Selected by the Guardian's Review team and a panel of expert judges, this list includes only novels – no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems – from any decade and in any language. Originally published in thematic supplements – love, crime, comedy, family and self, state of the nation, science fiction and fantasy, war and travel – they appear here for the first time in a single list. (my note: they admitted that they probably left off people's favorites so readers were allowed to send in suggestions for what they felt was left off).
I've bolded the ones I've read. Fairly depressing actually to see what "greats" I've missed. And even sadder to know I've read the books and can't remember them! However, I am really pleased with the books I read so I am not going to let this list worry me. How many have you read from this list?
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis Money by Martin Amis The Information by Martin Amis The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes Augustus Carp, Esq. by Himself: Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man by Henry Howarth Bashford Molloy by Samuel Beckett Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett Queen Lucia by EF Benson The Ascent of Rum Doodle by WE Bowman A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury No Bed for Bacon by Caryl Brahms and SJ Simon Illywhacker by Peter Carey A Season in Sinji by JL Carr The Harpole Report by JL Carr The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington Mister Johnson by Joyce Cary The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin Just William by Richmal Crompton The Provincial Lady by EM Delafield Slouching Towards Kalamazoo by Peter De Vries The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens Jacques the Fatalist and his Master by Denis Diderot A Fairy Tale of New York by JP Donleavy The Commitments by Roddy Doyle (I've seen the movie, does that count?) Ennui by Maria Edgeworth Cheese by Willem Elsschot Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding (yet another movie I've seen without reading the book) Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding Tom Jones by Henry Fielding Caprice by Ronald Firbank Bouvard et Pécuchet by Gustave Flaubert Towards the End of the Morning by Michael Frayn The Polygots by William Gerhardie Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Brewster's Millions by Richard Greaves (George Barr McCutcheon) Squire Haggard's Journal by Michael Green Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovanni Guareschi The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon Catch-22 by Joseph Heller Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House by Eric Hodgkins High Fidelity by Nick Hornby I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal The Lecturer's Tale by James Hynes Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood The Mighty Walzer Howard by Jacobson Pictures from an Institution by Randall Jarrell Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome Finnegans Wake by James Joyce The Castle by Franz Kafka Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester L'Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane (Gil Blas) Alain-René Lesage Changing Places by David Lodge (I started this one, but didn't finish it) Nice Work by David Lodge The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay England, Their England by AG Macdonell Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf by David Madsen Cakes and Ale - Or, the Skeleton in the Cupboard by W Somerset Maugham Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney Puckoon by Spike Milligan The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills Charade by John Mortimer Titmuss Regained by John Mortimer Under the Net by Iris Murdoch Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov Fireflies by Shiva Naipaul The Sacred Book of the Werewolf by Victor Pelevin La Disparition by Georges Perec Les Revenentes by Georges Perec La Vie Mode d'Emploi by Georges Perec My Search for Warren Harding by Robert Plunkett A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell Excellent Women by Barbara Pym Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler Alms for Oblivion by Simon Raven Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth The Westminster Alice by Saki The Unbearable Bassington by Saki Hurrah for St Trinian's by Ronald Searle Great Apes by Will Self Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe Blott on the Landscape by Tom Sharpe Office Politics by Wilfrid Sheed Belles Lettres Papers: A Novel by Charles Simmons Moo by Jane Smiley Topper Takes a Trip by Thorne Smith The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smollett The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle by Tobias Smollett The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne White Man Falling by Mike Stocks Handley Cross by RS Surtees A Tale of a Tub by Jonathan Swift Penrod by Booth Tarkington The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell Tropic of Ruislip by Leslie Thomas A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope Venus on the Half-Shell by Kilgore Trout The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh Scoop by Evelyn Waugh The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh The Life and Loves of a She-Devil by Fay Weldon Tono Bungay by HG Wells Molesworth by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle The Wimbledon Poisoner by Nigel Williams Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson Something Fresh by PG Wodehouse Piccadilly Jim by PG Wodehouse Thank You Jeeves by PG Wodehouse Heavy Weather by PG Wodehouse The Code of the Woosters by PG Wodehouse Joy in the Morning by PG Wodehouse
