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"To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves."

—Claude Adrien Helvetius (1715-71) French philosopher, encyclopedias

 

Lists of Bests - BBC's "The Big Read" - Top 100 Books



The Lord of the Rings 
   
    1
    by J.R.R. Tolkien


Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) 
   
    2
    by Jane Austen


His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass) 
   
    3
    by Philip Pullman


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 
   
    4
    by Douglas Adams


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 
   
    5
    *
    by J. K. Rowling


To Kill a Mockingbird 
   
    6
    by Harper Lee


Winnie-the-Pooh 
   
    7
    by A. A. Milne


Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics) 
   
    8
    by George Orwell


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Full-Color Collector's Edition) 
   
    9
    by C. S. Lewis


Jane Eyre (Signet Classics) 
   
    10
    by Charlotte Brontë


Catch-22 
   
    11
    by Joseph Heller


Wuthering Heights (Norton Critical Editions) 
   
    12
    by Emily Brontë


Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War 
   
    13
    by Sebastian Faulks


Rebecca (Longman Fiction Series) 
   
    14
    *
    by Daphne du Maurier


The Catcher in the Rye 
   
    15
    by J. D. Salinger
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