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The BBC's 100 Most Inspiring Novels

In 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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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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American Tabloid (James Ellroy)
American Tabloid (James Ellroy)
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American War (Omar El Akkad)
American War (Omar El Akkad)
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Astonishing the Gods (Ben Okri)
Astonishing the Gods (Ben Okri)
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Ballet Shoes (Noel Streatfeild)
Ballet Shoes (Noel Streatfeild)
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Bartleby the Scrivener (Herman Melville)
Bartleby the Scrivener (Herman Melville)
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The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
Bridget Jones's Diary (Helen Fielding)
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Cannery Row (John Steinbeck, 1945)
Cannery Row (John Steinbeck, 1945)
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The Children of Men (P.D. James)
The Children of Men (P.D. James)
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The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
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City of Bohane (Kevin Barry)
City of Bohane (Kevin Barry)
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Cloudstreet (1991) (Tim Winton)
Cloudstreet (1991) (Tim Winton)
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Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons)
Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons)
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The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
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The Country Girls (Edna O'Brien)
The Country Girls (Edna O'Brien)
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Days Without End (Sebastian Barry)
Days Without End (Sebastian Barry)
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The Discworld Series (Terry Pratchett)
The Discworld Series (Terry Pratchett)
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Disgrace (J. M. Coetzee)
Disgrace (J. M. Coetzee)
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Dune (Frank Herbert)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
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The Earthsea Cycle (Ursula K. Le Guin)
The Earthsea Cycle (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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Emily of New Moon (L.M. Montgomery)
Emily of New Moon (L.M. Montgomery)
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Eye of the Needle (Ken Follett)
Eye of the Needle (Ken Follett)
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The Far Pavillions (M M Kaye)
The Far Pavillions (M M Kaye)
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For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemingway, Ernest)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemingway, Ernest)
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Forever... (Judy Blume)
Forever... (Judy Blume)
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The Forty Rules of Love (Elif Shafak)
The Forty Rules of Love (Elif Shafak)
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Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
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Fugitive Pieces (Anne Michaels)
Fugitive Pieces (Anne Michaels)
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A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
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Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
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Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
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The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
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Golden Child (Claire Adam)
Golden Child (Claire Adam)
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Habibi (Craig Thompson)
Habibi (Craig Thompson)
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Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
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