BBC Panel Chooses 100 Best English-language Novels

A BBC panel has listed the 100 best books written in the English language to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of the modern novel.

The list includes JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, among others.

The list has been created to mark the 300th anniversary of the publication of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, which is widely regarded to mark the birth of the modern novel.

The list is broken down into ten categories including ‘Identity’, ‘Adventure’ and ‘Rule breakers’ and was chosen by presenter Mariella Frostrup, Times Literary Supplement editor Stig Abell, Bradford Literature Festival founder Syima Aslam, novelists Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal and author Alexander McCall Smith.

The list heralds a year-long BBC celebration of literature, with a host of new programmes to look forward to, including a three-part series on BBC Two, Novels That Shaped Our World, which begins on Saturday, November 9th.

You can see the full list over at the Daily Mail.

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