Authors respond to BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World list

Authors including Susan Hill and broadcaster John Humphrys have nominated their choices for the best English-language novels in response to a contentious selection by the BBC.

Earlier this week, the BBC unveiled its ‘100 Novels That Shaped Our World’ list, selected by a distinguished panel to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of the modern novel.

Broken down into ten categories including ‘Identity’ and ‘Rule breakers’, and chosen by a panel including arts presenter Mariella Frostrup, Times Literary Supplement editor Stig Abell and author Alexander McCall Smith, the list includes JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, among others.

The selection, however, has received criticism for not including many other classics such as The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger and Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

In response, the Daily Mail has gathered alternative nominations from the likes of The Woman in Black author Susan Hill, veteran broadcaster John Humphrys and novelist Fay Weldon.

The BBC has just launched a year-long BBC celebration of literature across TV, radio and web, including a three-part series based on the Novels That Shaped Our World list, which screens on BBC Two from Saturday, November 9th.

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