Waterstone's Books of the Century

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During 1997 Waterstone's announced two polls - one to find the Books of the Century, another to decide the Nation's favourite children's books. The results of those polls, one with Channel 4, the other with BBC's Bookworm, have been a source of widespread debate and interest ever since - from Richard and Judy to the New Yorker. By popular request we have now combined the two - so here they are side-by-side. The debate rages on about the relative merits of Dahl and Tolkien, the representation of poetry, writing by women authors, and 'new' books versus old.

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings
  2. George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four
  3. George Orwell Animal Farm
  4. James Joyce Ulysses
  5. Joseph Heller Catch 22
  6. J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye
  7. Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird
  8. Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude
  9. John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath
  10. Irvine Welsh Trainspotting
  11. Jung Chang Wild Swans
  12. F.Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
  13. William Golding Lord of the Flies
  14. Jack Kerouac On the Road
  15. Aldous Huxley Brave New World
  16. Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows
  17. A.A. Milne Winnie-The-Pooh
  18. Alice Walker The Color Purple
  19. J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit
  20. Albert Camus The Outsider
  21. C.S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  22. Franz Kafka The Trial
  23. Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind
  24. Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  25. Salman Rusdie Midnight's Children
  26. Anne Frank The Diary of Anne Frank
  27. Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange
  28. D.H. Lawrence Sons and Lovers
  29. Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse
  30. Primo Levi If This is a Man
  31. Vladimir Nabokov Lolita
  32. Iain Banks The Wasp Factory
  33. Marcel Proust Remembrance of Things Past
  34. Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  35. John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men
  36. Toni Morrison Beloved
  37. A.S. Byatt Possession
  38. Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness
  39. E.M. Forster A Passage to India
  40. Richard Adams Watership Down
  41. Jostein Gaarder Sophie's World
  42. Umberto Eco The Name of the Rose
  43. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera
  44. Daphne du Maurier Rebecca
  45. Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day
  46. Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  47. Sebastian Faulks Birdsong
  48. E.M. Forster Howard's End
  49. Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited
  50. Vikram Seth A Suitable Boy
  51. Frank Herbert Dune
  52. John Irving A Prayer for Owen Meany
  53. Patrick Suskind Perfume
  54. Boris Pasternak Doctor Zhivago
  55. Mervyn Peake Gormenghast Trilogy
  56. Laurie Lee Cider with Rosie
  57. Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar
  58. Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale
  59. Vera Brittain Testament of Youth
  60. John Fowles The Magus
  61. Graham Greene Brighton Rock
  62. Robert Tressell The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists
  63. Mikhail Bulgakov The Master and Margarita
  64. Armistead Maupin Tales of the City
  65. John Fowles The French Lieutenant's Woman
  66. Louis de Bernières Captain Corelli's Mandolin
  67. Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse 5
  68. Robert Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  69. E.M. Forster A Room with a View
  70. Kingsley Amis Lucky Jim
  71. Stephen King It
  72. Graham Greene The Power and the Glory
  73. Stephen King The Stand
  74. Erich Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front
  75. Roddy Doyle Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
  76. Roald Dahl Matilda
  77. Brett Easton Ellis American Psycho
  78. Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  79. Stephen Hawking A Brief History of Time
  80. Roald Dahl James and the Giant Peach
  81. D.H. Lawrence Lady Chatterley's Lover
  82. Tom Wolfe The Bonfire of the Vanities
  83. Delia Smith Complete Cookery Course
  84. Brian Keenan An Evil Cradling
  85. D.H. Lawrence The Rainbow
  86. George Orwell Down and Out in Paris and London
  87. Arthur C. Clarke 2001 - A Space Odyssey
  88. Gunter Grass The Tin Drum
  89. Alexander Solzhenitsyn One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  90. Nelson Mandela A Long Walk to Freedom
  91. Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene
  92. Michael Crichton Jurassic Park
  93. Lawrence Durrell The Alexandria Quartet
  94. Alan Paton Cry the Beloved Country
  95. Nick Hornby High Fidelity
  96. Roddy Doyle The Van
  97. Roald Dahl The BFG
  98. Anthony Burgess Earthly Powers
  99. Robert Graves I, Claudius
  100. Nicholas Evans The Horse Whisperer

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