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100 Must-Read Classics According to Penguin

Everyone loves a classic novel, but where to start? From Jane Austen to Charles Dickens, Toni Morrison to Fyodor Dostoevsky, the fiction canon is so vast you can easily get lost in it.. So we asked our readers to tell us about their favourite classic books. The resulting list of must-reads is a perfect way to find inspiration to start your classics adventure. There's something for everyone, from family sagas and dystopian fiction to romances and historical fiction. These are your recommendations (not in any particular order):
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Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
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In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
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Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)
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Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
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Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
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The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
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The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
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Persuasion (Jane Austen)
Persuasion (Jane Austen)
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Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
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Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
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To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
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The Death of the Heart (Elizabeth Bowen)
The Death of the Heart (Elizabeth Bowen)
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Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
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The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
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The Go-Between (L.P. Hartley)
The Go-Between (L.P. Hartley)
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The Iliad (Homer)
The Iliad (Homer)
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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The Code of the Woosters (P.G. Wodehouse)
The Code of the Woosters (P.G. Wodehouse)
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Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Dracula (Bram Stoker)
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The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
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The Chrysalids (John Wyndham)
The Chrysalids (John Wyndham)
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War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy, Trans. Anthony Briggs)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy, Trans. Anthony Briggs)
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Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
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Another Country (James Baldwin)
Another Country (James Baldwin)
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Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
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The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
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Middlemarch (George Eliot)
Middlemarch (George Eliot)
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Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
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Tess of the D'urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
Tess of the D'urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
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Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray)
Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray)
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Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
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