Books

I say 1001(+) because there have been revisions (2006, 2008 2010, 2012, and 2018) on the book through the years. FYI, you can easily do a search to get the list online from people uploading it, find people’s reviews, but I would recommend getting the book. The editors have put together interesting facts to share why it’s on the list.

I hope to post entries on the ones I read going forward with the theme “On the Bookshelf”. I might write up a book report / review but haven’t really decided yet. Here is the list, grouped by the centuries. As I do go through the list, I will be grouping them on other pages by Author, Countries, and Genre.

Here is the full 2006 list (grouped by century and author’s first name) additions from later versions will be at the end. 

I have read (58/1001)

Pre-1700

  • Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus
  • Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton
  • Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly
  • The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
  • Oroonoko – Aphra Behn
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel – Françoise Rabelais
  • Aithiopika – Heliodorus
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
  • The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
  • The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La
  • Fayette
  • Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Metamorphoses – Ovid
  • The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe

1700s

  • The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  • The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox
  • Roxana – Daniel Defoe
  • Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
  • Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  • The Nun – Denis Diderot
  • Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot
  • Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot
  • Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
  • Camilla – Fanny Burney
  • Cecilia – Fanny Burney
  • Evelina – Fanny Burney
  • Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin
  • Amelia – Henry Fielding
  • Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
  • Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
  • The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie
  • The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
  • Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift
  • Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Fanny Hill – John Cleland
  • A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
  • Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  • A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift
  • Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
  • A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
  • The Monk – M.G. Lewis
  • Justine – Marquis de Sade
  • The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade
  • The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
  • The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
  • Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  • Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
  • Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
  • Pamela – Samuel Richardson
  • Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
  • Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
  • Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett
  • Candide – Voltaire
  • Vathek – William Beckford
  • The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin

1800s

  • The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
  • The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas
  • The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  • Fruits of the Earth – André Gide
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
  • Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë
  • He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope
  • Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
  • Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope
  • By the Open Sea – August Strindberg
  • The People of Hemsö – August Strindberg
  • The Red Room – August Strindberg
  • Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés
  • Dracula – Bram Stoker
  • Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Hard Times – Charles Dickens
  • Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  • David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  • Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley
  • The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin
  • Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin
  • Villette – Charlotte Brontë
  • Shirley – Charlotte Brontë
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  • The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont
  • The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
  • North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • La Bête Humaine – Émile Zola
  • Germinal – Émile Zola
  • Nana – Émile Zola
  • Drunkard – Émile Zola
  • Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
  • The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith
  • Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
  • Middlemarch – George Eliot
  • Silas Marner – George Eliot
  • The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  • Adam Bede – George Eliot
  • Born in Exile – George Gissing
  • New Grub Street – George Gissing
  • The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga
  • Bouvard and Pécuchet – Gustave Flaubert
  • The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert
  • Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
  • Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant
  • Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
  • A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant
  • She – H. Rider Haggard
  • King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
  • The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  • The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
  • The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  • The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  • What Maisie Knew – Henry James
  • The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  • Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
  • Lost Illusions – Honoré de Balzac
  • Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
  • Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac
  • Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov
  • Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev
  • Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev
  • King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev
  • Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
  • On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev
  • Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg
  • Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  • Persuasion – Jane Austen
  • Emma – Jane Austen
  • Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  • Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
  • The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  • Hunger – Knut Hamsun
  • The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
  • Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  • Ormond – Maria Edgeworth
  • The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
  • Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Max Havelaar – Multatuli
  • The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov
  • Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol
  • The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Erewhon – Samuel Butler
  • Gösta Berling’s Saga – Selma Lagerlöf
  • In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott
  • Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
  • Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
  • Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross
  • The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross
  • The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
  • The Red and the Black – Stendhal
  • The Stechlin – Theodore Fontane
  • Effi Briest – Theodore Fontane
  • Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  • The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
  • Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
  • The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy
  • Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  • Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  • Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater
  • The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  • The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  • Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  • News from Nowhere – William Morris

1900s

  • Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy
  • Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy
  • Possession – A.S. Byatt
  • The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  • Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke
  • On Love – Alain de Botton
  • Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet
  • The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst
  • The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst
  • Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons
  • Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  • Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe
  • Morvern Callar – Alan Warner
  • Lanark: A Life in Four Books – Alasdair Gray
  • The Rebel – Albert Camus
  • The Plague – Albert Camus
  • The Outsider – Albert Camus
  • Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen
  • A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia
  • Disobedience – Alberto Moravia
  • The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia
  • Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley
  • Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley
  • Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier
  • Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  • The First Circle – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  • Silk – Alessandro Baricco
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Döblin
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
  • The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker
  • The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  • Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb
  • Reasons to Live – Amy Hempel
  • Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin
  • Arcanum 17 – André Breton
  • Nadja – André Breton
  • The Counterfeiters – André Gide
  • Strait is the Gate – André Gide
  • The Immoralist – André Gide
  • Wise Children – Angela Carter
  • Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
  • The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter
  • No Laughing Matter – Angus Wilson
  • Transit – Anna Seghers
  • Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  • Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice
  • Inside Mr. Enderby – Anthony Burgess
  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell
  • The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi
  • The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon
  • The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  • House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson
  • Traw – B.S. Johnson
  • Albert Angelo – B.S. Johnson
  • The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  • A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines
  • The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  • Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht
  • A Question of Power – Bessie Head
  • Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  • Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan
  • Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis
  • American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
  • Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  • On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin
  • Contact – Carl Sagan
  • Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi
  • The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
  • All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom
  • Rituals – Cees Nooteboom
  • The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese
  • The Graduate – Charles Webb
  • Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines
  • Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe
  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf
  • The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf
  • Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
  • The Last of Mr. Norris – Christopher Isherwood
  • The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector
  • The Passion According to G.H. – Clarice Lispector
  • Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes
  • The Heather Blazing – Colm Tóibín
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
  • The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence
  • Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence
  • The Fox – D.H. Lawrence
  • Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
  • The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence
  • Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
  • Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  • The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
  • The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett
  • The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
  • Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
  • Disappearance – David Dabydeen
  • Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  • Legend – David Gemmell
  • In Parenthesis – David Jones
  • Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt
  • Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson
  • The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati
  • Nightwood – Djuna Barnes
  • Underworld – Don DeLillo
  • Mao II – Don DeLillo
  • Libra – Don DeLillo
  • White Noise – Don DeLillo
  • The Names – Don DeLillo
  • Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo
  • Amateurs – Donald Barthelme
  • The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme
  • Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Bartholme
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • The Diary of Jane Somers – Doris Lessing
  • Shikasta – Doris Lessing
  • The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  • The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing
  • The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Pilgrimage – Dorothy Richardson
  • The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
  • The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings
  • Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow
  • Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
  • The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow
  • A Passage to India – E.M. Forster
  • Howards End – E.M. Forster
  • A Room With a View – E.M. Forster
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
  • Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton
  • The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  • Summer – Edith Wharton
  • Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton
  • Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  • The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
  • The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White
  • A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White
  • August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien
  • Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien
  • The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien
  • The Bitter Glass – Eilís Dillon
  • The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek
  • Auto-da-Fé – Elias Canetti
  • In Sicily – lio Vittorini
  • Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen
  • A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen
  • The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen
  • The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen
  • To the North – Elizabeth Bowen
  • The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen
  • Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard
  • La Brava – Elmore Leonard
  • City Primeval – Elmore Leonard
  • Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar
  • Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler
  • Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
  • All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  • To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  • A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  • The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  • The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers
  • Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud
  • Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  • A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
  • Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh
  • Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
  • Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien
  • The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien
  • At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor
  • The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor
  • Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor
  • Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford
  • The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  • Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
  • Amerika – Franz Kafka
  • The Castle – Franz Kafka
  • The Trial – Franz Kafka
  • Her Privates We – Frederic Manning
  • Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe
  • The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani
  • Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
  • Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • Coming Up for Air – George Orwell
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
  • Burmese Days – George Orwell
  • Blue Noon – Georges Bataille
  • The Abbot C – Georges Bataille
  • Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille
  • Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
  • W, or the Memory of Childhood – Georges Perec
  • A Void – Georges Perec
  • A Man Asleep – Georges Perec
  • Things – Georges Perec
  • The Parable of the Blind – Gert Hofmann
  • The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
  • The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein
  • Three Lives – Gertrude Stein
  • Love’s Work – Gillian Rose
  • The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani
  • Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico
  • The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  • Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal
  • The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene
  • The Quiet American – Graham Greene
  • The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
  • The Third Man – Graham Greene
  • The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
  • The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
  • Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  • England Made Me – Graham Greene
  • Waterland – Graham Swift
  • Cat and Mouse – Günter Grass
  • The Tin Drum – Günter Grass
  • Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  • Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells
  • At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
  • Independent People – Halldór Laxness
  • Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi
  • The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • Cigarettes – Harry Mathews
  • The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch
  • Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
  • The Safety Net – Heinrich Böll
  • The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll
  • Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich Böll
  • Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich Böll
  • Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann
  • Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse
  • Under Fire – Henri Barbusse
  • The Inferno – Henri Barbusse
  • Back – Henry Green
  • Loving – Henry Green
  • Caught – Henry Green
  • Party Going – Henry Green
  • Living – Henry Green
  • Blindness – Henry Green
  • The Golden Bowl – Henry James
  • The Ambassadors – Henry James
  • The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  • Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller
  • Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
  • Call it Sleep – Henry Roth
  • Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson
  • The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse
  • Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
  • Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  • Rosshalde – Herman Hesse
  • Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville
  • They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy
  • The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  • Complicity – Iain Banks
  • The Crow Road – Iain Banks
  • The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  • The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks
  • Downriver – Iain Sinclair
  • Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
  • Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson
  • Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
  • Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  • Black Dogs – Ian McEwan
  • The Child in Time – Ian McEwan
  • The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
  • The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  • Fateless – Imre Kertész
  • The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
  • The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
  • The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch
  • A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch
  • The Bell – Iris Murdoch
  • Under the Net – Iris Murdoch
  • Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh
  • Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  • I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
  • The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  • Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen)
  • Broken April – Ismail Kadare
  • If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
  • The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino
  • Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
  • Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino
  • The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino
  • Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo
  • The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andrić
  • Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard
  • Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard
  • Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
  • High Rise – J.G. Ballard
  • Crash – J.G. Ballard
  • The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard
  • The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell
  • The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell
  • Troubles – J.G. Farrell
  • Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee
  • Foe – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee
  • Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee
  • In the Heart of the Country – J.M. Coetzee
  • Dusklands – J.M. Coetzee
  • The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol
  • On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  • Martin Eden – Jack London
  • The Iron Heel – Jack London
  • Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  • The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
  • Finnegans Wake – James Joyce
  • Ulysses – James Joyce
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  • How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman
  • A Disaffection – James Kelman
  • The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain
  • The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett
  • The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens
  • The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber
  • The 13 Clocks – James Thurber
  • Faces in the Water – Janet Frame
  • The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway
  • The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek
  • A Heart So White – Javier Marias
  • Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau
  • Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
  • Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys
  • Quartet – Jean Rhys
  • Cane – Jean Toomer
  • Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
  • Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson
  • The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
  • Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
  • The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Arcadia – Jim Crace
  • Stone Junction – Jim Dodge
  • The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson
  • The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae
  • The Untouchable – John Banville
  • The Book of Evidence – John Banville
  • The Newton Letter – John Banville
  • Giles Goat-Boy – John Barth
  • The End of the Road – John Barth
  • The Floating Opera – John Barth
  • G – John Berger
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan
  • U.S.A. – John Dos Passos
  • Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos
  • A Maggot – John Fowles
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
  • The Magus – John Fowles
  • The Collector – John Fowles
  • The Forsyte Sage – John Galsworthy
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  • The Cider House Rules – John Irving
  • The World According to Garp – John Irving
  • Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  • Smiley’s People – John Le Carré
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré
  • Amongst Women – John McGahern
  • Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • Rabbit is Rich – John Updike
  • Rabbit Redux – John Updike
  • Rabbit, Run – John Updike
  • Chocky – John Wyndham
  • The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
  • Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
  • What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe
  • Labyrinths – Jorg Luis Borges
  • Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado
  • Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
  • The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago
  • The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago
  • The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad
  • The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
  • Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
  • Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  • The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth
  • Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates
  • Marya – Joyce Carol Oates
  • Them – Joyce Carol Oates
  • Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes
  • The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq
  • Wild Swans – Jung Chang
  • The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus
  • The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield
  • Blood and Guts in High School – Kathy Acker
  • The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse
  • Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  • Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring – Kenzaburo Oe
  • The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis
  • The Green Man – Kingsley Amis
  • Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
  • Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Slaughterhouse-five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley
  • The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai
  • Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel
  • Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee
  • Justine – Lawrence Durrell
  • Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin
  • A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  • Like Life – Lorrie Moore
  • Anagrams – Lorrie Moore
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
  • Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres
  • Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline
  • One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello
  • The End of the Story – Lydia Davis
  • Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev
  • Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry
  • Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
  • Fantômas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
  • Manon des Sources – Marcel Pagnol
  • Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust
  • Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
  • The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
  • Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Surfacing – Margaret Atwood
  • The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble
  • Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  • The Lover – Marguerite Duras
  • The Vice-Consul – Marguerite Duras
  • The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein – Marguerite Duras
  • Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • Indigo – Marina Warner
  • The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  • The Cubs and Other Stories – Mario Vargas Llosa
  • The Information – Martin Amis
  • Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis
  • London Fields – Martin Amis
  • Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis
  • Dead Babies – Martin Amis
  • Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot
  • Homo Faber – Max Frisch
  • I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch
  • The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky
  • Mother – Maxim Gorky
  • Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  • Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
  • Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
  • The Green Hat – Michael Arlen
  • The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  • A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
  • Dispatches – Michael Herr
  • The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  • The Ogre – Michael Tournier
  • Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq
  • Whatever – Michel Houellebecq
  • The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera
  • The Joke – Milan Kundera
  • Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavić
  • The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
  • The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  • Memento Mori – Muriel Spark
  • July’s People – Nadine Gordimer
  • Burger’s Daughter – Nadine Gordimer
  • Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford
  • The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford
  • Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West
  • Kokoro – Natsume Soseki
  • Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
  • Passing Nella – Larsen
  • Quicksand – Nella Larsen
  • The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren
  • A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  • Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg
  • Matigari – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  • The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzákis
  • The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz
  • Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
  • Typical – Padgett Powell
  • The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra
  • Land – Park Kyong-ni
  • Another World – Pat Barker
  • The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
  • Regeneration – Pat Barker
  • Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
  • Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton
  • The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe
  • The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind
  • Perfume – Patrick Süskind
  • Voss – Patrick White
  • The Living and the Dead – Patrick White
  • Timbuktu – Paul Auster
  • Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster
  • The Music of Chance – Paul Auster
  • Moon Palace – Paul Auster
  • The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
  • Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico
  • The Story of O – Pauline Réage
  • Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
  • The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd
  • Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd
  • Jack Maggs – Peter Carey
  • Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
  • The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke
  • The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke
  • Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke
  • Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
  • American Pastoral – Philip Roth
  • Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth
  • Operation Shylock – Philip Roth
  • The Breast – Philip Roth
  • Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  • The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini
  • The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi
  • If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi
  • If This Is a Man – Primo Levi
  • The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall
  • Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
  • The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
  • Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler
  • The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  • Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau
  • The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet
  • Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel
  • Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel
  • The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West
  • The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West
  • Harriet Hume – Rebecca West
  • The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West
  • Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan
  • In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan
  • Native Son – Richard Wright
  • The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  • Pricksongs and Descants – Robert Coover
  • Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
  • The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
  • Young Törless – Robert Musil
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell
  • A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  • Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary
  • The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary
  • Kim – Rudyard Kipling
  • Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks
  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie
  • The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
  • The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  • Shame – Salman Rushdie
  • Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  • Grimus – Salman Rushdie
  • The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon
  • Worstward Ho – Samuel Beckett
  • Mercier et Camier – Samuel Beckett
  • How It Is – Samuel Beckett
  • The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett
  • Watt – Samuel Beckett
  • Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett
  • Molloy – Samuel Beckett
  • Murphy – Samuel Beckett
  • Embers – Sandor Marai
  • Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
  • Humboldt’s Gift – Saul Bellow
  • Herzog – Saul Bellow
  • Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow
  • Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
  • The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
  • The Victim – Saul Bellow
  • Dangling Man – Saul Bellow
  • Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  • The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz
  • The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk
  • Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis
  • Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakuli?
  • Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
  • Amok – Stefan Zweig
  • Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  • The Shining – Stephen King
  • A Day Off – Storm Jameson
  • The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  • Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvie Townsend Warner
  • World’s End – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • The Once and Future King – T.H. White
  • Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
  • Extinction – Thomas Bernhard
  • Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard
  • Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard
  • Concrete – Thomas Bernhard
  • Yes – Thomas Bernhard
  • Correction – Thomas Bernhard
  • Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally
  • Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann
  • The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
  • Death in Venice – Thomas Mann
  • Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann
  • Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  • Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
  • Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
  • The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
  • V. – Thomas Pynchon
  • Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
  • The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  • Jazz – Toni Morrison
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
  • Sula – Toni Morrison
  • The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
  • The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
  • In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  • Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  • The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  • The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  • Jahrestage – Uwe Johnson
  • The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm
  • Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul
  • A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul
  • In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul
  • Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
  • The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin
  • The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin
  • The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge
  • A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  • Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf
  • The Years – Virginia Woolf
  • The Waves – Virginia Woolf
  • Orlando – Virginia Woolf
  • To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  • Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  • Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf
  • Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
  • The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf
  • Ada – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham
  • The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald
  • The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald
  • Vertigo – W.G. Sebald
  • Great Apes – Will Self
  • The Professor’s House – Willa Cather
  • Queer – William Burroughs
  • The Wild Boys – William Burroughs
  • Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
  • Junkie – William Burroughs
  • Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
  • The Hamlet – William Faulkner
  • Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
  • The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  • The Recognitions – William Gaddis
  • Neuromancer – William Gibson
  • Rites of Passage – William Golding
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson
  • The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle
  • The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle
  • The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham
  • Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham
  • Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor
  • Fools of Fortune – William Trevor
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson
  • Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis
  • The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis
  • The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis
  • The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis
  • Tarr – Wyndham Lewis
  • We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

