Centenary Book Project - Top Ten Books of the 20th Century

Which books would you include in your top ten of the 20th century? This list is compiled from contributors to the Centenary Book Project. To submit your top ten please send an e-mail or fill in this form.

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  1. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkein
  2. 1984, George Orwell
  3. To Kill a Mocking Bird, Harper Lee
  4. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  5. The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  6. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  7. Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
  8. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
  9. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
  10. Zen and the Art of Motocyle Maintenance, Robert M Pirsig
  11. Touching the Void, Joe Simpson
  12. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkein
  13. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  14. Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
  15. A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L'Engle
  16. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  17. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  18. Chronicles of Narnia (Lewis)
  19. Dune: Frank Herbert
  20. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  21. Slaughter-House 5, Kurt Vonnegut
  22. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein
  23. Ulysses (Joyce)
  24. A Prayer for Owen Meaney, John Irving
  25. Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut
  26. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
  27. Eagle of the Ninth, The - Rosemary Sutcliffe
  28. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S Thompson
  29. Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
  30. Into Thin Air, John Krakeur
  31. Kon-Tiki Expedition, The - Thor Heyendahl
  32. Name of the Rose
  33. Steppenwolf (Thomas Mann)
  34. Tin Drum (Gunther Grass)
  35. Winnie-the-Pooh
  36. 1995 Good Pub Guide, Camra
  37. All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque
  38. Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann:
  39. Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons)
  40. Confederacy of Dunces
  41. Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton
  42. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Tom Robbins
  43. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  44. Five on a Treasure Island - Enid Blyton
  45. Flat Stanley (Brown)
  46. Howard's End, E. M. Forster, 1925
  47. Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo
  48. Long Walk to Freedom, The - Nelson Mandela
  49. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  50. Periodic Table, The - Primo Levi
  51. Plague (Albert Camus)
  52. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce, 1929
  53. Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C Clarke
  54. Seven Years in Tibet: Hienrich Harrer
  55. Stig of the Dump (King)
  56. Tao of Pooh - Ben Hoffman
  57. Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1940
  58. The Cider House Rules, John Irving
  59. The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank
  60. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  61. The Giver
  62. The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
  63. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  64. The Selfish Gene
  65. The Sun also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  66. Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
  67. Wild Swans (Some Chinese lady)
  68. Wilt (Sharp)
  69. 100 years of solitude, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez
  70. 1066 and All That
  71. 1st edition of Personal Computer World
  72. 2001 A.C. Clarke
  73. 39 Steps (Buchan)
  74. A Bridge too Far, Cornelius Ryan
  75. A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
  76. A day in the life of Ivan Denitavitc, Solzenitchin
  77. A Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds (Kamuf ed)
  78. A Farewell to arms, Ernest Hemingway
  79. A la recherche du temps perdu, Marcel Proust
  80. A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
  81. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf, 1929
  82. A Separate Peace, Knowles
  83. A Swiftly Tilting Planet, A Swiftly Tilting Planet
  84. Abraham Lincoln, Carl Sandburg
  85. Advanced hanggliding techniques
  86. Agents and Patients (Anthony Powell)
  87. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
  88. an evil cradling, brian keenan
  89. Ancient Mythologies, Henry Treece
  90. Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt
  91. Any Sharpe novel, Bernard Cornwall
  92. Army of Angels, Pamela Marchental
  93. At Swim-Two-Birds (O'Brien)
  94. Beloved (Toni Morrison)
  95. Beowulf (Heaney)
  96. Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
  97. Birdsong, S Faulkes
  98. Blind Watchmaker, The - Richard Dawkins
  99. BMA Complete Family Health Encyclopaedia
