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We said: It has come to be seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English and is read widely across Africa and Nigeria in which it is set. It follows the Okonowo a great and famous warrior and the most powerful men of his clan. Read it to find out. You said: A compelling and important exploration of cultural identity in relation to both the rising tide of British colonialism and the pressures of gender expectations.
A poignant tragedy written with pathos. Necessary reading! Middlemarch by George Eliot We said: Dorothea Brooke and the other inhabitants of Middlemarch grapple with art, religion, science, politics, self and society in the lead-up to the First Reform Bill of in a literary exploration of human follies. This book is considered by many to be the greatest Victorian novel.
You said: This book is superb in form and content. There is no better dissection of and insight into human society. She was the Shakespeare of her day and Middlemarch is her finest novel. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie We said: A visceral tale, made of smells and sounds and bumps and knocks. A brilliant way to immerse yourself in one of the most fascinating and turbulent periods of the 20th century, via a wonderfully fantastical conceit.
You said: This is the most magical and well-written book I've read. The history of the partition of the Indian subcontinent told as a delightful allegory. The Iliad by Homer 8th century BC. We said: It is one of the greatest and most influential epic poems ever written, and alongside The Odyssey the oldest surviving work of Western literature.
Although the story centres on the critical events of the last year of the Trojan war, Homer also explores themes of humanity, compassion and survival. You said: This is the ultimate war poem, filled with existential drama, heroic striving, death, and the meaning of life. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray You said: Because Becky Sharp is the greatest female lead character in English literature. Bar none. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh We said: The iconic country house setting of Brideshead see a family consumed by its religion battle with their loyalties.
A reflective and nostalgic novel by Evelyn Waugh about class, family and homecomings. The Catcher in the Rye by J. Salinger We said: Probably the least commented-upon aspect of J. Holden is a character no one ever forgets. As he wanders aimlessly around the city, he struggles to plan his next life move, but finds happiness in small joys, such as his strong bond with his sister.
A dizzying story full of riddles, puns and wordplay, at over years old it features a heroine way ahead of her time. You said: We should all get lost down a rabbit hole every once in a while and come out believing in six impossible things before breakfast whyisaravenlikeawritingdesk. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot Eliot drew on the frustrations of her own rural upbringing to write one of her most powerful and moving novels.
A beautifully told story of an intelligent girl who yearns for more than society allows. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope Told with plenty of wisdom and wit. You said: This book has tremendous characters and a plot which sucks you into such a different world, about which you find yourself caring desperately. Another Country by James Baldwin You said: This is a book that shows how everyone can live and love together, passionately, dangerously, with exquisite music.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo A sweeping epic and a completely satisfying read by Victor Hugo. Full of love, anger, drama and wit. Quite possibly the perfect novel. You said: A beautiful story of the power of redemption and a good heart along with a backdrop of the socio-economic iniquities of 19th century France. Beautifully written, it tugs the heartstrings.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl You said: This list wouldn't be complete without some of Dahl's magic, and my golden ticket is for this novel. The Outsiders by S. Hinton We said: A coming-of-age tale of teenage rebellion, set in a winner-takes-all world of drive-ins, drag races and switchblades. It created an anti-hero from the wrong side of the class divide — all written when S. Hinton was just You said: The original YA novel, which sparked many crushes and made me fall in love with reading.
We said: An epic novel by Alexandre Dumas that will have you feeling all the emotions — and a prime example of the old adage that revenge is a dish best served cold. You said: The best classic tale! You said: Reading it as a person, an emotional journey. Reading it as a writer, technically mesmerizing and inspiring.
A month-by-month guide to the most exciting and anticipated fiction, non-fiction and children's books out in From acclaimed works of fiction to unforgettable memoirs and eye-opening non-fiction. East of Eden by John Steinbeck They said: Brilliant writing, epic family saga, drills deep into human nature and how we think, feel and act toward one another. My all-time favourite novel.