The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren Fantomas by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler Epitaph for a Spy by Eric Ambler Journey into Fear by Eric Ambler The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster Trent's Last Case by EC Bentley The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake Lady Audley's Secret by Mary E Braddon The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan (again, seen the movie) Greenmantle by John Buchan The Asphalt Jungle by WR Burnett The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain Double Indemnity by James M Cain True History of the Ned Kelly Gang by Peter Carey The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (I can't remember which Agatha Christie's I've read) The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton Poetic Justice by Amanda Cross The Ipcress File by Len Deighton Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter The Remorseful Day by Colin Dexter Ratking by Michael Dibdin Dead Lagoon by Michael Dibdin Dirty Tricks by Michael Dibdin A Rich Full Death by Michael Dibdin Vendetta by Michael Dibdin Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas The Pledge by Friedrich Durrenmatt The Crime of Father Amado by José Maria de Eça de Queiroz The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis LA Confidential by James Ellroy The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy A Quiet Belief in Angels by RJ Ellory Sanctuary by William Faulkner Casino Royale by Ian Fleming Goldfinger by Ian Fleming (saw the movie) You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth (saw the movie) Brighton Rock by Graham Greene A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene The Ministry of Fear by Graham Greene The Third Man by Graham Greene A Time to Kill by John Grisham The King of Torts by John Grisham Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett Fatherland by Robert Harris Black Sunday by Thomas Harris Red Dragon by Thomas Harris Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V Higgins Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith Bones and Silence by Reginald Hill A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles Silence of the Grave by Arnadur Indridason Death at the President's Lodging by Michael Innes Cover Her Face by PD James A Taste for Death by PD James Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman Misery by Stephen King Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King Kim by Rudyard Kipling The Constant Gardener by John le Carre Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 52 Pick-up by Elmore Leonard Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (ugh, another movie I've seen) Cop Hater by Ed McBain No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy Enduring Love by Ian McEwan Sidetracked by Henning Mankell Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley The Great Impersonation by E Phillips Oppenheim The Strange Borders of Palace Crescent by E Phillips Oppenheim My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk Toxic Shock by Sara Paretsky Blacklist by Sara Paretsky Nineteen Seventy Four by David Peace Nineteen Seventy Seven by David Peace The Big Blowdown by George Pelecanos Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos Lush Life by Richard Price The Godfather by Mario Puzo (movie, this is getting embarrassing) V by Thomas Pynchon The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon Black and Blue by Ian Rankin The Hanging Gardens by Ian Rankin Exit Music by Ian Rankin Judgment in Stone by Ruth Rendell Live Flesh by Ruth Rendell Dissolution by CJ Sansom Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Le Sayers The Madman of Bergerac by Georges Simenon The Blue Room by Georges Simenon The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck The League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout Perfume by Patrick Suskind The Secret History by Donna Tartt The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey The Getaway by Jim Thompson Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine A Fatal inversion by Barbara Vine King Solomon's Carpet by Barbara Vine The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace Fingersmith by Sarah Waters Native Son by Richard Wright Therese Raquin by Emile Zola
The Face of Another by Kobo Abe Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood Epileptic by David B Room Temperature by Nicholson Baker Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac Le Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac The Crow Road by Iain Banks The L Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks Fun Home by Alison Bechdel Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett A Legacy by Sybille Bedford Herzog by Saul Bellow Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett G by John Berger Extinction by Thomas Bernhard Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles Any Human Heart by William Boyd The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch Evelina by Fanny Burney The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler The Sound of my Voice by Ron Butlin The Outsider by Albert Camus Wise Children by Angela Carter The Professor's House by Willa Cather The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever The Awakening by Kate Chopin Les Enfants Terrible by Jean Cocteau The Vagabond by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette Manservant and Maidservant by Ivy Compton-Burnett Being Dead by Jim Crace Quarantine by Jim Crace The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir Roxana by Daniel Defoe Great Expectations by Charles Dickens The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky My New York Diary by Julie Doucet The Millstone by Margaret Drabble My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell Silence by Shusaku Endo The Gathering by Anne Enright Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner The Sportswriter by Richard Ford Howards End by EM Forster (movie) Spies by Michael Frayn Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud The Man of Property by John Galsworthy Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell The Immoralist by Andre Gide The Vatican Cellars by Andre Gide The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene Hunger by Knut Hamsun The Shrimp and the Anemone by LP Hartley The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse Narziss and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse The Three Paradoxes by Paul Hornschemeier Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving The Ambassadors by Henry James Washington Square by Henry James The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins The Unfortunates by BS Johnson A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce Ulysses by James Joyce Good Behaviour by Molly Keane Memet my Hawk by Yasar Kemal One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing How Green was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (saw the BBC series) Martin Eden by Jack London Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz The Assistant by Bernard