Books Alive's "50 Books You Must Own 2004"

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‘50 Books You Must Own’ was part of the 2004 Books Alive project in Australia. The list includes a range of books chosen by booksellers around Australia. There are books by international and Australian writers and from every genre – thrillers, literature, classics, non-fiction, and more.

  1. 1.
    The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
    by Paulo Coelho

  2. 3.
    Sophie's World: A Novel about the History of Philosophy
    by Jostein Gaarder

  3. 4.
    by J.R.R. Tolkien

  4. 5.
    by Frank Herbert

  5. 6.
    Battleaxe (Axis Trilogy)
    by Sara Douglass

  6. 7.
    The Lovely Bones
    by Alice Sebold

  7. 8.
    Cold Mountain: A Novel
    by Charles Frazier

  8. 9.
    The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
    by Barbara Kingsolver

  9. 10.
    Dirt Music: A Novel
    by Tim Winton

  10. 11.
    This Side of Brightness: A Novel
    by Colum McCann

  11. 12.
    Life of Pi
    by Yann Martel

  12. 13.
    Girl With a Pearl Earring: A Novel
    by Tracy Chevalier

  13. 14.
    Oscar and Lucinda
    by Peter Carey

  14. 15.
    Palace Walk (The Cairo Trilogy)
    by Naguib Mahfouz

  15. 16.
    by A.S. Byatt

  16. 17.
    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
    by Patrick Suskind

  17. 18.
    Mosquito Coast, The
    by Paul Theroux

  18. 19.
    All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, Book 1)
    by Cormac McCarthy

  19. 20.
    Enduring Love: A Novel
    by Ian McEwan

  20. 21.
    Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague
    by Geraldine Brooks

  21. 22.
    Secret History
    by Donna Tartt

  22. 23.
    The Corrections: A Novel
    by Jonathan Franzen

  23. 24.
    Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction
    by Luke Davies

  24. 25.
    High Fidelity
    by Nick Hornby

  25. 26.
    Fight Club: A Novel
    by Chuck Palahniuk

  26. 28.
    Three Dog Night
    by Peter Goldsworthy

  27. 29.
    by Stephen King

  28. 30.
    The Vampire Lestat (Vampire Chronicles, Book II)
    by Anne Rice

  29. 31.
    The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
    by Bill Bryson

  30. 32.
    Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
    by Sarah Turnbull

  31. 33.
    Fahrenheit 451
    by Ray Bradbury

  32. 34.
    The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel
    by Jasper Fforde

  33. 35.
    Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)
    by Charlotte Brontë

  34. 36.
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Harper Lee

  35. 37.
    My Brilliant Career / My Career Goes Bung
    by Miles Franklin

  36. 38.
    by Paullina Simons

  37. 39.
    Eat Me
    by Linda Jaivin

  38. 40.
    Bridget Jones's Diary
    by Helen Fielding

  39. 41.
    The Da Vinci Code
    by Dan Brown

  40. 42.
    Ice Station
    by Matthew Reilly

  41. 43.
    Perfect Match
    by Jodi Picoult

  42. 44.
    The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan)
    by Tom Clancy

  43. 45.
    Blind Assassin
    by Margaret Atwood

  44. 46.
    The Constant Gardener
    by John Le Carre

  45. 47.
    The Poet
    by Michael Connelly

  46. 48.
    Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics)
    by Jane Austen

  47. 49.
    The Shipping News
    by E. Annie Proulx

  48. 50.
    A Time to Kill: A Novel
    by John Grisham

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Created by ume on Mar 20, 2006.


Books missing — 6 years ago

There are now only 48 books on the list. I can’t find the original list – anyone who knows which books actually should be on here?

Is it me or.... — 7 years ago

…there are only books made into movies in this list? I think there are many others more representative and more essential that aren’t here (Animal Farm, Oliver Twist, The name of the rose, The Unbearable lightness of being…)

The Hobbit and Jane Eyre — 8 years ago

I think those are the only 2 on this list that are actually in our house….and I’ve not actually READ either of them at this point. :/

Untitled — 8 years ago

should add Day of the Jackal somewhere there.. i think it should be there.

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