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The Guardian, Books You Can't Live Without: The Top 100 [2007]

    114 ventries: 113 monographical, one otherwise

    The Guardian's Books You Can't Live Without: The Top 100 stands apart as the first of several lists published from 2007 onward, but otherwise is easily one of the least important, barely meeting the Greater Books criteria, with only one book from ancient times, the Bible. This list includes a significant number of modern-day popular favorites.

  1. Jane Austen

  2. Pride and Prejudice_30
    originally anonymously published 1813—English
    *Eliot* *Powys* *Hundred* *Zulli* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Good* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Kanigel* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Taylor* *Telegraph* *Harvard* *Reynolds* *World* *Deposit* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

  3. J R R Tolkien

  4. The Lord of the Rings_6
    published in three volumes: The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King, 1954-5—English
    *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  5. Charlotte Brontë

  6. Jane Eyre: An Autobiography_16
    originally published under the pseudonym, Currer Bell, 1847—English
    *Zulli* *Ward* *Magill* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Telegraph* *Harvard* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

    J K Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone_4

  8. 1997—English
    *Guardian* *Taylor* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets_3

  10. 1998—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban_3

  12. 1999—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire_3

  14. 2000—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix_3

  16. 2003—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  17. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince_3

  18. 2005—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows_3

  20. 2007—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  21. Harper Lee

  22. To Kill a Mockingbird_5
    *Recommended* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard*

  23. The Bible_17

  24. Downs also lists John Wycliffe's 1382 English translation of the Vulgate; Bloom, Dirda, and the Globe and Mail specify the King James Version, translated 1604-11 to English from the Hebrew and Aramaic (Old Testament) and the Greek (New Testament), revised 1769 by Benjamin Blayney—Hebrew; Aramaic; Greek
    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Hundred* *France* *Downs* *Read* *Ward* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *SeymourSmith* *Dirda* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Taylor* *World*

  25. Emily Brontë

  26. Wuthering Heights_17
    originally published 1847 under the pseudonym, Ellis Bell; revised 1850—English
    *Powys* *Hundred* *France* *Zulli* *Ward* *Magill* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Kanigel* *Norway* *Guardian* *Zane* *Deposit* *Newman* *Graphic*

  27. George Orwell

  28. Nineteen Eighty-Four_17
    *Van Doren* *Magill* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Taylor* *Telegraph* *Graphic* *Educated*

  29. Phillip Pullman

  30. His Dark Materials_4
    originally published in three volumes: Northern Lights, 1995 (U S title: The Golden Compass); The Subtle Knife, 1997; The Amber Spyglass, 2000—English
    *Guardian* *Smart* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  31. Charles Dickens

  32. Great Expectations_15
    originally published serially Dec. 1860-Aug. 1861 in All the Year Round—English
    *Classics* *Magill* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Newman*

  33. Louisa M Alcott

  34. Little Women_6
    originally published in two volumes: Little Women, 1868; and Good Wives, 1869—English
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Guardian* *Smart* *Harvard* *Graphic*

  35. Thomas Hardy

  36. Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented_14
    published in part serially Jul.-Dec. 1891 in the Graphic—English
    *Powys* *Hundred* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Campbell* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Telegraph* *Newman* *Deposit*

  37. Joseph Heller
    *List* *Learning* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Deposit*

    • William Shakespeare

  38. Complete works_4
    late Sixteenth-early Seventeenth centuries—English
    *Zulli* *List* *Fadiman* *Guardian*

  39. Daphne du Maurier

  40. Rebecca_5
    *Recommended* *Dirda* *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Deposit*

  41. J R R Tolkien

  42. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again_2
    *Fadiman* *Guardian*

  43. Sebastian Faulks

  44. Birdsong_1

  45. J D Salinger

  46. Catcher in the Rye_8
    *Van Doren* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Guardian* *Zane* *Taylor* *Graphic*

  47. Audrey Niffenegger

  48. The Time Traveler's Wife_1

  49. George Eliot

  50. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life _22
    originally published serially Dec. 1871-Dec. 1872—English
    *Baldwin* *Read* *List* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Telegraph* *Harvard* *Deposit* *Newman* *Graphic*

