Books of the Decade: The 50 books that defined the decade

Given by The Guardian

52 Works 635,402 Books 15,344 Reviews ½ 4.0

The world was rocked by terrorism, climate change became an emergency, celebrity culture moved from our TVs to our bookshelves, and a boy wizard held millions spellbound. Love them or hate them,

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Categories:
All, 2000 (7), 2001 (4), 2002 (4), 2003 (5), 2004 (6), 2005 (5), 2006 (5), 2007 (5), 2008 (8), , 2009 (3)
Year Awarded:
2009
WorkCategory
Experience (2000) by Martin Amis
2000
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000) by Dave Eggers
2000
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000) by Malcolm Gladwell
2000
No Logo (2000) by Naomi Klein
2000
How to Be a Domestic Goddess (2000) by Nigella Lawson
2000
The Amber Spyglass (2000) by Philip Pullman
2000
White Teeth (2000) by Zadie Smith
2000
A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother (2003) by Rachel Cusk
2001
The Corrections (2001) by Jonathan Franzen
2001
Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan
2001
Austerlitz (2001) by W. G. Sebald
2001
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001) by Barbara Ehrenreich
2002
The Complete Persepolis (2001) by Marjane Satrapi
2002
London Orbital (2002) by Iain Sinclair
2002
Fingersmith (2002) by Sarah Waters
2002
The Da Vinci Code (2003) by Dan Brown
2003
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003) by Mark Haddon
2003
The Kite Runner (2003) by Khaled Hosseini
2003
Landing Light (2003) by Don Paterson
2003
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (2003) by Lynne Truss
2003
The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (Authorized Edition) (2004) by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
2004
Earth: An Intimate History (2004) by Richard Fortey
2004
The Line of Beauty (2004) by Alan Hollinghurst
2004
Small Island (2004) by Andrea Levy
2004
Cloud Atlas (2004) by David Mitchell
2004
Being Jordan: My Autobiography (2004) by Katie Price
2004
Untold Stories (2005) by Alan Bennett
2005
The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) by Joan Didion
2005
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (2005) by Tony Judt
2005
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (2005) by Steven D. Levitt
2005
Saturday (2005) by Ian McEwan
2005
The God Delusion (2006) by Richard Dawkins
2006
The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth (2005) by Tim Flannery
2006
The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity (2006) by James E. Lovelock
2006
The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy
2006
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (2006) by Lawrence Wright
2006
Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2007
The Blair Years: The Alastair Campbell Diaries (2007) by Alastair Campbell
2007
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) by Mohsin Hamid
2007
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007) by J. K. Rowling
2007
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective (2008) by Kate Summerscale
2007
The Forever War (2008) by Dexter Filkins
2008
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science (2008) by Richard Holmes
2008
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (2006) by Barack Obama
2008
Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise (2008) by Barack Obama
2008
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995) by Barack Obama
2008
Netherland (2008) by Joseph O'Neill
2008
Home (2008) by Marilynne Robinson
2008
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (2007) by Alex Ross
2008
2666 (2004) by Roberto Bolaño
2009
Wolf Hall (2009) by Hilary Mantel
2009
Brooklyn (2009) by Colm Tóibín
2009

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The world was rocked by terrorism, climate change became an emergency, celebrity culture moved from our TVs to our bookshelves, and a boy wizard held millions spellbound. Love them or hate them, these are the 50 books that defined the decade

(English, Award granter)
URL: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/dec/05/books-of-the-noughties

Contains 52 books: three of Barack Obama's books were jointly listed under 2008.

(English, Technical/disambiguation notice)

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