Yonda? The Top 21 Novels of All Time

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Yonda?

In 2003, the BBC invited viewers to vote for their favourite novel of all time. The top 21 books based on all votes that were submitted throughout the Big Read TV series are listed below.

        

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

5. Harry Potter, JK Rowling

6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

7. Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller

12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks

14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres

20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

The Nagoya International Center Library has ALL of these books available (and many, many, more) to loan out. Apparently, the average British adult has read just 6 of the top 100 books in the BBC survey. Can you do any better?