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Independent's 40 Best Books to Read Before You Die

Losing yourself in a great novel is one of life's joys. Here Independent's critics Ceri Radford and Chris Harvey pick the books you need to read.
Source: independent.co.uk · Added by Crybaby21sg
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Avg. score: 14 of 40 (35%)
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Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
2
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾
3
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
4
Tess of the D'urbervilles
5
Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
6
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
7
1984 (George Orwell)
8
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
9
The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
10
Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)
11
The Code of the Woosters (Wodehouse)
12
Frankenstein
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13
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
14
Midnight's Children
15
Jane Eyre
16
Middlemarch
17
Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
18
The Secret History
19
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
20
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
21
Dune
22
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
23
Wuthering Heights
24
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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25
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
26
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
27
Lolita
28
Dracula
29
Heart of Darkness
30
The Big Sleep
31
The Catcher in the Rye
32
Vanity Fair
33
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
34
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
35
Anna Karenina
36
Dangerous Liaisons
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37
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
38
One Hundred Years of Solitude
39
Rebecca
40
The Leopard
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