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The Guardian recently published a list of One Thousand Books You Must Read. It's an interesting selection, which any reader is bound to find unsatisfactory in some way (my personal bugbear is the absence of Watchmen...) The purpose of this section of the site is to build up an archive of reviews of the Guardian's list, each written by someone who has read and enjoyed the book in question.

If you'd like to write a review of something on the list, please let me know. Some books are already reserved for specific reviewers, but the majority are still looking for a champion!

Books are ordered by title, with articles (a, an, the) omitted.

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52 Pick-up by Elmore Leonard


Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
Accidental Tourist, The by Anne Tyler
According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge
Ada or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov
Adam Bede by George Eliot
Adventures of Augie March, The by Saul Bellow
Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, The by Tobias Smollett
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The by Mark Twain
Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, The by Tobias Smollett
Adventures of Roderick Random, The by Tobias Smollett
Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The by Mark Twain
Affinity by Sarah Waters
African Queen, The by CS Forester
After London; or, Wild England by Richard Jefferies
Afternoon Men by Anthony Powell
Age of Innocence, The by Edith Wharton
Air by Geoff Ryman
Alberta and Jacob by Cora Sandel
Ali and Nino by Kurban Said
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
All Souls Day by Cees Nooteboom
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Alms for Oblivion by Simon Raven
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The by Michael Chabon
Ambassadors, The by Henry James
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
American Tragedy, An by Theodore Dreiser
Amongst Women by John McGahern
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
Andromeda Strain, The by Michael Crichton
Angel by Elizabeth Taylor
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe
Any Human Heart by William Boyd
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Arturo's Island by Elsa Morante
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Ascent by Jed Mercurio
Ascent of Rum Doodle, The by WE Bowman
Asphalt Jungle, The by WR Burnett
Assistant, The by Bernard Malamud
Asterix the Gaul by Rene Goscinny
At Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
Atomised by Michel Houellebecq
Atonement by Ian McEwan
At-Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien
Augustus Carp, Esq. by Himself: Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man by Henry Howarth Bashford
Austerlitz by WG Sebald
Auto-da-Fe by Elias Canetti
Awakening, The by Kate Chopin


Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
Bamboo Bed, The by William Eastlake
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Baron in the Trees, The by Italo Calvino
Beach, The by Alex Garland
Beast Must Die, The by Nicholas Blake
Beauty and Saddness by Yasunari Kawabata
Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
Being Dead by Jim Crace
Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant
Bell Jar, The by Sylvia Plath
Belles Lettres Papers: A Novel by Charles Simmons
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Bend in the River, A by VS Naipaul
Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
Betrothed, The by Alessandro Manzoni
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
Big Blowdown, The by George Pelecanos
Big Nowhere, The by James Ellroy
Big Sleep, The by Raymond Chandler
Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Black and Blue by Ian Rankin
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh
Black Prince, The by Iris Murdoch
Black Sunday by Thomas Harris
Blacklist by Sara Paretsky
Blackwater Lightship, The by Colm Toibin
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Blind Assassin, The by Margaret Atwood
Blindness by Jose Saramago
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Blott on the Landscape by Tom Sharpe
Blue Flower, The by Penelope Fitzgerald
Blue Room, The by Georges Simenon
Bluest Eye, The by Toni Morrison
Bold as Love by Gwyneth Jones
Bomber by Len Deighton
Bones and Silence by Reginald Hill
Bonfire of the Vanities, The by Tom Wolfe
Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
Book of Daniel, The by EL Doctorow
Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The by Milan Kundera
Book of the New Sun, The by Gene Wolfe
Bottle Factory Outing, The by Beryl Bainbridge
Bourne Identity, The by Robert Ludlum
Bouvard et Pécuchet by Gustave Flaubert
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
Brewster's Millions by Richard Greaves (George Barr McCutcheon)
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
Brothers Karamazov, The by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
Buddha of Suburbia, The by Hanif Kureishi
Burmese Days by George Orwell
Butcher Boy, The by Patrick McCabe


