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The 777 Greatest Novels of All Time

This selection of works is based on the continuing research carried out for The Greatest Literature of All Time list with additional research into sources concerning novels.

Critics often disagree over what constitutes a novel. For this list, a novel is held to be a fictional prose work of at least forty thousand words, though this is a rule of thumb more than a strict definition. It also includes early works that have sometimes been considered to precede novels and are called "prose narratives" or "romances".

The Greatest Novels of All Time list comprises only single novels. Novel series, such as trilogies, have their own separate list.

Latest update: June 11, 2024

c.50 CE
Callirhoe
by Chariton, Greece
Novel
c.60–70
Satyricon
by Arbiter Petronius, Rome
Novel
c.150
Daphne and Chloe
by Longus, Greece
Novel
 
The Golden Ass
by Lucius Apuleius, Humidia
Novel
c.1020
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The Tale of Genji
Novel
c.1200
The Prose Edda
by Snorri Sturlson, Iceland
Novel
c.1220
The Tale of the Heike
by Anonymous, Japan
Novel
c.1360–1400
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
by Luo Guanzhong, China
Novel
c.1360–1589
Water Margin
by Shi Nai'an, Luo Guanzhong, China
Novel
1485
Le Morte d'Arthur
by Thomas Malory, England
Novel
1499
La Celestina
by Fernando de Rojas, Spain
Novel

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1532
Pantagruel
by Francois Rabelais, France
Novel
1534
Gargantua
by Francois Rabelais, France
Novel
1580–1581
Arcadia
by Philip Sidney, England
Novel
c.1590
The Golden Lotus
by Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng, China
Novel
1592
Journey to the West
by Wu Cheng'en, China
Novel
1594
The Unfortunate Traveller
by Thomas Nashe, England
Novel
1605
Investiture of the Gods
by Xu Zhonglin, China
Novel
1605–1615
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Don Quixote
Novel
1688
Simplicius Simplicissimus
by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, Germany
Novel
1678
The Pilgrim's Progress
by John Bunyan, England
Novel

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1719
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Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe, England
Novel
1719–1720
Love in Excess
by Eliza Haywood, England
Novel
1722
Moll Flanders
by Daniel Defoe, England
Novel
1726
Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift, Ireland
Novel
1731
Manon Lescant
by Antoine François Prévost, France
Novel
1740
Pamela
by Samuel Richardson, England
Novel
1742
Joseph Andrews
by Henry Fielding, England
Novel
1748
Clarissa
by Samuel Richardson, England
Novel
1749
Tom Jones
by Henry Fielding, England
Novel
1750
The Scholars
by Wu Jingzi , China
Novel
1751
The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle
by Tobias Smollett, England
Novel
1752
The Female Quixote
by Charlotte Lennox, Scotland
Novel
1759–1767
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Tristram Shandy
by Laurence Sterne, England
Novel
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
1761
Julie; or, The New Heloise
by Jean Jacques Rousseau, England
Novel
1766
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The Vicar of Wakefield
by Oliver Goldsmith, England
Novel
1771
Humphrey Clinker
by Tobias Smollett, England
Novel
1774
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The Sorrows of Young Werther
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany
Novel
1778
Evelina
by Fanny Burney, England
Novel
1782
Dangerous Liaisons
by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, France
Novel
1785
120 Days of Sodom
by Marquis de Sade, France
Novel
1791
Justine
by Marquis de Sade, France
Novel
1791–1792
The Dream of the Red Chamber
by Cao Zhan, China
Novel
1792
The Nun
by Denis Diderot, France
Novel
1794
The Mysteries of Udolpho
by Ann Radcliffe, England
Novel
1795–1796
William Meister's Apprenticeship
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany
Novel
1796
Camilla
by Fanny Burney, England
Novel
 
The Monk
by Matthew Lewis, England
Novel
 
Jacques the Fatalist and His Master
by Denis Diderot, France
Novel
1797–1799
Hyperion
by Friedrich Holderlin, Germany
Novel

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1807
Corinne
by Germaine de Staël, France
Novel
1809
Elective Affinities
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany
Novel
1811
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Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen, England
Novel
1812
Swiss Family Robinson
by Johann David Wyss, Switzer.
Novel
1813
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Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen, England
Novel
1814
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Mansfield Park
by Jane Austen, England
Novel
 
Waverley
by Walter Scott, Scotland
Novel
1815
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Emma
by Jane Austen, England
Novel
1816
Adolphe
by Benjamin Constant, Switzerland
Novel
1817
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Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen, England
Novel
 
Persuasion
by Jane Austen, England
Novel
 
Rob Roy
by Walter Scott, Scotland
Novel
1818
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Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley, England
Novel also known as Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus
1819
Ivanhoe
by Walter Scott, Scotland
Novel
1819–1821
The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr
by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Germany
Novel
1820
Melmoth the Wanderer
by Charles Maturin, Ireland
Novel
1826
The Last of the Mohicans
by James Fenimore Cooper, United States
Novel
1827
Flowers in a Mirror
by Li Ruzhen, China
Novel
1827–1842
The Betrothed
by Alessandro Manzoni, Italy
Novel
1831
The Red and the Black
by Stendhal, France
Novel
 
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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
by Victor-Marie Hugo, France
Novel also known as Notre-Dame de Paris
1833
Eugénie Grandet
by Honoré de Balzac, France
Novel
1834
Old Goriot
by Honore de Balzac, France
Novel
 
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The Last Days of Pompeii
Novel
1836
The Captain's Daughter
by Alexander Pushkin, Russia
Novel
1837–1843
Lost Illusions
by Honoré de Balzac, France
Novel
1838
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Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens, England
Novel
1839
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Nicholas Nickleby
by Charles Dickens, England
Novel
 
The Charterhouse of Parma
by Stendhal, France
Novel
1840
A Hero of Our Time
by Mikhail Lermontov, Russia
Novel
1841
The Deerslayer
by James Fenimore Cooper, United States
Novel
1842
Dead Souls
by Nikolai Gogol, Ukraine
Novel
1843–1847
A Harlot High and Low
by Honoré de Balzac, France
Novel
1844
The Luck of Barry Lyndon
by William Makepeace Thackeray, England
Novel
 