  51. Margaret Mitchell

  52. Gone With the Wind_2
    *Guardian* *Telegraph*

  53. F Scott Fitzgerald

  54. The Great Gatsby_17
    *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Zane* *Great* *Guardian* *GlobeMail* *Smart* *Harvard* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

  55. Charles Dickens

  56. Bleak House_7
    originally published serially Mar. 1852-Sep. 1853—English
    *Classics* *Van Doren* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Guardian* *Zane* *Newman*

  57. Leo Tolstoy

  58. Voyna i Mir"_25
    War and Peace
    originally entitled 1805, published in part, 1865 and 1867; retitled and published in its entirety, 1869—Russian

    *Durant* *Invitation* *Hundred* *France* *Rexroth* *Read* *List* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Norway* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Taylor* *Telegraph* *World* *Newman*

  59. Douglas Adams

  60. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy_3
    1979 novel based on 1978 radio play—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  61. Evelyn Waugh

  62. Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder_3
    *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Guardian*

  63. Fyodor Dostoevsky

  64. Prestuplénie i Nakazániye_23
    Crime and Punishment
    originally published serially Jan.-Dec. 1866 in Rússkij Véstnik; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's English translation—Russian

    *Eliot* *Powys* *Classics* *France* *Zulli* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

  65. John Steinbeck

  66. The Grapes of Wrath_11
    *Hundred* *Magill* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Guardian* *Zane* *Deposit* *Graphic*

  67. Lewis Carroll

  68. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland_17
    *Powys* *Invitation* *France* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Kanigel* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Harvard* *Deposit* *Graphic*

  69. Kenneth Grahame

  70. The Wind in the Willows_3
    *Recommended* *Guardian* *Telegraph*

  71. Leo Tolstoy

  72. Anna Karenina_20
    published in part serially 1873-7 in Rússkij Véstnik; in its entirety, 1877; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's English translation—Russian
    *Eliot* *Zulli* *Read* *Ward* *Magill* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Reynolds* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

  73. Charles Dickens

  74. The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account)_15
    originally published serially May 1849-Nov. 1850—English
    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Eliot* *Classics* *Magill* *Read* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Guardian* *Zane* *Telegraph* *Newman*

    C S Lewis
  75. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe_3

  76. 1950—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph* *Harvard*

  77. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia_2

  78. 1951—English
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  79. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader_2

  80. 1952—English
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  81. The Silver Chair_2

  82. 1953—English
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  83. The Horse and His Boy_2

  84. 1954—English
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  85. The Magician's Nephew2

  86. 1955—English
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  87. The Last Battle_2

  88. 1956—English
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

    Jane Austen
  89. Emma_11

  90. originally anonymously published 1815—English
    *Read* *List* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Guardian* *Zane* *Newman*

  91. Persuasion_6

  92. originally anonymously published 1817—English
    *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Guardian* *Zane* *Newman*

  93. Khaled Hosseini

  94. The Kite Runner_1

  95. Louis de Bernières

  96. Captain Corelli's Mandolin_1

  97. Arthur Golden

  98. Memoirs of a Geisha_1

  99. A A Milne

  100. Winnie-the-Pooh_2
    published in part serially 1924-5; in its entirety, 1926—English
    *Guardian* *Telegraph*

  101. George Orwell

  102. Animal Farm_8
    *Van Doren* *Adler* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Guardian* *Smart* *Graphic*

  103. Dan Brown

  104. The Da Vinci Code_1

  105. Gabriel García Márquez

  106. Cien Anõs de Soledad_18
    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    1967; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Gregory Rabassa's English translation—Spanish

    *Ward* *Van Doren* *Good* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Smart* *Telegraph* *Harvard* *Graphic* *Deposit* *Educated*

  107. John Irving

  108. A Prayer for Owen Meaney_3
    *Guardian* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  109. Wilkie Collins

  110. The Woman in White_3
    originally published serially in All the Year Round Nov. 1859-Aug. 1860—English
    *Bloom* *Guardian* *Telegraph*

