Top Ten Books of the 20th Century - Tim's List

As we approach the end of the final century of this millenium, which books would you include in your top ten of the 20th century? Contribute your selections to the master list and browse through those already submitted - you might find a classic you've missed.

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Tim's Top Ten in no Particular Order

  1. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkein
  2. The Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela
  3. The Gothic Cathedral - Otto von Simson
  4. Civilisation - Kenneth Clarke
  5. The Storey of Art - Gombrich
  6. The Chrysalids - John Wyndham
  7. The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff
  8. The Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliffe
  9. The Cosmic Trilogy - (Out of the Silent Planet, Voyage to Venus, That Hideous Strength) - C S Lewis
  10. Up the Line to Death - WW1 Anthology

Special Mentions For

Missing from the list are H.G. Wells, Dr Seus, Henry Treece, Herman Hesse, particularly the Glass Bead Game. I excluded anything like Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy as they originated in other media. The other poetry book I would like to have included is The Mersey Sound, Roger McGough, Henry Patten (and a third poet I forget!) anthology. Also missing from the list is Ralph Steadmans irreverent satire of Leonardo da Vinci's autobiography, I Leonardo.

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20th Century Top 10 Compilation

September 1999