The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas, France
Novel
1844–1846
The Count of Monte-Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas, France
Novel
1846
Cousin Bette
by Honoré de Balzac, France
Novel
 
The Devil's Pool
by George Sand, France
Novel
1847
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Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë, England
Novel
 
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Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë, England
Novel
1848
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
by Anne Brontë, England
Novel
 
Vanity Fair
by William Makepeace Thackeray, England
Novel
1850
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David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens, England
Novel
 
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The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, United States
Novel
1851
Moby Dick
by Herman Melville, United States
Novel
 
The House of Seven Gables
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, United States
Novel
1852
Uncle Tom's Cabin
by Harriet Beecher Stowe, United States
Novel
1853
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Villette
by Charlotte Brontë, England
Novel
 
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Bleak House
by Charles Dickens, England
Novel
 
Cranford
by Elizabeth Gaskell, England
Novel
1854
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Hard Times
by Charles Dickens, England
Novel
1855
North and South
by Elizabeth Gaskell, England
Novel
 
The Warden
by Anthony Trollope, England
Novel
1857
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Madame Bovary
by Gustave Flaubert, France
Novel
 
Barchester Towers
by Anthony Trollope, England
Novel
 
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Little Dorrit
by Charles Dickens, England
Novel
1859
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A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens, England
Novel
 
The Virginians
by William Makepeace Thackeray, England
Novel
 
Oblomov
by Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov, Russia
Novel
 
Home of the Gentry
by Ivan Turgenev, Russia
Novel
1860
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The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins, England
Novel
 
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by George Eliot, England
Novel
 
Max Havelaar
by Multatuli, Holland
Novel
1861
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Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens, England
Novel
 
Silas Marner
by George Eliot, England
Novel
1862
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Les Misérables
by Victor-Marie Hugo, France
Novel
 
Fathers and Sons
by Ivan Turgenev, Russia
Novel
1863
Romola
by George Eliot, England
Novel
1864
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A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
by Jules Verne, France
Novel
1865
Our Mutual Friend
by Charles Dickens, England
Novel
1865–1869
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War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy, Russia
Novel
1866
Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russia
Novel
1868
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The Moonstone
by Wilkie Collins, England
Novel
 
Therese Raquin
by Émile Zola, France
Novel
1868–1869
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Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott, United States
Novel
1869
Lorna Doone
by Richard Blackmore, England
Novel
 
Phineas Finn
by Anthony Trollope, England
Novel
 
A Sentimental Education
by Gustave Flaubert, France
Novel
1870
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne, France
Novel
&1872;
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Erewhon
by Samuel Butler, England
Novel
 
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Middlemarch
by George Eliot, England
Novel
 
The Possessed
by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russia
Novel
1873
Around the World in Eighty Days
by Jules Verne, France
Novel
1874
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Far from the Madding Crowd
by Thomas Hardy, England
Novel
 
The Idiot
by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russia
Novel
 
Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy, Russia
Novel
1875
The Way We Live Now
by Anthony Trollope, England
Novel
1876
Daniel Deronda
by George Eliot, England
Novel
 
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain, United States
Novel
1877
Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell, England
Novel
 
The Drunkard
by Émile Zola, France
Novel
1879
The Red Room
by August Strindberg, Sweden
Novel
1880
Nana
by Émile Zola, France
Novel
 
The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russia
Novel
 
Ben-Hur
by Lew Wallace, United States
Novel
1881
The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cuba
by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazil
Novel
 
Bouvard and Pécuchet
by Gustave Flaubert, France
Novel
 
The House by the Medlar Tree
by Giovanni Verga, Italy
Novel
 
The Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James, United States
Novel
 
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The Prince and the Pauper
by Mark Twain, United States
Novel
1883
A Woman's Life
by Guy de Maupassant, France
Novel
 
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Treasure Island
Novel
1884
Against Nature
by Joris-Karl Huysmans, France
Novel
1884
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain, United States
Novel
1885
King Solomon's Mines
by H. Rider Haggard, England
Novel
 
Marius the Epicurean
by Walter Pater, England
Novel
 
Bel Ami
by Guy de Maupassant, France
Novel
 
Germinal
by Émile Zola, France
Novel
1886
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The Mayor of Casterbridge
by Thomas Hardy, England
Novel
 
Compassion
by Benito Pérez Galdós, Spain
Novel
 
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Kidnapped
Novel
1887
She
by H. Rider Haggard, England
Novel
1888
A Study in Scarlet
by Arthur Conan Doyle, England
Novel
 
The Maias
by José Maria Eça de Queirós, Japan
Novel
1889
Three Men in a Boat
by Jerome K. Jerome, England
Novel
 
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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
by Mark Twain, United States
Novel
1890
The Beast Within
by Émile Zola, France
Novel
1891
missing graphic
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy, England
Novel
 
News from Nowhere
by William Morris, England
Novel
 
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The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde, Ireland
Novel
1892
The Diary of a Nobody
by George and Weedon Grossmith, England
Novel
1893
The Adventures of Pinocchio
by Carlo Collodi, Italy
Novel
1895
Effi Briest
by Theodor Fontane, Germany
Novel
 
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The Red Badge of Courage
by Stephen Crane, United States
Novel
1896
missing graphic
Jude the Obscure
by Thomas Hardy, England
Novel
 
The Bostonians
by Henry James, England
Novel
 
The Island of Doctor Moreau
by H.G. Wells, England
Novel
1897
Captains Courageous
by Rudyard Kipling, England
Novel
 
The Invisible Man
by H.G. Wells, England
Novel
 
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Dracula
by Bram Stoker, Ireland
Novel
 
Pharaoh
by Boleslaw Prus, Poland
Novel
1898
The War of the Worlds
by H.G. Wells, England
Novel
 
The Stechlin
by Theodor Fontane, Germany
Novel
1899
Hunger
by Knut Hamsun, Norway
Novel
 
The Awakening
by Kate Chopin, United States
Novel
1900
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Lord Jim
by Joseph Conrad, England
Novel
 