  111. L M Montgomery

  112. Anne of Green Gables_1

  113. Thomas Hardy

  114. Far From the Madding Crowd_5
    originally anonymously published serially Jan.-Dec. 1874 in Cornhill Magazine; revised 1895 and 1901—English
    *Powys* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Guardian* *Newman*

  115. Margaret Atwood

  116. The Handmaid's Tale_5
    *Fadiman* *Great* *Guardian* *Smart* *Harvard*

  117. William Golding

  118. Lord of the Flies_6
    *Learning* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Guardian* *Graphic*

  119. Ian McEwan

  120. Atonement_2
    *Guardian* *Smart*

  121. Yann Martel

  122. Life of Pi_1

  123. Frank Herbert

  124. Dune_2
    *Recommended* *Guardian*

  125. Stella Gibbons

  126. Cold Comfort Farm_1

  127. Jane Austen

  128. Sense and Sensibility_4
    originally published under the pseudonym, A Lady, 1811—English
    *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Guardian* *Newman*

  129. Vikram Seth

  130. A Suitable Boy_2
    *Guardian* *Deposit*

  131. Carlos Ruiz Zafón

  132. La Sombra del Viento_1

  133. Charles Dickens

  134. A Tale of Two Cities_8
    originally published serially Apr.-Nov. 1859 in All the Year Round—English
    *Classics* *Baldwin* *Zulli* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Guardian* *Newman* *Graphic*

  135. Aldous Huxley

  136. Brave New World_9
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Great* *Guardian* *Smart* *Telegraph* *Graphic*

  137. Mark Haddon

  138. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time_2
    *Guardian* *Smart*

  139. Gabriel García Márquez

  140. El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera_6
    Love in the Time of Cholera

    *Bloom* *Trinity* *Norway* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart*

  141. John Steinbeck

  142. Of Mice and Men_4
    *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Campbell* *Guardian*

  143. Vladimir Nabokov

  144. Lolita_11
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Harvard* *Deposit* *Graphic*

  145. Donna Tartt

  146. The Secret History_2
    *Guardian* *Deposit*

  147. Alice Sebold

  148. The Lovely Bones_1

  149. Alexandre Dumas

  150. Le Comte de Monte-Cristo_3
    originally published serially Aug. 1844-Jan. 1846 in Journal des Débats—French
    *Magill* *Guardian* *Newman*

  151. Jack Kerouac

  152. On the Road_5
    published in part as 'The Mexican Girl', the Paris Review; 'Jazz of the Beat Generation', New World Writing; and 'A Billowy Trip in the World', New Dimensions; in its entirety, 1957; alternate version, 2007—English
    *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Guardian* *Great* *Graphic*

  153. Thomas Hardy

  154. Jude the Obscure_8
    originally published serially Dec. 1894-Nov. 1895 in Harper's New Monthly Magazine—English
    *Ward* *Magill* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Great* *Guardian* *Smart* *Newman*

  155. Helen Fielding

  156. Bridget Jones's Diary_1

  157. Salman Rushdie

  158. Midnight's Children_7
    *Bloom* *Trinity* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  159. Herman Melville

  160. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale_26
    *Classics* *Hundred* *Zulli* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Norway* *Guardian* *Zane* *Great* *GlobeMail* *Taylor* *Harvard* *Newman* *Graphic* *Deposit* *Educated*

  161. Charles Dickens

  162. Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy's Progress _9
    originally published under the pseudonym, Boz, serially Feb. 1837-April 1839 in Bentley's Miscellany—English
    *Classics* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Kanigel* *Campbell* *Guardian* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

  163. Bram Stoker

  164. Dracula_6
    *Magill* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Dirda* *Guardian*

  165. Frances Hodgson Burnett

  166. The Secret Garden_2
    originally published serially 1910-11 in the American Magazine—English
    *Dirda* *Guardian*

  167. Bill Bryson

  168. Notes From a Small Island_1

  169. James Joyce

  170. Ulysses_20
    published in part serially Mar. 1918-Dec. 1920 in the Little Review; in its entirety, 1922—English
    *Classics* *France* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Smart* *Taylor* *Telegraph* *Newman* *Graphic*

