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The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienBest loved novel, 2003, No 01
Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenBest loved novel, 2003, No 02
His Dark Materials by Philip PullmanBest loved novel, 2003, No 03
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsBest loved novel, 2003, No 04
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. RowlingBest loved novel, 2003, No 05
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeBest loved novel, 2003, No 06
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. MilneBest loved novel, 2003, No 07
1984 by George OrwellBest loved novel, 2003, No 08
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. LewisBest loved novel, 2003, No 09
Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëBest loved novel, 2003, No 10
Catch-22 by Joseph HellerBest loved novel, 2003, No 11
Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontëBest loved novel, 2003, No 12
Birdsong by Sebastian FaulksBest loved novel, 2003, No 13
Rebecca by Daphne du MaurierBest loved novel, 2003, No 14
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. SalingerBest loved novel, 2003, No 15
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth GrahameBest loved novel, 2003, No 16
Great Expectations by Charles DickensBest loved novel, 2003, No 17
Little Women by Louisa May AlcottBest loved novel, 2003, No 18
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de BernièresBest loved novel, 2003, No 19
War and Peace by Leo TolstoyBest loved novel, 2003, No 20
Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellBest loved novel, 2003, No 21
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) by J. K. RowlingBest loved novel, 2003, No 22
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. RowlingBest loved novel, 2003, No 23
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. RowlingBest loved novel, 2003, No 24
The Hobbit by J. R. R. TolkienBest loved novel, 2003, No 25
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas HardyBest loved novel, 2003, No 26
Middlemarch by George EliotBest loved novel, 2003, No 27
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John IrvingBest loved novel, 2003, No 28
The Grapes of Wrath by John SteinbeckBest loved novel, 2003, No 29
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollBest loved novel, 2003, No 30
The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 31
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezBest loved novel, 2003, No 32
The Pillars of The Earth by Ken FollettBest loved novel, 2003, No 33
David Copperfield by Charles DickensBest loved novel, 2003, No 34
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlBest loved novel, 2003, No 35
Treasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonBest loved novel, 2003, No 36
A Town Like Alice by Nevil ShuteBest loved novel, 2003, No 37
Persuasion by Jane AustenBest loved novel, 2003, No 38
Dune by Frank HerbertBest loved novel, 2003, No 39
Emma by Jane AustenBest loved novel, 2003, No 40
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. MontgomeryBest loved novel, 2003, No 41
Watership Down by Richard AdamsBest loved novel, 2003, No 42
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldBest loved novel, 2003, No 43
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas pèreBest loved novel, 2003, No 44
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn WaughBest loved novel, 2003, No 45
Animal Farm by George OrwellBest loved novel, 2003, No 46
A Christmas Carol by Charles DickensBest loved novel, 2003, No 47
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas HardyBest loved novel, 2003, No 48
Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle MagorianBest loved novel, 2003, No 49
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde PilcherBest loved novel, 2003, No 50
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettBest loved novel, 2003, No 51
Of Mice and Men by John SteinbeckBest loved novel, 2003, No 52
The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen KingBest loved novel, 2003, No 53
Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyBest loved novel, 2003, No 54
A Suitable Boy by Vikram SethBest loved novel, 2003, No 55
The BFG by Roald DahlBest loved novel, 2003, No 56
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur RansomeBest loved novel, 2003, No 57
Black Beauty by Anna SewellBest loved novel, 2003, No 58
Artemis Fowl by Eoin ColferBest loved novel, 2003, No 59
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor DostoyevskyBest loved novel, 2003, No 60
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie BlackmanBest loved novel, 2003, No 61
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur GoldenBest loved novel 2003, No 62
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensBest loved novel, 2003, No 63
The Thornbirds by Colleen McCulloughBest loved novel, 2003, No 64
Mort by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 65
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid BlytonBest loved novel, 2003, No 66