Malamud Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann The Chateau by William Maxwell The Rector's Daughter by FM Mayor The Ordeal of Richard Feverek by George Meredith Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison Who Do You Think You Are? by Alice Munro The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil A House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul At-Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness by Kezaburo Oe The Moviegoer by Walker Percy The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok (started it, couldn't finish it) The Good Companions by JB Priestley The Shipping News by E Annie Proulx Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust A Married Man by Piers Paul Read Pointed Roofs by Dorothy Richardson The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney by Henry Handel Richardson Call it Sleep by Henry Roth Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise by Jean-Jacques Rousseau The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger Alberta and Jacob by Cora Sandel A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth Unless by Carol Shields We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver The Three Sisters by May Sinclair The Family Moskat or The Manor or The Estate by Isaac Bashevis Singer A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley On Beauty by Zadie Smith The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead East of Eden by John Steinbeck Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington Angel by Elizabeth Taylor Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson (LOVE the BBC series) The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend Death in Summer by William Trevor Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev Peace in War by Miguel de Unamuno The Rabbit Omnibus by John Updike The Color Purple by Alice Walker Jimmy Corrigan, The Smarest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware Morvern Callar by Alan Warner The History of Mr Polly by HG Wells The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West Frost in May by Antonia White The Tree of Man by Patrick White The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson I'll Go to Bed at Noon by Gerard Woodward To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
Le Grand Meaulnes by Henri Alain-Fournier Dom Casmurro Joaquim by Maria Machado de Assis Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Mansfield Park by Jane Austen Emma by Jane Austen Persuasion by Jane Austen Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin Nightwood by Djuna Barnes The Garden of the Finzi-Cortinis by Giorgio Bassani Love for Lydia by HE Bates More Die of Heartbreak by Saul Bellow Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Vilette by Charlotte Bronte Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte Look At Me by Anita Brookner Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown Possession by AS Byatt Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote (yes, the movie) Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey A Month in the Country by JL Carr My Antonia by Willa Cather A Lost Lady by Willa Cather Claudine a l'ecole by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette Cheri by Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette Victory: An Island Tale by Joseph Conrad The Princess of Cleves by Madame de Lafayette The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier The Lover by Marguerite Duras Adam Bede by George Eliot Daniel Deronda by George Eliot The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford A Room with a View by EM Forster (movie) The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles (movie) The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell Strait is the Gate by Andre Gide Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang Goethe Living by Henry Green The End of the Affair by Graham Greene The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy The Go-Between by LP Hartley The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway The Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest by WH Hudson Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro Portrait of a Lady by Henry James The Wings of the Dove by Henry James The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek Beauty and Saddness by Yasunari Kawabata The Far Pavillions by Mary Margaret Kaye Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis Moon over Africa by Pamela Kent The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre-Ambroise-Francois Choderlos de Laclos (movie) Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence The Rainbow by DH Lawrence Women in Love by DH Lawrence The Echoing Grove by Rosamond Lehmann The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos (movie) Zami by Audre Lorde Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie Samarkand by Amin Maalouf Death in Venice by Thomas Mann The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini A Heart So White by Javier Marias Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham So Long, See you Tomorrow by William Maxwell The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers Atonement by Ian McEwan The Child in Time by Ian McEwan The Egoist by George Meredith Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (not only did I see the movie, but at intermission I was relieved that it was over only to discover it wasn't) The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford Arturo's Island by Elsa Morante Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami Lolita, or the Confessions of a White Widowed Male by Vladimir Nabokov The Painter of Signs by RK Narayan Delta of Venus by Anais Nin All Souls Day by Cees Nooteboom The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson Pamela by Samuel Richardson Clarissa by Samuel Richardson Gilead by Marilynne Robinson Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan Ali and Nino by Kurban Said Light Years by James Salter A Sport and a Passtime by James Salter The Reader by Benhardq Schlink The Reluctant Orphan by Aara Seale Love Story by Eric Segal Enemies, a Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer At Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann Waterland by Graham Swift Diary of a Mad Old Man by Junichiro Tanizaki Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Music and Silence by Rose Tremain First Love by Ivan