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky You said: A depiction of the darkest recesses of human nature. But also of the brightest ones… Luca C, Facebook. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov We said: Quite simply some of the finest writing ever committed to a page. A book that is simultaneously repulsive and utterly seductive.
You said: Beautifully written. The book takes you into the mind of this awful character and lets you roll around in the gorgeous word-play as the story unfurls. We said: Frances Hodgson Burnett 's book will awaken the curiosity of any reader, no matter their age. But this is more than a story of adventures and gardening, at its heart, The Secret Garden promises that with time and plenty of nurturing, we can all blossom.
You said: I will never forget reading this book as a child. I felt I was in the middle of the story. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh You said: A funny story wrapped around absurdity, journalism and war. Guy V, Facebook. You said: Sitting alone at 16 years old after the family had gone to bed, tears streamed down my cheeks as I finished this novel. Pat C, Facebook. We said: Diary of a Nobody follows a respectable middle-class man, Charles Pooter, and his attempts to live a respectable middle-class life.
This riotously funny novel created such an impression that it inspired an adjective in honour of its main character: 'Pooterish', a self-important person who takes themselves far too seriously. You said: I have read this book so many times and laugh out loud every time. I have a Penguin Classic copy of it that's falling apart but I wouldn't part with it for the world. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy We said: Anna Karenina is a woman who seems to have it all.
You said: Simply the best in-depth characterisation of all time. Tolstoy's psychological insights have never been beaten. Chris W, Facebook. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni We said: Alessandro Manzoni 's novel takes is the story of two young lovers trying to be together, set against a wider backdrop of 17th-century Italian life. The Betrothed is considered by many to be the greatest novel ever written in Italian. Shawna R, Facebook.
Orlando by Virginia Woolf You said: What is it to be a woman? Woolf's modernist novel is so fresh even 90 or so years later. Gender fluidity before the term was even coined. And a history of literature as a backdrop. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand We said: Step into the dystopian USA and follow the saga of Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden as they attempt to bring their Transcontinental railroad into existence, and uncover the secrets of a shadowy figure called John Galt along the way.
You said: This book engages the reader through its characters and themes, allowing one to be entranced through this cautionary tale that can be applied to the modern world. Deanna H, Facebook. The Time Machine by H. Wells The layperson might not be involved in warfare but the advice within is just as useful for navigating the workplace or daily life. You said: This should be called the little book of common sense. It makes everything easier to understand.
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy You said: This book gives you a wonderful impression of life in the 19th and early 20th century. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller You said: Loud, funny, sexual Paris in the s. I read it when I was 20, and it changed the way I look at the world. Women in Love by D.
Lawrence We said: Controversial during its time, D. Lawrence 's sequel to The Rainbow follows the lives of two women and the men they become involved with. We said: Paul Scott passed away at the peak of his writing career and his last novel, Staying On — which won the Booker Prize in — gives us a unique insight into life just after the end of the British rule in India.
You said: A funny, tragic, beautifully written study of an English colonial married couple left behind as an independent India moves ahead. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame A whimsical foray through the Berkshire countryside, the camaraderie between Ratty, Badger, Mole and Mr Toad still embodies traditional British eccentricities to a tee.
Widely considered a staple of Gothic fiction and the English literary canon, this book has gone on to inspire many generations of writers — and will continue to do so. After discovering he has no scent of his own — despite having a remarkable sense of smell — Jean-Baptiste Grenouille trains in the art of perfume-making so he can create the ultimate scent — one that is made from 25 young virgin girls.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy You said: This novel is just gripping and beautifully written. Kept me enthralled for weeks Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham Bleak House by Charles Dickens We said: At the centre of Bleak House is the never-ending legal case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce which draws together a disparate group of people who hope in some way to profit from the case.
We said: Would-be poet Lucien Chardon moves from the French Provinces to the glamorous beau monde of Paris where he quickly discovers a world far more dangerous than he ever imagined. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut You may love it, you may not get the point. You said: Reading this blend of surrealism, sci-fi and other genres made me realise that sometimes, fiction can be more powerful than real-life stories! A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Silas Marner by George Eliot It tells the story of an isolated miser, who is given a second chance to transform his life when he adopts a young orphaned child.