Sister Carrie
by Theodore Dreiser, United States
Novel

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1901
My Brilliant Career
by Miles Franklin, Australia
Novel
 
missing graphic
Kim
by Rudyard Kipling, England
Novel
 
missing graphic
Buddenbrooks
by Thomas Mann, Germany
Novel
 
Resurrection
by Leo Tolstoy, Russia
Novel
1902
Rebellion in the Backlands
by Euclides da Cunha, Brazil
Nonfiction novel
 
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The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Arthur Conan Doyle, England
Novel
 
The Wings of the Dove
by Henry James, United States
Novel
1905–1928
A Flower in a Sinful Sea
by Jin Tianhe, Zeng Pu, China
Novel
1903
The Way of All Flesh
by Samuel Butler, England
Novel
 
The Riddle of the Sands
by Erskine Childers, England
Novel
 
The Ambassadors
by Henry James, United States
Novel
1904
Nostromo
by Joseph Conrad, England
Novel
 
The Golden Bowl
by Henry James, United States
Novel
1905
Professor Unrat
by Heinrich Mann, Germany
Novel
 
The House of Mirth
by Edith Wharton, United States
Novel
1906
The Confusions of Young Törless
by Robert Musil, England, Austria
 
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The Man of Property
by John Galsworthy, England
Novel
 
The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair, United States
Novel
1907
The Travels of Lao Can
by Liu E, China
Novel
 
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The Secret Agent
by Joseph Conrad, England
Novel
 
Mother
by Maxim Gorky, Russia
Novel
1908
Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery, Canada
Novel
 
The Old Wives' Tale
by Arnold Bennett, England
Novel
 
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The Man Who Was Thursday
by G.K. Chesterton, England
Novel
 
A Room With a View
by E.M. Forster, England
Novel
 
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame, England
Novel
1910
Howards End
by E.M. Forster, England
Novel
1911
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Under Western Eyes
by Joseph Conrad, England
Novel
1912
Zuleika Dobson
by Max Beerbohm, England
Novel
1913
Sons and Lovers
by D.H. Lawrence, England
Novel
 
Le Grand Meaulnes
by Alain-Fournier, France
Novel
 
Petersburg
by Andrei Bely, Russia
Novel
 
O Pioneers!
by Willa Cather, United States
Novel
1913–1927
In Search of Lost Time
by Marcel Proust, France
Novel in seven volumes, including Swann's Way, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, The Guermantes Way, Time Regained
1914
Locus Solus
by Raymond Rousel, CFrance
Novel
 
The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropist
by Robert Tressell, Ireland
Novel
 
Kokoro
by Sōseki Natsume, Japan
Novel
 
Tarzan of the Apes
by Edgar Rice Burroughs, United States
Novel
1915
The Rainbow
by D.H. Lawrence, England
Novel
 
The Good Soldier
by Ford Maddox Ford, England
Novel
 
Of Human Bondage
by W. Somerset Maughham, England
Novel
 
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The Thirty-Nine Steps
by John Buchan, Scotland
Novel
1916
The Home and the World
by Rabindranath Tagore, Bengal
Novel
 
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Under Fire
by Henri Barbusse, France
Novel
 
The Underdogs
by Mariano Azuela, Mexico
Novel
 
missing graphic
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
by James Joyce, Ireland
Novel
1917
The Charwoman's Daughter
by James Stephens, Ireland
Novel
1918
missing graphic
My Ántonia
by Willa Cather, United States
Novel
1920
The Wreath
by Sigrid Unset, Norway
Novel
 
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Main Street
by Sinclair Lewis, United States
Novel
1920–1923
The Good Soldier Schweik
by Jaroslav Hasek, Czechia
Novel
1921
Women in Love
by D.H. Lawrence, England
Novel
 
The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton, United States
Novel
1922
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Ulysses
by James Joyce, Ireland
Novel
 
The Worm Ouroboros
by E.R. Eddison, England
Novel
 
Babbitt
by Sinclair Lewis, United States
Novel
1923
The Confessions of Zeno
by Italo Svevo, Italy
Novel
 
Chapayev
by Dmitry Furmanov, Russia
Novel
1924
The Magic Mountain
by Thomas Mann, Germany
Novel
 
A Passage to India
by E.M. Forster, England
Novel
 
We
by Yevgeny Zamyatin, Russia
Novel
1925
The Trial
by Franz Kafka, Czech.
Novel
 
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
by Agatha Christie, England
Novel
 
Parade's End
by Ford Maddox Ford, England
Novel
 
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Mrs Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf, England
Novel
 
The Counterfeiters
by André Gide, France
Novel
 
The Professor's House
by Willa Cather, United States
Novel
 
An American Tragedy
by Theodore Dreiser, United States
Novel
 
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The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald, United States
Novel
1926
The Castle
by Franz Kafka, Czechia
Novel
 
Under Satan's Sun
by Georges Bernanos, France
Novel
 
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The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway, United States
Novel
1927
missing graphic
To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf, England
Novel
 
Envy
by Yuri Olesha, Russia
Novel
 
Steppenwolf
by Herman Hesse, Switzerland
Novel
 
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Death Comes for the Archbishop
by Willa Cather, United States
Novel
1928
Lady Chatterley's Lover
by D.H. Lawrence, England
Novel
 
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Point Counter Point
by Aldous Huxley, England
Novel
 
Orlando
by Virginia Woolf, England
Novel
 
Nadja
by André Breton, France
Novel
 
And Quiet Flows the Don
by Mikhail Sholokov, Russia
Novel
 
Quicksand
by Nella Larsen, United States
Novel
1929
A High Wind in Jamaica
by Richard Hughes, England
Novel
 
The Holy Terrors
by Jean Cocteau, France
Novel
 
Berlin Alexanderplatz
by Alfred Döblin, Germany
Novel
 
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All Quiet on the Western Front
Novel
 
The Time of Indifference
by Alberto Moravia, Italy
Novel
 
Some Prefer Nettles
by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, Japan
Novel
 
The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulkner, United States
Novel
 
Red Harvest
by Dashiell Hammett, United States
Novel
 
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A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway, United States
Novel
 
Look Homeward, Angel
by Thomas Wolfe, United States
Novel
1930
The Foundation Pit
by Andrey Platonov, Russia
Novel
 