Caine Mutiny, The by Herman Wouk
Cakes and Ale - Or, the Skeleton in the Cupboard by W Somerset Maugham
Call it Sleep by Henry Roth
Call of the Wild, The by Jack London
Camp Concentration by Thomas M Disch
Candide by Voltaire
Canticle for Leibowitz, A by Walter M. Miller Jr.
Caprice by Ronald Firbank
Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
Carrie's War by Nina Bawden
Case of Comrade Tulayev, The by Victor Serge
Case of the Gilded Fly, The by Edmund Crispin
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Castafiore Emerald, The by Georges Remi Herge
Castle of Otranto, The by Horace Walpole
Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth
Castle, The by Franz Kafka
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Catcher in the Rye, The by JD Salinger
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
Changing Places by David Lodge
Charade by John Mortimer
Charterhouse of Parma, The by Stendhal
Chateau, The by William Maxwell
Cheese by Willem Elsschot
Cheri by Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette
Child in Time, The by Ian McEwan
Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke
Children of Men, The by PD James
Children of the New Forest, The by Frederick Marryat
Chronicle in Stone by Ismael Kadare
Chronicles of Narnia, The by CS Lewis
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
Claudine a l'ecole by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett
Clockwork Orange, A by Anthony Burgess
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Code of the Woosters, The by PG Wodehouse
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Color Purple, The by Alice Walker
Coming Race, The by EGEL Bulwer-Lytton
Commitments, The by Roddy Doyle
Confederacy of Dunces, A by John Kennedy Toole
Confederates by Thomas Keneally
Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, A by Mark Twain
Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks
Constant Gardener, The by John le Carre
Cop Hater by Ed McBain
Corrections, The by Jonathan Franzen
Count Belisarius by Robert Graves
Count of Monte Cristo, The by Alexandre Dumas
Counterfeiters, The by Andre Gide
Couples by John Updike
Covenant with Death by John Harris
Cover Her Face by PD James
Crab with the Golden Claws, The by Georges Remi Herge
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
Crash by JG Ballard
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime of Father Amado, The by José Maria de Eça de Queiroz
Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
Crow Road, The by Iain Banks
Cruel Sea, The by Nicholas Monsarrat
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Crying of Lot 49, The by Thomas Pynchon
Cryptonomicon by Neil Stephenson
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The by Mark Haddon


Dance to the Music of Time, A by Anthony Powell
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
Dark-Adapted Eye, A by Barbara Vine
Darkmans by Nicola Barker
Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
Darkness Falls from the Air by Nigel Balchin
Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
Daughter of Time, The by Josephine Tey
Day by AL Kennedy
Day of the Jackal, The by Frederick Forsyth
Day of the Locust, The by Nathanael West
Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage
Dead Lagoon by Michael Dibdin
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov
Death at the President's Lodging by Michael Innes
Death in Summer by William Trevor
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
Death of a Hero by Richard Aldington
Death of the Heart, The by Elizabeth Bowen
Death of Virgil, The by Hermann Broch
Debacle, The by Emile Zola
Debt to Pleasure, The by John Lanchester
Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
Deliverance by James Dickey
Delta of Venus by Anais Nin
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Devil to Pay in the Backlands, The by Joao Guimaraes Rosa
Diary of a Mad Old Man by Junichiro Tanizaki
Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
Dirty Tricks by Michael Dibdin
Discworld Series, The by Terry Pratchett
Disgrace by JM Coetzee
Dissolution by CJ Sansom
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
Dom Casmurro Joaquim by Maria Machado de Assis
Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Double Indemnity by James M Cain
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Driver's Seat, The by Muriel Spark
Drowned World, The by JG Ballard
Dry White Season, A by Andre Brink
Dune by Frank L Herbert


Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
Earthsea Series, The by Ursula Le Guin
East Lynne by Ellen Wood
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Echoing Grove, The by Rosamond Lehmann
Effi Briest by Theodore Fontane
Egoist, The by George Meredith
Einstein Intersection, The by Samuel R Delaney
Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis
Emma by Jane Austen
Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard
End of the Affair, The by Graham Greene
End of the World News, The by Anthony Burgess
Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
Enemies, a Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
England, Their England by AG Macdonell
English Patient, The by Michael Ondaatje
Enigma by Robert Harris
Ennui by Maria Edgeworth
Epileptic by David B
Epitaph for a Spy by Eric Ambler
Erewhon by Samuel Butler
Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac
Evelina by Fanny Burney
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
Exit Music by Ian Rankin
Expedition of Humphry Clinker, The by Tobias Smollett
Extinction by Thomas Bernhard