  100. Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
  101. Book of Common Prayer, Joan Didion, 1978
  102. Boy, Roald Dahl
  103. Bridge, The - Iain Banks
  104. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
  105. Bring on the Empty Horses, David Niven
  106. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Watchers Guide, Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder
  107. Burmese Days, G. Orwell:
  108. Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee Dee, Brown
  109. Call of the Wild, The : Jack London
  110. Cancer ward, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  111. Cannery Row, Steinbeck
  112. Carries War, Nina Bawden
  113. Casino Royale
  114. Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  115. Cautionary Tales, Hillaire Belloc:
  116. Chaos
  117. Chemical Engineering, Coulson and Richardson
  118. ChickenHawk, Robert Mason
  119. Christy, Catherine Marshall
  120. Chrysalids, The - John Wyndham
  121. Cities of the Red Night (William Burroughs)
  122. Civilisation - Kenneth Clarke
  123. Claude Elwood Shannon - Collected papers
  124. Collector, The - John Fowles
  125. Collins Complete DIY Manual
  126. Complete Works of O. Henry, O. Henry
  127. Consider Phlebas - Iain M Banks
  128. Cosmic Trilogy, The - (Out of the Silent Planet - Voyage to Venus)
  129. Cruel Sea
  130. dandelion wine, ray bradbury
  131. Danny the Champion of the World (Dahl)
  132. Darkness Visible (William Golding)
  133. Das Kapital, Karl Marx:
  134. Das Perfum, Patrick S=FCskind
  135. Days of Hope
  136. De Magnetisme William Gilbert
  137. Deadeye Dick, Kurt Vonnegut
  138. Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
  139. Demolished Man, The - Alfred Bester
  140. Desperation, Stephen King
  141. Diaries, Alan Clark
  142. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Philip K Dick)
  143. Down & Out in Paris and London (George Orwell)
  144. East of Eden
  145. Education of Little Tree, The
  146. Elric Saga, Moorcock
  147. Enfolded in Love, Mother Julien -
  148. English Patient, Michael Ondaatje, 1992
  149. Expecting Someone Taller : Tom Holt
  150. Eye of the World, Robert Jordan
  151. Fear & Loathing on The Campaign Trail 72, Hunter S Thompson
  152. Fiat Tipo Turbo-Diesel Repair Manual
  153. Ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges
  154. Fifth Business, Robertson Davies
  155. First Circle, Solzenitsyn
  156. Five go to Smuggler's Top
  157. Flashman At the Charge (George MacDonald Fraser)
  158. Frankie and Zooie, Sallinger
  159. Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
  160. Gone with the Wind, Mitchell
  161. Good Soldier Svejk (that Czech Bloke)
  162. Goodnight Mr Tom, Michelle Magorian
  163. Gothic Cathedral, The - Otto von Simson
  164. Great Aircraft of the World (Hutchinson)
  165. Green Mansions, W.H. Hudson
  166. Guardians of the tall stones, Moyra Caldecott
  167. Hard Years, The
  168. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling
  169. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
  170. Hayes Manual Ford Escort RS2000 and RS Mexico
  171. Here comes a candle to light you to bed, Maggie Prince
  172. High Adventure, Edmund Hillary
  173. Hiroshima, John Hersey
  174. History of Physics, The: Isaac Asimov
  175. History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters - Julian Barnes
  176. Hot Zone
  177. Hubble- a new window to the Universe (Fischer, Duerbeck)
  178. I am David (Holm)
  179. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  180. I, Claudius, Robert Graves
  181. I, Robot, Asimov
  182. Illuminati Triology, David Shea etal
  183. Interview with a Vampire, Anne Rice
  184. it can't happen here, Sinclair Lewis:
  185. It, Stephen King
  186. Keep the Aspidistra Flying - George Orwell
  187. Kim
  188. Krabat, Otfried Preussler:
  189. Labyrinths
  190. Labyrinths (Borges)
  191. Lanark (Gray)
  192. Left Handed Electron - Isaac Asimov
  193. Lolita, Nabakov
  194. Longitude (Sobel)
  195. Lord Of The Dead, Tom Holland
  196. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  197. Love on the Dole, Walter Greenwood
  198. Love You Forever, Robert Munch
  199. Maggie Cassidy, Jack Kerouac
  200. Making it Happen, John Harvey Jones
  201. Making of the English Working Class (EP Thompson)
  202. Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, The - Oliver Saks
  203. Martian Chronicles, Bradbury
  204. Matilda, Roald Dahl
  205. Mein Kampf - Adolph Hitler
  206. Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
  207. Mind over matter
  208. Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow (Hoeg)
  209. Money (Martin Amis)
  210. Moomins (Janssen
  211. Moon, James Herbert
  212. Mushrooms, by Roger Phillips
  213. My Left Foot, Christy Brown
  214. Native Son, Richard Wright
  215. Newts, Frogs and Toads (Maxwell)
  216. Niave and Sentimental Lover, J Le Carre
  217. Noggin the Nog (Firmin and Postgate)
  218. Nostromo - Joseph Conrad
  219. Obasan, Joy Kogawa
