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

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  • Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
  • Money by Martin Amis
  • The Information by Martin Amis
  • The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge
  • According to Queeney by Beryl Bainbridge
  • Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes
  • A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes
  • Augustus Carp, Esq. by Himself: Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man by Henry Howarth Bashford
  • Molloy by Samuel Beckett
  • Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
  • The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
  • The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
  • Queen Lucia by EF Benson
  • The Ascent of Rum Doodle by WE Bowman
  • A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd
  • The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury
  • No Bed for Bacon by Caryl Brahms and SJ Simon
  • Illywhacker by Peter Carey
  • A Season in Sinji by JL Carr
  • The Harpole Report by JL Carr
  • The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington
  • Mister Johnson by Joyce Cary
  • The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
  • Just William by Richmal Crompton
  • The Provincial Lady by EM Delafield
  • Slouching Towards Kalamazoo by Peter De Vries
  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  • Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
  • Jacques the Fatalist and his Master by Denis Diderot
  • A Fairy Tale of New York by JP Donleavy
  • The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
  • Ennui by Maria Edgeworth
  • Cheese by Willem Elsschot
  • Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
  • Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  • Caprice by Ronald Firbank
  • Bouvard et Pécuchet by Gustave Flaubert
  • Towards the End of the Morning by Michael Frayn
  • The Polygots by William Gerhardie
  • Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  • Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  • Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • Brewster's Millions by Richard Greaves (George Barr McCutcheon)
  • Squire Haggard's Journal by Michael Green
  • Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  • Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene
  • Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
  • The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovanni Guareschi
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House by Eric Hodgkins
  • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  • I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal
  • The Lecturer's Tale by James Hynes
  • Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
  • The Mighty Walzer Howard by Jacobson
  • Pictures from an Institution by Randall Jarrell
  • Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
  • Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  • The Castle by Franz Kafka
  • Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
  • Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov
  • The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester
  • L'Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane (Gil Blas) Alain-René Lesage
  • Changing Places by David Lodge
  • Nice Work by David Lodge
  • The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
  • England, Their England by AG Macdonell
  • Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie
  • Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf by David Madsen
  • Cakes and Ale - Or, the Skeleton in the Cupboard by W Somerset Maugham
  • Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
  • Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
  • Puckoon by Spike Milligan
  • The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills
  • Charade by John Mortimer
  • Titmuss Regained by John Mortimer
  • Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
  • Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Fireflies by Shiva Naipaul
  • The Sacred Book of the Werewolf by Victor Pelevin
  • La Disparition by Georges Perec
  • Les Revenentes by Georges Perec
  • La Vie Mode d'Emploi by Georges Perec
  • My Search for Warren Harding by Robert Plunkett
  • A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
  • A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  • Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
  • Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym
  • Zazie in the Metro by Raymond Queneau
  • Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler
  • Alms for Oblivion by Simon Raven
  • Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
  • The Westminster Alice by Saki
  • The Unbearable Bassington by Saki
  • Hurrah for St Trinian's by Ronald Searle
  • Great Apes by Will Self
  • Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe
  • Blott on the Landscape by Tom Sharpe
  • Office Politics by Wilfrid Sheed
  • Belles Lettres Papers: A Novel by Charles Simmons
  • Moo by Jane Smiley
  • Topper Takes a Trip by Thorne Smith
  • The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smollett
  • The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett
  • The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle by Tobias Smollett
  • The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  • The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark
  • The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark
  • Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark
  • A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark
  • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
  • White Man Falling by Mike Stocks
  • Handley Cross by RS Surtees
  • A Tale of a Tub by Jonathan Swift
  • Penrod by Booth Tarkington
  • The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell
  • Tropic of Ruislip by Leslie Thomas
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
  • Venus on the Half-Shell by Kilgore Trout
  • The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain
  • The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
  • Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
  • Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
  • Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh
  • Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh
  • A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Life and Loves of a She-Devil by Fay Weldon
  • Tono Bungay by HG Wells
  • Molesworth by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle
  • The Wimbledon Poisoner by Nigel Williams
  • Anglo-Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson
  • Something Fresh by PG Wodehouse
  • Piccadilly Jim by PG Wodehouse
  • Thank You Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
  • Heavy Weather by PG Wodehouse
  • The Code of the Woosters by PG Wodehouse
  • Joy in the Morning by PG Wodehouse
  • Crime
  • The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
  • Fantomas by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
  • The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
  • Epitaph for a Spy by Eric Ambler
  • Journey into Fear by Eric Ambler
  • The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  • Trent's Last Case by EC Bentley
  • The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley
  • The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake
  • Lady Audley's Secret by Mary E Braddon
  • The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
  • Greenmantle by John Buchan
  • The Asphalt Jungle by WR Burnett
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain
  • Double Indemnity by James M Cain
  • True History of the Ned Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  • The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  • The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  • No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase
  • The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  • The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  • The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
  • The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  • Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
  • Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
  • The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • Poetic Justice by Amanda Cross
  • The Ipcress File by Len Deighton
  • Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter
  • The Remorseful Day by Colin Dexter
  • Ratking by Michael Dibdin
  • Dead Lagoon by Michael Dibdin
  • Dirty Tricks by Michael Dibdin
  • A Rich Full Death by Michael Dibdin
  • Vendetta by Michael Dibdin
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  • My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Pledge by Friedrich Durrenmatt
  • The Crime of Father Amado by José Maria de Eça de Queiroz
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  • LA Confidential by James Ellroy
  • The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy
  • A Quiet Belief in Angels by RJ Ellory
  • Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  • Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  • Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
  • You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming
  • The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  • Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  • A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene
  • The Ministry of Fear by Graham Greene
  • The Third Man by Graham Greene
  • A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  • The King of Torts by John Grisham
  • Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton
  • The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  • Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
  • The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  • Fatherland by Robert Harris
  • Black Sunday by Thomas Harris
  • Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
  • Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V Higgins
  • Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
  • The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  • Bones and Silence by Reginald Hill
  • A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes
  • Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg
  • Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
  • Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles
  • Silence of the Grave by Arnadur Indridason
  • Death at the President's Lodging by Michael Innes
  • Cover Her Face by PD James
  • A Taste for Death by PD James
  • Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Constant Gardener by John le Carre
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • 52 Pick-up by Elmore Leonard
  • Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
  • Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
  • The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
  • Cop Hater by Ed McBain
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
  • Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
  • Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
  • The Great Impersonation by E Phillips Oppenheim
  • The Strange Borders of Palace Crescent by E Phillips Oppenheim
  • My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
  • Toxic Shock by Sara Paretsky
  • Blacklist by Sara Paretsky
  • Nineteen Seventy Four by David Peace
  • Nineteen Seventy Seven by David Peace
  • The Big Blowdown by George Pelecanos
  • Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos
  • Lush Life by Richard Price
  • The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  • V by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
  • Black and Blue by Ian Rankin
  • The Hanging Gardens by Ian Rankin
  • Exit Music by Ian Rankin
  • Judgment in Stone by Ruth Rendell
  • Live Flesh by Ruth Rendell
  • Dissolution by CJ Sansom
  • Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers
  • Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Le Sayers
  • The Madman of Bergerac by Georges Simenon
  • The Blue Room by Georges Simenon
  • The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
  • Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout
  • Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  • The Getaway by Jim Thompson
  • Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
  • A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine
  • A Fatal inversion by Barbara Vine
  • King Solomon's Carpet by Barbara Vine
  • The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace
  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Therese Raquin by Emile Zola
  • Family and self
  • The Face of Another by Kobo Abe
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
  • Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
  • Epileptic by David B
  • Room Temperature by Nicholson Baker
  • Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac
  • Le Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac
  • The Crow Road by Iain Banks
  • The L Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett
  • A Legacy by Sybille Bedford
  • Herzog by Saul Bellow
  • Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
  • The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  • G by John Berger
  • Extinction by Thomas Bernhard
  • Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
  • Any Human Heart by William Boyd
  • The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch
  • Evelina by Fanny Burney
  • The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
  • The Sound of my Voice by Ron Butlin
  • The Outsider by Albert Camus
  • Wise Children by Angela Carter
  • The Professor's House by Willa Cather
  • The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • Les Enfants Terrible by Jean Cocteau
  • The Vagabond by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
  • Manservant and Maidservant by Ivy Compton-Burnett
  • Being Dead by Jim Crace
  • Quarantine by Jim Crace
  • The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir
  • Roxana by Daniel Defoe
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • My New York Diary by Julie Doucet
  • The Millstone by Margaret Drabble
  • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  • Silence by Shusaku Endo
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  • The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
  • Howards End by EM Forster
  • Spies by Michael Frayn
  • Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud
  • The Man of Property by John Galsworthy
  • Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Immoralist by Andre Gide
  • The Vatican Cellars by Andre Gide
  • The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
  • The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  • Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  • The Shrimp and the Anemone by LP Hartley
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
  • Narziss and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse
  • The Three Paradoxes by Paul Hornschemeier
  • Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Ambassadors by Henry James
  • Washington Square by Henry James
