My Top 100 novels: the list in full

Actually it’s 101, because I realised towards the end I’d left something out.

101. Excellent Women, Barbara Pym

100. Bel Ami, Guy de Maupassant

99. Naked Lunch, William Burroughs

98. Cold Snap, Francis King

97. One Day, David Nicholls

96. Enigma, Robert Harris

95. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel

94. How Far Can You Go?, David Lodge

93. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks

92. Song of the Loon, Richard Amory

91. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres

90. Mockingbird, Walter Tevis

89. Peyton Place, Grace Metalious

88. Now and Then, William Corlett

87. The King Must Die, Mary Renault

86. Candy, Terry Southern

85. A rebours, J-K Huysmans

84. La religieuse, Denis Diderot

83. Narziss and Goldmund, Hermann Hesse

82. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

81. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

80. Mr Norris Changes Trains, Christopher Isherwood

79. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

78. Titus Groan, Mervyn Peake

76. The Third Policeman, Flann O’Brien

75. The Flower Beneath the Foot, Ronald Firbank

74. Trilby, George du Maurier

73. Notre Dame des Fleurs, Jean Genet

72. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

71. Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters

70. City of Spades, Colin MacInnes

69. Confessions of a Justified Sinner, James Hogg

68. The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler

67. Anglo-Saxon Attitudes, Angus Wilson

66. What a Carve Up!, Jonathan Coe

65. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

64. London Belongs to Me, Norman Collins

63. Villette, Charlotte Bronte

62. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

61. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

60. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

59. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein

58. Les liaisons dangereuses, Choderlos de Laclos

57. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

56. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis

55. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

54. Thank You, Jeeves, PG Wodehouse

53. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

52. The Wapshot Chronicle, John Cheever

51. A View of the Harbour, Elizabeth Taylor

50. Finn Family Moomintroll, Tove Jansson

49. I, Claudius, Robert Graves

48. At Swim Two Boys, Jamie O’Neill

47. Candide, Voltaire

46. The Stranger’s Child, Alan Hollinghurst

45. The House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne

44. Brighton Rock, Graham Greene

43. Parents Worry, Gerard Reve

42. Hangover Square, Patrick Hamilton

41. The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle

40. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne

39. The Good Companions, JB Priestley

38. La Dame aux Camélias, Alexandre Dumas

37. City of Night, John Rechy

36. New Grub Street, George Gissing

35. Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson

34. The Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann

33. The War of the Worlds, HG Wells

32. My Antonia, Willa Cather

31. Nana, Emile Zola

30. The Body in the Library, Agatha Christie

29. The Diary of a Nobody, George and Weedon Grossmith

27. Augustus Carp, by ‘Himself’ (Henry Howarth Bashford)

28. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

27. The Go-Between, LP Hartley

26. The Man of Property, John Galsworthy

25. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins

24. The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot

23. Good Morning, Midnight, Jean Rhys

22. Vanity Fair, William Thackeray

21. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

20. Dracula, Bram Stoker

19. Manon Lescaut, Abbé Prévost

18. The Old Wives’ Tale, Arnold Bennet

17. The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy

16. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

15. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

14. The Silver Chair, CS Lewis

13. Myra Breckinridge, Gore Vidal

12. A Room with a View, EM Forster

11. Barchester Towers, Anthony Trollope

10. Little Me, Patrick Dennis

9. Earthly Powers, Anthony Burgess

8. Salem’s Lot, Stephen King

7. Cakes and Ale, W Somerset Maugham

6. Le Père Goriot, Honoré de Balzac

5. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

4. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Anita Loos

3. Queen Lucia, EF Benson

2. Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh

1. Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens

 

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