Face of Another, The by Kobo Abe
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fair Stood the Wind for France by HE Bates
Fairy Tale of New York, A by JP Donleavy
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
Family Moskat or The Manor or The Estate, The by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Famished Road, The by Ben Okri
Fantomas by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
Far Cry from Kensington, A by Muriel Spark
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Far Pavillions, The by Mary Margaret Kaye
Farewell to Arms, A by Ernest Hemingway
Fatal inversion, A by Barbara Vine
Fatherland by Robert Harris
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
Female Man, The by Joanna Russ
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Fine Balance, A by Rohinton Mistry
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
Fireflies by Shiva Naipaul
First Love by Ivan Turgenev
Flag for Sunrise, A by Robert Stone
Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser
Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
Forever War, The by Joe Haldeman
Fortunes of Richard Mahoney, The by Henry Handel Richardson
Fortunes of War by Olivia Manning
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Fountain Overflows, The by Rebecca West
Four Just Men, The by Edgar Wallace
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
French Lieutenant's Woman, The by John Fowles
Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman
Friends of Eddie Coyle, The by George V Higgins
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
Frost in May by Antonia White
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel


G by John Berger
Garden of the Finzi-Cortinis, The by Giorgio Bassani
Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
Gathering, The by Anne Enright
GB84 by David Peace
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos
Germinal by Emile Zola
Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
Getaway, The by Jim Thompson
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Girl in Winter, A by Philip Larkin
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
Girls of Slender Means, The by Muriel Spark
Glass Bead Game, The by Herman Hesse
Glass Key, The by Dashiell Hammett
Glastonbury Romance, A by John Cowper Powys
Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
Go-Between, The by LP Hartley
God of Small Things, The by Arundhati Roy
Godfather, The by Mario Puzo
God's Bit of Wood by Ousmane Sembene
Golden Notebook, The by Doris Lessing
Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Good Behaviour by Molly Keane
Good Companions, The by JB Priestley
Good Man in Africa, A by William Boyd
Good Soldier Svejk, The by Jaroslav Hasek
Good Soldier, The by Ford Madox Ford
Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
Graduate, The by Charles Webb
Grapes of Wrath, The by John Steinbeck
Grass is Singing, The by Doris Lessing
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Great Apes by Will Self
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Great Gatsby, The by F Scott Fitzgerald
Great Impersonation, The by E Phillips Oppenheim
Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest by WH Hudson
Greenmantle by John Buchan
Group, The by Mary McCarthy
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Gun for Sale, A by Graham Greene
Guns of Navarone, The by Alistair MacLean


Handful of Dust, A by Evelyn Waugh
Handley Cross by RS Surtees
Handmaid's Tale, The by Margaret Atwood
Hanging Gardens, The by Ian Rankin
Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton
Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Harpole Report, The by JL Carr
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
Haunting of Hill House, The by Shirley Jackson
Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock
Hearing Trumpet, The by Leonora Carrington
Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The by Carson McCullers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Heart So White, A by Javier Marias
Heat of the Day, The by Elizabeth Bowen
Heavy Weather by PG Wodehouse
Hello Summer, Goodbye by Michael G Coney
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Herzog by Saul Bellow
Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
High Wind in Jamaica, A by Richard Hughes
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
History by Elsa Morante
History Man, The by Malcolm Bradbury
History of Mr Polly, The by HG Wells
History of Pompey the Little, The by Francis Coventry
History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, A by Julian Barnes
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The by Douglas Adams
Hobbit, The by JRR Tolkien
Hollow Man, The by John Dickson Carr
Home and the World, The by Rabindranath Tagore
Horse's Mouth, The by Joyce Cary
Hound of the Baskervilles, The by Arthur Conan Doyle
House for Mr Biswas, A by VS Naipaul
House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski
House of Mirth, The by Edith Wharton
House of the Seven Gables, The by Nathaniel Hawthorne
How Green was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
How Late it Was, How Late by James Kelman
How the Dead Live by Will Self
Howards End by EM Forster
Human Stain, The by Philip Roth
Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
Hunger by Knut Hamsun
Hunters, The by James Salter
Hurrah for St Trinian's by Ronald Searle
Hyperion by Dan Simmons


I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal
Ice-Cream War, An by William Boyd
Idiot, The by Fyodor Dostoevsky
If Not Now, When? by Primo Levi
I'll Go to Bed at Noon by Gerard Woodward
Illywhacker by Peter Carey
Immoralist, The by Andre Gide
In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster
Independence Day by Richard Ford
Infamous Army, The by Georgette Heyer
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Influence, The by Ramsey Campbell
Information, The by Martin Amis
Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller
Institute Benjamenta by Robert Walser
Insult, The by Rupert Thomson
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Invisible Man, The by Ralph Ellison
Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann
Ipcress File, The by Len Deighton
Island of Dr Moreau, The by HG Wells
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott


Jacques the Fatalist and his Master by Denis Diderot
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jimmy Corrigan, The Smarest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
Journey into Fear by Eric Ambler
Journey to the Centre of the Earth, A by Jules Verne
Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine
Joy in the Morning by PG Wodehouse
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Judgment in Stone by Ruth Rendell
Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
July's People by Nadine Gordimer
Jungle, The by Upton Sinclair
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Just William by Richmal Crompton
Justine by Lawrence Durrell


Kestrel for a Knave, A by Barry Hines
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Kind of Loving, A by Stan Barstow
Kindred by Octavia Butler
King of Torts, The by John Grisham
King Solomon's Carpet by Barbara Vine
King Solomon's Mines by H Rider Haggard
Kingdom of this World, The by Alejo Carpentier
Kite Runner, The by Khaled Hosseini


L Shaped Room, The by Lynne Reid Banks
La Bete Humaine by Emile Zola
La Comedie Humaine by Honore de Balzac
La Condition Humaine by Andre Malraux
LA Confidential by James Ellroy
La Disparition by Georges Perec
La Vie Mode d'Emploi by Georges Perec
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary E Braddon
Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence
Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
Lanark by Alastair Gray
Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
Last Chronicle of Barset, The by Anthony Trollope
Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr
Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter
Last September, The by Elizabeth Bowen
Laughing Policeman, The by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
Le Grand Meaulnes by Henri Alain-Fournier
Le Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac
League of Frightened Men, The by Rex Stout
Lecturer's Tale, The by James Hynes
Left Hand of Darkness, The by Ursula Le Guin
Legacy, A by Sybille Bedford
Leopard, The by Giuseppi di Lampedusa
Les Enfants Terrible by Jean Cocteau
Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre-Ambroise-Francois Choderlos de Laclos
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Les Revenentes by Georges Perec
Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym
L'Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane (Gil Blas) Alain-René Lesage
Life and Fate by Vassily Grossman
Life and Loves of a She-Devil, The by Fay Weldon
Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, The by Laurence Sterne
Light by M John Harrison
Light Years by James Salter
Line of Beauty, The by Alan Hollinghurst
Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens
Little Prince, The by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little World of Don Camillo, The by Giovanni Guareschi
Live Flesh by Ruth Rendell
Living by Henry Green
Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark
Lolita, or the Confessions of a White Widowed Male by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
London Fields by Martin Amis
Lonely Londoners, The by Samuel Selvon
Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, The by Brian Moore
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
Long Goodbye, The by Raymond Chandler
Long Long Way, A by Sebastian Barry
Look At Me by Anita Brookner
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Lord of the Rings, The by JRR Tolkien
Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore
Lost Lady, A by Willa Cather
Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite
Love for Lydia by HE Bates
Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love on the Dole by Walter Greenwood
Love Story by Eric Segal
Loved One, The by Evelyn Waugh
Lover, The by Marguerite Duras
Luck of Barry Lyndon, The by William Makepeace Thackeray
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Lush Life by Richard Price