The Magus by John FowlesBest loved novel, 2003, No 67
Good Omens by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 68
Guards! Guards! by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 69
Lord of the Flies by William GoldingBest loved novel, 2003, No 70
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick SüskindBest loved novel, 2003, No 71
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert TressellBest loved novel, 2003, No 72
Night Watch by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 73
Matilda by Roald DahlBest loved novel, 2003, No 74
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen FieldingBest loved novel, 2003, No 75
The Secret History by Donna TarttBest loved novel, 2003, No 76
The Woman in White by Wilkie CollinsBest loved novel, 2003, No 77
Ulysses by James JoyceBest loved novel, 2003, No 78
Bleak House by Charles DickensBest loved novel, 2003, No 79
Double Act by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 80
The Twits by Roald DahlBest loved novel, 2003, No 81
I Capture the Castle by Dodie SmithBest loved novel, 2003, No 82
Holes by Louis SacharBest loved novel, 2003, No 83
Gormenghast by Mervyn PeakeBest loved novel, 2003, No 84
The God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyBest loved novel, 2003, No 85
Vicky Angel by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 86
Brave New World by Aldous HuxleyBest loved novel, 2003, No 87
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella GibbonsBest loved novel, 2003, No 88
Magician by Raymond E. FeistBest loved novel, 2003, No 89
On the Road by Jack KerouacBest loved novel, 2003, No 90
The Godfather by Mario PuzoBest loved novel, 2003, No 91
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. AuelBest loved novel, 2003, No 92
The Colour of Magic by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 93
The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoBest loved novel, 2003, No 94
Katherine by Anya SetonBest loved novel, 2003, No 95
Kane and Abel by Jeffrey ArcherBest loved novel, 2003, No 96
Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García MárquezBest loved novel, 2003, No 97
Girls in Love by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 98
The Princess Diaries by Meg CabotBest loved novel, 2003, No 99
Midnight's Children by Salman RushdieBest loved novel, 2003, No 100
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. JeromeBest loved novel, 2003, No 101
Small Gods by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 102
The Beach by Alex GarlandBest loved novel, 2003, No 103
Dracula by Bram StokerBest loved novel, 2003, No 104
Point Blank by Anthony HorowitzBest loved novel, 2003, No 105
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles DickensBest loved novel, 2003, No 106
Stormbreaker by Anthony HorowitzBest loved novel, 2003, No 107
The Wasp Factory by Iain BanksBest loved novel, 2003, No 108
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick ForsythBest loved novel, 2003, No 109
The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 110
Jude the Obscure by Thomas HardyBest loved novel, 2003, No 111
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue TownsendBest loved novel, 2003, No 112
The Cruel Sea by Nicholas MonsarratBest loved novel, 2003, No 113
Les Misérables by Victor HugoBest loved novel, 2003, No 114
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas HardyBest loved novel, 2003, No 115
The Dare Game by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 116
Bad Girls by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 117
The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings by Oscar WildeBest loved novel, 2003, No 118
Shogun: A Novel of Japan by James ClavellBest loved novel, 2003, No 119
The Day of the Triffids by John WyndhamBest loved novel, 2003, No 120
Lola Rose by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 121
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace ThackerayBest loved novel, 2003, No 122
The Forsyte Saga by John GalsworthyBest loved novel, 2003, No 123
House of Leaves by Mark Z. DanielewskiBest loved novel, 2003, No 124
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverBest loved novel, 2003, No 125
Reaper Man by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 126
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise RennisonBest loved novel, 2003, No 127
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleBest loved novel, 2003, No 128
Possession by A. S. ByattBest loved novel, 2003, No 129
The Master and Margarita by Mihail BulgakovBest loved novel, 2003, No 130
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret AtwoodBest loved novel, 2003, No 131
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald DahlBest loved novel, 2003, No 132
East of Eden by John SteinbeckBest loved novel, 2003, No 133
George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald DahlBest loved novel, 2003, No 134
Wyrd Sisters by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 135
The Color Purple by Alice WalkerBest loved novel, 2003, No 136
Hogfather by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 137
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John BuchanBest loved novel, 2003, No 138
Girls in Tears by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 139
Sleepovers by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 140
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueBest loved novel, 2003, No 141
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate AtkinsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 142
High Fidelity by Nick HornbyBest loved novel, 2003, No 143
It by Stephen KingBest loved novel, 2003, No 144
James and the Giant Peach by Roald DahlBest loved novel, 2003, No 145
The Green Mile by Stephen KingBest loved novel, 2003, No 146
Papillon by Henri CharrièreBest loved novel, 2003, No 147
Men at Arms by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 148
Master and Commander by Patrick O'BrianBest loved novel, 2003, No 149
Skeleton Key by Anthony HorowitzBest loved novel, 2003, No 150
Soul Music by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 151
Thief of Time by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 152
The Fifth Elephant by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 153
Atonement by Ian McEwanBest loved novel, 2003, No 154
Secrets by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 155
The Silver Sword by Ian SerraillierBest loved novel, 2003, No 156
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken KeseyBest loved novel, 2003, No 157
Heart of Darkness by Joseph ConradBest loved novel, 2003, No 158
Kim by Rudyard KiplingBest loved novel, 2003, No 159
Outlander by Diana GabaldonBest loved novel, 2003, No 160
Moby Dick by Herman MelvilleBest loved novel, 2003, No 161
River God by Wilbur SmithBest loved novel, 2003, No 162
Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic GibbonBest loved novel, 2003, No 163
The Shipping News by Annie ProulxBest loved novel, 2003, No 164
The World According to Garp by John IrvingBest loved novel, 2003, No 165
Lorna Doone by Richard Doddridge BlackmoreBest loved novel, 2003, No 166
Girls Out Late by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 167
The Far Pavilions by M. M. KayeBest loved novel, 2003, No 168
The Witches by Roald DahlBest loved novel, 2003, No 169
Charlotte's Web by E. B. WhiteBest loved novel, 2003, No 170
Frankenstein by Mary ShelleyBest loved novel, 2003, No 171
They used to play on grass by Terry VenablesBest loved novel, 2003, No 172
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest HemingwayBest loved novel, 2003, No 173
The Name of the Rose by Umberto EcoBest loved novel, 2003, No 174
Sophie's World by Jostein GaarderBest loved novel, 2003, No 175
Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 176
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald DahlBest loved novel, 2003, No 177
Lolita by Vladimir NabokovBest loved novel, 2003, No 178
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard BachBest loved novel, 2003, No 179
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryBest loved novel, 2003, No 180
The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline WilsonBest loved novel, 2003, No 181
Oliver Twist by Charles DickensBest loved novel, 2003, No 182
The Power of One by Bryce CourtenayBest loved novel, 2003, No 183
Silas Marner by George EliotBest loved novel, 2003, No 184
American Psycho by Bret Easton EllisBest loved novel, 2003, No 185
The Diary of a Nobody by George GrossmithBest loved novel, 2003, No 186
Trainspotting by Irvine WelshBest loved novel, 2003, No 187
Welcome to Dead House by R. L. StineBest loved novel, 2003, No 188
Heidi by Johanna SpyriBest loved novel, 2003, No 189
Sons and Lovers by D. H. LawrenceBest loved novel, 2003, No 190
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan KunderaBest loved novel, 2003, No 191
Man and Boy by Tony ParsonsBest loved novel, 2003, No 192
The Truth by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 193
The War of the Worlds by H. G. WellsBest loved novel, 2003, No 194
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas EvansBest loved novel, 2003, No 195
A Fine Balance by Rohinton MistryBest loved novel, 2003, No 196
Witches Abroad by Terry PratchettBest loved novel, 2003, No 197
The Once and Future King by T. H. WhiteBest loved novel, 2003, No 198
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleBest loved novel, 2003, No 199
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. AndrewsBest loved novel, 2003, No 200

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The BBC started the Big Read with the goal of finding the "Nation's Best-loved Book" by way of a viewer vote via the Web, SMS, and telephone. The show attracted controversy for adopting an allegedly sensationalist approach to literature, but supporters praised it for raising the public awareness of reading. The British public voted originally for any book that they wished. From this, a list of 200 was drawn up, with the highest 21 then put forward for further voting, on the provision that only one book per author was permitted in the top 21

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