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The Guardian: The 100 best novels written in English

Books from The Guardian's list of The 100 best novels written in English.

"Without any reference to the 2003 list, for the next 100 weeks the Observer, in collaboration with the Guardian, and supported by Waterstones, will publish a serial account of the classic English and American novel, from A to Z, and from the late 17th century to the present day." — Sep 2013

Click here to see the books in order from 1–100, along with links to their respective reviews in The Guardian.

Click here to take the 100 Best Novels quiz

Please do not add any other books to this list. Thanks!
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100 books · 30 voters · list created June 25th, 2014 by Nicole (votes) .
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message 1: by Eliana (new)

Eliana Is there a plan for adding books as the Guardian adds to their list? (I'd be happy to do it, but the current set up with the link to the books in order with links to the articles is fabulous)


message 2: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Thanks Eliana! Normally I am on top of it but I let this slip for a little while. I’ve just updated it and will make sure I add the new ones each week :)


message 3: by Eliana (new)

Eliana Nicole wrote: "Thanks Eliana! Normally I am on top of it but I let this slip for a little while. I’ve just updated it and will make sure I add the new ones each week :)"

Thank you!


message 4: by Eliana (new)

Eliana It looks as if a book not on the list got added - the Highsmith (it's currently #74 on the list). Is there a way to flag a librarian to remove it?


message 5: by BookLovingLady (last edited Apr 26, 2022 02:12PM) (new)

BookLovingLady I've deleted several books as the title of this list clearly states "The 100 best novels written in English" (and in addition to that the description says Please do not add any other books to this list. Thanks!)


message 6: by Eliana (new)

Eliana BookLovingLady wrote: "I've deleted several books as the title of this list clearly states "The 100 best novels written in English" (and in addition to that the description says Please do not add any other books to this ..." There's an extra Martin Amis book that's not on the original list: Time's Arrow.


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