Machine-Gunners, The by Robert Westall
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Madman of Bergerac, The by Georges Simenon
Magic Mountain, The by Thomas Mann
Magnificent Ambersons, The by Booth Tarkington
Magus, The by John Fowles
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles
Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett
Maltese Falcon, The by Dashiell Hammett
Man in the High Castle, The by Philip K Dick
Man of Property, The by John Galsworthy
Man Who Loved Children, The by Christina Stead
Man who was Thursday, The by GK Chesterton
Man with the Golden Arm, The by Nelson Algren
Man Without Qualities, The by Robert Musil
Manchurian Candidate, The by Richard Condon
Mandarins, The by Simone de Beauvoir
Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost
Manservant and Maidservant by Ivy Compton-Burnett
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Map of Love, The by Ahdaf Soueif
Mark of Zorro, The by Johnston McCulley
Married Man, A by Piers Paul Read
Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
Martin Eden by Jack London
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
Mask of Dimitrios, The by Eric Ambler
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
Master and Margarita, The by Mikhail Bulgakov
Master Georgie by Beryl Bainbridge
Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Mayor of Casterbridge, The by Thomas Hardy
McTeague by Frank Norris
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
Member of the Wedding, The by Carson McCullers
Memet my Hawk by Yasar Kemal
Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf by David Madsen
Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing
Men at Arms by Evelyn Waugh
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Midwich Cuckoos, The by John Wyndham
Mighty Walzer, The by Howard Jacobson
Military Philosophers, The by Anthony Powell
Mill on the Floss, The by George Eliot
Millennium People by JG Ballard
Millstone, The by Margaret Drabble
Ministry of Fear, The by Graham Greene
Misery by Stephen King
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg
Mister Johnson by Joyce Cary
Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville
Molesworth by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Molloy by Samuel Beckett
Money by Martin Amis
Monk, The by Matthew Lewis
Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-en
Month in the Country, A by JL Carr
Moo by Jane Smiley
Moon and the Bonfire, The by Cesare Pavese
Moon over Africa by Pamela Kent
Moonstone, The by Wilkie Collins
More Die of Heartbreak by Saul Bellow
Morvern Callar by Alan Warner
Mother by Maxim Gorky
Mother London by Michael Moorcock
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Moviegoer, The by Walker Percy
Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House by Eric Hodgkins
Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Murder at the Vicarage, The by Agatha Christie
Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Le Sayers
Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The by Agatha Christie
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
My Antonia by Willa Cather
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
My New York Diary by Julie Doucet
My Search for Warren Harding by Robert Plunkett
Mysteries of Udolpho, The by Ann Radcliffe
Mysterious Affair at Styles, The by Agatha Christie
Mysterious Stranger, The by Mark Twain


Naked and the Dead, The by Norman Mailer
Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
Name of the Rose, The by Umberto Eco
Narziss and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse
Native Son by Richard Wright
Neon Rain, The by James Lee Burke
Neuromancer by William Gibson
New Grub Street by George Gissing
New York Trilogy, The by Paul Auster
News from Nowhere by William Morris
Nice Work by David Lodge
Night Sessions, The by Ken Macleod
Night Watch, The by Sarah Waters
Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Nineteen Seventy Four by David Peace
Nineteen Seventy Seven by David Peace
No Bed for Bacon by Caryl Brahms and SJ Simon

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase
Non-Stop by Brian W Aldiss
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Novel on Yellow Paper by Stevie Smith


Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
Odd Women, The by George Gissing
Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
Of Love & Hunger by Julian Maclaren-Ross
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Office Politics by Wilfrid Sheed
Old Man and the Sea, The by Ernest Hemingway
Old Men at the Zoo, The by Angus Wilson
Old Wives' Tale, The by Arnold Bennett
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovtich by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One of Ours by Willa Cather
Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Ordeal of Richard Feverek, The by George Meredith
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave by Aphra Behn
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
Outsider, The by Albert Camus


Painted Bird, The by Jerzy Kosinski
Painter of Signs, The by RK Narayan
Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Pamela by Samuel Richardson
Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
Parasites, The by Daphne du Maurier
Passage to India, A by EM Forster
Passing by Nella Larsen
Passion of New Eve, The by Angela Carter
Passion, The by Jeanette Winterson
Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller
Peace in War by Miguel de Unamuno
Penrod by Booth Tarkington
Perfume by Patrick Suskind
Personality by Andrew O'Hagan
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Piano Teacher, The by Elfriede Jelinek
Piccadilly Jim by PG Wodehouse

Pickwick Papers, The by Charles Dickens
Picture of Dorian Gray, The by Oscar Wilde
Pictures from an Institution by Randall Jarrell
Pig Tales by Marie Darrieussecq
Plague, The by Albert Camus
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
Pledge, The by Friedrich Durrenmatt
Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
Poetic Justice by Amanda Cross
Pointed Roofs by Dorothy Richardson
Poisoned Chocolates Case, The by Anthony Berkeley
Polygots, The by William Gerhardie
Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A by James Joyce
Possession by AS Byatt
Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas, The by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
Postman Always Rings Twice, The by James M Cain
Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
Power and the Glory, The by Graham Greene
Prayer for Owen Meany, A by John Irving
Prestige, The by Christopher Priest
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The by Muriel Spark
Princess of Cleves, The by Madame de Lafayette
Princess of Mars, A by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Prisoner of Zenda, The by Anthony Hope
Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, The by James Hogg
Professor's House, The by Willa Cather
Provincial Lady, The by EM Delafield
Puckoon by Spike Milligan
Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
Pursuit of Love, The by Nancy Mitford
Put Out More Flags by Evelyn Waugh