2000s

  • An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma
  • Thursbitch – Alan Garner
  • Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon
  • Unless – Carol Shields
  • Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Master – Colm Tóibín
  • Islands – Dan Sleigh
  • Vanishing Point – David Markson
  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  • Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace
  • The Body Artist – Don DeLillo
  • City of God – E.L. Doctorow
  • In the Forest – Edna O’Brien
  • Pastoralia George Saunders
  • The Light of Day – Graham Swift
  • Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi
  • Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  • After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
  • Schooling – Heather McGowan
  • Dead Air – Iain Banks
  • Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
  • London Orbital – Iain Sinclair
  • Saturday – Ian McEwan
  • Atonement – Ian McEwan
  • Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare
  • Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
  • Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
  • Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee
  • Youth – J.M. Coetzee
  • At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill
  • Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Sea – John Banville
  • Shroud – John Banville
  • That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern
  • The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
  • Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Double – José Saramago
  • Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  • The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
  • Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini
  • The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  • House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Platform – Michael Houellebecq
  • Under the Skin – Michel Faber
  • Ignorance – Milan Kundera
  • The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
  • The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
  • The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
  • Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy
  • Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
  • The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  • The Human Stain – Philip Roth
  • Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
  • The Colour – Rose Tremain
  • Fury – Salman Rushdie
  • Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  • Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande
  • What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
  • Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
  • How the Dead Live – Will Self
  • The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  • White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  • The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
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