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Book awards: Guardian Essential Library

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Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew HodgesBiography
Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyFiction in Translation
The Annals by TacitusHistory
The Armada by Garrett MattinglyHistory
Aubrey's brief lives by John AubreyBiography
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm XMemoir and Autobiography
Beethoven's Letters by Ludwig van BeethovenArt and Music
Bully for Brontosaurus by Stephen Jay GouldScience
C: Because Cowards Get Cancer Too... by John DiamondMemoir and Autobiography
Candide by VoltaireFiction in Translation
The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven by Charles RosenArt and Music
Climbing Mount Improbable by Richard DawkinsScience
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon SinghScience
Collected Poems by Edward ThomasPoetry
The Communist Manifesto by Karl MarxPolitics
The Complete Poems by Christina RossettiPoetry
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily DickinsonPoetry
The complete poems, 1927–1979 by Elizabeth BishopPoetry
Cosmos by Carl SaganScience
The Custom of the Country by Edith WhartonFiction
Danube by Claudio MagrisTravel
Democracy in America by Alexis de TocquevillePolitics
Development as Freedom by Amartya SenPolitics
Diaries by Alan ClarkMemoir and Autobiography
Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend by Thomas MannArt and Music
Don Quixote by Miguel de CervantesFiction in Translation
Don Quixote's Delusions: Travels in Castilian Spain by Miranda FranceTravel
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA by James D. WatsonScience
Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage by Richard HolmesBiography
E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation by David BodanisScience
Effi Briest by Theodor FontaneFiction in Translation
Eminent Victorians by Lytton StracheyBiography
English Society in the Eighteenth Century by Roy PorterHistory
Eothen by Alexander William KinglakeTravel
Essays on Music by Theodor AdornoArt and Music
Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse by Alexander PushkinFiction in Translation
Experience by Martin AmisMemoir and Autobiography
The Face of Battle by John KeeganHistory
Fathers and Sons by Ivan TurgenevFiction in Translation
The Federalist Papers by Alexander HamiltonPolitics
The Glenn Gould Reader by Glenn GouldArt and Music
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox FordFiction
Goodbye to All That by Robert GravesMemoir and Autobiography
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldFiction
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul TherouxTravel
Henry James: A Life by Leon EdelBiography
A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail LermontovFiction in Translation
If Not Now, When? by Primo LeviHistory
If This Is a Man and The Truce by Primo LeviMemoir and Autobiography
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel ProustFiction in Translation
In Siberia by Colin ThubronTravel
In Xanadu: A Quest by William DalrympleTravel
The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens by Claire TomalinBiography
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouMemoir and Autobiography
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di LampedusaHistory
Leviathan by Thomas HobbesPolitics
The Life of Charlotte Brontë by Elizabeth GaskellBiography
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James BoswellBiography
The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio VasariArt and Music
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson MandelaMemoir and Autobiography
Madame Bovary by Gustave FlaubertFiction in Translation
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul HoffmanScience
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail BulgakovFiction in Translation
The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II by Fernand BraudelHistory
Memories and Commentaries: New One-Volume Edition by Igor StravinskyArt and Music
Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements by Paul StrathernScience
Middlemarch by George EliotFiction
The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin CrispMemoir and Autobiography
Old Glory : A Voyage Down the Mississippi by Jonathan RabanTravel
On the Social Contract by Jean-Jacques RousseauPolitics
Orlando by Virginia WoolfBiography
Orwell and Politics (Penguin Modern Classics) by George OrwellPolitics
Our Mutual Friend by Charles DickensFiction
The Painter of Modern Life by Charles BaudelaireArt and Music
Persuasion by Jane AustenFiction
The Poetry of Robert Frost by Robert FrostPoetry
Politics by AristotlePolitics
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry JamesFiction
The Prelude by William WordsworthPoetry
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
The Quest for Corvo : An Experiment in Biography by A. J. A. SymonsBiography
Rabbit Angstrom: A Tetralogy by John UpdikeFiction
Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund BurkePolitics
The Road to Oxiana by Robert ByronTravel
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel HawthorneFiction
Selected Writings [Oxford World's Classics] by William HazlittHistory
The Social Contract and Discourses by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Sonnets by William ShakespearePoetry
The Story of Art by E. H. GombrichArt and Music
Sun Dancing by Geoffrey MoorhouseTravel
Survival In Auschwitz by Primo Levi
Testament of Youth by Vera BrittainMemoir and Autobiography
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared M. DiamondScience
Thomas Hardy: The Complete Poems by Thomas HardyPoetry
A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh FermorTravel
Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution by Richard ForteyScience
Troilus and Cressida; A Love Poem in Five Books by Geoffrey ChaucerPoetry
Ulysses by James JoyceFiction
The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan HuizingaHistory
The Waste Land by T. S. EliotPoetry
Ways of Seeing by John BergerArt and Music

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Award description

Clear your shelves of dog-eared airport novels, forgettable potboilers and half-read works of non-fiction.
We asked eminent writers to choose 10 books from their respective fields to make up a capsule library of indispensable volumes. The only rules were that the books had to be in print and readily available in the UK.
From art to science via fiction and memoir, these are their selections for the Guardian's Essential Library of 100 vital books. Collect them, then read them...



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