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BBC List of 100 Most Inspiring Novels

On 5 November 2019, the BBC published a list of novels selected by a panel of six writers and critics, who had been asked to choose 100 English language novels "that have had an impact on their lives". The resulting list of "100 novels that shaped our world", called the "100 'most inspiring' novels" by BBC News, was published by the BBC to kick off a year of celebrating literature.
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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 (Anne Michaels)
Fugitive Pieces (Anne Michaels)
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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)
8
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)
10
White Teeth
White Teeth
11
Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
12
Forever
Forever
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Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
14
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
15
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
18
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)
21
City of Bohane (Kevin Barry)
City of Bohane (Kevin Barry)
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Eye of the Needle (Ken Follett)
Eye of the Needle (Ken Follett)
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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 Trilogy (Philip Pullman)
His Dark Materials Trilogy (Philip Pullman)
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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)
29
Jack Aubrey Novels (Patrick O'Brian)
Jack Aubrey Novels (Patrick O'Brian)
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The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R.Tolkien)
The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R.Tolkien)
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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)
33
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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The Discworld Series
The Discworld Series
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The Earthsea Trilogy
The Earthsea Trilogy
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The Sandman
The Sandman
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Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
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