The 42nd Parallel
by John Dos Passos, United States
Novel
 
As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner, United States
Novel
 
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The Maltese Falcon
by Dashiell Hammett, United States
Novel
1930–1943
The Man Without Qualities
by Robert Musil, Austria
Novel
1931
The Waves
by Virginia Woolf, England
Novel
 
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The Good Earth
by Pearl S. Buck, United States
Novel
 
At the Mountains of Madness
by H.P. Lovecraft, United States
Novel
1932
missing graphic
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley, England
Novel
 
Journey to the End of the Night
by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, France
Novel
 
Viper's Tangle
by Francois Mauriac, France
Novel
 
Tobacco Road
by Erskine Caldwell, United States
Novel
 
Light in August
by William Faulkner, United States
Novel
1933
Man's Fate
by André Malraux, France
Novel
 
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
by Gertrude Stein, United States
Novel
1934
missing graphic
Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie, England
Novel
 
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I, Claudius
by Robert Graves, England
Novel
 
The Nine Tailors
by Dorothy L. Sayers, England
Novel
 
A Handful of Dust
by Evelyn Waugh, England
Novel
 
How the Steel Was Tempered
by Nikolai Ostrovsky, Ukraine
Novel
 
missing graphic
Tender Is the Night
by F. Scott Fitzgerald, United States
Novel
 
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The Thin Man
by Dashiell Hammett, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
Appointment in Samarra
by John O'Hara, United States
Novel
 
Tropic of Cancer
by Henry Miller, United States
Novel
1934–1935
Independent People
by Halldór Laxness, Iceland
Novel
1935
The Tower of Babels
by Elias Canetti, Belgium
Novel
 
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Gaudy Night
by Dorothy L. Sayers, England
Novel
 
Untouchable
by Mulk Raj Anand, India
Novel
 
Call It Sleep
by Henry Roth, United States
Novel
1936
missing graphic
Eyeless in Gaza
by Aldous Huxley, England
Novel
 
Invitation to a Beheading
by Vladimir Nabokov, Russia
Novel
 
Nightwood
by Djuna Barnes, United States
Novel
 
Absalom, Absalom!
by William Faulkner, United States
Novel
 
Gone with the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell, United States
Novel
1937
Rickshaw Boy
by Lao She, China
Novel
 
The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien, England
Novel
 
The Blind Owl
by Sadegh Hedayat, Iran
Novel
 
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston, United States
Novel
1938
Rebecca
by Daphne du Maurier, England
Novel
 
Brighton Rock
by Graham Greene, England
Novel
 
Scoop
by Evelyn Waugh, England
Novel
 
The Years
by Virginia Woolf, England
Novel
 
The Code of the Woosters
by P.G. Wodehouse, England
Novel
 
Nausea
by Jean-Paul Sartre, France
Novel
 
The Death of the Heart
by Elizabeth Bowen, Ireland
Novel
1939
The Mask of Dimitrios
by Eric Ambler, England
Novel
 
missing graphic
And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie, England
Novel
 
missing graphic
Finnegans Wake
by James Joyce, Ireland
Novel
 
At Swim-Two-Birds
by Flann O'Brien, Ireland
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Day of the Locust
by Nathanael West, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler, United States
Novel
1940
The Invention of Morel
by Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentina
Novel
 
The Man Who Loved Children
by Christina Stead, Australia
Novel
 
The Power and the Glory
by Graham Greene, England
Novel
 
missing graphic
Darkness at Noon
by Arthur Koestler, England
Novel
 
The Tartar Steppe
by Dino Buzzati, Italy
Novel
 
Farewell My Lovely
by Raymond Chandler, United States
Novel
 
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For Whom the Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway, United States
Novel
 
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
by Carson McCullers, United States
Novel
 
Native Son
by Richard Wright, United States
Novel
1941
missing graphic
Mildred Pierce
by James M. Cain, United States
Novel
1943
The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand, United States
Novel
1944
The Horse's Mouth
by Joyce Cary, England
Novel
 
Aurélien
by Louis Aragon, France
Novel
 
Our Lady of the Flowers
by Jean Genet, France
Novel
 
The Makioka Sisters
by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Japan
Novel
1945
The Tin Flute
by Gabrielle Roy, Canada
Novel
 
Loving
by Henry Green, England
Novel
 
missing graphic
Brideshead Revisited
by Evelyn Waugh, England
Novel
 
The Glass Bead Game
by Herman Hesse, Switzerland
Novel
1946
Titus Groan
by Mervyn Peake, England
Novel
 
Zorba the Greek
by Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece
Novel
 
All the King's Men
by Robert Penn Warren, United States
Novel
 
The Bridge on the Drina
by Ivo Andrić, Yugoslavia
Novel
1947
A Case to Answer
by Edgar Lustgarten, England
Novel
 
Under the Volcano
by Malcolm Lowry, England
Novel
 
Froth on the Daydream
by Boris Vian, France
Novel
 
Doctor Faustus
by Thomas Mann, Germany
Novel
1948
missing graphic
The Heart of the Matter
by Graham Greene, England
Novel
 
All About H. Hatterr
by G.V. Desani, England
Novel
 
Snow Country
by Yasunari Kawabata, Japan
Novel
 
The Franchise Affair
by Josephine Tey, Scotland
Novel
 
Cry, the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton, South Africa
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Naked and the Dead
by Norman Mailer, United States
Novel
1949
The Kingdom of This World
by Alejo Carpentier, Cuba
Novel
 
missing graphic
Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell, England
Novel
 
The Emigrants
by Vilhelm Moberg, Sweden
Novel
 
Confessions of a Mask
by Yukio Mishima, Japan
Novel
 
The Man With the Golden Arm
by Nelson Algren, United States
Novel
 
The Sheltering Sky
by Paul Bowles, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
A Town Like Alice
by Nevil Shute, England
Novel
 
The Moon and the Bonfires
by Cesare Pavese, Italy
Novel
 
Barrabas
by Pär Lagerkvist, Sweden
Novel
 
Strangers on a Train
by Patricia Highsmith, United States
Novel
1951
Memoirs of Hadrian
by Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgium
Novel
 