With themes of religion, industrialisation and community, the book also provides us with a glimpse of a vanished rural world. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf These shows are the perfect audio fix for readers who want to delve beyond the book. Modern life is a busy affair. So sometimes, a short story is the perfect solution. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott We said: In Little Women , Louisa May Alcott set out to write a book in which girls would see them themselves accurately reflected.
The March sisters, with their four very different personalities and ambitions, accurately embody both the challenges of growing up and the irreplaceable bond of sisterhood. You said: A story of growing up and changing and the world set around a group of young girls. This book is as timeless as it is beautiful. Luke E, Twitter. An unforgettable story, beautifully told.
You said: This book left me speechless, while reading and after reading and I still can't find the words to describe why it is one of the most impressive pieces of writing I have ever read. H, Twitter. The Godfather by Mario Puzo A powerful story of tradition, blood, honour and of course, family allegiance. You said: This novel teaches the reader about the strengths and failures of human nature. Louisa J, Twitter. You said: This book leads the reader into a maze of conundrums, confusion, iciness and moral fog.
Never to be forgotten once read. Arnold F, Twitter. I, Claudius by Robert Graves You said: Written in the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Claudius, Robert Graves ' novel captures the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome. Peter Pan by J. Barrie You said: The story that made every child want to dance on tiptoes over midnight rooftops and soar away to Neverland, J. From the Lost Boys to fearsome pirates, the enchanting adventure of Peter Pan has, both literally and metaphorically, never grown old.
You said: A medievalist protagonist encounters a series of misadventures in a comedic exploration of the human condition. John Kennedy Toole 's novel is widely regarded today as a tragicomic classic that exposes 'intellectualism'. You said: I chose this book just because the characters are fantastic, and it makes me laugh.
The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham You said: Featuring Maugham himself as a character and adapted twice for the big screen, The Razor's Edge tells the story of an American pilot trying to adjust back to normal life following the First World War. You said: Perhaps a little bit out of left field, but I love this book.
It's simple, it's beautifully written and it's all about capturing a vanishing way of life as countryside farming turns to Victorian towns Vicky, Twitter. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy We said: When proud and passionate Eustacia Vye marries Clym Yeobright, she believes she can finally leave her rural life at Egdon Heath behind.
But their unhappy marriage causes a chain of events culminating in tragedy, and their realisation that their destinies cannot be controlled. There are echoes of his techniques here before they are refined in his later works such as Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. You said: Joyce is not only the greatest stylist in English, but the novel contains one of the most complex discussions of aesthetics in the 20th century. Donald K, Twitter. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad You said: What an amazing piece of writing from someone who had to learn the language first North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell We said: A swooningly romantic book with an exhilaratingly combative pairing at the centre.
The themes of wealth and gender inequality are woven in seamlessly, and are completely integral to the electric dynamic between Margaret Hale and John Thornton. You said: This novel combines a beautiful love story and discussion of important economical and social issues of its time. Alina, Twitter.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood You said: I chose this book because it gives a feminist perspective on the world. Also, Atwood uses events from history to create the story, which I find important. History is a circle. Emma H, Twitter. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky We said: A novel of two halves, Suite Francaise is about life and death in occupied France, and finding love and hope in the most unexpected of places.
You said: This is my favourite book. It is an extremely moving account of the kinds of things that actually happened in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War. It presents the dilemmas, fears and choices that were felt and had to be made by ordinary people. Jim H, Twitter. We said: This deeply personal and unforgettable account of a day in the life at a Soviet labour camp in the s is highly considered to be one of the greats of contemporary literature.
