Dr. Peter Boxall's "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006 edition)"

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Each work of literature listed here is a seminal work key to understanding and appreciating the written word. These works have been handpicked by a team of international critics and literary luminaries, including Derek Attridge (world expert on James Joyce), Cedric Watts (renowned authority on Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene), Laura Marcus (noted Virginia Woolf expert), and David Mariott (poet and expert on African-American literature), among some twenty others. (Description from Amazon.com)

This is a community list. You can contribute, edit, or help maintain it by adding it to your lists. Please do not remove or add titles that will change this list from how it appears in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die edited by Peter Boxall with an introduction by Peter Ackroyd.

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  1. 151.
    Possessing the Secret of Joy
    by Alice Walker

  2. 152.
    Indigo
    by Marina Warner

  3. 153.
    The Crow Road
    by Iain M. Banks

  4. 154.
    Written on the Body
    by Jeanette Winterson

  5. 155.
    Jazz
    by Toni Morrison

  6. 156.
    The English Patient
    by Michael Ondaatje

  7. 157.
    Smilla's Sense of Snow
    by Peter Hoeg

  8. 158.
    The Butcher Boy
    by Patrick McCabe

  9. 159.
    Black Water
    by Joyce Carol Oates

  10. 160.
    The Heather Blazing
    by Colm Toibin

  11. 161.
    Asphodel
    by Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

  12. 162.
    Black Dogs: A Novel
    by Ian McEwan

  13. 163.
    Hideous Kinky: A Novel
    by Esther Freud

  14. 164.
    Arcadia
    by Jim Crace

  15. 165.
    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
    by Jung Chang

  16. 166.
    American Psycho
    by Bret Easton Ellis

  17. 167.
    Time's Arrow
    by Martin Amis

  18. 168.
    Mao II: A Novel
    by Don DeLillo

  19. 169.
    Typical
    by Padgett Powell

  20. 170.
    Regeneration
    by Pat Barker

  21. 171.
    Downriver
    by Iain Sinclair

  22. 172.
    Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord
    by Louis de Bernieres

  23. 173.
    Wise Children
    by Angela Carter

  24. 174.
    Get Shorty
    by Elmore Leonard

  25. 175.
    Amongst Women
    by John McGahern

  26. 176.
    Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
    by Thomas Pynchon

  27. 177.
    Vertigo
    by W. G. Sebald

  28. 178.
    Stone Junction
    by Jim Dodge

  29. 179.
    The Music of Chance
    by Paul Auster

  30. 180.
    The Things They Carried
    by Tim O'Brien

  31. 181.
    A Home at the End of the World: A Novel
    by Michael Cunningham

  32. 182.
    Like Life
    by Lorrie Moore

  33. 183.
    Possession
    by A.S. Byatt

  34. 184.
    The Buddha of Suburbia
    by Hanif Kureishi

  35. 185.
    The Midnight Examiner
    by William Kotzwinkle

  36. 186.
    A Disaffection
    by James Kelman

  37. 187.
    Sexing the Cherry (Winterson, Jeanette)
    by Jeanette Winterson

  38. 188.
    Moon Palace
    by Paul Auster

  39. 189.
    Billy Bathgate
    by E. L. Doctorow

  40. 190.
    The Remains of the Day
    by Kazuo Ishiguro

  41. 191.
    The Melancholy of Resistance
    by Laszlo Krasznahorkai

  42. 192.
    The Temple of My Familiar
    by Alice Walker

  43. 193.
    The Trick Is to Keep Breathing (Scottish Literature Series)
    by Janice Galloway

  44. 194.
    The History of the Siege of Lisbon
    by Jose Saramago

  45. 195.
    Like Water for Chocolate
    by Laura Esquivel

  46. 196.
    A Prayer for Owen Meany
    by John Irving

  47. 197.
    London Fields
    by Martin Amis

  48. 198.
    The Book of Evidence
    by John Banville

  49. 199.
    Cat's Eye
    by Margaret Atwood

  50. 200.
    Foucault's Pendulum
    by Umberto Eco

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Untitled — 4 years ago

I’m starting out on this list with 10% and on the 2008 list at 8% I will update every few books like some of the other posters here…happy reading


From 9% to 10% — 4 years ago

All ten books of the last books I have read were worth reading. Ranked from most to least favorite, they are: 1. Silas Marner, 2. The Maltese Falcon, 3. Schindler’s List, 4. The Things They Carried, 5. The Watchmen 6. Around the World in 80 Days, 7. Their Eyes Were Watching God, 8. A Modest Proposal, 9. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and 10. Veronika Decides to Die.


5% — 4 years ago

Yay!! Finally hit 5% – I have so far to go, but am glad to have hit this marker with a Dickens novel.


A Tale of a Tub — 4 years ago

Has anyone read Jonathan Swift’s A Tale of a Tub? I’m reading it online through DailyLit.com and finding it occasionally heavy-going but otherwise ok and very funny. I’m blogging my review at anzlitlovers.wordpress.com but have not yet published it because I am only half way through.


Up to 26% — 5 years ago

I’m up to 26% now, partly because I’ve joined the 1% Well-Read Challenge, see http://anzlitlovers.wordpress.com/challenges/the-1-well-read-challenge/ aiming to read 10 books in 10 months each year.


Untitled — 5 years ago

I still think this list is too loaded with modern fiction. Will people seriously be reading all these books 200 years from now?


Starting out at 5% — 5 years ago

Well, with all the things I’ve read before I’m starting out at 5%. Now I’m trying to figure out what to read first!


From 8% to 9% — 5 years ago

9 of the last 10 books I have read were worth consuming. In order they are: 1. The English Patient, 2. The Reader, 3. Time’s Arrow, 4. The Breakfast of Champions, 5. A Farewell to Arms, 6. King Solomon’s Mines, 7. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, 8. The Plot Against America, 9. The Glass Key, and (the one not worth consuming) Sabbath’s Theater. Note I found the 2008 version of the list which has about 284 changes and is more international. It is on this site saying something like “2008” version in its title. So, I am doing both lists now but do prefer the new list. Incidentally, at the time I entered the books I had read on the 2008 version of the list I dropped 22 books so on that list I am not at 90 but am at 68 but that’s ok because about 90% of what I have read so far has been good. I will still update this older list each 10 percent increase. Thanks for your time!


Untitled — 5 years ago

interesting not to see The Tale of Genji or The Tale of the Heike here. Otherwise, fantastic list.


1.4 percent — 5 years ago

I’ve read 12 before learning of the list and two more since then. Of those 14, I only liked 6. {sigh} Could make for a long 995 to go.

In no particular order, so far:

1. The Color Purple

2. Interview With the Vampire

3. Slaughterhouse-five

4. Stranger in a Strange Land

5. Catch-22

6. Lolita

7. The Story of O

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four

9. The Grapes of Wrath

10.Gone With the Wind

11.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

12.A Tale of Two Cities

13.Persuassion

14. Aesop’s Fables



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