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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 2017 and I have to date only got to , wait for it number 43. I’m going to list them alphabetically, so there are no numbers, you will just have to take my word for it, there are only 43 so far!

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

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

Charles Dickens-A Christmas Carol

Gerald Durrell- The Corfu Trilogy

Timothy Egan- The Worst Hard Time

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

Robert Harris- Pompeii

Susan Hill- In the Springtime of the Year

Eowyn Ivery- The Snow Child

Robin Jenkins- The Pearl Fishers

Marina Lewycka- Two Caravans

Jack London- The Call of the Wild and White Fang

Ian McEwan-Atonement

Sue Monk Kidd- The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd- The Invention of Wings

Maggie O’Farell- The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

George Orwell- Nineteen Eighty-Four

Alan Paton- Cry, The Beloved Country

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

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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