Guardian's 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read: The Definitive List

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  1. A

  2. Absolute Beginners - Colin MacInnes - State of the nation
  3. The Accidental Tourist - Anne Tyler - Love
  4. According to Queeney - Beryl Bainbridge - Comedy
  5. Ada or Ardor - Vladimir Nabokov - Science fiction and fantasy
  6. Adam Bede - George Eliot - Love
  7. The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow - Comedy
  8. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom - Tobias Smollett - Comedy
  9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain - War and travel
  10. The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle - Tobias Smollett - Comedy
  11. The Adventures of Roderick Random - Tobias Smollett - Comedy
  12. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain - State of the nation
  13. Affinity - Sarah Waters - Science fiction and fantasy
  14. After London; or, Wild England - Richard Jefferies - Science fiction and fantasy
  15. Afternoon Men - Anthony Powell - State of the nation
  16. The African Queen - CS Forester - War and travel
  17. The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton - Love
  18. Air - Geoff Ryman - Science fiction and fantasy
  19. Alberta and Jacob - Cora Sandel - Family and self
  20. Ali and Nino - Kurban Said - Love
  21. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll - Science fiction and fantasy
  22. All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque - War and travel
  23. All Souls Day - Cees Nooteboom - Love
  24. All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy - War and travel
  25. Alms for Oblivion - Simon Raven - Comedy
  26. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon - Science fiction and fantasy
  27. The Ambassadors - Henry James - Family and self
  28. American Gods - Neil Gaiman - Science fiction and fantasy
  29. American Pastoral - Philip Roth - State of the nation
  30. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis - Crime
  31. An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser - Crime
  32. Amongst Women - John McGahern - State of the nation
  33. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie - Crime
  34. Andersonville - MacKinlay Kantor - War and travel
  35. The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton - Crime
  36. Angel - Elizabeth Taylor - Family and self
  37. Anglo-Saxon Attitudes - Angus Wilson - Comedy
  38. Animal Farm - George Orwell - State of the nation
  39. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - Love
  40. Anthills of the Savannah - Chinua Achebe - State of the nation
  41. Any Human Heart - William Boyd - Family and self
  42. Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne - War and travel
  43. Arturo's Island - Elsa Morante - Love
  44. As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner - Family and self
  45. Ascent - Jed Mercurio - Science fiction and fantasy
  46. The Ascent of Rum Doodle - WE Bowman - Comedy
  47. The Asphalt Jungle - WR Burnett - Crime
  48. The Assistant - Bernard Malamud - Family and self
  49. Asterix the Gaul [Astérix le Gaulois] - Rene Goscinny - War and travel
  50. At Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept - Elizabeth Smart - Love
  51. Atomised - Michel Houellebecq - Science fiction and fantasy
  52. Atonement - Ian McEwan - Love
  53. At-Swim-Two-Birds - Flann O'Brien - Family and self
  54. Augustus Carp, Esq. - Himself: Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man - Henry Howarth Bashford - Comedy
  55. Austerlitz - WG Sebald - War and travel
  56. Auto-da-Fe - Elias Canetti - War and travel
  57. The Awakening - Kate Chopin - Family and self
  58. B

  59. Babbitt - Sinclair Lewis - State of the nation
  60. Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfield - Family and self
  61. The Bamboo Bed - William Eastlake - War and travel
  62. Barchester Towers - Anthony Trollope - Comedy
  63. The Baron in the Trees - Italo Calvino - Science fiction and fantasy
  64. The Beach - Alex Garland - War and travel
  65. The Beast Must Die - Nicholas Blake - Crime
  66. Beauty and Saddness - Yasunari Kawabata - Love
  67. Before Lunch - Angela Thirkell - Comedy
  68. Behind the Scenes at the Museum - Kate Atkinson - Family and self
  69. Being Dead - Jim Crace - Family and self
  70. Bel-Ami - Guy de Maupassant - State of the nation
  71. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - Family and self
  72. Belles Lettres Papers: A Novel - Charles Simmons - Comedy
  73. Beloved - Toni Morrison - Science fiction and fantasy
  74. A Bend in the River - VS Naipaul - State of the nation
  75. Berlin Alexanderplatz - Alfred Döblin - State of the nation
  76. La Bete Humaine - Emile Zola - State of the nation
  77. The Betrothed - Alessandro Manzoni - State of the nation
  78. Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel - Science fiction and fantasy
  79. The Big Blowdown - George Pelecanos - Crime
  80. The Big Nowhere - James Ellroy - Crime
  81. The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler - Crime
  82. Billy Liar - Keith Waterhouse - State of the nation
  83. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks - War and travel
  84. Black and Blue - Ian Rankin - Crime
  85. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell - War and travel
  86. Black Mischief - Evelyn Waugh - Comedy
  87. The Black Prince - Iris Murdoch - Family and self
  88. Black Sunday - Thomas Harris - Crime
  89. The Blackwater Lightship - Colm Toibin - Family and self
  90. Blacklist - Sara Paretsky - Crime
  91. Bleak House - Charles Dickens - State of the nation
  92. The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood - Science fiction and fantasy
  93. Blindness - Jose Saramago - Science fiction and fantasy
  94. Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy - War and travel
  95. Blott on the Landscape - Tom Sharpe - Comedy
  96. The Blue Flower - Penelope Fitzgerald - Love
  97. The Blue Room - Georges Simenon - Crime
  98. The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison - Family and self
  99. Bold as Love Gwyneth Jones - Science fiction and fantasy
  100. Bomber - Len Deighton - War and travel
  101. Bones and Silence - Reginald Hill - Crime
  102. The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe - State of the nation
  103. Bonjour Tristesse - Francoise Sagan - Love
  104. The Book of Daniel - EL Doctorow - State of the nation
  105. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting - Milan Kundera - Love
  106. The Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe - Science fiction and fantasy
  107. The Bottle Factory Outing - Beryl Bainbridge - Comedy
  108. The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum - Crime
  109. Bouvard et Pécuchet - Gustave Flaubert - Comedy
  110. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - Science fiction and fantasy
  111. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote - Love
  112. Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut - Comedy
  113. Breathing Lessons - Anne Tyler - Love
  114. Brewster's Millions - Richard Greaves (George Barr McCutcheon) - Comedy
  115. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding - Comedy
  116. Bright Lights, Big City - Jay McInerney - Comedy
  117. Brighton Rock - Graham Greene - Crime
  118. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky - Family and self
  119. The Buddha of Suburbia - Hanif Kureishi - Family and self
  120. Buddenbrooks - Thomas Mann - Family and self
  121. Burmese Days - George Orwell - War and travel
  122. The Butcher Boy - Patrick McCabe - Science fiction and fantasy
  123. C