Quarantine by Jim Crace
Queen Lucia by EF Benson
Quiet Belief in Angels, A by RJ Ellory


Rabbit Omnibus, The by John Updike
Radetzky March, The by Joseph Roth
Ragazzi Pier, The by Paolo Pasolini
Rage in Harlem, A by Chester Himes
Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, The by Robert Tressell
Rainbow, The by DH Lawrence
Rasselas by Samuel Johnson
Ratking by Michael Dibdin
Reader, The by Benhard Schlink
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Recognitions, The by William Gaddis
Rector's Daughter, The by FM Mayor
Red and the Black, The by Stendhal
Red Badge of Courage, The by Stephen Crane
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
Red Room, The by August Strindberg
Red Shift by Alan Garner
Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer
Regeneration by Pat Barker
Reluctant Orphan, The by Aara Seale
Remains of the Day, The by Kazuo Ishiguro
Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
Remorseful Day, The by Colin Dexter
Restraint of Beasts, The by Magnus Mills
Return of the Soldier, The by Rebecca West
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Rich Full Death, A by Michael Dibdin
Richshaw Boy by Lao She
Riddle of the Sands, The by Erskine Childers
Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
Rings of Saturn, The by WG Sebald
Ringworld by Larry Niven
Road, The by Cormac McCarthy
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
Room at the Top by John Braine
Room Temperature by Nicholson Baker
Room with a View, A by EM Forster
Roxana by Daniel Defoe
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell


Sacaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
Sacred Book of the Werewolf, The by Victor Pelevin
Samarkand by Amin Maalouf
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe
Savage Detectives, The by Roberto Bolano
Scar, The by China Mieville
Scarlet Letter, The by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Scarlet Pimpernel, The by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
Season in Sinji, A by JL Carr
Secret Adversary, The by Agatha Christie
Secret Agent, The by Joseph Conrad
Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4, The by Sue Townsend
Secret History, The by Donna Tartt
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
Sentimental Journey, A by Lawrence Sterne
Shame by Salman Rushdie
Sharpe's Eagle by Bernard Cornwell
She: A History of Adventure by H Rider Haggard
Sheltering Sky, The by Paul Bowles
Shining, The by Stephen King
Ship, The by CS Forester
Shipping News, The by E Annie Proulx
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
Shrimp and the Anemone, The by LP Hartley
Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
Siege of Krishnapur, The by JG Farrell
Sign of Four, The by Arthur Conan Doyle
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Silence by Shusaku Endo
Silence of the Grave by Arnadur Indridason
Silent Duchess, The by Dacia Maraini
Silver Stallion by Junghyo Ahn
Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Sister Carrie by Theodor Dreiser

Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaves of Solitude, The by Patrick Hamilton
Slouching Towards Kalamazoo by Peter De Vries
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Snow Goose, The by Paul Gallico
So Long, See you Tomorrow by William Maxwell
Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
Soldier's Art, The by Anthony Powell
Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler
Something Fresh by PG Wodehouse
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence
Sophie's Choice by William Styron
Sorrow of War, The by Bao Ninh
Sorrows of Young Werther, The by Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Sound and the Fury, The by William Faulkner
Sound of my Voice, The by Ron Butlin
Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo
South Riding by Winifred Holtby
South Wind by Norman Douglas
Space Merchants, The by Frederik Pohl and CM Kornbluth
Spies by Michael Frayn
Sport and a Passtime, A by James Salter
Sportswriter, The by Richard Ford
Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The by John le Carre
Squire Haggard's Journal by Michael Green
Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon
Stars My Destination, The by Alfred Bester
Staying On by Paul Scott
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
Strait is the Gate by Andre Gide
Strange Borders of Palace Crescent, The by E Phillips Oppenheim
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The by Robert Louis Stevenson
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
Study in Scarlet, A by Arthur Conan Doyle
Suitable Boy, A by Vikram Seth
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The by Rudolp Erich Raspe
Swimming-Pool Library, The by Alan Hollinghurst
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
Sword in the Stone, The by TH White
Sybil or The Two Nations by Benjamin Disraeli