The End of the Affair
by Graham Greene, England
Novel
 
The Day of the Triffids
by John Wyndham, England
Novel
 
The Opposing Shore
by Julien Gracq, France
Novel
 
Samuel Beckett
by Molloy, Ireland
Novel
 
The Daughter of Time
by Josephine Tey, Scotland
Novel
 
missing graphic
Foundation
by Isaac Asimov, United States
Novel
 
From Here to Eternity
by James Jones, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger, United States
Novel
1952
Thousand Cranes
by Yasunari Kawabata, Japan
Novel
 
The Palm-Wine Drunkard
by Amos Tutuola, Nigeria
Novel
 
Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison, United States
Novel
 
Wise Blood
by Flannery O'Connor, United States
Novel
 
East of Eden
by John Steinbeck, United States
Novel
 
Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White, United States
Novel
1953
Childhood's End
by Arthur C. Clarke, England
Novel
 
The Go-Between
by L.P. Hartley, England
Novel
 
The Adventures of Augie March
by Saul Bellow, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Demolished Man
by Alfred Bester, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Long Goodbye
by Raymond Chandler, United States
Novel
1954
Lucky Jim
by Kingsley Amis, England
Novel
 
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding, England
Novel
 
Under the Net
by Iris Murdoch, England
Novel
 
The Mandarins
by Simone de Beauvoir, France
Novel
 
I'm Not Stiller
by Max Frisch, Switzerland
Novel
 
Nectar in a Sieve
by Kamala Markandaya, India
Novel
 
Go Tell It on the Mountain
by James Baldwin, United States
Novel
1954–1955
Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien, England
Novel
1955
missing graphic
by Graham Greene, England
Novel
 
missing graphic
Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov, Russia
Novel
 
The Recognitions
by William Gaddis, United States
Novel
 
The Talented Mr. Ripley
by Patricia Highsmith, United States
Novel
1956
The Devil to Pay in the Backlands
by João Guimarães Rosa, Brazil
Novel
 
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
by Yukio Mishima, Japan
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Stars My Destination
by Alfred Bester, United States
Novel also known as Tiger! Tiger!
 
Giovanni's Room
by James Baldwin, United States
Novel
1957
Voss
by Patrick White, Australia
Novel
 
Justine
by Laurence Durrell, England
Novel
 
From Russia With Love
by Ian Fleming, England
Novel
 
On the Beach
by Nevil Shute, England
Novel
 
Jealousy
by Alain Robbe-Grillet, France
Novel
 
Pnin
by Vladimir Nabokov, Russia
Novel
 
Doctor Zhivago
by Boris Pasternak, Russia
Novel
 
The Wapshot Chronicle
by John Cheever, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
On the Road
by Jack Kerouac, United States
Novel
 
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand, United States
Novel
1958
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon
by Jorge Amado, Brazil
Novel
 
The Guide
by R.K. Narayan, India
Novel
 
The Leopard
by Giusseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Italy
Novel
 
Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe, Nigeria
Novel
 
The Once and Future King
by T.H. White, England
Novel
 
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
by Alan Sillitoe, England
Novel
1959
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
by Mordecai Richler, Canada
Novel
 
The Golden Notebook
by Doris Lessing, England
Novel
 
Zazie in the Zoo
by Raymond Queneau, France
Novel
 
Billiards at Half Past Nine
by Heinrich Böll, Germany
Novel
 
The Tin Drum
by Günter Grass, Germany
Novel
 
Henderson the Rain King
by Saul Bellow, United States
Novel
 
Naked Lunch
by William S. Burroughs, United States
Novel
 
A Separate Peace
by John Knowles, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Galton Case
by Ross Macdonald, United States
Novel
1960
A Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter M. Miller, United States
Novel
 
Rabbit, Run
by John Updike, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee, United States
Novel
1961
Solaris
by Stanislaw Lem, Poland
Novel
 
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
by Muriel Spark, Scotland
Novel
 
A House for Mr Biswas
by V.S. Naipaul, Trinidad
Novel
 
missing graphic
Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein, United States
Novel
 
Catch-22
by Joseph Heller, United States
Novel
 
The Moviegoer
by Walker Percy, United States
Novel
 
Franny and Zooey
by J.D. Salinger, United States
Novel
 
Revolutionary Road
by Richard Yates, United States
Novel
1962
The Death of Artemio Cruz
by Carlos Fuentes, Mexico
Novel
 
Pale Fire
by Vladimir Nabokov, Russia
Novel
 
A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess, England
Novel
 
A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle, United States
Novel
 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Ken Kesey, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Man in the High Castle
by Philip K. Dick, United States
Novel
1963
The General of the Dead Army
by Ismail Kadare, Albania
Novel
 
Hopscotch
by Julio Cortazar, Argentina
Novel
 
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
by John le Carré, England
Novel
 
V.
by Thomd Pynchon, United States
Novel
 
Cat's Cradle
by Kurt Vonnegut, United States
Novel
1964
missing graphic
The Stone Angel
Novel
 
The Ravishing of Lol Stein
by Marguerite Duras, France
Novel
 
Arrow of God
by Chinua Achebe, Nigeria
Novel
 
Herzog
by Saul Bellow, United States
Novel
1965
missing graphic
Dune
by Frank Herbert, United States
Novel
 
Things
by Georges Perec, France
Novel
1966
missing graphic
Beautiful Losers
by Leonard Cohen, Canada
Novel
 
A Jest of God
Novel
 
The Magus
by John Fowles, England
Novel
 
Black Sheep
by Georgette Heyer, England
Novel
 
Wide Sargasso Sea
by Jean Rhys, England
Novel
 
Silence
by Shūsaku Endō, Japan
Novel
 
Season of Migration to the North
by Tayeb Salih, Sudan
Novel
 
In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote, United States
Nonfiction novel
 
Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes, United States
Novel
1967
Picnic at Hanging Rock
by Joan Lindsay, Australia
Novel
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia
Novel
 
Children of Gebelawi
by Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt
Novel
 
