Thursday, 21 August 2008

100 Novels I Would Read Again

Lucky Jim

Kingsley

Amis

Behind The Scenes At The Museum

Kate

Atkinson

Augustus Carp Esq., By Himself

Sir H.H.

Bashford

The Jacaranda Tree

H. E.

Bates

Planet Of The Apes

Pierre

Boulle

Bridge Over The River Kwai

Pierre

Boulle

Brazzaville Beach

William

Boyd

Jane Eyre

Charlotte

Bronte

Wuthering Heights

Emily

Bronte

The 39 Steps

John

Buchan

Greenmantle

John

Buchan

Mr Standfast

John

Buchan

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony

Burgess

Possession

A.S.

Byatt

Wild Swans

Jung

Chang

Riddle Of The Sands

Erskine

Childers

The Woman In White

Wilkie

Collins

Heart of Darkness

Joseph

Conrad

Lord Jim

Joseph

Conrad

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Louis

de Bernieres

Robinson Crusoe

Daniel

Defoe

Bomber

Len

Deighton

The IPCRESS File

Len

Deighton

To Serve Them All My Days

R.F.

Delderfield

A Horseman Riding By

R.F.

Delderfield

Last Bus To Woodstock

Colin

Dexter

The Idiot

Fyodor

Dostoyevskiy

Crime & Punishment

Fyodor

Dostoyevskiy

Birdsong

Sebastian

Faulks

Bridget Jones' Diary

Helen

Fielding

Madame Bovary

Gustave

Flaubert

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel

Garcia Marquez

Love In The Time Of Cholera

Gabriel

Garcia Marquez

Cold Comfort Farm

Stella

Gibbons

Dead Souls

Nikolai

Gogol

Lord Of The Flies

William

Golding

To The Ends Of The Earth Trilogy

William

Golding

Memoirs Of A Geisha

Arthur

Goulden

Wind In The Willows

Kenneth

Grahame

Goodbye To All That

Robert

Graves

The Third Man & Fallen Idol

Graham

Greene

Diary Of A Nobody

George & Weedon

Grossmith

Love On A Branch Line

John

Hadfield

Tess of The d'Urbervilles

Thomas

Hardy

Fatherland

Robert

Harris

The Good Soldier Schweik

Jaroslav

Hasek

Catch 22

Joseph

Heller

Brave New World

Aldous

Huxley

An Artist of The Floating World

Kazuo

Ishiguro

Three Men In A Boat

Jerome K.

Jerome

The Phantom Tollbooth

Norton

Juster

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

John

Le Carre

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - trilogy

John

Le Carre

A Murder of Quality

John

Le Carre

To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper

Lee

If This Is A Man

Primo

Levi

Call Of The Wild

Jack

London

Ring of Bright Water

Gavin

Maxwell

Moby Dick

Herman

Melville

Puckoon

Spike

Milligan

Rumpole Of The Bailey - the whole set

John

Mortimer

A House For Mr Biswas

V.S.

Naipaul

1984

George

Orwell

Animal Farm

George

Orwell

Dr Zhivago

Boris

Pasternak

Swallows And Amazons

Arthur

Ransome

Rendezvous South Atlantic

Douglas

Reeman

All Quiet On The Western Front

Erich Maria

Remarque

She

Sir Henry

Rider Haggard

Hyman Kaplan

Leo

Rosten

Catcher In The Rye

J.D.

Salinger

Porterhouse Blue

Tom

Sharpe

Blott On The Landscape

Tom

Sharpe

Riotous Assembly

Tom

Sharpe

Wilt

Tom

Sharpe

Frankenstein

Mary

Shelley

Larry's Party

Carol

Shields

The Stone Diaries

Carol

Shields

A Town Like Alice

Neville

Shute

On The Beach

Neville

Shute

Pastoral

Neville

Shute

633 Squadron

Frederick E.

Smith

River God

Wilbur

Smith

A Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich

Aleksandr

Solzhenitsyn

Grapes of Wrath

John

Steinbeck

Treasure Island

Roert Louis

Stevenson

Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan

Swift

War and Peace

Leo

Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

Leo

Tolstoy

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Robert

Tressell

First Love

Ivan

Turgenev

Aunt Julia & The Scriptwriter

Mario

Vargas Llosa

Journey To The Centre of The Earth

Jules

Verne

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

Jules

Verne

Decline And Fall

Evelyn

Waugh

The Sword Of Honour Trilogy

Evelyn

Waugh

War Of The Worlds

H.G.

Wells

The Time Machine

H.G.

Wells

The First Men In The Moon

H.G.

Wells

The Day Of The Triffids

John

Wyndham

I've ordered them alphabetically by author's surname because I don't wish to say whether one book is better than another. A work of literature is just as good fun as light reading and vice versa. It depends how one feels at the time. I like oysters but I also like bacon sandwiches. And yes, I have cheated by including trilogies. The best thing is that I have the whole of P G Wodehouse to read. I thought about adding Kafka, Kipling, M R James, Conan Doyle, du Maupassant, Saki, Hemingway but will keep them back for a top short story list sometime.Enjoy!

6 comments:

Wolfie said...

Oh for the bloody time!

Daily Referendum said...

I read a couple of books a week but I've only read a handful of the books on your lists. I'll have to try a few of them.

Gallimaufry said...

I dedicate my reading list to a working life mispent commuting by train and bus.

Aileni said...

I've read 45 of them. Excluding Kafka I have read your other authors also.

CherryPie said...

I haven't read so many of these, but it looks like a more balanced list than the BBC one to me!

Gallimaufry said...

It has more than its share of Ripping Yarns but that's because I've never grown up.
Lists tend to be biased by fans' organised campaigns - hence the preponderance of Tolkein, Rowling, Pratchett in the BBC list and contemporary bias in favour of recent publications or releases (see music and film top hundreds for evidence).
Of course my list isn't definitive as it will change as I read more and remember good books I've read.
But it's the only list I don't haruummph at and say "Bloody Lord Of The Rings."