  • The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins
  • The Unfortunates by BS Johnson
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Good Behaviour by Molly Keane
  • Memet my Hawk by Yasar Kemal
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  • The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
  • Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence
  • Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
  • Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann
  • The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  • How Green was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
  • Martin Eden by Jack London
  • Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
  • The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
  • Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
  • The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
  • Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
  • The Chateau by William Maxwell
  • The Rector's Daughter by FM Mayor
  • The Ordeal of Richard Feverek by George Meredith
  • Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
  • Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo
  • The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • Who Do You Think You Are? by Alice Munro
  • The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch
  • The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
  • A House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul
  • At-Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien
  • Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness by Kezaburo Oe
  • The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
  • The Good Companions by JB Priestley
  • The Shipping News by E Annie Proulx
  • Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
  • A Married Man by Piers Paul Read
  • Pointed Roofs by Dorothy Richardson
  • The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney by Henry Handel Richardson
  • Call it Sleep by Henry Roth
  • Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  • Alberta and Jacob by Cora Sandel
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  • Unless by Carol Shields
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  • The Three Sisters by May Sinclair
  • The Family Moskat or The Manor or The Estate by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
  • Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo
  • The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
  • Angel by Elizabeth Taylor
  • Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson
  • The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
  • Death in Summer by William Trevor
  • Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
  • Peace in War by Miguel de Unamuno
  • The Rabbit Omnibus by John Updike
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Jimmy Corrigan, The Smarest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
  • Morvern Callar by Alan Warner
  • The History of Mr Polly by HG Wells
  • The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
  • Frost in May by Antonia White
  • The Tree of Man by Patrick White
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
  • I'll Go to Bed at Noon by Gerard Woodward
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
  • Love
  • Le Grand Meaulnes by Henri Alain-Fournier
  • Dom Casmurro Joaquim by Maria Machado de Assis
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
  • Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
  • The Garden of the Finzi-Cortinis by Giorgio Bassani
  • Love for Lydia by HE Bates
  • More Die of Heartbreak by Saul Bellow
  • Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore
  • The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
  • The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Vilette by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Look At Me by Anita Brookner
  • Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
  • Possession by AS Byatt
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  • Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
  • A Month in the Country by JL Carr
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
  • Claudine a l'ecole by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
  • Cheri by Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette
  • Victory: An Island Tale by Joseph Conrad
  • The Princess of Cleves by Madame de Lafayette
  • The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Lover by Marguerite Duras
  • Adam Bede by George Eliot
  • Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  • The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  • A Room with a View by EM Forster
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
  • The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
  • Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Strait is the Gate by Andre Gide
  • Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang Goethe
  • Living by Henry Green
  • The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy
  • The Go-Between by LP Hartley
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer
  • Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer
  • The Swimming-Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst
  • Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest by WH Hudson
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  • The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  • The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
  • Beauty and Saddness by Yasunari Kawabata
  • The Far Pavillions by Mary Margaret Kaye
  • Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Moon over Africa by Pamela Kent
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre-Ambroise-Francois Choderlos de Laclos
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence
  • The Rainbow by DH Lawrence
  • Women in Love by DH Lawrence
  • The Echoing Grove by Rosamond Lehmann
  • The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos
  • Zami by Audre Lorde
  • Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
  • Samarkand by Amin Maalouf
  • Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
  • The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini
  • A Heart So White by Javier Marias
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
  • So Long, See you Tomorrow by William Maxwell
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
  • The Egoist by George Meredith
  • Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  • Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
  • Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
  • Arturo's Island by Elsa Morante
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  • Lolita, or the Confessions of a White Widowed Male by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Painter of Signs by RK Narayan
  • Delta of Venus by Anais Nin
  • All Souls Day by Cees Nooteboom
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  • Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  • Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  • Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson
  • Pamela by Samuel Richardson
  • Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
  • Ali and Nino by Kurban Said
  • Light Years by James Salter
  • A Sport and a Passtime by James Salter
  • The Reader by Benhardq Schlink
  • The Reluctant Orphan by Aara Seale
  • Love Story by Eric Segal
  • Enemies, a Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • At Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  • Waterland by Graham Swift
  • Diary of a Mad Old Man by Junichiro Tanizaki