Turgenev Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler The Night Watch by Sarah Waters The Graduate by Charles Webb (movie) The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton The Passion by Jeanette Winterson East Lynne by Ellen Wood Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Non-Stop by Brian W Aldiss Foundation by Isaac Asimov The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster The Drowned World by JG Ballard Crash by JG Ballard Millennium People by JG Ballard The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks Weaveworld by Clive Barker Darkmans by Nicola Barker The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear Vathek by William Beckford The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite Wieland by Charles Brockden Brown Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov The Coming Race by EGEL Bulwer-Lytton A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess The End of the World News by Anthony Burgess A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs Naked Lunch by William Burroughs Kindred by Octavia Butler Erewhon by Samuel Butler The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino The Influence by Ramsey Campbell Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon The Man who was Thursday by GK Chesterton Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke Hello Summer, Goodbye by Michael G Coney Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski Pig Tales by Marie Darrieussecq The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R Delaney Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick Camp Concentration by Thomas M Disch Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco Under the Skin by Michel Faber The Magus by John Fowles American Gods by Neil Gaiman Red Shift by Alan Garner Neuromancer by William Gibson Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Lord of the Flies by William Golding The Forever War by Joe Haldeman Light by M John Harrison The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein Dune by Frank L Herbert The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg Atomised by Michel Houellebecq Brave New World by Aldous Huxley The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson The Turn of the Screw by Henry James The Children of Men by PD James After London; or, Wild England by Richard Jefferies Bold as Love by Gwyneth Jones The Trial by Franz Kafka Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes The Shining by Stephen King The Victorian Chaise-longue by Marghanita Laski Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The Earthsea Series by Ursula Le Guin The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin Solaris by Stanislaw Lem Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis The Monk by Matthew Lewis A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay The Night Sessions by Ken Macleod Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith I Am Legend by Richard Matheson Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe The Road by Cormac McCarthy Ascent by Jed Mercurio The Scar by China Mieville Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller Jr Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell Mother London by Michael Moorcock News from Nowhere by William Morris Beloved by Toni Morrison The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami Ada or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Ringworld by Larry Niven Vurt by Jeff Noon The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien The Famished Road by Ben Okri Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and CM Kornbluth A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett The Prestige by Christopher Priest His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie The Female Man by Joanna Russ Air by Geoff Ryman The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery Blindness by Jose Saramago How the Dead Live by Will Self Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Hyperion by Dan Simmons Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Dracula by Bram Stoker The Insult by Rupert Thomson The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole Institute Benjamenta by Robert Walser Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner Affinity by Sarah Waters The Time Machine by HG Wells The War of the Worlds by HG Wells The Sword in the Stone by TH White The Old Men at the Zoo by Angus Wilson The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe Orlando by Virginia Woolf Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe London Fields by Martin Amis Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin La Comedie Humaine by Honore de Balzac They Were Counted by Miklos Banffy A Kind of Loving by Stan Barstow Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave by Aphra Behn Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen Room at the Top by John Braine A Dry White Season by Andre Brink Shirley by Charlotte Bronte Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess The Virgin in the Garden by AS Byatt Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell The Plague by Albert Camus The Kingdom of this World by Alejo Carpentier What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe Disgrace by JM Coetzee Waiting for the Barbarians by JM Coeztee Microserfs by Douglas Coupland Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe Underworld by Don DeLillo White Noise by Don DeLillo A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Bleak House by Charles Dickens Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens Hard Times by Charles Dickens Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion Sybil or The Two Nations by Benjamin Disraeli Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin The Book of Daniel by EL Doctorow Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky USA by John Dos Passos Sister Carrie by Theodor Dreiser Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth Middlemarch by George Eliot Silas Marner by George Eliot The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert Effi Briest by Theodore Fontane Independence Day by Richard Ford A Passage to India by EM Forster The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen The Recognitions by William Gaddis Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell The Counterfeiters by Andre Gide The Odd Women by George Gissing New Grub Street by George Gissing July's People by Nadine Gordimer Mother