Publisher SeriesPenguin Essentials, 2011 series

Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves 3,301 copies, 59 reviews1
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen 4,586 copies, 93 reviews2
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess 22,722 copies, 351 reviews3
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote 2,277 copies, 59 reviews4
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell 4,466 copies, 133 reviews5
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 61,641 copies, 1,026 reviews6
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster 9,786 copies, 193 reviews7
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons 5,208 copies, 203 reviews8
Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse 11,942 copies, 164 reviews9
On the Road by Jack Kerouac 25,197 copies, 349 reviews10
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence 11,933 copies, 189 reviews11
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys 7,266 copies, 207 reviews12
Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan 2,950 copies, 95 reviews13
Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S. Thompson 4,106 copies, 37 reviews14
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole 19,172 copies, 420 reviews15
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut 19,938 copies, 259 reviews16
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh 11,088 copies, 235 reviews17
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 28,224 copies, 505 reviews18
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende 4,411 copies, 60 reviews19
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark 4,643 copies, 149 reviews20
Junky by William S. Burroughs 4,424 copies, 48 reviews21
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf 17,667 copies, 296 reviews22
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 20,393 copies, 317 reviews23
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi 3,488 copies, 65 reviews24
Three Men in a Boat—To Say Nothing of the Dog by Jerome K. Jerome 6,688 copies, 246 reviews25
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 20,455 copies, 410 reviews26
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis 5,231 copies, 137 reviews27
Dubliners by James Joyce 17,094 copies, 197 reviews28
The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith 2,880 copies, 75 reviews29
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett 3,775 copies, 124 reviews30
A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr 1,872 copies, 108 reviews33
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick 11,651 copies, 311 reviews34
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald 11,347 copies, 166 reviews36
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh 3,919 copies, 86 reviews37
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 13,962 copies, 179 reviews38
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham 6,402 copies, 183 reviews39
An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd 866 copies, 18 reviews40
Regeneration by Pat Barker 4,084 copies, 104 reviews41
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler 8,925 copies, 253 reviews42
I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill 467 copies, 8 reviews43
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind 16,177 copies, 400 reviews44
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar 1,169 copies, 59 reviews45
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss 8,458 copies, 296 reviews46
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster 10,888 copies, 122 reviews47
Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse 565 copies, 12 reviews48
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux 2,044 copies, 29 reviews49
Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud 903 copies, 28 reviews50
Asylum by Patrick McGrath 1,362 copies, 29 reviews51
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively 1,904 copies, 79 reviews52
Foe by J. M. Coetzee 1,657 copies, 37 reviews53
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer 13,299 copies, 251 reviews55
The Help by Kathryn Stockett 26,460 copies, 1,435 reviews56
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe 2,155 copies, 50 reviews57
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 24,699 copies, 364 reviews58
The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler 2,862 copies, 58 reviews59
Embers by Sándor Márai 3,527 copies, 133 reviews60
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré 7,322 copies, 198 reviews61
A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines 897 copies, 17 reviews62
How Many Miles to Babylon? by Jennifer Johnston 264 copies, 13 reviews63
The Millstone by Margaret Drabble 828 copies, 24 reviews64
Are You Experienced? by William Sutcliffe 620 copies, 13 reviews65
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby 13,892 copies, 183 reviews66
The Circle by Dave Eggers 4,782 copies, 376 reviews67
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid 4,671 copies, 244 reviews68
White Teeth by Zadie Smith 12,435 copies, 223 reviews69
The Road to Lichfield by Penelope Lively 252 copies, 6 reviews70
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka 5,328 copies, 231 reviews71
Any Human Heart by William Boyd 2,135 copies, 91 reviews72
A Start in Life by Anita Brookner 481 copies, 16 reviews73
Twilight by Elie Wiesel 347 copies, 1 review74
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín 4,496 copies, 269 reviews75
Villages by John Updike 518 copies, 10 reviews76
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 15,136 copies, 453 reviews77
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham 4,017 copies, 104 reviews78
Age of Iron by J. M. Coetzee 984 copies, 15 reviews79
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle 12,709 copies, 262 reviews80
Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald 3,562 copies, 84 reviews81
Ghosts / An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter / The Literary Conference by César Aira 38 copies, 1 review82
Libra by Don DeLillo 3,309 copies, 38 reviews83
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford 1,597 copies, 58 reviews85
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell 6,825 copies, 116 reviews91
Animal Farm by George Orwell 50,520 copies, 760 reviews94
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell 69,798 copies, 1,142 reviews95
The Plague by Albert Camus 15,998 copies, 207 reviews102
The Snow Goose and the Small Miracle by Paul Gallico 245 copies, 6 reviews103
Swallowing Geography by Deborah Levy 20 copies106
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak 1,561 copies, 57 reviews107
Submarine by Joe Dunthorne 341 copies, 9 reviews108
Ancient Light by John Banville 497 copies, 26 reviews109
The Rotters' Club by Jonathan Coe 1,918 copies, 34 reviews110
The Photograph by Penelope Lively 1,276 copies, 48 reviews111
Life Class by Pat Barker 965 copies, 53 reviews112
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 3,632 copies, 249 reviews113
A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore 569 copies, 21 reviews114
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 2,360 copies, 40 reviews115


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, User-written)


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