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
  • First Love by Ivan Turgenev
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  • The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  • The Graduate by Charles Webb
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
  • East Lynne by Ellen Wood
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  • Science fiction and fantasy
  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Non-Stop by Brian W Aldiss
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster
  • The Drowned World by JG Ballard
  • Crash by JG Ballard
  • Millennium People by JG Ballard
  • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  • Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks
  • Weaveworld by Clive Barker
  • Darkmans by Nicola Barker
  • The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
  • Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
  • Vathek by William Beckford
  • The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite
  • Wieland by Charles Brockden Brown
  • Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Coming Race by EGEL Bulwer-Lytton
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • The End of the World News by Anthony Burgess
  • A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Erewhon by Samuel Butler
  • The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
  • The Influence by Ramsey Campbell
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
  • Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
  • The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  • The Man who was Thursday by GK Chesterton
  • Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • Hello Summer, Goodbye by Michael G Coney
  • Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
  • House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski
  • Pig Tales by Marie Darrieussecq
  • The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R Delaney
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick
  • Camp Concentration by Thomas M Disch
  • Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  • Under the Skin by Michel Faber
  • The Magus by John Fowles
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Red Shift by Alan Garner
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  • Light by M John Harrison
  • The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein
  • Dune by Frank L Herbert
  • The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
  • Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
  • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
  • Atomised by Michel Houellebecq
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • The Children of Men by PD James
  • After London; or, Wild England by Richard Jefferies
  • Bold as Love by Gwyneth Jones
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • The Victorian Chaise-longue by Marghanita Laski
  • Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The Earthsea Series by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
  • Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
  • Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
  • The Monk by Matthew Lewis
  • A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
  • The Night Sessions by Ken Macleod
  • Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
  • Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
  • The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Ascent by Jed Mercurio
  • The Scar by China Mieville
  • Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller Jr
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Mother London by Michael Moorcock
  • News from Nowhere by William Morris
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  • Ada or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Ringworld by Larry Niven
  • Vurt by Jeff Noon
  • The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
  • The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock
  • Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
  • The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and CM Kornbluth
  • A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys
  • The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett
  • The Prestige by Christopher Priest
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
  • Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
  • The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
  • Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • The Female Man by Joanna Russ
  • Air by Geoff Ryman
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • How the Dead Live by Will Self
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  • Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Insult by Rupert Thomson
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
  • Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
  • Institute Benjamenta by Robert Walser
  • Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Affinity by Sarah Waters
  • The Time Machine by HG Wells
  • The War of the Worlds by HG Wells
  • The Sword in the Stone by TH White
  • The Old Men at the Zoo by Angus Wilson
  • The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  • Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  • The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
  • We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • State of the nation
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe
  • London Fields by Martin Amis
  • Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • La Comedie Humaine by Honore de Balzac
  • They Were Counted by Miklos Banffy
  • A Kind of Loving by Stan Barstow
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave by Aphra Behn
  • Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett
  • The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen
  • Room at the Top by John Braine
  • A Dry White Season by Andre Brink
  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  • Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
  • The Virgin in the Garden by AS Byatt
  • Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
  • The Plague by Albert Camus
  • The Kingdom of this World by Alejo Carpentier
  • What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
  • Disgrace by JM Coetzee
  • Waiting for the Barbarians by JM Coeztee
  • Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  • Underworld by Don DeLillo
  • White Noise by Don DeLillo
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  • Little Dorritt by Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
  • Sybil or The Two Nations by Benjamin Disraeli
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
  • The Book of Daniel by EL Doctorow
  • Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • USA by John Dos Passos
  • Sister Carrie by Theodor Dreiser
  • Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
  • Effi Briest by Theodore Fontane
  • Independence Day by Richard Ford
  • A Passage to India by EM Forster
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Recognitions by William Gaddis
  • Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Counterfeiters by Andre Gide
  • The Odd Women by George Gissing
  • New Grub Street by George Gissing
  • July's People by Nadine Gordimer
  • Mother by Maxim Gorky
  • Lanark by Alastair Gray
  • Love on the Dole by Walter Greenwood
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  • A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines
  • The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
  • South Riding by Winifred Holtby
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
  • Chronicle in Stone by Ismael Kadare