The Third Policeman
by Flann O'Brien, Ireland
Novel
 
The Master and Margarita
by Mikhail Bulgakov, Russia
Novel
 
Babel-17
by Samuel R. Delany, United States
Novel
 
The Outsiders
by S.E. Hinton, United States
Novel
 
The Confessions of Nat Turner
by William Styron, United States
Novel
 
Lord of Light
by Roger Zelazny, United States
Novel
1968
2001: A Space Odyssey
by Arthur C. Clarke, England
Novel
 
The German Lesson
by Siegfried Lenz, Germany
Novel
 
The Quest for Christa T.
by Christa Wolf, Germany
Novel
 
Cancer Ward
by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russia
Novel
 
The First Circle
by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russia
Novel
 
Belle du Seigneur
by Albert Cohen, Switzerland
Novel
 
Stand on Zanzibar
by John Brunner, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le Guin, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Armies of the Night
by Norman Mailer, United States
Novel
 
Myra Breckinridge
by Gore Vidal, United States
Novel
1969
Little Painted Mouths
by Manuel Puig, Argentina
Novel
 
missing graphic
The French Lieutenant's Woman
by John Fowles, England
Novel
 
Master and Commander
by Patrick O'Brian, England
Novel
 
A Void
by Georges Perec, France
Novel
 
Ada or Ardor
by Vladimir Nobokov, Russia
Novel
 
Ubik
by Philip K. Dick, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin, United States
Novel
 
them
by Joyce Carol Oates, United States
Novel
 
The Godfather
by Mario Puzo, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
Portnoy's Complaint
by Philip Roth, United States
Novel
 
Slaughterhouse Five
by Kurt Vonnegut, United States
Novel
1970
Fifth Business
by Robertson Davies, Canada
Novel
 
Troubles
by J.G. Farrell, England
Novel
 
Deliverance
by James Dickey, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
Ringworld
by Larry Niven, United States
Novel
1971
The Day of the Jackal
by Frederick Forsyth, England
Novel
 
In a Free State
by V.S. Naipaul, Trinidad
Novel
 
missing graphic
To Your Scattered Bodies Go
by Philip José Farmer, United States
Novel
 
The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath, United States
Novel
 
Angle of Repose
by Wallace Stegner, United States
Novel
 
Rabbit Redux
by John Updike, United States
Novel
1972
Watership Down
by Richard Adams, United States
Novel
 
Rendezvous With Rama
by Arthur C. Clarke, England
Novel
 
The Twilight Years
by Sawako Ariyoshi, Japan
Novel
 
Roadside Picnic
by Arkady and Boris Strugatski, Russia
Novel
 
The Gods Themselves
by Isaac Asimov, United States
Novel
 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
by Hunter S. Thompson, United States
Novel
1973
The Siege of Krishnapur
by J.G. Farrell, England
Novel
 
Gravity's Rainbow
by Thomas Pynchon, United States
Novel
1974
missing graphic
The Diviners
Novel
 
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
by John le Carré, England
Novel
 
History: A Novel
by Elsa Morante, Italy
Novel
 
The Forever War
by Joe Halderman, United States
Novel
 
The Dispossessed
by Ursula K. Le Guin, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
by Robert Pirsig, United States
Novel
 
Dog Soldiers
by Robert Stone, United States
Novel
1975
Correction
by Thomas Bernhard, Austria
Novel
 
The Autumn of the Patriarch
by Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia
Novel
 
W, or the Memory of Childhood
by Georges Perec, France
Novel
 
Humboldt's Gift
by Saul Bellow, United States
Novel
 
Ragtime
by E.L. Doctorow, United States
Novel
 
Interview With the Vampire
by Anne Rice, United States
Novel
1976
Bear
by Marian Engel, Canada
Novel
1977
Monkey Grip
by Helen Garner, Australia
Novel
 
The Thorn Birds
by Colleen McCullough, Australia
Novel
 
The Hour of the Star
by Clarice Lispector, Brazil
Novel
 
The Wars
by Timothy Findley, Canada
Novel
 
Aunt Julia and the Script-Writer
by Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru
Novel
 
Falconer
by John Cheever, United States
Novel
 
Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison, United States
Novel
 
Gateway
by Frederick Pohl, United States
Novel
1978
missing graphic
Eye of the Needle
by Ken Follett, England
Novel
 
The Sea, the Sea
by Iris Murdoch, England
Novel
 
Life a User's Manual
by Georges Perecs, France
Novel
 
missing graphic
The World According to Garp
by John Irving, United States
Novel
 
Going After Cacciato
by Tim O'Brien, United States
Novel
1979
missing graphic
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams, England
Novel
 
Smiley's People
by John Le Carré, England
Novel
 
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
by Italo Calvino, Italy
Novel
 
A Bend in the River
by V.S. Naipaul, Trinidad
Novel
 
Burger's Daughter
by Nadine Gordimer, South Africa
Novel
 
The Executioner's Song
by Norman Mailer, United States
Nonfiction novel
 
Sophie's Choice
by William Styron, United States
Novel
1980
Clear Light of Day
by Anita Desai, India
Novel
 
The Name of the Rose
by Umberto Eco, Italy
Novel
 
So Long a Letter
by Miriam Bâ, Senegal
Novel
 
Waiting for the Barbarians
by J.M. Coetzee, South Africa
Novel
 
Life and Fate
by Vasily Grossman, Ukraine
Novel
 
The Mists of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer Bradley, United States
Novel
 
So Long, See You Tomorrow
by William Maxwell, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole, United States
Novel
1981
Obasan
by Joy Kogawa, Canada
Novel
 
Lanark
by Alasdair Graye, Scotland
Novel
 
Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie, India
Novel
 
The War of the End of the World
by Mario Vargas Llosa, India
Novel
 
July's People
by Nadine Gordimer, South Africa
Novel
 
Red Dragon
by Thomas Harris, United States
Novel
 
Rabbit Is Rich
by John Updike, United States
Novel
1982
Schindler's List
by Thomas Keneally, Australia
Novel
 
The House of the Spirits
by Isabel Allende, Chile
Novel
 
A Wild Sheep Chase
by Haruki Murakami, Japan
Novel
 
missing graphic
Baltasar and Blimunda
by José Saramago, Portugal
Novel
 
The Color Purple
by Alice Walker, United States
Novel
1983
Mr Palomar
by Italo Calvino, Italy
Novel
 
The Life and Times of Michael K
by J.M. Coetzee, South Africa
Novel
 
The Christmas Oratorio
by Göran Tunström, Sweden
Novel
 
Startide Rising
by David Brin, United States
Novel
 
LaBrava
by Elmore Leonard, United States
Novel
1984
Neuromancer
by William Gibson, Canada
Novel
 
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
by Milan Kundera, Czechoslovakia
Novel
 
Money
by Martin Amis, England
Novel
 
missing graphic
Empire of the Sun
by J.G. Ballard, England
Novel
 
Hotel du Lac
by Anita Brookner, England
Novel
 
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
by José Saramago, Portugal
Novel
 
Bright Lights, Big City
by Jay McInerney, United States
Novel
1985
Annie John
by Jamaica Kincaid, Antigua
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood, Canada
Novel
 
Half of Man Is Woman
by Zhang Xianliang, China
Novel
 
missing graphic
Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia
Novel
 
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
by Patrick Suskind, Germany
Novel
 
White Noise
by Don DeLillo, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Cider House Rules
by John Irving, United States
Novel
 
Blood Meridian
by Cormac McCarthy, United States
Novel
 
Lonesome Dove
by Larry McMurtry, United States
Novel
 
The Accidental Tourist
by Anne Tyler, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card, United States
Novel
1986
An Artist of the Floating World
by Kazuo Ishiguro, England
Novel
 
A Dark-Adapted Eye
by Barbara Vine, England
Novel
 
Matigari
by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Kenya
Novel
1986–1987
Red Sorghum
by Mo Yan, Canada
Novel
1987
The Stone Diaries
by Carol Shields, Canada
Novel
 
In the Skin of a Lion
by Michael Ondaatje, Canada
Novel
 
The Radiant Way
by Margaret Drabble, England
Novel
 
Norwegian Wood
by Haruki Murakami, Japan
Novel
 
missing graphic
Ellen Foster
by Kaye Gibbons, United States
Novel
 
Misery
by Stephen King, United States
Novel
 
Beloved
by Toni Morrison, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Bonfire of the Vanities
by Tom Wolfe, United States
Novel
1988
Oscar and Lucinda
by Peter Carey, Australia
Novel
 
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho, Brazil
Novel
 
The Shadow Lines
by Amitav Ghosh, India
Novel
 
The Satanic Verses
by Salman Rushdie, India
Novel
 
Kitchen
by Banana Yoshimoto, Japan
Novel
 
Obabakoak
by Bernard Atxaga, Spain
Novel
 
The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan, United States
Novel
 
Breathing Lessons
by Anne Tyler, United States
Novel
 
Nervous Conditions
by Dangarembga Tsitsi, Zimbabwe
Novel
1989
The Remains of the Day
by Kazuo Ishiguro, England
Novel
 
London Fields
by Martin Amis, England
Novel
 
The Pillars of the Earth
by Ken Follett, England
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Quincunx
by Charles Palliser, England
Novel
 
The Great Indian Novel
by Shashi Tharoor, India
Novel
 
Like Water for Chocolate
by Laura Esquivel, Mexico
Novel
 
The Storyteller
by Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru
Novel
 
A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving, United States
Novel
1990
Possession
by A.S. Byatt, England
Novel
 
Vertigo
by W.G. Sebald, Germany
Novel
 
Amongst Women
by John MacGahern, Ireland
Novel
 
The Eye of the World
by Robert Jordan, United States
Novel
 
Get Shorty
by Elmore Leonard, United States
Novel
1991
Cloudstreet
by Tim Winton, Australia
Novel
1991
Generation X
by Douglas Coupland, Canada
Novel
 
Wild Swans
by Jung Chang, China
Nonfiction novel
 
missing graphic
Regeneration
by Pat Barker, England
Novel
Includes Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, The Ghost Road
 
The Famished Road
by Ben Okri, Nigeeria
Novel
 
The Book of Disquiet
by Fernando Pessoa, Portugal
Novel
 
missing graphic
Harlot's Ghost
by Norman Mailer, United States
Novel
 
Mating
by Norman Rush, United States
Novel
 
The Kitchen God's Wife
by Amy Tan, United States
Novel
1992
The English Patient
by Michael Ondaatje, Canada
Novel
 
Smilla's Sense of Snow
by Peter Høeg, Denmark
Novel
 
The Emigrants
by W.G. Sebald, Germany
Novel
 
The Butcher Boy
by Patrick McCabe, Ireland
Novel
 
The Triple Mirror of the Self
by Zulfikar Ghose, Pakistan
Novel
 
The Crow Road
by Iain Banks, Scotland
Novel
 
All the Pretty Horses
by Cormac McCarthy, United States
Novel
1993
Remembering Babylon
by David Malouf, Australia
Novel
 
Green Grass, Running Water
by Thomas King, Canada
Novel
 
To Live
by Yu Hua, China
Novel
 
Birdsong
by Sebastian Faulks, England
Novel
 
A Suitable Boy
by Vikram Seth, India
Novel
 
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
by Roddy Doyle, Ireland
Novel
 
The Life of Insects
by Victor Pelevin, Russia
Novel
 
The Shipping News
by Annie Proulx, United States
Novel
1994
Of Love and Shadows
by Isabel Allende, Chile
Novel
 
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
by Louis de Bernieres, England
Novel
 
missing graphic
Felicia's Journey
by Trevor William, Ireland
Novel
 
How Late It Was, How Late
by James Kelman, Scotland
Novel
1994–1995
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Murakami, Canada
Novel
1995
A Fine Balance
by Rohinton Mistry, Canada
Novel
 
Northern Lights
by Philip Pullman, England
Novel
 
The Reader
by Bernhard Schlink, Germany
Novel
 
missing graphic
Blindness
by José Saramago, Portugal
Novel
1996
missing graphic
Alias Grace
by Margaret Atwood, Canada
Novel
 
Fall on Your Knees
by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Canada
Novel
 
Fugitive Pieces
by Anne Michaels, Canada
Novel
 
Chapayev and Pustota
by Victor Pelevin, Russia
Novel
 
A Game of Thrones
by George R.R. Martin, United States
Novel
 
Infinite Jest
by David Foster Wallace, United States
Novel
1997
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
by J.K. Rowling, England
Novel
 
The God of Small Things
by Arundhati Roy, India
Novel
 
Memoirs of a Geisha
by Arthur Golden, United States
Novel
 
Underworld
by Don DeLillo, United States
Novel
 
Cold Mountain
by Charles Frazier, United States
Novel
 
Mason and Dixon
by Thomas Pynchon, United States
Novel
 
Charming Billy
by Alice McDermott, United States
Novel
 
American Pastoral
by Philip Roth, United States
Novel
1998
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
by Wayne Johnston, Canada
Novel
 
The Savage Detectives
by Roberto Bolaño, Chile
Novel
 
Amsterdam
by Ian McEwan, England
Novel
 
The Elementary Particles
by Michel Houellbecq, France
Novel
 
My Name Is Red
by Orhan Pamuk, Turkey
Novel
 
The Hours
by Michael Cunningham, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon
by Kaye Gibbons, United States
Novel
 
The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
A Man in Full
by Tom Wolfe, United States
Novel
1999
No Great Mischief
by Alistair MacLeod, Canada
Novel
 
The Life and Times of Michael K
by J.M. Coetzee, South Africa
Novel
 
Waiting
by Ha Jin, United States
Novel
2000
True History of the Kelly Gang
by Peter Carey, Australia
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Blind Assassin
by Margaret Atwood, Canada
Novel
 
White Teeth
by Zadie Smith, England
Novel
 
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamtress
by Dai Sijie, France
Novel
 
The Feast of the Goat
by Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru
Novel
 
Bartleby and Co
by Enrique Vila-Matas, Peru
Novel
 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
by Michael Chabon, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Human Stain
by Philip Roth, United States
Novel
2000–2001
Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi, Iran, graphic novel

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2001
missing graphic
Clara Callan
Novel
 
American Gods
by Neil Gaiman, England
Novel
 
The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory, England
Novel
 
Austerlitz
by W.G. Sebald, Germany
Novel
 
The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen, United States
Novel
 
missing graphic
Atonement
by Ian McEwan, England
Novel
2002
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel, Canada
Novel
 
City of the Beasts
by Isabel Allende, Chile
Novel
 
Middlesex
by Jeffrey Eugenides, United States
Novel
 
Fingersmith
by Sarah Waters, Wales
Novel
2003
The Great Fire
by Shirley Hazzard, Australia
Novel
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon, England
Novel
 
The Housekeeper and the Professor
by Yoko Ogawa, Japan
Novel
 
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini, United States
Novel
 
The Known World
by Edward P. Jones, United States
Novel
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger, United States
Novel
 
The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown, United States
Novel
 
Vernon God Little
by DBC Pierre, United States
Novel
2004
A Complicated Kindness
by Mariam Toews, Canada
Novel
 
2666
by Roberto Bolaño, Chile
Novel
 
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke, England
Novel
 
The Line of Beauty
by Michael Hollinghurst, England
Novel
 
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell, England
Novel
 
The Master
by Colm Tóibín, Ireland
Novel
 
The News From Paraguay
by Lily Tuck, United States
Novel
2005
March
by Geraldine Brooks, Australia
Novel
 
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak, Australia
Novel
 
missing graphic
Three Day Road
by Jospeh Boyden, Canada
Novel
 
Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro, England
Novel
 
Measuring the World
by Daniel Kehlmann, Germany
Novel
 
missing graphic
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson, Sweden
Novel
 
The Sea
by John Banville, Ireland
Novel
 
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
by Lisa See, United States
Novel
2006
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery, France
Novel
 
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne, Ireland
Novel
 
Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigeria
Novel
 
What Is the What
by Dave Eggers, United States
Nonfiction novel
 
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy, United States
Novel
2007
Late Nights on Air
by Elizabeth Hay, Canada
Novel
 
The Book of Negroes
by Lawrence Hill, Canada
Novel
 
Tree of Smoke
by Denis Johnson, England
Novel
 
The Gathering
by Anne Enright, Ireland
Novel
 
The Great Man
by Kate Christenson, United States
Novel
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz, United States
Novel
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini, United States
Novel
 
The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss, United States
Novel
2008
The Three-Body Problem
by Liu Cixin, China
Novel
 
White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga, India
Novel
 
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins, United States
Novel
2009
February
by Lisa Moore, Canada
Novel
 
Shanghai Girls
by Lisa See, United States
Novel
 
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel, England
Novel
 
Brooklyn
by Colm Tóibín, Ireland
Novel
 
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
by Olga Tkarchuk, Poland
Novel
 
The Magicians
by Lev Grossman, United States
Novel
 
Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann, United States
Novel
2009–2010
IQ84
by Haruki Murakami, England
Novel
2010
Room
by Kathleen Winter, Canada
Novel
 
Annabel
by Kathleen Winter, Canada
Novel
 
A Visit From the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan, United States
Novel
2011
The Sisters Brothers
by Patrick DeWitt, Canada
Novel
 
Half-Blood Blues
by Esi Edugyan, Canada
Novel
 
My Brilliant Friend
by Elena Ferrante, Italy
Novel
2012
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn, United States
Novel
2013
The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton, New Zealand
Novel
 
Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigeria
Novel
2014
A Brief History of Seven Killings
by Marlon James, Jamaica
Novel
 
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr, United States
Novel
2015
The Sellout
by Paul Beatty, United States
Novel
 
The Fifth Season
by N.K. Jemisin, United States
Novel
2016
Days Without End
by Sebastian Barry, Ireland
Novel
 
The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead, United States
Novel
2017
The Changeling
by Victor LaValle, United States
Novel
 
Lincoln in the Bardo
by George Saunders, United States
Novel
 
Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward, United States
Novel
2018
Normal People
by Sally Rooney, Ireland
Novel
 
Milkman
by Anna Burns, Northern Ireland
Novel

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