Tale of a Tub, A by Jonathan Swift
Tale of Two Cities, A by Charles Dickens
Talented Mr Ripley, The by Patricia Highsmith
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener
Taste for Death, A by PD James
Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness by Kezaburo Oe
Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Thank You Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Therese Raquin by Emile Zola
They Were Counted by Miklos Banffy
Thin Man, The by Dashiell Hammett
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Things They Carried, The by Tim O'Brien
Third Man, The by Graham Greene
Third Policeman, The by Flann O'Brien
Thirty-Nine Steps, The by John Buchan
This Sporting Life by David Storey
Thousand Acres, A by Jane Smiley
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
Three Musketeers, The by Alexandre Dumas
Three Paradoxes, The by Paul Hornschemeier
Three Sisters, The by May Sinclair
Three Soldiers by John Dos Passos
Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
Time Machine, The by HG Wells
Time of Indifference, The by Alberto Moravia
Time Ships, The by Stephen Baxter
Time to be Born, A by Dawn Powell
Time to Kill, A by John Grisham
Time Traveler's Wife, The by Audrey Niffenegger
Tin Drum, The by Gunter Grass
Tin Roof Blowdown, The by James Lee Burke
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
Tintin in Tibet by Georges Remi Herge
Titmuss Regained by John Mortimer
Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
To Each his Own by Leonardo Sciascia
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To The Ends of the Earth trilogy by William Golding
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
Tono Bungay by HG Wells
Topper Takes a Trip by Thorne Smith
Tortoise and the Hare, The by Elizabeth Jenkins
Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen
Towards the End of the Morning by Michael Frayn
Towers of Trebizond, The by Rose Macaulay
Town Like Alice, A by Nevil Shute
Toxic Shock by Sara Paretsky
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Transit of Venus, The by Shirley Hazzard
Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Tree of Man, The by Patrick White
Trent's Last Case by EC Bentley
Trial, The by Franz Kafka
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Tropic of Ruislip by Leslie Thomas
True History of the Ned Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
Turn of the Screw, The by Henry James
Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles


Ulysses by James Joyce
Unbearable Bassington, The by Saki
Unbearable Lightness of Being, The by Milan Kundera
Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Uncommon Reader, The by Alan Bennett
Unconsoled, The by Kazuo Ishiguro
Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
Under the Skin by Michel Faber
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
Underworld by Don DeLillo
Unfortunates, The by BS Johnson
Unless by Carol Shields
Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand
USA by John Dos Passos


V by Thomas Pynchon
Vagabond, The by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
Valley of Bones, The by Anthony Powell
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Vathek by William Beckford
Vatican Cellars, The by Andre Gide
Vendetta by Michael Dibdin
Venus on the Half-Shell by Kilgore Trout
Vicar of Wakefield, The by Oliver Goldsmith
Victorian Chaise-longue, The by Marghanita Laski
Victory: An Island Tale by Joseph Conrad
Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
Vilette by Charlotte Bronte
Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
Virgin in the Garden, The by AS Byatt
Virgin Suicides, The by Jeffrey Eugenides
Virginian, The by Owen Wister
Voss by Patrick White
Voyage to Arcturus, A by David Lindsay
Vurt by Jeff Noon


Waiting for the Barbarians by JM Coeztee
Wapshot Chronicle, The by John Cheever
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
War of the Worlds, The by HG Wells
Washington Square by Henry James
Wasp Factory, The by Iain Banks
Waterland by Graham Swift
Way of All Flesh, The by Samuel Butler
Way We Live Now, The by Anthony Trollope
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Weather in the Streets, The by Rosamond Lehmann
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
Well of Loneliness, The by Radclyffe Hall
Westminster Alice, The by Saki
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie
White Man Falling by Mike Stocks
White Noise by Don DeLillo
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Who Do You Think You Are? by Alice Munro
Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Wieland by Charles Brockden Brown
Williwaw by Gore Vidal
Wimbledon Poisoner, The by Nigel Williams
Wind in the Willows, The by Kenneth Grahame
Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, The by Haruki Murakami
Wings of the Dove, The by Henry James
Wise Children by Angela Carter
Witches of Eastwick, The by John Updike
Woman in White, The by Wilkie Collins
Women in Love by DH Lawrence
Woodlanders, The by Thomas Hardy
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Years of Rice and Salt, The by Kim Stanley Robinson
You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming
Young Lions, The by Irwin Shaw


Z by Vassilis Vassilikos
Zami by Audre Lorde
Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm