Publisher SeriesPenguin Essentials, 2011 series

Good-Bye to All That: An Autobiography by Robert Graves 3,689 copies, 66 reviews1
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen 5,186 copies, 99 reviews2
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess 25,768 copies, 385 reviews3
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote 2,750 copies, 80 reviews4
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell 5,210 copies, 149 reviews5
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 71,393 copies, 1,156 reviews6
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster 11,071 copies, 222 reviews7
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons 5,731 copies, 222 reviews8
Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse 13,386 copies, 186 reviews9
On the Road by Jack Kerouac 27,741 copies, 385 reviews10
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence 13,515 copies, 217 reviews11
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys 8,360 copies, 248 reviews12
Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan 3,315 copies, 103 reviews13
Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S. Thompson 4,560 copies, 40 reviews14
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole 21,255 copies, 469 reviews15
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut 22,150 copies, 296 reviews16
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh 12,463 copies, 265 reviews17
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende 5,034 copies, 70 reviews19
Junky by William S. Burroughs 4,829 copies, 54 reviews21
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf 20,408 copies, 330 reviews22
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 23,365 copies, 385 reviews23
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi 3,982 copies, 69 reviews24
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 23,506 copies, 465 reviews26
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis 5,772 copies, 152 reviews27
Dubliners by James Joyce 19,511 copies, 222 reviews28
The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith 3,256 copies, 92 reviews29
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett 4,234 copies, 143 reviews30
A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr 2,268 copies, 118 reviews33
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick 13,681 copies, 357 reviews34
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald 12,814 copies, 183 reviews36
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh 4,365 copies, 91 reviews37
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 16,165 copies, 211 reviews38
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham 7,388 copies, 206 reviews39
An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd 942 copies, 17 reviews40
Regeneration by Pat Barker 4,472 copies, 112 reviews41
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler 10,226 copies, 282 reviews42
I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill 510 copies, 8 reviews43
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind 17,951 copies, 442 reviews44
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar 1,277 copies, 61 reviews45
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss 9,022 copies, 315 reviews46
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster 12,337 copies, 142 reviews47
Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse 629 copies, 14 reviews48
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux 2,243 copies, 38 reviews49
Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud 963 copies, 29 reviews50
Asylum by Patrick McGrath 1,495 copies, 35 reviews51
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively 2,160 copies, 86 reviews52
Foe by J. M. Coetzee 1,844 copies, 41 reviews53
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer 14,141 copies, 264 reviews55
The Help by Kathryn Stockett 30,223 copies, 1,485 reviews56
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe 2,319 copies, 53 reviews57
The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler 3,297 copies, 67 reviews59
Embers by Sándor Márai 3,940 copies, 145 reviews60
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré 8,531 copies, 239 reviews61
A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines 1,040 copies, 18 reviews62
How Many Miles to Babylon? by Jennifer Johnston 286 copies, 13 reviews63
The Millstone by Margaret Drabble 927 copies, 25 reviews64
Are You Experienced? by William Sutcliffe 658 copies, 14 reviews65
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby 14,816 copies, 198 reviews66
The Circle by Dave Eggers 5,816 copies, 418 reviews67
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid 5,185 copies, 250 reviews68
White Teeth by Zadie Smith 13,586 copies, 245 reviews69
The Road to Lichfield by Penelope Lively 286 copies, 8 reviews70
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka 5,695 copies, 239 reviews71
Any Human Heart by William Boyd 2,415 copies, 94 reviews72
A Start in Life by Anita Brookner 556 copies, 18 reviews73
Twilight by Elie Wiesel 437 copies, 1 review74
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín 5,173 copies, 292 reviews75
Villages by John Updike 569 copies, 9 reviews76
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 16,557 copies, 468 reviews77
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham 4,701 copies, 122 reviews78
Age of Iron by J. M. Coetzee 1,116 copies, 18 reviews79
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle 15,122 copies, 293 reviews80
Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald 4,091 copies, 98 reviews81
Ghosts / An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter / The Literary Conference by César Aira 60 copies, 1 review82
Libra by Don DeLillo 3,666 copies, 39 reviews83
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford 1,918 copies, 69 reviews85
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell 7,747 copies, 129 reviews91
Animal Farm by George Orwell 59,351 copies, 869 reviews94
1984 by George Orwell 81,114 copies, 1,262 reviews95
The Plague by Albert Camus 18,331 copies, 248 reviews102
The Snow Goose and the Small Miracle by Paul Gallico 287 copies, 8 reviews103
Swallowing Geography by Deborah Levy 33 copies, 1 review106
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak 1,834 copies, 67 reviews107
Submarine by Joe Dunthorne 385 copies, 11 reviews108
Ancient Light by John Banville 565 copies, 29 reviews109
The Rotters' Club by Jonathan Coe 2,049 copies, 39 reviews110
The Photograph by Penelope Lively 1,371 copies, 53 reviews111
Life Class by Pat Barker 1,025 copies, 52 reviews112
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 4,200 copies, 264 reviews113
A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore 624 copies, 22 reviews114
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle 2,879 copies, 43 reviews115

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Penguin Essentials is a series from Penguin Books, relaunched in 2011 (the first series was in 1998). Numbering here relates to the 2011 series. (English, Member-written)


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