  124. The Caine Mutiny - Herman Wouk - War and travel
  125. Cakes and Ale - Or, the Skeleton in the Cupboard - W Somerset Maugham - Comedy
  126. Call it Sleep - Henry Roth - Family and self
  127. The Call of the Wild - Jack London - War and travel
  128. Camp Concentration - Thomas M Disch - Science fiction and fantasy
  129. Candide - Voltaire - War and travel
  130. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M Miller Jr - Science fiction and fantasy
  131. Caprice - Ronald Firbank - Comedy
  132. Captain Blood - Rafael Sabatini - War and travel
  133. Carrie's War - Nina Bawden - War and travel
  134. The Case of Comrade Tulayev - Victor Serge - State of the nation
  135. The Case of the Gilded Fly - Edmund Crispin - Comedy
  136. Casino Royale - Ian Fleming - Crime
  137. The Castafiore Emerald - Georges Remi Herge - War and travel
  138. The Castle - Franz Kafka - Comedy
  139. The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole - Science fiction and fantasy
  140. Castle Rackrent - Maria Edgeworth - State of the nation
  141. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller - Comedy
  142. The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Family and self
  143. Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood - Family and self
  144. Changing Places - David Lodge - Comedy
  145. Charade - John Mortimer - Comedy
  146. The Charterhouse of Parma - Stendhal - War and travel
  147. The Chateau - William Maxwell - Family and self
  148. Cheese - Willem Elsschot - Comedy
  149. Cheri - Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette - Love
  150. The Child in Time - Ian McEwan - Love
  151. Childhood's End - Arthur C Clarke - Science fiction and fantasy
  152. The Children of Men - PD James - Science fiction and fantasy
  153. The Children of the New Forest - Frederick Marryat - War and travel
  154. Chronicle in Stone - Ismael Kadare - State of the nation
  155. The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - Science fiction and fantasy
  156. Cider with Rosie - Laurie Lee - Family and self
  157. Clarissa - Samuel Richardson - Love
  158. Claudine a l'ecole - Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette - Love
  159. Clayhanger - Arnold Bennett - State of the nation
  160. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess - Science fiction and fantasy
  161. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell - Science fiction and fantasy
  162. The Code of the Woosters - PG Wodehouse - Comedy
  163. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons - Comedy
  164. Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier - War and travel
  165. The Color Purple - Alice Walker - Family and self
  166. La Comedie Humaine - Honore de Balzac - State of the nation
  167. The Coming Race - EGEL Bulwer-Lytton - Science fiction and fantasy
  168. The Commitments - Roddy Doyle - Comedy
  169. La Condition Humaine - Andre Malraux - War and travel
  170. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole - Comedy -
  171. Confederates - Thomas Keneally - War and travel
  172. Confessions of Zeno - Italo Svevo - Family and self
  173. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain - Science fiction and fantasy
  174. Consider Phlebas - Iain M Banks - Science fiction and fantasy
  175. The Constant Gardener - John le Carre - Crime
  176. Cop Hater - Ed McBain - Crime
  177. The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen - State of the nation
  178. Count Belisarius - Robert Graves - War and travel
  179. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas - Crime
  180. The Counterfeiters - Andre Gide - State of the nation
  181. Couples - John Updike - State of the nation
  182. Covenant with Death - John Harris - War and travel
  183. Cover Her Face - PD James - Crime
  184. The Crab with the Golden Claws - Georges Remi Herge - War and travel
  185. Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell - State of the nation
  186. Crash - JG Ballard - Science fiction and fantasy
  187. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky - Crime
  188. The Crime of Father Amado - José Maria de Eça de Queiroz - Crime
  189. Crome Yellow - Aldous Huxley - Love
  190. The Crow Road - Iain Banks - Family and self
  191. The Cruel Sea - Nicholas Monsarrat - War and travel
  192. Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton - State of the nation
  193. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon - Crime
  194. Cryptonomicon - Neil Stephenson - War and travel
  195. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon - Comedy -
  196. D

  197. A Dance to the Music of Time - Anthony Powell - Comedy
  198. Daniel Deronda - George Eliot - Love
  199. A Dark-Adapted Eye - Barbara Vine - Crime
  200. Darkmans - Nicola Barker - Science fiction and fantasy
  201. Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler - War and travel
  202. Darkness Falls from the Air - Nigel Balchin - War and travel
  203. Darwin's Radio - Greg Bear - Science fiction and fantasy
  204. The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey - Crime
  205. Day - AL Kennedy - War and travel
  206. The Day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth - Crime
  207. The Day of the Locust - Nathanael West - State of the nation
  208. Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham - Science fiction and fantasy
  209. De Niro's Game - Rawi Hage - War and travel
  210. Dead Lagoon - Michael Dibdin - Crime
  211. Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol - Comedy
  212. Death and the Penguin - Andrey Kurkov - Comedy
  213. Death at the President's Lodging - Michael Innes - Crime
  214. Death in Summer - William Trevor - Family and self
  215. Death in Venice - Thomas Mann - Love
  216. Death of a Hero - Richard Aldington - War and travel
  217. The Death of the Heart - Elizabeth Bowen - Love
  218. The Death of Virgil - Hermann Broch - Family and self
  219. The Debacle - Emile Zola - War and travel
  220. The Debt to Pleasure - John Lanchester - Comedy
  221. Decline and Fall - Evelyn Waugh - Comedy
  222. Deliverance - James Dickey - War and travel
  223. Delta of Venus - Anais Nin - Love
  224. Devil in a Blue Dress - Walter Mosley - Crime
  225. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands - Joao Guimaraes Rosa - War and travel
  226. Diary of a Mad Old Man - Junichiro Tanizaki - Love
  227. Diary of a Nobody - George Grossmith - Comedy
  228. Dirty Tricks - Michael Dibdin - Crime
  229. The Discworld Series - Terry Pratchett - Science fiction and fantasy
  230. Disgrace - JM Coetzee - State of the nation
  231. La Disparition - Georges Perec - Comedy
  232. Dissolution - CJ Sansom - Crime
  233. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K Dick - Science fiction and fantasy
  234. Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak - Love
  235. Dolores Claiborne - Stephen King - Crime
  236. Dom Casmurro Joaquim - Maria Machado de Assis - Love
  237. Dombey and Son - Charles Dickens - State of the nation
  238. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes - Comedy -
  239. Double Indemnity - James M Cain - Crime
  240. Dracula - Bram Stoker - Science fiction and fantasy
  241. The Driver's Seat - Muriel Spark - Comedy
  242. The Drowned World - JG Ballard - Science fiction and fantasy
  243. A Dry White Season - Andre Brink - State of the nation
  244. Dune - Frank L Herbert - Science fiction and fantasy
  245. E

