everyone Should Read


Modern Classics

Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

The Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Frankenstein, Mary Shelly
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift

Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert

Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray

Moby-Dick Herman Melville

Sybil Benjamin Disraeli

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

The Rainbow D. H. Lawrence

The Portrait of a Lady Henry James

Don Quixote Miguel De Cervantes

Tom Jones Henry Fielding

Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

Beloved, Toni Morrison

The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute

Scoop, Evelyn Waugh

His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman.

The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Milan Kundera

Children’s classics

Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame 

Modern Classics

Chlidren’s Modern Classics

A Passage to India E. M. Forster

The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

Lord Of The Flies, William Golding

Animal Farm, George Orwell

The Trial, Franz Kafka

Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck

The Road Less Famished, Ben Okri

A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth

Ulysses, James Joyce

Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf 

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez

The Tin Drum Gunter Grass

Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe

The Periodic Table Primo Levi

The Quiet American Graham Greene

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy.

The Life of Pi, yann martel

The Outsider, albert camus

Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
On The Road, Jack Kerouac

Dune, Frank Herbert

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco

If on a Winter's Night a Traveller Italo Calvino

The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

Charlotte's Web E. B. White

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis 

Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne

Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie

The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton

Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer

Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling

Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling

Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson

The Twits, Roald Dahl

Matilda, Roald Dahl

The BFG, Roald Dahl

Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian

Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee

Iron Man, Ted Hughes

Watership Down, Richard Adams

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Bill’s New Frock, Anne Fine

Horton Hatches the Egg, Dr Seuss


Some books are recommended from 2003 BBC survey called the Big Read which aimed to find Britain's favourite book.

Some books are recommended from the classic must read lists of The Telegraph, Observer, Times and New York Times

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