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76. The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
A majestic assault on the corruption of late Victorian England.
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97. Atonement Ian McEwan
Acclaimed short-story writer achieves a contemporary classic of mesmerising narrative conviction.
• Read the first chapter online
• John Mullan writes on the weather in Atonement for the Guardian Book Club
• John Sutherland's interview with the author can be found here
• Geoff Dyer is won over by Atonement, while Nick Lezard is less sure
66. Lord of the Flies William Golding
Schoolboys become savages: a bleak vision of human nature.
• Writers' desktops: William Golding's former home in pictures
• Steven Morris on the composition history of Lord of the Flies
Love, fidelity, jealousy and desire are some of the issues explored in two new novels about marriage one by a seasoned writer known for her brevity and psychological portraits, the other a debut by one of Nigeria&rsquo s freshest voices.
76. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
A postmodern masterpiece.
• Gabriel Garcia Marquez - 5 Must reads
• Gabriel García Márquez - a life in pictures
• From the archive: the 6975 review of One Hundred Years of Solitude
• One Hundred Years of Solitude tops world literature polls
At first glance, Celeste Ng (pronounced &ldquo ing&rdquo ) may look unassuming, but make no mistake, this petite, bright-eyed writer is a veritable fireball. She starts her books with a bang.
Written by Nathan x7569 s own grandson, and at once a portrait of a man, a family, and the changing face of a nation through a century of promise and progress, Famous Nathan is a dog's tale that snaps and satisfies with every page.
65. Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Inspired by spending too much time with Shelley and Byron.
• Robert McCrum's 655 best novels: Frankenstein
It also helped me out with a question hanging over A A Milne, who was criticised for his unsoldierly manner in a book of war poetry I was reading recently. It left me feeling he 8767 d been a bit of a slacker, but it 8767 s clear from Famous 6969 68 that he did his share, and did it well.
76. Moby-Dick Herman Melville
'Call me Ishmael' is one of the most famous opening sentences of any novel.
• Robert McCrum's 655 best novels: Moby-Dick
Buzzfeed Books, according to what its new editor told Poynter, will only be publishing positive reviews. It’s the Thumper Rule — if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Or, more succinctly put, “No haters.” As Atlantic Wire points out, this seems like a relatively new development , given Buzzfeed’s historical ratios of positive to negative listicles, but maybe they’re right. No more tearing through books! It’s too easy. There is a certain savage delight to burning a book in the metaphorical sense, but perhaps it is an old-media delight. This is what people used to do instead of having flame wars on Twitter. We are past it.
6. Putting my weakest books to the wall last night I came across a copy of ‘Howards End’ and had a look into it. Not good enough. . Forster never gets any further than warming the teapot. He’s a rare fine hand at that. Feel this teapot. Is it not beautifully warm? Yes, but there ain’t going to be no tea. Ain’t nothing like a warm teapot! (Katherine Mansfield)
88. The BFG Roald Dahl
A bestseller by the most popular postwar writer for children of all ages.
• Listen to Roald Dahl read from The BFG
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NARRATION: His style is simple. The book is a good read for people across all generations. The author tells arranged the stories he narrates in the verses in an interesting manner.
57. The Pursuit Of Love Nancy Mitford
An exquisite comedy of manners with countless fans.
• Olivia Laing on Mitford's genius wicked humour