  246. Earthly Powers - Anthony Burgess - State of the nation
  247. The Earthsea Series - Ursula Le Guin - Science fiction and fantasy
  248. East Lynne - Ellen Wood - Love
  249. East of Eden - John Steinbeck - Family and self
  250. The Echoing Grove - Rosamond Lehmann - Love
  251. Effi Briest - Theodore Fontane - State of the nation
  252. The Egoist - George Meredith - Love
  253. The Einstein Intersection - Samuel R Delaney - Science fiction and fantasy
  254. Elmer Gantry - Sinclair Lewis - State of the nation
  255. Emma - Jane Austen - Love
  256. Empire of the Sun - JG Ballard - War and travel
  257. The End of the Affair - Graham Greene - Love
  258. The End of the World News - Anthony Burgess - Science fiction and fantasy
  259. Enduring Love Ian McEwan - Crime
  260. Enemies, a Love Story - Isaac Bashevis Singer - Love
  261. Les Enfants Terrible - Pierre-Ambroise-Francois Choderlos de Laclos - Love
  262. England, Their England - AG Macdonell - Comedy
  263. The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje - Love
  264. Enigma - Robert Harris - War and travel
  265. Ennui - Maria Edgeworth - Comedy
  266. Epileptic - David B - Family and self
  267. Epitaph for a Spy - Eric Ambler - Crime
  268. Erewhon - Samuel Butler - Science fiction and fantasy
  269. Eugenie Grandet - Honore de Balzac - Family and self
  270. Evelina - Fanny Burney - Family and self
  271. Everything is Illuminated - Jonathon Safran Foer - War and travel
  272. Excellent Women - Barbara Pym - Comedy
  273. Exit Music - Ian Rankin - Crime
  274. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker - Tobias Smollett - Comedy
  275. Extinction - Thomas Bernhard - Family and self
  276. F

  277. The Face of Another - Kobo Abe - Family and self
  278. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - Science fiction and fantasy
  279. Fair Stood the Wind for France - HE Bates - War and travel
  280. A Fairy Tale of New York - JP Donleavy - Comedy
  281. Family Matters - Rohinton Mistry - Family and self
  282. The Family Moskat or The Manor or The Estate - Isaac Bashevis Singer - Family and self
  283. The Famished Road - Ben Okri - Science fiction and fantasy
  284. Fantomas - Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre - Crime
  285. A Far Cry from Kensington - Muriel Spark - Comedy
  286. Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy - Love
  287. The Far Pavillions - Mary Margaret Kaye - Love
  288. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway - Love
  289. A Fatal Inversion - Barbara Vine - Crime
  290. Fatherland - Robert Harris - Crime
  291. Fathers and Sons - Ivan Turgenev - Family and self
  292. The Female Man - Joanna Russ - Science fiction and fantasy
  293. 52 Pick-up - Elmore Leonard - Crime
  294. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk - Science fiction and fantasy
  295. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry - State of the nation
  296. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters - Crime
  297. Finnegans Wake - James Joyce - Comedy
  298. Fireflies - Shiva Naipaul - Comedy
  299. First Love Ivan Turgenev - Love
  300. A Flag for Sunrise - Robert Stone - War and travel
  301. Flashman - George MacDonald Fraser - War and travel
  302. Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes - Comedy
  303. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes - Science fiction and fantasy
  304. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway - War and travel
  305. Foreign Affairs - Alison Lurie - Love
  306. The Forever War - Joe Haldeman - Science fiction and fantasy
  307. The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney - Henry Handel Richardson - Family and self
  308. Fortunes of War - Olivia Manning - War and travel
  309. Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco - Science fiction and fantasy
  310. Foundation - Isaac Asimov - Science fiction and fantasy
  311. The Fountain Overflows - Rebecca West - Family and self
  312. The Four Just Men - Edgar Wallace - Crime
  313. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - Science fiction and fantasy
  314. The French Lieutenant's Woman - John Fowles - Love
  315. Friday the Rabbi Slept Late - Harry Kemelman - Crime
  316. The Friends of Eddie Coyle - George V Higgins - Crime
  317. From Here to Eternity - James Jones - War and travel
  318. Frost in May - Antonia White - Family and self
  319. Fun Home - Alison Bechdel - Family and self
  320. G

  321. G - John Berger - Family and self
  322. The Garden of the Finzi-Cortinis - Giorgio Bassani - Love
  323. Gargantua and Pantagruel - Francois Rabelais - Science fiction and fantasy
  324. The Gathering - Anne Enright - Family and self
  325. GB84 - David Peace - State of the nation
  326. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - Anita Loos - Love
  327. Germinal - Emile Zola - State of the nation
  328. Get Shorty - Elmore Leonard - Crime
  329. The Getaway - Jim Thompson - Crime
  330. Gilead - Marilynne Robinson - Love
  331. Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin - Love
  332. A Girl in Winter - Philip Larkin - State of the nation
  333. Girlfriend in a Coma - Douglas Coupland - Science fiction and fantasy
  334. The Girls of Slender Means - Muriel Spark - Comedy
  335. The Glass Bead Game - Herman Hesse - Science fiction and fantasy
  336. The Glass Key - Dashiell Hammett - Crime
  337. A Glastonbury Romance - John Cowper Powys - Science fiction and fantasy
  338. The Go-Between - LP Hartley - Love
  339. Go Tell it on the Mountain - James Baldwin - State of the nation
  340. The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy - Family and self
  341. The Godfather - Mario Puzo - Crime
  342. God's Bit of Wood - Ousmane Sembene - State of the nation
  343. Goldfinger - Ian Fleming - Crime
  344. The Golden Notebook - Doris Lessing - Family and self
  345. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell - Love
  346. Good Behaviour - Molly Keane - Family and self
  347. The Good Companions - JB Priestley - Family and self
  348. A Good Man in Africa - William Boyd - Comedy
  349. The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford - Love
  350. The Good Soldier Svejk - Jaroslav Hasek - War and travel
  351. Goodbye to Berlin - Christopher Isherwood - State of the nation
  352. Gorky Park - Martin Cruz Smith - Crime
  353. The Graduate - Charles Webb - Love
  354. Le Grand Meaulnes - Henri Alain-Fournier - Love
  355. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck - State of the nation
  356. The Grass is Singing - Doris Lessing - State of the nation
  357. Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon - War and travel
  358. Great Apes - Will - Comedy
  359. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - Family and self
  360. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - Love
  361. The Great Impersonation E Phillips Oppenheim - Crime
  362. Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest - WH Hudson - Love
  363. Greenmantle - John Buchan - Crime
  364. The Group - Mary McCarthy - State of the nation
  365. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift - War and travel
  366. A Gun for Sale - Graham Greene - Crime
  367. The Guns of Navarone - Alistair MacLean - War and travel
  368. H