  • How Late it Was, How Late by James Kelman
  • The Leopard by Giuseppi di Lampedusa
  • A Girl in Winter by Philip Larkin
  • Passing by Nella Larsen
  • The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
  • Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  • Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  • Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
  • The Group by Mary McCarthy
  • Amongst Women by John McGahern
  • The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
  • Of Love & Hunger by Julian Maclaren-Ross
  • Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
  • The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  • The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
  • Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • The Time of Indifference by Alberto Moravia
  • A Bend in the River by VS Naipaul
  • McTeague by Frank Norris
  • Personality by Andrew O'Hagan
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Ragazzi Pier by Paolo Pasolini
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • The Moon and the Bonfire by Cesare Pavese
  • GB84 by David Peace
  • Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock
  • Afternoon Men by Anthony Powell
  • Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth
  • American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • The Human Stain by Philip Roth
  • Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
  • Shame by Salman Rushdie
  • To Each his Own by Leonardo Sciascia
  • Staying On by Paul Scott
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr
  • The Lonely Londoners by Samuel Selvon
  • God's Bit of Wood by Ousmane Sembene
  • The Case of Comrade Tulayev by Victor Serge
  • Richshaw Boy by Lao She
  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • Novel on Yellow Paper by Stevie Smith
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovtich by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  • This Sporting Life by David Storey
  • The Red Room by August Stringberg
  • The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
  • The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Couples by John Updike
  • Z by Vassilis Vassilikos
  • Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
  • Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  • The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
  • The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  • Germinal by Emile Zola
  • La Bete Humaine by Emile Zola
  • War and travel
  • Silver Stallion by Junghyo Ahn
  • Death of a Hero by Richard Aldington
  • Master Georgie by Beryl Bainbridge
  • Darkness Falls from the Air by Nigel Balchin
  • Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard
  • Regeneration by Pat Barker
  • A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
  • Fair Stood the Wind for France by HE Bates
  • Carrie's War by Nina Bawden
  • The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
  • The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
  • An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd
  • When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
  • Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
  • Auto-da-Fe by Elias Canetti
  • One of Ours by Willa Cather
  • Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine
  • Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-en
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  • Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  • Sharpe's Eagle by Bernard Cornwell
  • The History of Pompey the Little by Francis Coventry
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Bomber by Len Deighton
  • Deliverance by James Dickey
  • Three Soldiers by John Dos Passos
  • South Wind by Norman Douglas
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  • Justine by Lawrence Durrell
  • The Bamboo Bed by William Eastlake
  • The Siege of Krishnapur by JG Farrell
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • The African Queen by CS Forester
  • The Ship by CS Forester
  • Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  • The Beach by Alex Garland
  • To The Ends of the Earth trilogy by William Golding
  • Asterix the Gaul by Rene Goscinny
  • The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
  • Count Belisarius by Robert Graves
  • Life and Fate by Vassily Grossman
  • De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage
  • King Solomon's Mines by H Rider Haggard
  • She: A History of Adventure by H Rider Haggard
  • The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton
  • Covenant with Death by John Harris
  • Enigma by Robert Harris
  • The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
  • Rasselas by Samuel Johnson
  • From Here to Eternity by James Jones
  • Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
  • Confederates by Thomas Keneally
  • Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
  • Day by AL Kennedy
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
  • The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski
  • If Not Now, When? by Primo Levi
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean
  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley
  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
  • The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  • La Condition Humaine by Andre Malraux
  • Fortunes of War by Olivia Manning
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat
  • Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville
  • Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener
  • The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
  • History by Elsa Morante
  • Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  • The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
  • Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Burmese Days by George Orwell
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  • The Valley of Bones by Anthony Powell
  • The Soldier's Art by Anthony Powell
  • The Military Philosophers by Anthony Powell
  • Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolp Erich Raspe
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Crab with the Golden Claws by Georges Remi Herge
  • Tintin in Tibet by Georges Remi Herge
  • The Castafiore Emerald by Georges Remi Herge
  • The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by Joao Guimaraes Rosa
  • Sacaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
  • Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
  • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer
  • The Hunters by James Salter
  • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  • The Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald
  • Austerlitz by WG Sebald
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
  • A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
  • Cryptonomicon by Neil Stephenson
  • A Sentimental Journey by Lawrence Sterne
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A Flag for Sunrise by Robert Stone
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
  • Williwaw by Gore Vidal
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Put Out More Flags by Evelyn Waugh
  • Men at Arms by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells
  • The Machine-Gunners by Robert Westall
  • Voss by Patrick White
  • The Virginian by Owen Wister
  • The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
  • The Debacle by Emile Zola
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.

Highlighted books are books I've read.
Bold print is books I own.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction