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BBC Art's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World

Stories have the power to change us. We asked a panel of leading writers, curators and critics to choose 100 genre-busting novels that have had an impact on their lives, and this is the result. These English language novels, written over the last 300 years, range from children's classics to popular page-turners. Organised into themes, they reflect the ways books help shape and influence our thinking.
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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Days Without End (Sebastian Barry)
Days Without End (Sebastian Barry)
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Fugitive Pieces
Fugitive Pieces
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Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
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Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi)
Homegoing (Yaa Gyasi)
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Small Island (Andrea Levy)
Small Island (Andrea Levy)
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The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
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The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
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Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
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White Teeth
White Teeth
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Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
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Forever
Forever
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13
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
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Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
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Riders (Jilly Cooper)
Riders (Jilly Cooper)
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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The Far Pavilions
The Far Pavilions
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The Forty Rules of Love (Elif Shafak)
The Forty Rules of Love (Elif Shafak)
19
The Passion
The Passion
20
The Slaves of Solitude (Patrick Hamilton)
The Slaves of Solitude (Patrick Hamilton)
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City of Bohane (Kevin Barry)
City of Bohane (Kevin Barry)
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Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle
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For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
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His Dark Materials Series
His Dark Materials Series
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25
Ivanhoe
Ivanhoe
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Mr Standfast (John Buchan)
Mr Standfast (John Buchan)
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The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep
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The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
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Aubrey–Maturin Series
Aubrey–Maturin Series
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Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Jrr Tolkein)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Jrr Tolkein)
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A Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones
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Astonishing the Gods (Ben Okri)
Astonishing the Gods (Ben Okri)
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Dune
Dune
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Frankenstein
Frankenstein
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Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
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The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia
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37
The Discworld Series
The Discworld Series
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The Earthsea Trilogy
The Earthsea Trilogy
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The Sandman Series
The Sandman Series
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The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
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