  369. A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh - Comedy
  370. Handley Cross - RS Surtees - Comedy
  371. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - Science fiction and fantasy
  372. The Hanging Gardens - Ian Rankin - Crime
  373. Hangover Square - Patrick Hamilton - Crime
  374. Hard Revolution - George Pelecanos - Crime
  375. Hard Times - Charles Dickens - State of the nation
  376. The Harpole Report - JL Carr - Comedy
  377. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - JK Rowling - Science fiction and fantasy
  378. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson - Science fiction and fantasy
  379. Headlong Hall - Thomas Love Peacock - State of the nation
  380. The Hearing Trumpet - Leonora Carrington - Comedy
  381. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers - Love
  382. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad - War and travel
  383. A Heart So White - Javier Marias - Love
  384. The Heat of the Day - Elizabeth Bowen - Love
  385. Heavy Weather - PG Wodehouse - Comedy
  386. Hello Summer, Goodbye - Michael G Coney - Science fiction and fantasy
  387. Herland - Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Science fiction and fantasy
  388. Herzog - Saul Bellow - Family and self
  389. Hideous Kinky - Esther Freud - Family and self
  390. High Fidelity - Nick Hornby - Comedy
  391. A High Wind in Jamaica - Richard Hughes - War and travel
  392. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman - Science fiction and fantasy
  393. L'Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane (Gil Blas) Alain-René Lesage - Honore de Balzac - Family and self
  394. History - Elsa Morante - War and travel
  395. The History Man - Malcolm Bradbury - Comedy
  396. The History of Mr Polly - HG Wells - Family and self
  397. The History of Pompey the Little - Francis Coventry - War and travel
  398. A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters - Julian Barnes - Comedy
  399. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - Science fiction and fantasy
  400. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - Science fiction and fantasy
  401. The Hollow Man - John Dickson Carr - Crime
  402. The Home and the World - Rabindranath Tagore - State of the nation
  403. The Horse's Mouth - Joyce Cary - Comedy
  404. The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle - Crime
  405. A House for Mr Biswas - VS Naipaul - Family and self
  406. House of Leaves - Mark Danielewski - Science fiction and fantasy
  407. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton - State of the nation
  408. The House of the Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne - Science fiction and fantasy
  409. How Green was My Valley - Richard Llewellyn - Family and self
  410. How Late it Was, How Late - James Kelman - State of the nation
  411. How the Dead Live - Will selfScience fiction and fantasy
  412. Howards End - EM Forster - Family and self
  413. The Human Stain - Philip Roth - State of the nation
  414. Humboldt's Gift - Saul Bellow - Family and self
  415. Hunger - Knut Hamsun - Family and self
  416. The Hunters - James Salter - War and travel
  417. Hurrah for St Trinian's - Ronald Searle - Comedy
  418. Hyperion - Dan Simmons - Science fiction and fantasy
  419. I

  420. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson - Science fiction and fantasy
  421. I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith - Love
  422. I Served the King of England - Bohumil Hrabal - Comedy
  423. An Ice-Cream War - William Boyd - War and travel
  424. The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky - State of the nation
  425. If Not Now, When? - Primo Levi - War and travel
  426. I'll Go to Bed at Noon - Gerard Woodward - Family and self
  427. Illywhacker - Peter Carey - Comedy
  428. The Immoralist - Andre Gide - Family and self
  429. In the Country of Last Things - Paul Auster - Science fiction and fantasy
  430. Independence Day - Richard Ford - State of the nation
  431. The Infamous Army - Georgette Heyer - Love
  432. Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace - Comedy
  433. The Influence - Ramsey Campbell - Science fiction and fantasy
  434. The Information - Martin Amis - Comedy
  435. Ingenious Pain - Andrew Miller - Science fiction and fantasy
  436. Institute Benjamenta - Robert Walser - Science fiction and fantasy
  437. The Insult - Rupert Thomson - Science fiction and fantasy
  438. Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino - War and travel
  439. The Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison - State of the nation
  440. Invitation to the Waltz - Rosamond Lehmann - Family and self
  441. The Ipcress File - Len Deighton - Crime
  442. The Island of Dr Moreau - HG Wells - War and travel
  443. Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott - War and travel
  444. J

  445. Jacques the Fatalist and his Master - Denis Diderot - Comedy
  446. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - Love
  447. Jimmy Corrigan, The Smarest Kid on Earth - Chris Ware - Family and self
  448. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke - Science fiction and fantasy
  449. Joseph Andrews - Henry Fielding - Comedy
  450. Journey into Fear - Eric Ambler - Crime
  451. Journey to the End of the Night - Louis-Ferdinand Celine - War and travel
  452. Joy in the Morning - PG Wodehouse - Comedy
  453. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy - Love
  454. Judgment in Stone - Ruth Rendell - Crime
  455. Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise - Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Family and self
  456. July's People - Nadine Gordimer - State of the nation
  457. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair - State of the nation
  458. Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton - Crime
  459. Just William - Richmal Crompton - Comedy
  460. Justine - Lawrence Durrell - War and travel
  461. A Kestrel for a Knave - Barry Hines - State of the nation
  462. Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson - War and travel
  463. Kim - Rudyard Kipling - Crime
  464. A Kind of Loving - Stan Barstow - State of the nation
  465. Kindred - Octavia Butler - Science fiction and fantasy
  466. The King of Torts - John Grisham - Crime
  467. King Solomon's Carpet - Barbara Vine - Crime
  468. King Solomon's Mines - H Rider Haggard - War and travel
  469. The Kingdom of this World - Alejo Carpentier - State of the nation
  470. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - War and travel
  471. L

  472. L.A. Confidential - James Ellroy - Crime
  473. The L Shaped Room - Lynne Reid Banks - Family and self
  474. Lady Audley's Secret - Mary E Braddon - Crime
  475. Lady Chatterley's Lover - DH Lawrence - Love
  476. Lake Wobegon Days - Garrison Keillor - Comedy
  477. Lanark - Alastair Gray - State of the nation
  478. Lark Rise to Candleford - Flora Thompson - Family and self
  479. The Last Chronicle of Barset - Anthony Trollope - State of the nation
  480. Last Exit to Brooklyn - Hubert Selby Jr - State of the nation
  481. Last Seen Wearing - Colin Dexter - Crime
  482. The Last September - Elizabeth Bowen - State of the nation
  483. The Laughing Policeman - Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo - Crime
  484. The League of Frightened Men - Rex Stout - Crime
  485. The Lecturer's Tale - James Hynes - Comedy
  486. The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula Le Guin - Science fiction and fantasy
  487. A Legacy - Sybille Bedford - Family and self
  488. The Leopard - Giuseppi di Lampedusa - State of the nation
  489. Less Than Angels - - Comedy
  490. Les Liaisons Dangereuses - Victor Hugo - State of the nation
  491. Life and Fate - Vassily Grossman - War and travel
  492. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil - Fay Weldon - Comedy
  493. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman - Laurence Sterne - Comedy
  494. Light - M John Harrison - Science fiction and fantasy
  495. Light Years - James Salter - Love
  496. The Line of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst - State of the nation
  497. Little Dorritt - Charles Dickens - State of the nation
  498. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery - Science fiction and fantasy
  499. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott - Family and self
  500. The Little World of Don Camillo - Giovanni Guareschi - Comedy
  501. Live Flesh - Ruth Rendell - Crime
  502. Living - Henry Green - Love
  503. Loitering with Intent - Muriel Spark - Comedy
  504. Lolita, or the Confessions of a White Widowed Male - Vladimir Nabokov - Love
  505. Lolly Willowes - Sylvia Townsend Warner - Science fiction and fantasy
  506. London Fields - Martin Amis - State of the nation
  507. The Lonely Londoners - Samuel Selvon - State of the nation
  508. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne - Brian Moore - Family and self
  509. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry - War and travel
  510. The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler - Crime
  511. A Long Long Way - Sebastian Barry - War and travel
  512. Look At Me - Anita Brookner - Love
  513. Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad - War and travel
  514. Lord of the Flies - William Golding - Science fiction and fantasy
  515. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - Science fiction and fantasy
  516. Lorna Doone - RD Blackmore - Love
  517. A Lost Lady - Willa Cather - Love
  518. Lost Souls - Poppy Z Brite - Science fiction and fantasy
  519. Love for Lydia - HE Bates - Love
  520. Love in a Cold Climate - Nancy Mitford - Love
  521. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Love
  522. Love on the Dole - Walter Greenwood - State of the nation
  523. Love Story - Eric Segal - Love
  524. The Loved One - Evelyn Waugh - Comedy
  525. The Lover - Marguerite Duras - Love
  526. The Luck of Barry Lyndon - William Makepeace Thackeray - Comedy
  527. Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis - Comedy
  528. Lush Life - Richard Price - Crime
  529. M

  530. The Machine-Gunners - Robert Westall - War and travel
  531. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert - Love
  532. The Madman of Bergerac - Georges Simenon - Crime
  533. The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann - State of the nation
  534. The Magnificent Ambersons - Booth Tarkington - Family and self
  535. The Magus - John Fowles - Science fiction and fantasy
  536. Main Street - Sinclair Lewis - State of the nation
  537. Malice Aforethought - Francis Iles - Crime
  538. Malone Dies - Samuel Beckett - Family and self
  539. The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett - Crime
  540. The Man in the High Castle - Philip K Dick - Science fiction and fantasy
  541. The Man of Property - John Galsworthy - Family and self
  542. The Man Who Loved Children - Christina Stead - Family and self
  543. The Man who was Thursday - GK Chesterton - Science fiction and fantasy
  544. The Man with the Golden Arm - Nelson Algren - Crime
  545. The Man Without Qualities - Robert Musil - Family and self
  546. The Manchurian Candidate - Richard Condon - Crime
  547. The Mandarins - Simone de Beauvoir - Family and self
  548. Manon Lescaut - Abbe Prevost - Love
  549. Manservant and Maidservant - Ivy Compton-Burnett - Family and self
  550. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen - Love
  551. The Map of Love Ahdaf Soueif - Love
  552. The Mark of Zorro - Johnston McCulley - War and travel
  553. A Married Man - Piers Paul Read - Family and self
  554. Martin Chuzzlewit - Charles Dickens - Comedy
  555. Martin Eden - Jack London - Family and self
  556. Mary Barton - Elizabeth Gaskell - Family and self
  557. The Mask of Dimitrios - Eric Ambler - Crime
  558. Master and Commander - Patrick O'Brian - War and travel
  559. The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov - Science fiction and fantasy
  560. Master Georgie - Beryl Bainbridge - War and travel
  561. Maurice Guest - Henry Handel Richardson - Love
  562. Maus - Art Spiegelman - War and travel
  563. The Mayor of Casterbridge - Thomas Hardy - State of the nation
  564. McTeague - Frank Norris - State of the nation
  565. Melmoth the Wanderer - Charles Maturin - Science fiction and fantasy
  566. The Member of the Wedding - Carson McCullers - Family and self
  567. Memet my Hawk - Yasar Kemal - Family and self
  568. Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf - David Madsen - Comedy
  569. Memoirs of a Survivor - Doris Lessing - Science fiction and fantasy
  570. Men at Arms - Evelyn Waugh - War and travel
  571. Microserfs - Douglas Coupland - State of the nation
  572. Middlemarch - George Eliot - State of the nation
  573. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides - Family and self
  574. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie - State of the nation
  575. The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham - Science fiction and fantasy
  576. The Mighty Walzer Howard - Jacobson - Comedy
  577. The Military Philosophers - Anthony Powell - War and travel
  578. The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot - Love
  579. Millennium People - JG Ballard - Science fiction and fantasy
  580. The Millstone - Margaret Drabble - Family and self
  581. The Ministry of Fear - Graham Greene - Crime
  582. Les Miserables - Georges Perec - Comedy
  583. Misery - Stephen King - Crime
  584. Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow - Peter Hoeg - Crime
  585. Mister Johnson - Joyce Cary - Comedy
  586. Moby-Dick or, The Whale - Herman Melville - War and travel
  587. Molesworth - Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle - Comedy
  588. Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe - State of the nation
  589. Molloy - Samuel Beckett - Comedy
  590. Money - Martin Amis - Comedy
  591. The Monk - Matthew Lewis - Science fiction and fantasy
  592. Monkey - Wu Ch'eng-en - War and travel
  593. A Month in the Country - JL Carr - Love
  594. Moo - Jane Smiley - Comedy
  595. The Moon and the Bonfire - Cesare Pavese - State of the nation
  596. Moon over Africa - Pamela Kent - Love
  597. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins - Crime
  598. More Die of Heartbreak - Saul Bellow - Love
  599. Morvern Callar - Alan Warner - Family and self
  600. Mother - Maxim Gorky - State of the nation
  601. Mother London - Michael Moorcock - Science fiction and fantasy
  602. Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem - Crime
  603. The Moviegoer - Walker Percy - Family and self
  604. Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House - Eric Hodgkins - Comedy
  605. Mr Norris Changes Trains - Christopher Isherwood - Comedy
  606. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf - Family and self
  607. The Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie - Crime
  608. Murder Must Advertise - Dorothy Le Sayers - Crime
  609. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie - Crime
  610. Music and Silence - Rose Tremain - Love
  611. My Antonia - Willa Cather - Love
  612. My Cousin Rachel - Daphne du Maurier - Crime
  613. My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell - Family and self
  614. My Name Is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok - Family and self
  615. My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk - Crime
  616. My New York Diary - Julie Doucet - Family and self
  617. My Search for Warren Harding - Robert Plunkett - Comedy
  618. The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe - Science fiction and fantasy
  619. The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie - Crime
  620. The Mysterious Stranger - Mark Twain - Comedy
  621. N

  622. The Naked and the Dead - Norman Mailer - War and travel
  623. Naked Lunch - William Burroughs - Science fiction and fantasy
  624. The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco - Crime
  625. Narziss and Goldmund - Hermann Hesse - Family and self
  626. Native Son - Richard Wright - Crime
  627. The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke - Crime
  628. Neuromancer - William Gibson - Science fiction and fantasy
  629. New Grub Street - George Gissing - State of the nation
  630. The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster - Crime
  631. News from Nowhere - William Morris - Science fiction and fantasy
  632. Nice Work - David Lodge - Comedy
  633. The Night Sessions - Ken Macleod - Science fiction and fantasy
  634. The Night Watch - Sarah Waters - Love
  635. Nightmare Abbey - Thomas Love Peacock - Science fiction and fantasy
  636. Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter - Science fiction and fantasy
  637. Nightwood - Djuna Barnes - Love
  638. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell - Science fiction and fantasy
  639. Nineteen Seventy Four - David Peace - Crime
  640. Nineteen Seventy Seven - David Peace - Crime
  641. No Bed for Bacon - Caryl Brahms and SJ Simon - Comedy
  642. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy - Crime
  643. No Orchids for Miss Blandish - James Hadley Chase - Crime
  644. Non-Stop - Brian W Aldiss - Science fiction and fantasy
  645. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell - State of the nation
  646. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen - Love
  647. Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami - Love
  648. Nostromo - Joseph Conrad - War and travel
  649. Notes from the Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky - State of the nation
  650. Novel on Yellow Paper - Stevie Smith - State of the nation
  651. O

