The BBC Big Read

In April 2003 the BBC’s Big Read began the search for the UK’s best-loved novel.  Below is the top 200.

The books I’ve read are in bold. Where I have written about the book in the blog, you can click on the entry below to see more.

  1. The Lord of the Rings- JRR Tolkien
  2. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
  3. His Dark Materials- Philip Pullman
  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- JK Rowling
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
  7. Winnie the Pooh- AA Milne
  8. Nineteen Eighty-Four- George Orwell
  9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- CS Lewis
  10. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Brontë
  11. Catch-22- Joseph Heller
  12. Wuthering Heights- Emily Brontë
  13. Birdsong- Sebastian Faulks
  14. Rebecca- Daphne du Maurier
  15. The Catcher in the Rye- JD Salinger
  16. The Wind in the Willows- Kenneth Grahame
  17. Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
  18. Little Women- Louisa May Alcott
  19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin- Louis de Bernieres
  20. War and Peace- Leo Tolstoy
  21. Gone with the Wind- Margaret Mitchell
  22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone- JK Rowling
  23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets- JK Rowling
  24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban- JK Rowling
  25. The Hobbit- JRR Tolkien
  26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
  27. Middlemarch- George Eliot
  28. A Prayer For Owen Meany- John Irving
  29. The Grapes Of Wrath- John Steinbeck
  30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
  31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker- Jacqueline Wilson
  32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude- Gabriel García Márquez
  33. The Pillars Of The Earth- Ken Follett
  34. David Copperfield- Charles Dickens
  35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl
  36. Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson
  37. A Town Like Alice- Nevil Shute
  38. Persuasion- Jane Austen
  39. Dune- Frank Herbert
  40. Emma- Jane Austen
  41. Anne Of Green Gables- LM Montgomery
  42. Watership Down- Richard Adams
  43. The Great Gatsby- F Scott Fitzgerald
  44. The Count Of Monte Cristo- Alexandre Dumas
  45. Brideshead Revisited- Evelyn Waugh
  46. Animal Farm- George Orwell
  47. A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens
  48. Far From The Madding Crowd- Thomas Hardy
  49. Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian
  50. The Shell Seekers- Rosamunde Pilcher
  51. The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett
  52. Of Mice And Men- John Steinbeck
  53. The Stand- Stephen King
  54. Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy
  55. A Suitable Boy- Vikram Seth
  56. The BFG- Roald Dahl
  57. Swallows And Amazons- Arthur Ransome
  58. Black Beauty- Anna Sewell
  59. Artemis Fowl- Eoin Colfer
  60. Crime And Punishment- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  61. Noughts And Crosses- Malorie Blackman
  62. Memoirs Of A Geisha- Arthur Golden
  63. A Tale Of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
  64. The Thorn Birds- Colleen McCollough
  65. Mort- Terry Pratchett
  66. The Magic Faraway Tree- Enid Blyton
  67. The Magus- John Fowles
  68. Good Omens- Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  69. Guards! Guards!- Terry Pratchett
  70. Lord Of The Flies- William Golding
  71. Perfume- Patrick Süskind
  72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists- Robert Tressell
  73. Night Watch- Terry Pratchett
  74. Matilda- Roald Dahl
  75. Bridget Jones’s Diary- Helen Fielding
  76. The Secret History- Donna Tartt
  77. The Woman In White- Wilkie Collins
  78. Ulysses- James Joyce
  79. Bleak House- Charles Dickens
  80. Double Act- Jacqueline Wilson
  81. The Twits- Roald Dahl
  82. I Capture The Castle- Dodie Smith
  83. Holes- Louis Sachar
  84. Gormenghast- Mervyn Peake
  85. The God Of Small Things- Arundhati Roy
  86. Vicky Angel- Jacqueline Wilson
  87. Brave New World- Aldous Huxley
  88. Cold Comfort Farm- Stella Gibbons
  89. Magician- Raymond E Feist
  90. On The Road- Jack Kerouac
  91. The Godfather- Mario Puzo
  92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear- Jean M Auel
  93. The Colour Of Magic- Terry Pratchett
  94. The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
  95. Katherine- Anya Seton
  96. Kane And Abel- Jeffrey Archer
