# The Observer's 100 Greatest Novels of All Time

## Given by The Observer

100 Works 1,754,208 Books 28,185 Reviews 4.0

Original list in

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"If lists are a guilty pleasure, then book lists are a sinful addiction. That's an observation for which the show more

Robert McCrum in

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Not to be confused with The Observer's 100 Best Novels started in 2013, which excludes the translations that are such a feature of this 2003 list. show less

*The Observer*, 12 Oct. 2003.----------------------------------------

"If lists are a guilty pleasure, then book lists are a sinful addiction. That's an observation for which the show more

*Observer*can adduce empirical evidence. Ten years ago, on 12 October 2003, in a headline-grabbing stunt, writing as literary editor, I compiled (with a lot of help from colleagues) a list, provocatively entitled "The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time". Say what you like about lists, but this one rapidly developed a life of its own, like a sci-fi alien. Once the initial furore – why no Updike? How on earth could we exclude PG Wodehouse? – had died down, the creature we had created continued to circulate in cyberspace, sponsoring a rare mixture of rage and delight, apparently without rhyme or reason. Every now and again, some particular group would tangle with the*Observer*list. And it would drive them mad (in good and bad ways) all over again. For reasons I have yet to fathom, it excited special notice in Australia."Robert McCrum in

*The Observer*, 22 Sep 2013.----------------------------------------

Not to be confused with The Observer's 100 Best Novels started in 2013, which excludes the translations that are such a feature of this 2003 list. show less

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