  652. Oblomov - Ivan Goncharov - Comedy
  653. The Odd Women - George Gissing - State of the nation
  654. Of Human Bondage - Somerset Maugham - Love
  655. Of Love & Hunger - Julian Maclaren-Ross - State of the nation
  656. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck - Crime
  657. Office Politics - Wilfrid Sheed - Comedy
  658. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway - Family and self
  659. The Old Men at the Zoo - Angus Wilson - Science fiction and fantasy
  660. The Old Wives' Tale - Arnold Bennett - Family and self
  661. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens - State of the nation
  662. On Beauty - Zadie Smith - Family and self
  663. On the Road - Jack Kerouac - War and travel
  664. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovtich - Alexandr Solzhenitsyn - State of the nation
  665. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey - Family and self
  666. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - War and travel
  667. One of Ours - Willa Cather - War and travel
  668. Only Forward - Michael Marshall Smith - Science fiction and fantasy
  669. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson - Family and self
  670. Orlando - Virginia Woolf - Science fiction and fantasy
  671. The Ordeal of Richard Feverek - George Meredith - Family and self
  672. Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave - Aphra Behn - State of the nation
  673. Oscar and Lucinda - Peter Carey - Love
  674. Our Man in Havana - Graham Greene - Comedy
  675. The Outsider - Albert Camus - Family and self
  676. P

  677. The Painted Bird - Jerzy Kosinski - War and travel
  678. The Painter of Signs - RK Narayan - Love
  679. Palace Walk - Naguib Mahfouz - Family and self
  680. Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov - Comedy
  681. Pamela - Samuel Richardson - Love
  682. Parade's End - Ford Madox Ford - War and travel
  683. The Parasites - Daphne du Maurier - Love
  684. A Passage to India - EM Forster - State of the nation
  685. Passing - Nella Larsen - State of the nation
  686. The Passion - Jeanette Winterson - Love
  687. The Passion of New Eve - Angela Carter - Science fiction and fantasy
  688. Patience and Sarah - Isabel Miller - Love
  689. Peace in War - Miguel de Unamuno - Family and self
  690. Penrod - Booth Tarkington - Comedy
  691. Le Pere Goriot - Jean Cocteau - Family and self
  692. Perfume - Patrick Suskind - Crime
  693. Personality - Andrew O'Hagan - State of the nation
  694. Persuasion - Jane Austen - Love
  695. The Piano Teacher - Elfriede Jelinek - Love
  696. Piccadilly Jim - PG Wodehouse - Comedy
  697. The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens - Comedy
  698. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde - Family and self
  699. Pictures from an Institution - Randall Jarrell - Comedy
  700. Pig Tales - Marie Darrieussecq - Science fiction and fantasy
  701. The Plague - Albert Camus - State of the nation
  702. Play It As It Lays - Joan Didion - State of the nation
  703. The Pledge - Friedrich Durrenmatt - Crime
  704. Pnin - Vladimir Nabokov - Comedy
  705. Poetic Justice - Amanda Cross - Crime
  706. Pointed Roofs - Dorothy Richardson - Family and self
  707. The Poisoned Chocolates Case - Anthony Berkeley - Crime
  708. The Polygots - William Gerhardie - Comedy
  709. Porterhouse Blue - Tom Sharpe - Comedy
  710. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce - Family and self
  711. Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth - Comedy
  712. Portrait of a Lady - Henry James - Love
  713. Possession - AS Byatt - Love
  714. The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas - Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis - State of the nation
  715. The Postman Always Rings Twice - James M Cain - Crime
  716. Postmortem - Patricia Cornwell - Crime
  717. The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene - Family and self
  718. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving - Family and self
  719. The Prestige - Christopher Priest - Science fiction and fantasy
  720. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - Love
  721. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark - Comedy
  722. The Princess of Cleves - Madame de Lafayette - Love
  723. A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs - Science fiction and fantasy
  724. The Prisoner of Zenda - Anthony Hope - War and travel
  725. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner - James Hogg - Science fiction and fantasy
  726. The Professor's House - Willa Cather - Family and self
  727. The Provincial Lady - EM Delafield - Comedy
  728. Puckoon - Spike Milligan - Comedy
  729. Pudd'nhead Wilson - Mark Twain - Crime
  730. The Pursuit of Love Nancy Mitford - Love
  731. Put Out More Flags - Evelyn Waugh - War and travel
  732. Q

  733. Quarantine - Jim Crace - Family and self
  734. Queen Lucia - EF Benson - Comedy
  735. A Quiet Belief in Angels - RJ Ellory - Crime
  736. R

  737. The Rabbit Omnibus - John Updike - Family and self
  738. The Radetzky March - Joseph Roth - State of the nation
  739. The Ragazzi Pier - Paolo Pasolini - State of the nation
  740. A Rage in Harlem - Chester Himes - Crime
  741. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Robert Tressell - State of the nation
  742. The Rainbow - DH Lawrence - Love
  743. Rasselas - Samuel Johnson - War and travel
  744. Ratking - Michael Dibdin - Crime
  745. The Reader - Benhardq Schlink - Love
  746. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier - Love
  747. The Recognitions - William Gaddis - State of the nation
  748. The Rector's Daughter - FM Mayor - Family and self
  749. The Red and the Black - Stendhal - State of the nation
  750. The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane - War and travel
  751. Red Dragon - Thomas Harris - Crime
  752. Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett - Crime
  753. The Red Room - August Stringberg - State of the nation
  754. Red Shift - Alan Garner - Science fiction and fantasy
  755. Regency Buck - Georgette Heyer - Love
  756. Regeneration - Pat Barker - War and travel
  757. The Reluctant Orphan - Aara Seale - Love
  758. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro - Love
  759. Remembering Babylon - David Malouf - State of the nation
  760. Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust - Family and self
  761. The Remorseful Day - Colin Dexter - Crime
  762. The Restraint of Beasts - Magnus Mills - Comedy
  763. The Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West - State of the nation
  764. Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds - Science fiction and fantasy
  765. Les Revenentes - Barbara Pym - Comedy
  766. Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates - Love
  767. A Rich Full Death - Michael Dibdin - Crime
  768. Richshaw Boy - Lao She - State of the nation
  769. The Riddle of the Sands - Erskine Childers - Crime
  770. Riddley Walker - Russell Hoban - Science fiction and fantasy
  771. The Rings of Saturn - WG Sebald - War and travel
  772. Ringworld - Larry Niven - Science fiction and fantasy
  773. The Road - Cormac McCarthy - Science fiction and fantasy
  774. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe - War and travel
  775. Rogue Male - Geoffrey Household - Crime
  776. Rogue Moon - Algis Budrys - Science fiction and fantasy
  777. Room at the Top - John Braine - State of the nation
  778. Room Temperature - Nicholson Baker - Family and self
  779. A Room with a View - EM Forster - Love
  780. Roxana - Daniel Defoe - Family and self
  781. Rubyfruit Jungle - Rita Mae Brown - Love
  782. Ruth - Elizabeth Gaskell - Love
  783. S

  784. Sacaramouche - Rafael Sabatini - War and travel
  785. The Sacred Book of the Werewolf - Victor Pelevin - Comedy
  786. Samarkand - Amin Maalouf - Love
  787. Sanctuary - William Faulkner - Crime
  788. Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie - Science fiction and fantasy
  789. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning - Alan Sillitoe - State of the nation
  790. The Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolano - War and travel
  791. The Scar - China Mieville - Science fiction and fantasy
  792. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne - Love
  793. The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Emmuska Orczy - War and travel
  794. Schindler's Ark - Thomas Keneally - War and travel
  795. Scoop - Evelyn Waugh - Comedy
  796. A Season in Sinji - JL Carr - Comedy
  797. The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie - Crime
  798. The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad - Crime
  799. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 - Sue Townsend - Family and self
  800. The Secret History - Donna Tartt - Crime
  801. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen - Love
  802. Sentimental Education - Gustave Flaubert - State of the nation
  803. A Sentimental Journey - Lawrence Sterne - War and travel
  804. Shame - Salman Rushdie - State of the nation
  805. Sharpe's Eagle - Bernard Cornwell - War and travel
  806. She: A History of Adventure - H Rider Haggard - War and travel
  807. The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles - War and travel
  808. The Shining - Stephen King - Science fiction and fantasy
  809. The Ship - CS Forester - War and travel
  810. The Shipping News - E Annie Proulx - Family and self
  811. Shirley - Charlotte Bronte - State of the nation
  812. The Shrimp and the Anemone - LP Hartley - Family and self
  813. Sidetracked - Henning Mankell - Crime
  814. The Siege of Krishnapur - JG Farrell - War and travel
  815. The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle - Crime
  816. Silas Marner - George Eliot - State of the nation
  817. Silence - Shusaku Endo - Family and self
  818. Silence of the Grave - Arnadur Indridason - Crime
  819. The Silent Duchess - Dacia Maraini - Love
  820. Silver Stallion - Junghyo Ahn - War and travel
  821. Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut - Science fiction and fantasy
  822. Sister Carrie - Theodor Dreiser - State of the nation
  823. Slaughter-House Five - Kurt Vonnegut - War and travel
  824. The Slaves of Solitude - Patrick Hamilton - War and travel
  825. Slouching Towards Kalamazoo - Peter De Vries - Comedy
  826. Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson - Science fiction and fantasy
  827. The Snow Goose - Paul Gallico - Love
  828. So Long, See you Tomorrow - William Maxwell - Love
  829. Solaris - Stanislaw Lem - Science fiction and fantasy
  830. The Soldier's Art - Anthony Powell - War and travel
  831. Solomon Gursky Was Here - Mordecai Richler - Comedy
  832. Something Fresh - PG Wodehouse - Comedy
  833. Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison - Family and self
  834. Sons and Lovers - DH Lawrence - Family and self
  835. Sophie's Choice - William Styron - War and travel
  836. The Sorrow of War - Bao Ninh - War and travel
  837. The Sorrows of Young Werther - Johann Wolfgang Goethe - Love
  838. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner - Family and self
  839. The Sound of my Voice - Ron Butlin - Family and self
  840. Sour Sweet - Timothy Mo - Family and self
  841. South Riding - Winifred Holtby - State of the nation
  842. South Wind - Norman Douglas - War and travel
  843. The Space Merchants - Frederik Pohl and CM Kornbluth - Science fiction and fantasy
  844. Spies - Michael Frayn - Family and self
  845. A Sport and a Passtime - James Salter - Love
  846. The Sportswriter - Richard Ford - Family and self
  847. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John le Carre - Crime
  848. Squire Haggard's Journal - Michael Green - Comedy
  849. Star Maker - Olaf Stapledon - Science fiction and fantasy
  850. The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester - Science fiction and fantasy
  851. Staying On - Paul Scott - State of the nation
  852. Steppenwolf - Herman Hesse - Family and self
  853. Strait is the Gate - Andre Gide - Love
  854. The Strange Borders of Palace Crescent - E Phillips Oppenheim - Crime
  855. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson - Science fiction and fantasy
  856. Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A Heinlein - Science fiction and fantasy
  857. Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith - Crime
  858. A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle - Crime
  859. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth - Family and self
  860. Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky - War and travel
  861. Sunset Song - Lewis Grassic Gibbon - Love
  862. The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen - Rudolp Erich Raspe - War and travel
  863. The Swimming-Pool Library - Alan Hollinghurst - Love
  864. Swiss Family Robinson - Johann David Wyss - Family and self
  865. The Sword in the Stone - TH White - Science fiction and fantasy
  866. Sybil or The Two Nations - Benjamin Disraeli - State of the nation
  867. T

