The Guardian 1000 Novels Everyone Must ReadComedy

Given by The Guardian

Other Names: 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read, Guardian 1000
149 Works 486,287 Books 9,981 Reviews ½ 3.9

The Guardian is a UK newspaper which, with its sister Sunday paper The Observer, published this list as a set of supplements over a one-week period early in 2009. As described by the Guardian: "This

show more list… includes only novels —no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems — from any decade in any language."

The list actually contains only 998 books. show less

Categories:
All, Comedy (149), Crime (147), Family and Self (146), Love (141), Science Fiction and Fantasy (149), State of the Nation (134), War and Travel (132)
Year Awarded:
2009
Work
Lucky Jim (1954) by Kingsley Amis
The Information (1995) by Martin Amis
Money: A Suicide Note (1984) by Martin Amis
According to Queeney (2001) by Beryl Bainbridge
The Bottle Factory Outing (1974) by Beryl Bainbridge
Flaubert's Parrot (1984) by Julian Barnes
A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (1989) by Julian Barnes
Augustus Carp, Esq., By Himself: Being the Autobiography of a Really Good Man (1924) by Henry Howarth Bashford
Molloy (1951) by Samuel Beckett
Zuleika Dobson (1911) by Max Beerbohm
The Adventures of Augie March (1953) by Saul Bellow
The Uncommon Reader (2006) by Alan Bennett
Queen Lucia (1920) by E. F. Benson
The Ascent of Rum Doodle (1956) by W. E. Bowman
A Good Man in Africa (1981) by William Boyd
The History Man (1975) by Malcolm Bradbury
No Bed for Bacon (1941) by Caryl Brahms
Illywhacker (1985) by Peter Carey
The Hearing Trumpet (1967) by Leonora Carrington
The Harpole Report (1972) by J. L. Carr
A Season in Sinji (1967) by J. L. Carr
The Horse's Mouth (1957) by Joyce Cary
Mister Johnson (1949) by Joyce Cary
Don Quixote (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The Case of the Gilded Fly (1944) by Edmund Crispin
Just William (1922) by Richmal Crompton
Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930) by E.M. Delafield
Slouching Towards Kalamazoo (1983) by Peter De Vries
Martin Chuzzlewit (1843) by Charles Dickens
The Pickwick Papers (1836) by Charles Dickens
Jacques the Fatalist (1796) by Denis Diderot
A Fairy Tale of New York (1973) by J. P. Donleavy
The Commitments (1987) by Roddy Doyle
Ennui (1809) by Maria Edgeworth
Cheese (1933) by Willem Elsschot
Venus on the Half-Shell (1974) by Philip José Farmer
Bridget Jones's Diary (1996) by Helen Fielding
Joseph Andrews (1742) by Henry Fielding
Tom Jones (1749) by Henry Fielding
Caprice (1917) by Ronald Firbank
Bouvard and Pécuchet (1881) by Gustave Flaubert
Towards the End of the Morning (1967) by Michael Frayn
The Polyglots (1925) by William Gerhardie
Cold Comfort Farm (1932) by Stella Gibbons
The dead souls (1842) by Nikolai Gogol
Oblomov (1859) by Iwan Gontscharow
The Wind in the Willows (1908) by Kenneth Grahame
Our Man in Havana (1958) by Graham Greene
Travels with My Aunt (1969) by Graham Greene
Squire Haggard's Journal (Prion Humour Classics) (1975) by Michael Green
The Diary of a Nobody (1892) by George Grossmith
The Little World of Don Camillo (1948) by Giovannino Guareschi
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003) by Mark Haddon
Catch-22 (1961) by Joseph Heller
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1946) by Eric Hodgins
High Fidelity (1995) by Nick Hornby
I Served the King of England (1971) by Bohumil Hrabal
The Lecturer's Tale (2001) by James Hynes
Mr Norris Changes Trains (1935) by Christopher Isherwood
The Mighty Walzer (2000) by Howard Jacobson
Pictures from an Institution (1954) by Randall Jarrell
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) (1889) by Jerome K. Jerome
Finnegans Wake (1939) by James Joyce
The Castle (1925) by Franz Kafka
Lake Wobegon Days (1985) by Garrison Keillor
Death and the Penguin (2001) by Andrij Kurkow
The Debt to Pleasure (1996) by John Lanchester
Gil Blas (1715) by Alain René Le Sage
Changing Places (1975) by David Lodge
Nice Work (1988) by David Lodge
The Towers of Trebizond (1956) by Rose Macaulay
England, Their England (1933) by A. G. Macdonell
Whisky Galore (1947) by Compton Mackenzie
Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf (1995) by David Madsen