  220. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  221. On Peak Rock,
  222. On the Beach: Neville Shute
  223. Peter Pan
  224. Pippi Langstrumpf, Astrid Lindgren:
  225. Player of Games, Iain M Banks
  226. Popcorn
  227. Possessing the Secret of Joy, Alice Walker
  228. Possession : A Romance
  229. Potholing Beneath the Northern Pennines, D Heap
  230. Power and the Glory (Graham Greene)
  231. Prospero's Cell, Lawrence Durrell
  232. Purple Homicide (Fear and Loathing on Knutsford Heath)
  233. Pursuit of Love (Nancy Mitford)
  234. Rebel (Albert Camus)
  235. Regeneration (Pat Barker)
  236. Right Ho Jeeves (PG Wodehouse
  237. Roesnkrantz and Guildenstern are dead, Tom Stoppard
  238. Rough Guide to Prague
  239. Royal Horticultural Society Plant Encyclopaedia
  240. Sexing the Cherry, J Winterson
  241. She: Sir Rider Haggard
  242. Shivers (Spenser)
  243. shogun
  244. Silence Of the Lambs
  245. Silent Spring
  246. Skallagrigg, William Horwood
  247. Slowly down the Gangees, Eric Newby
  248. Snow Leopard, The
  249. Sobre Heroes y Tumbas, Ernesto Sabato
  250. Something Happened, Joseph Heller
  251. South-East Asia on a Shoestring
  252. Spy Catcher Peter Wright
  253. Still life with a woodpecker, Tom Robbins
  254. Storey of Art, The - Gombrich
  255. Superstitious, RL Stine
  256. Suspended Sentences, Jim Curran
  257. T.S. Elliot - The Four Quartets
  258. Taltos, Anne Rice
  259. Tao of Jeet Kun Do, Bruce Lee
  260. Te of Piglet, The - Benjamin Hoff
  261. Teen Witch: Wicca For A New Generation, Silver RavenWolf
  262. That Hideous Strength - C S Lewis
  263. The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights, Steinbeck
  264. The Ascent of Man Bronowski -
  265. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
  266. The Belgariad, Eddings
  267. The book of ebenezer le page, g b edwards
  268. The Butcher Boy (McCabe)
  269. the children's encyclopaedia, arthur mee
  270. The Cities of the Red Night (William Burroughs)
  271. The Collector, John Fowles
  272. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  273. The Crysalids, John Wyndham
  274. The Deeds of Paksenarian, Elizabeth Moon
  275. The Dons: History of Aberdeen Football Club
  276. The Doomstone, Paul Zindel
  277. The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe
  278. The English Patient, M. Ondaatje
  279. The FlimFlam Man
  280. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  281. The Four Quartets, T.S. Elliot -
  282. The Funniest Book Ever (Scarry)
  283. The Giver, Lois Lowry
  284. The Grinch that Stole Christmas, Seuss
  285. The Horse and his Boy (Lewis)
  286. The Inimitable Jeeves (Wodehouse)
  287. The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  288. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
  289. The Jungle, Upton Sinclairi
  290. the lady in the lake, Raymond Chandler:
  291. The Last battle, C.S. Lewis
  292. The Last Continent (Terry Pratchett)
  293. The Lonesome Gods, Louis Lamour
  294. The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler, 1955
  295. The Magus, John Fowles
  296. the makioka sisters, junichiro tanizaki
  297. The Mammoth Hunters
  298. The Memoirs of Hadrian, Maguerite Youcenar -
  299. The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  300. The music of chance, Paul Auster
  301. The Night Crew, John Sanford
  302. The other side of dark, Joan Lowery Nixon
  303. The Outsiders, SE Hinton
  304. The pillars of the earth, Ken Follet
  305. The Raj Quartet
  306. The Rebel (Albert Camus)
  307. The Regulators, Richard Bachman
  308. The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe
  309. The Rum Diary, Hunter S. Thompson
  310. The Second World War (Taylor)
  311. The Source, James Michener -
  312. The Specter, Joan Lowery Nixon
  313. The Spirit of St. Louis, Charles Lindbergh
  314. The Story of Art Gombrich -
  315. The Twenty Two Letters, Clive King -
  316. The wasp Factory, Iain Banks
  317. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Graham
  318. The Winter of our Discontent, John Steinbeck
  319. The World According to Garp, John Irving
  320. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  321. This Other Eden
  322. Thomas Covenant
  323. Thousand Metres Down - Martell
  324. Time Enough For Love, Robert HeinLen
  325. Times Arrow, Martin Amis
  326. Titus Groan, Mervyn Peake
  327. Treasure Island, R.L. Stevenson:
  328. Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom
  329. Two in The Far North, Margaret E. Murie
  330. Typewriter for Mr Bizwas, V S Naipal
  331. Under Milk Wood (Thomas)
  332. Up Garden Path (Sue Limb)
  333. Video-Typewriter Cookbook, The
  334. Wachtmeister Studer, Friedrich Glauser:
  335. Watership Down (Adams)
  336. When the Lion Roars, Wilbur Smith
  337. Where the Wild Things Are (Sendak)
  338. White Hotel, D M Thomas
  339. Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Andersen
  340. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett

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November 2001