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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
I'm not well read.

1984, george orwell
the alchemist, paulo coelho
alice's adventures in wonderland
animal farm, george orwell

anna karenina, leo tolstoy
anne of green gables, lm montgomery
artemis fowl, eoin colfer
the bfg, roald dahl
birdsong, sebastian faulks
black beauty, anna sewell
bleak house, charles dickens
brave new world, aldous huxley
brideshead revisited, evelyn waugh
bridget jones's diary, helen fielding
captain corelli's mandolin, louis de bernieres
catch 22, joseph heller
the catcher in the rye, jd salinger
charlie and the chocolate factory, roald dahl
a christmas carol, charles dickens
the clan of the cave bear, jean m auel.
cold comfort farm, stella gibbons
the colour of magic, terry pratchett
the count of monte cristo, alexandre dumas
crime and punishment, fyodor dostoyevsky
david copperfield, charles dickens
double act, jacqueline wilson
dune, frank herbert
emma, jane austen
far from the madding crowd, thomas hardy
girls in love, jacqueline wilson
the god of small things, arundhati roy
the godfather, mario puzo
gone with the wind, margaret mitchell
good omens, terry pratchett and neil gaiman
goodnight mister tom, michelle magorian
gormenghast, mervyn peake
the grapes of wrath, john steinbeck
great expectations, charles dickens
the great gatsby, f scott fitzgerald.
guards! guards!, terry pratchett
harry potter and the chamber of secrets, jk rowling
harry potter and the goblet of fire, jk rowling
harry potter and the philosopher's stone, jk rowling
harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban, jk rowling
his dark materials trilogy, philip pullman
the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, douglas adams
the hobbit, jrr tolkien

holes, louis sachar
i capture the castle, dodie smith
jane eyre, charlotte bronte
kane and abel, jeffrey archer
katherine, anya seton
the lion, the witch and the wardrobe, cs lewis
little women, louisa may alcott
lord of the flies, william golding
the lord of the rings, jrr tolkien

love in the time of cholera, gabriel garcia marquez
the magic faraway tree, enid blyton.
magician, raymond e feist

the magus, john fowles
matilda, roald dahl
memoirs of a geisha, arthur golden
middlemarch, george eliot
midnight's children, salman rushdie
mort, terry pratchett
night watch, terry pratchett
noughts and crosses, malorie blackman
of mice and men, john steinbeck
on the road, jack kerouac
one hundred years of solitude, gabriel garcia marquez
perfume, patrick suskind
persuasion, jane austen
the pillars of the earth, ken follett
a prayer for owen meany, john irving
pride and prejudice, jane austen
the princess diaries, meg cabot
the ragged trousered philanthropists, robert tressell
rebecca, daphne du maurier
the secret garden, frances hodgson burnett
the secret history, donna tartt
the shell seekers, rosamunde pilcher
the stand, stephen king
the story of tracy beaker, jacqueline wilson
a suitable boy, vikram seth
swallows and amazons, arthur ransome
a tale of two cities, charles dickens
tess of the d'urbervilles, thomas hardy
the thorn birds, colleen mccollough
to kill a mockingbird, harper lee
a town like alice, nevil shute
treasure island, robert louis stevenson
the twits, roald dahl
ulysses, james joyce
vicky angel, jacqueline wilson
war and peace, leo tolstoy
watership down, richard adams
the wind in the willows, kenneth grahame
winnie-the-pooh, aa milne

the woman in white, wilkie collins
wuthering heights, emily bronte

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westernind From: westernind Date: May 20th, 2003 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Jeffrey Archer? good grief.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 20th, 2003 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Why bother reading the book when you've seen the mini-series?

If it was "What literature have you seen destroyed on screen?" then a whole lot more would be marked.
fluffyvix From: fluffyvix Date: May 20th, 2003 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the point of this list is being missed by many as these are in fact the "best loved" books not just the best. I don't think it means you're any more or less learned just because you haven't read all these books. I would imagine that a few of these books would have been studied when at school/college/uni and have perhaps remained chilhood favourites and books you would read/give to your children.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 20th, 2003 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah - there were a couple of authors where I'd have suggested other works - and there's no accounting for taste. Tbh I'd worry if I was a generic identikit BBC Book Lover...
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 20th, 2003 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)


I still think with a lot of these polls there is a case of "If you have ten examples, those examples are going to feature heavily in the results". In a kinda similar vein to what you're saying.
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: May 20th, 2003 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you might like Clan of the Cave Bear. Other than that, I doubt I've even read as many off that list as you, and you've seen our library! It's not small. mimeticgel liked His Dark Materials but won't read Potter; I've read all the Potters several times but don't fancy HDM, would you recommend it?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 20th, 2003 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)


It was ok - I rated them better than quondam did, but I was a bit spolit having fallen in love with the Radio 4 version before I read the books.
quondam From: quondam Date: May 20th, 2003 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish I liked them, but I just don't! Love Potter though. There are lots in the list that I've only read cos we did them at school...
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: May 21st, 2003 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
There are some in that list that I know Alex has read that I haven't - anything by Jacqueline Wilson for a start. They are not what I would call well-written, grammatically, judging by the passages she has read out to me for Reading Focus homework.
winterdrake From: winterdrake Date: May 20th, 2003 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


I didn't like HDN much either....excellent ideas, but somehow not attractive writing.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 21st, 2003 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)


When it comes to books and films (and indeed LRP) I find that a lot of the time it is the ideas rather than the execution which appeal to me.

There have been a number of cases where "Cool idea" has far outweighed "badly executed" and I've enjoyed things which others can't bear.
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