Cakes and Ale (1934) by W. Somerset Maugham
Tales of the City (1978) by Armistead Maupin
Brewster's Millions (1903) by George Barr McCutcheon
Bright Lights, Big City (1984) by Jay McInerney
Puckoon (1963) by Spike Milligan
The Restraint of Beasts (1998) by Magnus Mills
Charade (1986) by John Mortimer
Titmuss Regained (1990) by John Mortimer
Under the Net (1954) by Iris Murdoch
Pale Fire (1962) by Vladimir Nabokov
Pnin (1953) by Vladimir Nabokov
Fireflies (1970) by Shiva Naipaul
The Sacred Book of the Werewolf (2004) by Viktor Pelevin
Life: A User's Manual (1978) by Georges Perec
Les Revenentes (1972) by Georges Perec
A Void (1994) by Georges Perec
My Search for Warren Harding (1983) by Robert Plunket
A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement, Spring (1962) by Anthony Powell
A Time to Be Born (1942) by Dawn Powell
Excellent Women (1952) by Barbara Pym
Less Than Angels (1955) by Barbara Pym
Zazie in the Metro (1959) by Raymond Queneau
Alms for Oblivion, Volume 1 (1998) by Simon Raven
Solomon Gursky Was Here (1989) by Mordecai Richler
Portnoy's Complaint (1967) by Philip Roth
The Unbearable Bassington (1912) by Saki
The Westminster Alice (1912) by Saki
Hurrah for St. Trinian's and Other Lapses (1948) by Ronald Searle
Great Apes (1997) by Will Self
Blott on the Landscape (1975) by Tom Sharpe
Porterhouse Blue (1974) by Tom Sharpe
Office Politics (1656) by Wilfrid Sheed
The Belles Lettres Papers (1987) by Charles Simmons
Moo (1995) by Jane Smiley
Topper Takes a Trip (1932) by Thorne Smith
The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom (1753) by Tobias Smollett
The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle {complete} (1751) by Tobias Smollett
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771) by Tobias Smollett
Roderick Random (1748) by Tobias Smollett
The Driver's Seat (1970) by Muriel Spark
A Far Cry from Kensington (1988) by Muriel Spark
The Girls of Slender Means (1963) by Muriel Spark
Loitering with Intent (1981) by Muriel Spark
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) by Muriel Spark
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759) by Laurence Sterne
White Man Falling (2006) by Mike Stocks
Handley Cross (1843) by R. S. Surtees
A Tale of a Tub and Other Works (1704) by Jonathan Swift
Penrod (1914) by Booth Tarkington
Barry Lyndon (1844) by William Makepeace Thackeray
Before Lunch (1939) by Angela Thirkell
Tropic of Ruislip (1974) by Leslie Thomas
A Confederacy of Dunces (1980) by John Kennedy Toole
Barchester Towers (1857) by Anthony Trollope
The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories (1922) by Mark Twain
The Witches of Eastwick (1984) by John Updike
Breakfast of Champions (1974) by Kurt Vonnegut
Infinite Jest (1996) by David Foster Wallace
Black Mischief (1932) by Evelyn Waugh
Decline and Fall (1928) by Evelyn Waugh
A Handful of Dust (1934) by Evelyn Waugh
The Loved One (1948) by Evelyn Waugh
Scoop (1938) by Evelyn Waugh
Vile Bodies (1930) by Evelyn Waugh
The Life and Loves of a She Devil (1983) by Fay Weldon
Tono-Bungay (1909) by H. G. Wells
The Compleet Molesworth (1958) by Geoffrey Willans
The Wimbledon Poisoner (1990) by Nigel Williams
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes (1956) by Angus Wilson
The Code of the Woosters (1938) by P. G. Wodehouse
Heavy Weather (1933) by P. G. Wodehouse
Joy in the Morning (1947) by P. G. Wodehouse
Piccadilly Jim (1917) by P. G. Wodehouse
Something Fresh (1915) by P. G. Wodehouse
Thank You, Jeeves (1934) by P. G. Wodehouse

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The Guardian is a UK newspaper which, with its sister Sunday paper The Observer, published this list as a set of supplements over a one-week period early in 2009. As described by the Guardian: "This list… includes only novels —no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems — from any decade in any language."

The list actually contains only 998 books.

(English, Member-written)

The list actually contains only 998 books: 149 Comedy, 147 Crime, 146 Family and self, 141 Love, 149 Science fiction and fantasy, 134 State of the nation, 132 War and travel.

(English, Technical/disambiguation notice)
URL: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction

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