BBC's Big Read Top 100

Alphabetical Listing

The nation has spoken! And what we have said is that we love our classics, we love the books that stay with us from childhood and we love a gripping saga too. We might buy crime novels by the million, but when it came to voting not a single one made the British public's list of best-loved books. Science fiction is represented, though, with great writing from authors such as Frank Herbert and Raymon E Feist. The big nineteenth century names such as Austen, Dickens and the Brontes feature heavily, alongside modern classics from the last two decades such as Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha and Patrick Suskind's Perfume. The big winner in the BBC Big Read Top 100 has to be children's fiction, which has 30 books on the list. Classics like Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows and Winnie the Pooh rub shoulders with the best in modern children's writing by authors including Jacqueline Wilson, J K Rowling and Philip Pullman.

The full list of the Top 100 best-loved novels is:

  1. Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  2. Richard Adams Watership Down
  3. Louisa May Alcott Little Women
  4. Jeffery Archer Kane and Abel
  5. Jean M Auel The Clan of the Cave Bear
  6. Jane Austen Emma
  7. Jane Austen Persuasion
  8. Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
  9. Malorie Blackman Noughts and Crosses
  10. Enid Blyton The Magic Faraway Tree
  11. Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre
  12. Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights
  13. Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden
  14. Meg Cabot The Princess Diaries
  15. Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland
  16. Paulo Coelho The Alchemist
  17. Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl
  18. Wilkie Collins The Woman in White
  19. Roald Dahl The BFG
  20. Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  21. Roald Dahl Matilda
  22. Roald Dahl The Twits
  23. Louis De Bernieres Captain Corelli's Mandolin
  24. Charles Dickens Bleak House
  25. Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol
  26. Charles Dickens David Copperfield
  27. Charles Dickens Great Expectations
  28. Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities
  29. Fyodor Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment
  30. Daphne Du Maurier Rebecca
  31. Alexandre Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo
  32. George Eliot Middlemarch
  33. Sebastian Faulks Birdsong
  34. Raymond E Feist Magician
  35. Helen Fielding Bridge Jones's Diary
  36. F Scott Fitzerald The Great Gatsby
  37. Ken Follett The Pillars of the Earth
  38. John Fowles The Magus
  39. Stella Gibbons Cold Comfort Farm
  40. Arthur Golden Memoirs of a Geisha
  41. William Golding The Lord of the Flies
  42. Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows
  43. Thomas Hardy Far from the Madding Crowd
  44. Thomas Hardy Tess of the D'Urbevilles
  45. Joseph Heller Catch 22
  46. Frank Herbert Dune
  47. Aldous Huxley Brave New World
  48. John Irving A Prayer for Owen Meany
  49. James Joyce Ulysses
  50. Jack Kerouac On the Road
  51. Stephen King The Stand
  52. Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird
  53. C S Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  54. Michelle Magorian Goodnight Mister Tom
  55. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera
  56. Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude
  57. Colleen McCullough The Thorn Birds
  58. A A Milne Winnie the Pooh
  59. Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind
  60. L M Montgomery Anne of Green Gables
  61. George Orwell 1984
  62. George Orwell Animal Farm
  63. Mervyn Peake Gormenghast
  64. Rosamunde Pilcher The Shell Seekers
  65. Terry Pratchett The Colour of Magic
  66. Terry Pratchett Good Omens
  67. Terry Pratchett Guards! Guards!
  68. Terry Pratchett Mort
  69. Terry Pratchett Night Watch
  70. Philip Pullman His Dark Materials
  71. Mario Puzo The Godfather
  72. Arthur Ransome Swallows and Amazons
  73. J K Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  74. J K Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  75. J K Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  76. J K Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  77. Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things
  78. Salman Rushdie Midnight's Children
  79. Louis Sachar Holes
  80. J D Salinger The Catcher in the Rye
  81. Vikram Seth A Suitable Boy
  82. Anya Seton Katherine
  83. Anna Sewell Black Beauty
  84. Nevile Shute A Town Like Alice
  85. Dodie Smith I Capture the Castle
  86. John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath
  87. John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men
  88. Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island
  89. Patrick Suskind Perfume
  90. Donna Tartt The Secret History
  91. J R R Tolkien The Hobbit
  92. J R R Tolkien The Lord of the Rings
  93. Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina
  94. Leo Tolstoy War and Peace
  95. Robert Tressell The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
  96. Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited
  97. Jacqueline Wilson Double Act
  98. Jacqueline Wilson Girls in Love
  99. Jacqueline Wilson The Story of Tracy Beaker
  100. Jacqueline Wilson Vicky Angel

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