by Maxim Gorky Lanark by Alastair Gray Love on the Dole by Walter Greenwood The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (another amazing BBC series) A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst South Riding by Winifred Holtby Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (in my halting high school french no less) Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood Chronicle in Stone by Ismael Kadare How Late it Was, How Late by James Kelman The Leopard by Giuseppi di Lampedusa A Girl in Winter by Philip Larkin Passing by Nella Larsen The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis Main Street by Sinclair Lewis Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes The Group by Mary McCarthy Amongst Women by John McGahern The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis Of Love & Hunger by Julian Maclaren-Ross Remembering Babylon by David Malouf The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry The Time of Indifference by Alberto Moravia A Bend in the River by VS Naipaul McTeague by Frank Norris Personality by Andrew O'Hagan Animal Farm by George Orwell The Ragazzi Pier by Paolo Pasolini Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton The Moon and the Bonfire by Cesare Pavese GB84 by David Peace Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock Afternoon Men by Anthony Powell Vineland by Thomas Pynchon The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth American Pastoral by Philip Roth The Human Stain by Philip Roth Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie Shame by Salman Rushdie To Each his Own by Leonardo Sciascia Staying On by Paul Scott Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr The Lonely Londoners by Samuel Selvon God's Bit of Wood by Ousmane Sembene The Case of Comrade Tulayev by Victor Serge Richshaw Boy by Lao She Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe The Jungle by Upton Sinclair Novel on Yellow Paper by Stevie Smith White Teeth by Zadie Smith (started it and couldn't finish it) One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovtich by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck The Red and the Black by Stendhal This Sporting Life by David Storey The Red Room by August Stringberg The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain Couples by John Updike Z by Vassilis Vassilikos Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe Germinal by Emile Zola La Bete Humaine by Emile Zola
Silver Stallion by Junghyo Ahn Death of a Hero by Richard Aldington Master Georgie by Beryl Bainbridge Darkness Falls from the Air by Nigel Balchin Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard Regeneration by Pat Barker A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry Fair Stood the Wind for France by HE Bates Carrie's War by Nina Bawden The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino Auto-da-Fe by Elias Canetti One of Ours by Willa Cather Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-en Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad Nostromo by Joseph Conrad Sharpe's Eagle by Bernard Cornwell The History of Pompey the Little by Francis Coventry The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe Bomber by Len Deighton Deliverance by James Dickey Three Soldiers by John Dos Passos South Wind by Norman Douglas The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Justine by Lawrence Durrell The Bamboo Bed by William Eastlake The Siege of Krishnapur by JG Farrell Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford The African Queen by CS Forester The Ship by CS Forester Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier The Beach by Alex Garland To The Ends of the Earth trilogy by William Golding Asterix the Gaul by Rene Goscinny The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass Count Belisarius by Robert Graves Life and Fate by Vassily Grossman De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage King Solomon's Mines by H Rider Haggard She: A History of Adventure by H Rider Haggard The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton Covenant with Death by John Harris Enigma by Robert Harris The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes Rasselas by Samuel Johnson From Here to Eternity by James Jones Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor Confederates by Thomas Keneally Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally Day by AL Kennedy On the Road by Jack Kerouac Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski If Not Now, When? by Primo Levi The Call of the Wild by Jack London The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer La Condition Humaine by Andre Malraux Fortunes of War by Olivia Manning One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat History by Elsa Morante Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy Burmese Days by George Orwell Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig The Valley of Bones by Anthony Powell The Soldier's Art by Anthony Powell The Military Philosophers by Anthony Powell Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolp Erich Raspe All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque The Crab with the Golden Claws by Georges Remi Herge Tintin in Tibet by Georges Remi Herge The Castafiore Emerald by Georges Remi Herge The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by Joao Guimaraes Rosa Sacaramouche by Rafael Sabatini Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer The Hunters by James Salter Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott The Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald Austerlitz by WG Sebald Black Beauty by Anna Sewell The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute (BBC Series) Maus by Art Spiegelman The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal Cryptonomicon by Neil Stephenson A Sentimental Journey by Lawrence Sterne Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson A Flag for Sunrise by Robert Stone Sophie's Choice by William Styron Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne Williwaw by Gore Vidal Candide by Voltaire Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut Put Out More Flags by Evelyn Waugh Men at Arms by Evelyn Waugh The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells The Machine-Gunners by Robert Westall Voss by Patrick White The Virginian by Owen Wister The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk The Debacle by Emile Zola