What A Carve Up! A dark and wickedly funny story which makes a profound statement on the Thatcherite era. You said: This novel has so much to say about human nature, political power and the elite, and always will do. Caustic, heartfelt, funny, devastating; a beautiful book. We said: Anyone looking for an introduction to philosophy need look no further. You said: An amazing philosophical adventure that influenced a generation. Jason F, Twitter. White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky We said: One of Fyodor Dostoyevsky 's underrated works, this short story is divided into six sections.
Hard Times by Charles Dickens We said: Dickens uses the fictional town of Coketown and its inhabitants to explore the harsh realities of the Industrial Age and the importance of imagination in a world driven by fact. You said: Pathos, humour, social comment, politic and incredibly well-drawn, believable characters.
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Start at the beginning of our list books are ranked in no particular order and tick them off as you go on this handy downloadable list , or you can jump to: 25 50 75 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen buy the book. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen We said: It is a truth universally acknowledged that when most people think of Jane Austen they think of this charming and humorous story of love, difficult families and the tricky task of finding a handsome husband with a good fortune.
You said: Philosophy, history, wit, and the most passionate love story. Francesca, Twitter. Greygardens, Twitter. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Buy the book. Joe T, Twitter. Andre C, Twitter. Kgjephcott, Twitter. Eric A, Twitter. David G, Twitter. Helen Y, Twitter. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte Buy the book.
Sarah F, Twitter. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky Buy the book. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky We said: This novel is a masterful and completely captivating depiction of a man experiencing a profound mental unravelling. Angie V, Twitter. The Secret History by Donna Tartt We said: Donna Tartt 's book follows a clique of smart, attractive students at an elite university, and an outsider who finds himself forced to conceal a dark secret.
AnamiAndBooks, Twitter. The Call of the Wild by Jack London We said: Jack London was a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness and used his experiences to write about a dog named Buck who becomes a leader of the wild. Helen D, Twitter.
The Chrysalids John Wyndham Buy the book. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham We said: An allegoric dystopia written in the wake of the Second World War, The Chrysalids cleverly strives to denounce acts of the past while including a profound plea for tolerance. Hollie B, Twitter.
Persuasion Jane Austen Buy the book. Moby-Dick Herman Melville Buy the book. David H, Twitter. Lewis Buy the audiobook. Lewis We said: C. Adisha K, Twitter. To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf Buy the book. Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy We said: It received mixed reviews it was first published, in part because it challenged Victorian ideals of purity and sexual morals. Abbie H, Twitter. Frankenstein Mary Shelley Buy the book. Julie A, Twitter.
Eggfrieddog, Twitter. The Go-between L. Hartley Buy the book. Hartley We said: A moving exploration by L. Rapsodiafestiva, Twitter. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey We said: A psychiatric ward in Oregon is ruled by a tyrannical head nurse, but when a rebellious patient arrives her regime is thrown into disarray.
Darren B, Twitter. Donna J, Twitter. The Rumpus. The best of the West, The Rumpus has a slew of great writers both editing and contributing to a site that churns out more than its fair share of great content on a daily basis. The Bat Segundo Show. Always interesting, and easily one of the best literary podcasts. You do know that one of the most important literary magazine in the entire English language also posts a whole lot of great content on its website, right?
Did you read the Teju Cole piece they posted recently? The American Reader. Founded by young literary stars Uzoamaka Maduka and Jac Mullen, The American Reader is a monthly print journal with a website that publishes fiction, poetry, criticism, and more — along with fascinating daily reprints of letters between literati.
HTML Giant. Largehearted Boy. Full Stop. A site that puts up a handful of great reviews, as well as breaks stories like the one about the time Jonathan Franzen tried to scam some videos for a college library.
Other People with Brad Listi. If you have a book out, you sorta have to go on Other People. A hodgepodge of good reads, from pieces on zine collections to serializations of long-forgotten literature , HiLobrow is full of delightful daily surprises. The Bookrageous Podcast. Judging by the title, it should come as no surprise that this podcast is a celebration of books — namely, the books read by the hosts, who each talk about their chosen titles for a few minutes.
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