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My Top 100 books.

I think the BBC started the trend for creating a top 100 list of books. At the time I had read about 65 of them. No idea what that would be now. Anyway in 2004 I set about compiling my own top 100 books. They had to be books I really really rated. Enjoying them was not enough, they had to have something else about them. It’s now November 22 and I have to date only got to , wait for it number 68.

Richard Adams- Watership Down

Monica Ali-Brick Lane

Maya Angelou – All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes

Eleanor Atkinson-Greyfriars Bobby

Margaret Atwood-The Blind Assasin

Margaret Atwood- The Handmaid’s Tale

Jane Austin-Northanger Abbey

John Boyne- The Boy in the Striped Pjamas

John Boyne-A History of Loneliness

Ray Bradbury-Fahrenheit 451

Charlotte Bronte-Jane Eyre

Emily Bronte-Wuthering Heights

Anthony Burgess- Clockwork Orange

J L Carr- A Month n the Country

Alexander Cordell- Rape of the Fair Country

Anton Chehov-About Love

Tracy Chevalier- Remarkable Creatures

Louis de Bernieres- The Autumn of the Ace

Charles Dickens-A Christmas Carol

Gerald Durrell- The Corfu Trilogy

Timothy Egan- The Worst Hard Time

Edith Eger- The Choice

Sebastian Faulks- Birdsong

Nathan Filer- The Shock of the Fall

Alain Fournier- The Lost Estate

Josten Gaarder- Sophie’s World

Mark Haddon-The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

Joanne Harris- Blackberry Wine

Robert Harris- Pompeii

Susan Hill- In the Springtime of the Year

Eowyn Ivery- The Snow Child

Robin Jenkins- The Pearl Fishers

Min Jin Lee-Pachinko

Rachel Kadish-The Weight of Ink

Nella Last’s – war- housewife 49

Laurie Lee- Cider with Rosie

Andrea Levy-Small Island

Marina Lewycka- Two Caravans

Jack London- The Call of the Wild and White Fang

Sally Magnusson- The Sealwoman’s Gift

Margaret Mitchell- Gone with the Wind

Ian McEwan-Atonement

Sue Monk Kidd- The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd- The Invention of Wings

Liane Moriarty- Big Little Lies

Kate Morton- The House at Riverton

Heather Morris- The tatooist of Auschwitz

Maggie O’Farell- The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

George Orwell- Nineteen Eighty-Four

Alan Paton- Cry, The Beloved Country

Laline Paull- The Bees

Mary Prince- The History of Mary Prince

Kate Sawyer- The Stranding

Sam Selvon- The Lonely Londoners

Betty Smith- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Zadie Smith- White Teeth

John Stenbeck- East of Eden

John Steinbeck- The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck- To a God Unknown

Noel Streatfield- Saplings

Andrew Taylor- The American Boy

Josephine Tey- The Daughter of Time

Alan Titchmarsh- Nobbut a Lad

Sandi Toksvig-Whistling for Elephants

Sandi Toksvig-Flying under Bridges

Leo Tolstoy-Anna Karenina

Amor Towels- A Gentleman in Moscow

Markus Zusak- The Book Thief

Have you read any of these, which ones did you like. Do any surprise you? If you could only take one book apart from the Bible or Shakespeare what would it be?


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