"Orange Prize for Fiction's 50 Essential Reads by Contemporary Authors" (United Kingdom)

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  1. A Prayer For Owen Meany – John Irving
  2. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  3. American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  4. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  5. Being Dead – Jim Crace
  6. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  7. Captain Corelli's Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  8. Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
  9. Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee
  10. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  11. Faith Singer – Rosie Scott
  12. Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  13. Fred and Edie – Jill Dawson
  14. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  15. Girl with a Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier
  16. Grace Notes – Bernard MacLaverty
  17. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  18. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (The first book)
  19. Hotel World – Ali Smith
  20. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  21. Midnight's Children – Salman Rushdie
  22. Misery – Stephen King
  23. Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow – Peter Hoeg
  24. Money – Martin Amis
  25. Music and Silence – Rose Tremain
  26. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  27. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
  28. Riders – Jilly Cooper
  29. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  30. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  31. The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  32. The Golden Notebook – Doris M. Lessing
  33. The Handmaid's Tale – Margaret Atwood (4X)
  34. The House of Spirits – Isabel Allende
  35. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  36. The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
  37. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  38. The Rabbit Books – John Updike
  39. Regeneration – Pat Barker
  40. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  41. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
  42. The Tin Drum – Günter Grass
  43. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  44. The Women's Room – Marilyn French
  45. Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
  46. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
  47. Unless – Carol Shields
  48. What a Carve-Up – Jonathan Coe
  49. What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
  50. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  51. Half of a Yellow Sun- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  52. The Road Home - Rose Tremain
  53. Home - Marilynne Robinson
  54. The Lacuna - Barbara Kingsolver