  97. Love In The Time Of Cholera- Gabriel García Márquez
  98. Girls In Love- Jacqueline Wilson
  99. The Princess Diaries- Meg Cabot
  100. Midnight’s Children- Salman Rushdie
  101. Three Men In A Boat- Jerome K. Jerome
  102. Small Gods- Terry Pratchett
  103. The Beach- Alex Garland
  104. Dracula- Bram Stoker
  105. Point Blanc- Anthony Horowitz
  106. The Pickwick Papers- Charles Dickens
  107. Stormbreaker- Anthony Horowitz
  108. The Wasp Factory- Iain Banks
  109. The Day Of The Jackal- Frederick Forsyth
  110. The Illustrated Mum- Jacqueline Wilson
  111. Jude The Obscure- Thomas Hardy
  112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾- Sue Townsend
  113. The Cruel Sea- Nicholas Monsarrat
  114. Les Misérables- Victor Hugo
  115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge- Thomas Hardy
  116. The Dare Game- Jacqueline Wilson
  117. Bad Girls- Jacqueline Wilson
  118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde
  119. Shogun- James Clavell
  120. The Day Of The Triffids- John Wyndham
  121. Lola Rose- Jacqueline Wilson
  122. Vanity Fair- William Makepeace Thackeray
  123. The Forsyte Saga- John Galsworthy
  124. House Of Leaves- Mark Z. Danielewski
  125. The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
  126. Reaper Man- Terry Pratchett
  127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging- Louise Rennison
  128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles- Arthur Conan Doyle
  129. Possession- A. S. Byatt
  130. The Master And Margarita- Mikhail Bulgakov
  131. The Handmaid’s Tale- Margaret Atwood
  132. Danny The Champion Of The World- Roald Dahl
  133. East Of Eden- John Steinbeck
  134. George’s Marvellous Medicine- Roald Dahl
  135. Wyrd Sisters- Terry Pratchett
  136. The Color Purple- Alice Walker
  137. Hogfather- Terry Pratchett
  138. The Thirty-Nine Steps- John Buchan
  139. Girls In Tears- Jacqueline Wilson
  140. Sleepovers- Jacqueline Wilson
  141. All Quiet On The Western Front- Erich Maria Remarque
  142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum- Kate Atkinson
  143. High Fidelity- Nick Hornby
  144. It- Stephen King
  145. James And The Giant Peach- Roald Dahl
  146. The Green Mile- Stephen King
  147. Papillon- Henri Charriere
  148. Men At Arms- Terry Pratchett
  149. Master And Commander- Patrick O’Brian
  150. Skeleton Key- Anthony Horowitz
  151. Soul Music- Terry Pratchett
  152. Thief Of Time- Terry Pratchett
  153. The Fifth Elephant- Terry Pratchett
  154. Atonement- Ian McEwan
  155. Secrets- Jacqueline Wilson
  156. The Silver Sword- Ian Serraillier
  157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest- Ken Kesey
  158. Heart Of Darkness- Joseph Conrad
  159. Kim- Rudyard Kipling
  160. Cross Stitch- Diana Gabaldon
  161. Moby Dick- Herman Melville
  162. River God- Wilbur Smith
  163. Sunset Song- Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  164. The Shipping News- Annie Proulx
  165. The World According To Garp- John Irving
  166. Lorna Doone- R. D. Blackmore
  167. Girls Out Late- Jacqueline Wilson
  168. The Far Pavilions- M. M. Kaye
  169. Witches- Roald Dahl
  170. Charlotte’s Web- E. B. White
  171. Frankenstein- Mary Shelley
  172. They Used To Play On Grass- Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
  173. The Old Man And The Sea- Ernest Hemingway
  174. The Name Of The Rose- Umberto Eco
  175. Sophie’s World- Jostein Gaarder
  176. Dustbin Baby- Jacqueline Wilson
  177. Fantastic Mr Fox- Roald Dahl
  178. Lolita- Vladimir Nabokov
  179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull- Richard Bach
  180. The Little Prince- Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  181. The Suitcase Kid- Jacqueline Wilson
  182. Oliver Twist- Charles Dickens
  183. The Power Of One- Bryce Courtenay
  184. Silas Marner- George Eliot
  185. American Psycho- Bret Easton Ellis
  186. The Diary Of A Nobody- George and Weedon Grossmith
  187. Trainspotting- Irvine Welsh
  188. Goosebumps- R. L. Stine
  189. Heidi- Johanna Spyri
  190. Sons And Lovers- D. H. LawrenceLife of Lawrence
  191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being- Milan Kundera
  192. Man And Boy- Tony Parsons
  193. The Truth- Terry Pratchett
  194. The War Of The Worlds- H. G. Wells
  195. The Horse Whisperer- Nicholas Evans
  196. A Fine Balance- Rohinton Mistry
  197. Witches Abroad- Terry Pratchett
  198. The Once And Future King- T. H. White
  199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle
  200. Flowers In The Attic- Virginia Andrews