100 BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ

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  1. Songs of the Doomed – Hunter S. Thompson
  2. Helena – Evelyn Waugh
  3. The Bhagavad Gita – Traditional
  4. King James’ Version of the Bible
  5. Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut
  6. A Voyage around my Father – John Mortimer
  7. Ghost Road – Pat Barker
  8. Brazzaville Beach – William Boyd
  9. Birds without Wings – Louis De Bernieres
  10. Wicked Women – Fay Weldon
  11. More Pricks Than Kicks – Samuel Beckett
  12. Memoirs Of A Fox-hunting Man – Siegfried Sassoon
  13. Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  14. The Beloved – Kahlil Gibran
  15. Wasteland – T.S. Eliot
  16. Lyrical Ballads – Wordsworth & Coleridge
  17. Canterbury Tales – G.Chaucer
  18. Beowulf – Traditional
  19. Collected Short Stories – Somerset Maughan
  20. Women In Love – D.H.Lawrence
  21. Great Expectation – C. Dickens
  22. Tattoo – Earl Thompson
  23. SSGB – Len Deighton
  24. Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  25. Life and Works Dennis Potter
  26. The Harvill book of 20th century Poetry
  27. Time Machine – H.G. Wells
  28. The Alexandria Quartet – Lawrence Durrell
  29. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  30. The Revolutions of 1848 – Karl Marx
  31. Horace Sippog and the Siren’s song – Su Walton
  32. Mill On The Floss- G. Eliot
  33. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  34. Modern Criticism and Theory – D. Lodge
  35. The Noble Revolt – John Adamson
  36. Citizen Hughes – Michael Drosnin
  37. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  38. Wake up – Jack Kerouac
  39. The Quorum – Kim Newman
  40. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  41. 1984 – George Orwell
  42. World according to Garp – John Irving
  43. The Dubliners – James Joyce
  44. Poems of Rabindranath Tagore
  45. Complete Works of John Keats
  46. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  47. Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
  48. Word Perfect – Dictionary of English usage
  49. Holy Blood Holy Grail – Michael Baigent
  50. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
  51. The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levy
  52. The Raw and The Cooked – Claude Levi-strauss
  53. Similacra and Simulation – Jean Baudrillard
  54. The Wasp factory – Iain Banks
  55. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  56. Paradise Lost – John Milton
  57. Seven Pillars Of Wisdom – T.E. Lawrence
  58. Selected poems of Ezra Pound
  59. Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  60. Love Poems – Alexander Pushkin
  61. Selected Poems – EECummings
  62. Gypsy Ballads – Frederico Lorca
  63. The Crysalids – John Wyndham
  64. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  65. Selected Poems – Isaac Rosenberg
  66. Complete works Wilfred Owen
  67. Notes From the Underworld – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  68. Duncton Wood – William Horwood
  69. The Misanthrope – Moliere
  70. Mother Courage – Bertolt Brecht
  71. Plays, Prose and Poems – J.M. Synge
  72. Goodbye To All That – Robert Graves
  73. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  74. The Time-Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  75. Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd
  76. Ararat – DM Thomas
  77. Harry Potter and The Half-blood Prince – JK Rowling
  78. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  79. We – Y. Zamyatin
  80. Trainspotting – Irvine Walsh
  81. Reckless – Chrissie Hynde
  82. The Dice Man – Luke Rhinehart
  83. Generation X – Douglas Copeland
  84. Tropic Of Cancer – Henry miller
  85. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  86. Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  87. The Black Goddess – Peter Redgrove
  88. Lord Of The Flies – William Golding
  89. Isis Unveiled – Blavatsky
  90. English History 1914-45 – AJP Taylor
  91. Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
  92. Complete Poems – Leonard Cohen
  93. The Beatles – Hunter Davies
  94. Return of The Native – Thomas Hardy
  95. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  96. Siouxsie & the Banshees Biography – Mark Paytress
  97. The Bourne Identity – Robert Ludlum
  98. To Serve them all My Days – RF Delderfield
  99. Islands in the Stream – Ernest Hemingway
  100. The Naked Ape – Desmond Morris

This is not a definitive list, I went upstairs to my library and went through my books, looking for must reads… Obviously, I’ve only picked one book from each author, because if you enjoy one you will go and check out the rest for yourself. I’m sure I’ve missed out lots of my favourite books, but since moving house the books were just put on the shelves without any codification, so what you find is a bit of a lottery. What I do know is that all of the books listed are well worth reading. I’ve not included my Art books, because they are not really about the writing but more about the artists.

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