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100 Novels You Must Read Before You Die

Below are the BBC’s top 100 books. Comment and share how many books from this list you have read and books that you think should be on this list.

Full Description is given of top 10 only.

1

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London.

2

The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 children's fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during World War II.[1] It is the second best-selling novel ever written, with over 150 million copies sold.

3

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its title character, including her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester, the byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. In its internalisation of the action — the focus is on the gradual unfolding of Jane's moral and spiritual sensibility and all the events are coloured by a heightened intensity that was previously the domain of poetry — the novel revolutionised the art of fiction.

4

Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The series, named after the titular character, chronicles the adventures of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who aims to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.

5

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.

6

The Bible

The Bible

The Bible is a canonical collection of texts considered sacred in Judaism and Christianity. There is no single "Bible" and many Bibles with varying contents exist. The term Bible is shared between Judaism and Christianity, although the contents of each of their collections of canonical texts is not the same. Different religious groups include different books within their Biblical canons, in different orders, and sometimes divide or combine books, or incorporate additional material into canonical books.

7

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Brontë, written between October 1845 and June 1846, and published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. It was her first and only published novel: she died the following year, at age 30. The decision to publish came after the success of her sister Charlotte's novel, Jane Eyre. After Emily's death, Charlotte edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights, and arranged for the edited version to be published as a posthumous second edition in 1850.

9

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman comprising Northern Lights (1995, published as The Golden Compass in North America), The Subtle Knife (1997), and The Amber Spyglass (2000). It follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes. The three novels have won various awards, most notably the 2001 Whitbread Book of the Year prize, won by The Amber Spyglass. Northern Lights won the Carnegie Medal for children's fiction in the UK in 1995. The trilogy took third place in the BBC's Big Read poll in 2003.

10

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Great Expectations is Charles Dickens' thirteenth novel. It is his second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. Great Expectations is a bildungsroman, or a coming-of-age novel, and it is a classic work of Victorian literature. It depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip. The novel was first published in serial form in Dickens' weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes.

11

Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her publisher. The novel follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters.

12

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14

Complete Works of Shakespeare

Complete Works of Shakespeare
15

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16

The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18

Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20

Middlemarch – George Eliot

Middlemarch – George Eliot
21

Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22

The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
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The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
25

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
26

Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck