1000 novels you have to read


The Guardian published its “1000 novels you have to read” here <link>. The classification was a little confusing. Fortunately Planet Zero re-ordered them into alphabetical order <link>.

Here are some of my favourites that are on the list and that I’d recommend:

  • Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
  • Pat Barker, Regeneration
  • Paul Bowles, Sheltering Sky
  • William Boyd, Any Human Heart
  • Michael Chabon, Amazing Cavalier and Clay
  • Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
  • Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
  • Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong
  • Nick Hornby, High Fidelity
  • Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
  • Patrick Suüskind, Perfume
  • Tolkein, The Hobbit

I was also pleased to see Tintin and Asterix on the list.

If I took the time I’m sure I could add some, both old and new, but I’m not going to be picky. It’s a great reading list.


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