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Book awards: Waterstones Books of the Century

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Works (100)

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien1997, No 1
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell1997, No 2
Animal Farm by George Orwell1997, No 3
Ulysses by James Joyce1997, No 4
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller1997, No 5
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger1997, No 6
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee1997, No 7
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez1997, No 8
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck1997, No 9
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh1997, No 10
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang1997, No 11
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald1997, No 12
Lord of the Flies by William Golding1997, No 13
On the Road by Jack Kerouac1997, No 14
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley1997, No 15
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame1997, No 16
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne1997, No 17
The Color Purple by Alice Walker1997, No 18
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien1997, No 19
The Stranger by Albert Camus1997, No 20
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis1997, No 21
The Trial by Franz KafkaNo 22
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell1997, No 23
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams1997, No 24
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie1997, No 25
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank1997, No 26
A Clockwork Orange [novel] by Anthony Burgess1997, No 27
Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence1997, No 28
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf1997, No 29
If This Is a Man by Primo Levi1997, No 30
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov1997, No 31
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks1997, No 32
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust1997, No 33
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl1997, No 34
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck1997, No 35
Beloved by Toni Morrison1997, No 36
Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt1997, No 37
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad1997, No 38
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster1997, No 39
Watership Down by Richard Adams1997, No 40
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder1997, No 41
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco1997, No 42
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez1997, No 43
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier1997, No 44
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro1997, No 45
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera1997, No 46
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks1997, No 47
Howards End by E. M. Forster1997, No 48
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh1997, No 49
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth1997, No 50
Dune by Frank Herbert1997, No 51
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving1997, No 52
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind1997, No 53
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak1997, No 54
The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake1997, No 55
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee1997, No 56
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath1997, No 57
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood1997, No 58
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain1997, No 59
The Magus by John Fowles1997, No 60
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene1997, No 61
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell1997, No 62
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov1997, No 63
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin1997, No 64
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles1997, No 65
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernières1997, No 66
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut1997, No 67
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig1997, No 68
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster1997, No 69
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis1997, No 70
It by Stephen King1997, No 71
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene1997, No 72
The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King1997, No 73
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle1997, No 75
Matilda by Roald Dahl1997, No 76
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis1997, No 77
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson1997, No 78
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl1997, No 80
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence1997, No 81
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe1997, No 82
Delia's Complete Cookery Course by Delia Smith1997, No 83
An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan1997, No 84
The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence1997, No 85
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell1997, No 86
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke1997, No 87
The Tin Drum by Günter Grass1997, No 88
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn1997, No 89
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela1997, No 90
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins1997, No 91
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton1997, No 92
The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell1997, No 93
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton1997, No 94
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby1997, No 95
The Van by Roddy Doyle1997, No 96
The BFG by Roald Dahl1997, No 97
Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess1997, No 98
I, Claudius by Robert Graves1997, No 99
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans1997, No 100

Award description

Waterstones is a bookstore chain with more than 200 stores in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Europe. In January 1997, Waterstones announced the results of its Books of the Century poll to find out what the public considered to be the hundred greatest books of the twentieth century. Over 25, 000 people took part in the poll and the Book of the Century was revealed as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.


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