  868. A Tale of a Tub - Jonathan Swift - Comedy
  869. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - State of the nation
  870. The Talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith - Crime
  871. Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin - Comedy
  872. Tales of the South Pacific - James Michener - War and travel
  873. A Taste for Death - PD James - Crime
  874. Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness - Kezaburo Oe - Family and self
  875. Tender is the Night - F Scott Fitzgerald - Love
  876. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy - Love
  877. Thank You Jeeves - PG Wodehouse - Comedy
  878. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston - Love
  879. Therese Raquin - Emile Zola - Crime
  880. They Were Counted - Miklos Banffy - State of the nation
  881. The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett - Crime
  882. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe - State of the nation
  883. The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien - War and travel
  884. The Third Man - Graham Greene - Crime
  885. The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brien - Science fiction and fantasy
  886. The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan - Crime
  887. This Sporting Life - David Storey - State of the nation
  888. A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley - Family and self
  889. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K Jerome - Comedy
  890. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas - War and travel
  891. The Three Paradoxes - Paul Hornschemeier - Family and self
  892. The Three Sisters - May Sinclair - Family and self
  893. Three Soldiers - John Dos Passos - War and travel
  894. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There - Lewis Carroll - Science fiction and fantasy
  895. The Time Machine - HG Wells - Science fiction and fantasy
  896. The Time of Indifference - Alberto Moravia - State of the nation
  897. The Time Ships - Stephen Baxter - Science fiction and fantasy
  898. A Time to be Born - Dawn Powell - Comedy
  899. A Time to Kill - John Grisham - Crime
  900. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - Science fiction and fantasy
  901. The Tin Drum - Gunter Grass - War and travel
  902. The Tin Roof Blowdown - James Lee Burke - Crime
  903. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John le Carre - Crime
  904. Tintin in Tibet - Georges Remi Herge - War and travel
  905. Titmuss Regained - John Mortimer - Comedy
  906. Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake - Science fiction and fantasy
  907. To Each his Own - Leonardo Sciascia - State of the nation
  908. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - Crime
  909. To The Ends of the Earth trilogy - William Golding - War and travel
  910. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf - Family and self
  911. Tobacco Road - Erskine Caldwell - State of the nation
  912. Tom Brown's Schooldays - Thomas Hughes - Family and self
  913. Tom Jones - Henry Fielding - Comedy
  914. Tono Bungay - HG Wells - Comedy
  915. Topper Takes a Trip - Thorne Smith - Comedy
  916. The Tortoise and the Hare - Elizabeth Jenkins - Family and self
  917. Tourist Season - Carl Hiaasen - Crime
  918. Towards the End of the Morning - Michael Frayn - Comedy
  919. The Towers of Trebizond - Rose Macaulay - Comedy
  920. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute - War and travel
  921. Toxic Shock - Sara Paretsky - Crime
  922. Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh - State of the nation
  923. The Transit of Venus - Shirley Hazzard - Love
  924. Travels with My Aunt - Graham Greene - Comedy
  925. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson - War and travel
  926. The Tree of Man - Patrick White - Family and self
  927. Trent's Last Case - EC Bentley - Crime
  928. The Trial - Franz Kafka - Science fiction and fantasy
  929. Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller - Love
  930. Tropic of Ruislip - Leslie Thomas - Comedy
  931. True History of the Ned Kelly Gang - Peter Carey - Crime
  932. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James - Science fiction and fantasy
  933. Two Serious Ladies - Jane Bowles - Family and self
  934. U

  935. Ulysses - James Joyce - Family and self
  936. The Unbearable Bassington - Saki - Comedy
  937. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera - Love
  938. Uncle Silas - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu - Science fiction and fantasy
  939. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe - State of the nation
  940. The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett - Comedy
  941. The Unconsoled - Kazuo Ishiguro - Science fiction and fantasy
  942. Under the Net - Iris Murdoch - Comedy
  943. Under the Skin - Michel Faber - Science fiction and fantasy
  944. Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lowry - Family and self
  945. Under Western Eyes - Joseph Conrad - Crime
  946. Underworld - Don DeLillo - State of the nation
  947. The Unfortunates - BS Johnson - Family and self
  948. Unless - Carol Shields - Family and self
  949. Untouchable - Mulk Raj Anand - State of the nation
  950. USA - John Dos Passos - State of the nation
  951. V

  952. V - Thomas Pynchon - Crime
  953. The Vagabond - Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette - Family and self
  954. The Valley of Bones - Anthony Powell - War and travel
  955. Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann - Love
  956. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray - State of the nation
  957. Vathek - William Beckford - Science fiction and fantasy
  958. The Vatican Cellars - Andre Gide - Family and self
  959. Vendetta - Michael Dibdin - Crime
  960. Venus on the Half-Shell - Kilgore Trout - Comedy
  961. The Vicar of Wakefield - Oliver Goldsmith - Family and self
  962. The Victorian Chaise-longue - Marghanita Laski - Science fiction and fantasy
  963. Victory: An Island Tale - Joseph Conrad - Love
  964. La Vie Mode d'Emploi - Georges Perec - Comedy
  965. Vile Bodies - Evelyn Waugh - Comedy
  966. Vilette - Charlotte Bronte - Love
  967. Vineland - Thomas Pynchon - State of the nation
  968. The Virgin in the Garden - AS Byatt - State of the nation
  969. The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides - Love
  970. The Virginian - Owen Wister - War and travel
  971. Voss - Patrick White - War and travel
  972. A Voyage to Arcturus - David Lindsay - Science fiction and fantasy
  973. Vurt - Jeff Noon - Science fiction and fantasy
  974. W

  975. Waiting for the Barbarians - JM Coeztee - State of the nation
  976. The Wapshot Chronicle - John Cheever - Family and self
  977. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy - War and travel
  978. The War of the Worlds - HG Wells - Science fiction and fantasy
  979. Washington Square - Henry James - Family and self
  980. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks - Science fiction and fantasy
  981. Waterland - Graham Swift - Love
  982. The Way of All Flesh - Samuel Butler - Family and self
  983. The Way We Live Now - Anthony Trollope - State of the nation
  984. We - Yevgeny Zamyatin - Science fiction and fantasy
  985. We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver - Family and self
  986. The Weather in the Streets - Rosamond Lehmann - Love
  987. Weaveworld - Clive Barker - Science fiction and fantasy
  988. The Well of Loneliness - Radclyffe Hall - Love
  989. The Westminster Alice - Saki - Comedy
  990. What a Carve Up! - Jonathan Coe - State of the nation
  991. When the Wind Blows - Raymond Briggs - War and travel
  992. Whisky Galore - Compton Mackenzie - Comedy
  993. White Man Falling - Mike Stocks - Comedy
  994. White Noise - Don DeLillo - State of the nation
  995. White Teeth - Zadie Smith - State of the nation
  996. Who Do You Think You Are? - Alice Munro - Family and self
  997. Whose Body? - Dorothy L Sayers - Crime
  998. Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys - Love
  999. Wieland - Charles Brockden Brown - Science fiction and fantasy
  1000. Williwaw - Gore Vidal - War and travel
  1001. The Wimbledon Poisoner - Nigel Williams - Comedy
  1002. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame - Comedy
  1003. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami - Science fiction and fantasy
  1004. The Wings of the Dove - Henry James - Love
  1005. Wise Children - Angela Carter - Family and self
  1006. The Witches of Eastwick - John Updike - Comedy
  1007. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins - Crime
  1008. Women in Love DH Lawrence - Love
  1009. The Woodlanders - Thomas Hardy - Love
  1010. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - Love
  1011. Y

  1012. The Years of Rice and Salt - Kim Stanley Robinson - Science fiction and fantasy
  1013. You Only Live Twice - Ian Fleming - Crime
  1014. The Young Lions - Irwin Shaw - War and travel
  1015. Z

  1016. Z - Vassilis Vassilikos - State of the nation
  1017. Zami - Audre Lorde - Love
  1018. Zazie in the Metro - Raymond Queneau - Comedy
  1019. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig - War and travel
  1020. Zorba the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis - Love
  1021. Zuleika Dobson - Max Beerbohm - Comedy
Author Comments: 

Selected by the Guardian's Review team and a panel of expert judges, this list includes only novels – no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems – from any decade and in any language. Originally published in thematic supplements – love, crime, comedy, family and self, state of the nation, science fiction and fantasy, war and travel – they appear here for the first time in a single list.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction

Because finding the titles for check-off was so complex, I alphabetized the list, adding the topics to each entry.