BBC's "The Big Read - Books 1-100"

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The Big Read series was broadcast on BBC Two from 18 October to 13 December 2003.

Web, SMS, phone and interactive voting ended on 11 December and only the phone vote was opened briefly for the duration of the final programme on 13 December.

Here is the final ranking 1-100. See also "BBC The Next 100" list for 101-200.

DEARREADER: Please do not change this list in any way. If you do not agree with any of the entries on this list feel free to create your own, but please bear in mind that others are also working on this list. Thank you for your consideration and happy reading.

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  1. 51.
    The Secret Garden (HarperClassics)
    by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  2. 52.
    Of Mice and Men
    by John Steinbeck

  3. 53.
    The Stand (Modern Classics)
    by Stephen King

  4. 54.
    Anna Karenina (Modern Library Classics)
    by Leo Tolstoy

  5. 55.
    A Suitable Boy
    by Vikram Seth

  6. 56.
    The BFG
    by Roald Dahl

  7. 57.
    Swallows and Amazons (Godine Storyteller)
    by Arthur Ransome

  8. 58.
    Black Beauty (Signet Classics)
    by Anna Sewell

  9. 59.
    Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book 1)
    by Eoin Colfer

  10. 60.
    Crime and Punishment (Everyman's Library)
    by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  11. 61.
    Noughts and Crosses
    by Malorie Blackman

  12. 62.
    Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel
    by Arthur Golden

  13. 63.
    A Tale of Two Cities (Signet Classics)
    by Charles Dickens

  14. 64.
    The Thorn Birds (Modern Classics)
    by Colleen McCullough

  15. 65.
    by Terry Pratchett

  16. 66.
    Magic Faraway Tree
    by Enid Blyton

  17. 67.
    The Magus
    by John Fowles

  18. 68.
    Good Omens
    by Neil Gaiman

  19. 69.
    Guards! Guards!
    by Terry Pratchett

  20. 70.
    Lord of the Flies
    by William Golding

  21. 71.
    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
    by Patrick Suskind

  22. 72.
    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
    by Robert Tressell

  23. 73.
    Night Watch
    by Terry Pratchett

  24. 74.
    by Roald Dahl

  25. 75.
    Bridget Jones's Diary - A Novel
    by Helen Fielding

  26. 76.
    The Secert History By Donna Tartt
    by Donna Tartt

  27. 77.
    The Woman in White (Bantam Classics)
    by Wilkie Collins

  28. 78.
    by James Joyce

  29. 79.
    Bleak House
    by Charles Dickens

  30. 80.
    Double Act
    by Jacqueline Wilson

  31. 81.
    The Twits
    by Roald Dahl

  32. 82.
    I Capture the Castle
    by Dodie Smith

  33. 83.
    Holes (A Yearling Book)
    by Louis Sachar

  34. 85.
    The God of Small Things
    by Arundhati Roy

  35. 86.
    Vicky Angel
    by Jacqueline Wilson

  36. 87.
    Brave New World
    by Aldous Huxley

  37. 88.
    Cold Comfort Farm (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
    by Stella Gibbons

  38. 89.
    by Raymond E. Feist

  39. 90.
    On the Road (Penguin Classics)
    by Jack Kerouac

  40. 91.
    The Godfather (Signet)
    by Mario Puzo

  41. 92.
    Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children)
    by Jean M. Auel

  42. 93.
    The Colour of Magic (Discworld Novels)
    by Terry Pratchett

  43. 94.
    The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
    by Paulo Coelho

  44. 95.
    KATHERINE (Fawcett Crest Book)
    by Anya Seton

  45. 96.
    Kane & Abel
    by Jeffrey Archer

  46. 97.
    Love in the Time of Cholera
    by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  47. 98.
    Girls in Love
    by Jacqueline Wilson

  48. 99.
    The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, Vol. 1)
    by Meg Cabot

  49. 100.
    Midnight's Children (Everyman's Library)
    by Salman Rushdie

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More Fixing *sighs* — 4 years ago

Someone had deleted His Dark Materials, Little Women and Gone With the Wind, so I added them back to their correct places.

I also took the liberty of adding a note to the description at the top, as I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets very frustrated when one person changes a definitive list that many people are working on. I don’t know if it will help. We’ll see.

missing...again! — 5 years ago

where have the last 3 books gone???

yilingba: — 5 years ago

Being a BBC list (British broadcasting corporation), which was created by audience voting, it’s only natural the books are mainly english, leaving litte room for others. It’s natural the books in this list aren’t German. Or Spanish. Or French. Or Portuguese. Or (I could go on and on).

GERMAN WRITERS?...................JUST ONE?? — 5 years ago

well, the bbc listener…………do they never read a book from germany? besides PERFUME (which is nice, but not a really classic….) u really can not find even one classic novel from germany…………………ups.

Goblet of Fire back — 5 years ago

I put the missing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire back at no. 5. It is in the list, after all!

??? — 5 years ago

Why can’t we edit the books themselves? Good Omens is by Gaiman and Pratchett, not just Gaiman, much as I prefer him.

I REFUSE — 6 years ago

to read Lord of the Rings OR Harry Potter. Not my thing. But, Crime and Punishment, and Holes, and Watership Down and War and Peace and anything Dostoyevsky or Rushdie- absolutly worthwhile!!

lovely bones? — 6 years ago

why is this book tacked on to the end twice???

List source — 6 years ago

To see the correct list go to list source -then you can make your own list which only you can change! :)

pat — 6 years ago

have missed only 13 of these. shell seekers is ok, but, twinky. safe enough to send to my maiden aunt. glad someone added pillars of the earth-great book. i also suggest all over but the shouting by rick bragg. wonderful book. it’s really hard to limit to 50.

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