  171. Sylvia Plath

  172. The Bell Jar_5
    originally published under the pseudonym, Victoria Lucas, 1963—English
    *Ward* *Recommended* *Guardian* *Harvard* *Graphic*

  173. Arthur Ransome

  174. Swallows and Amazons_2
    *Guardian* *Telegraph*

  175. Émile Zola

  176. Germinal_10
    originally published serially Apr. 1884-Jan. 1885 in Gil Blas—French
    *Ward* *Magill* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Dirda* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *Newman*

  177. William Makepeace Thackeray

  178. Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero_18
    originally published serially Jan. 1847-Jul. 1848—English
    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Eliot* *Durant* *Classics* *Zulli* *Ward* *Magill* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Telegraph* *Newman*

  179. A S Byatt

  180. Possession_3
    *Guardian* *Smart* *Educated*

  181. Charles Dickens

  182. A Christmas Carol_7
    *Ward* *Van Doren* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Guardian* *Taylor* *Newman*

  183. David Mitchell

  184. Cloud Atlas_2
    *Guardian* *Harvard*

  185. Alice Walker

  186. The Color Purple_3
    *Recommended* *Campbell* *Guardian*

  187. Kazuo Ishiguro

  188. The Remains of the Day_4
    *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Deposit*

  189. Gustave Flaubert

  190. Madame Bovary_27
    originally published serially Oct. 1856-Dec. 1856 in La Revue de Paris; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Frances Steegmuller's English translation—French
    *Classics* *Durant* *Hundred* *France* *Zulli* *Read* *List* *Ward* *Magill* *Good* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Kanigel* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Smart* *Taylor* *Telegraph* *Deposit* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

  191. Rohinton Mistry

  192. A Fine Balance_2
    *Guardian* *Smart*

  193. E B White

  194. Charlotte's Web_2
    *Van Doren* *Guardian*

  195. Mitch Albom

  196. The Five People You Meet in Heaven_1

  197. Arthur Conan Doyle

  198. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes_6
    1892; stories originally published serially Jul. 1891-Jun. 1892 in the Strand—English
    *Invitation* *Hundred* *Ward* *Dirda* *Guardian* *Telegraph*

    Enid Blyton
  199. The Enchanted Wood_1

  200. 1939—English

  201. The Magic Faraway Tree_1

  202. 1943—English

  203. The Folk of the Faraway Tree_1

  204. 1946—English

  205. Up the Faraway Tree_1

  206. 1951—English

  207. Joseph Conrad

  208. Heart of Darkness_16
    originally published serially Feb.-Apr. 1899 in Blackwood's—English
    *Magill* *Adler* *Learning* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Foundation* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Newman* *Graphic* *Deposit* *Educated*

  209. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  210. Le Petit Prince_4
    *Van Doren* *Kanigel* *Guardian* *Deposit*

  211. Iain Banks

  212. The Wasp Factory_1

  213. Richard Adams

  214. Watership Down_3
    *Fadiman* *Guardian* *Harvard*

  215. John Kennedy Toole

  216. A Confederacy of Dunces_2
    written early 1960's; published 1980—English
    *Guardian* *Deposit*

  217. Nevil Shute

  218. A Town Like Alice_1

  219. Alexandre Dumas

  220. Les Trois Mousquetaires_3
    The Three Musketeers
    originally published serially Mar.-Jul. 1844 in Le Siècle—French

    *France* *Guardian* *Newman*

  221. William Shakespeare

  222. Hamlet_27
    *Eliot* *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *Downs* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Foundation* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *O'Hear* *Zane* *Taylor* *Harvard* *World* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

  223. Roald Dahl

  224. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory_1

  225. Victor Hugo

  226. Les Misérables_18
    *Baldwin* *Durant* *Classics* *Hundred* *France* *Downs* *Magill* *Good* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Trinity* *Guardian* *Harvard* *World* *Newman* *Graphic* *Deposit*