Publisher SeriesPenguin Essentials, 2011 series

Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves 3,441 copies, 62 reviews1
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen 4,809 copies, 94 reviews2
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess 23,880 copies, 368 reviews3
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote 2,414 copies, 61 reviews4
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell 4,766 copies, 142 reviews5
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 65,061 copies, 1,070 reviews6
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster 10,319 copies, 206 reviews7
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons 5,416 copies, 213 reviews8
Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse 12,468 copies, 169 reviews9
On the Road by Jack Kerouac 26,077 copies, 361 reviews10
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence 12,532 copies, 198 reviews11
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys 7,682 copies, 228 reviews12
Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan 3,080 copies, 99 reviews13
Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S. Thompson 4,290 copies, 38 reviews14
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole 19,985 copies, 443 reviews15
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut 20,748 copies, 269 reviews16
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh 11,551 copies, 245 reviews17
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 29,432 copies, 533 reviews18
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende 4,742 copies, 65 reviews19
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark 4,800 copies, 156 reviews20
Junky by William S. Burroughs 4,564 copies, 50 reviews21
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf 18,600 copies, 311 reviews22
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 21,501 copies, 362 reviews23
The Periodic Table by Primo Levi 3,660 copies, 65 reviews24
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome 7,081 copies, 263 reviews25
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 21,490 copies, 432 reviews26
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis 5,453 copies, 142 reviews27
Dubliners by James Joyce 17,985 copies, 210 reviews28
The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith 3,036 copies, 81 reviews29
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett 3,941 copies, 132 reviews30
A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr 2,001 copies, 109 reviews33
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick 12,386 copies, 326 reviews34
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald 11,910 copies, 177 reviews36
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh 4,087 copies, 89 reviews37
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 14,724 copies, 190 reviews38
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham 6,865 copies, 191 reviews39
An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd 892 copies, 17 reviews40
Regeneration by Pat Barker 4,235 copies, 104 reviews41
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler 9,420 copies, 266 reviews42
I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill 486 copies, 8 reviews43
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind 16,815 copies, 416 reviews44
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar 1,211 copies, 59 reviews45
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss 8,714 copies, 306 reviews46
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster 11,448 copies, 129 reviews47
Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse 589 copies, 12 reviews48
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux 2,124 copies, 31 reviews49
Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud 926 copies, 28 reviews50
Asylum by Patrick McGrath 1,411 copies, 32 reviews51
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively 2,010 copies, 81 reviews52
Foe by J. M. Coetzee 1,721 copies, 39 reviews53
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer 13,604 copies, 253 reviews55
The Help by Kathryn Stockett 27,881 copies, 1,457 reviews56
What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe 2,218 copies, 52 reviews57
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 25,752 copies, 382 reviews58
The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler 3,036 copies, 61 reviews59
Embers by Sándor Márai 3,676 copies, 137 reviews60
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré 7,783 copies, 217 reviews61
A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines 948 copies, 17 reviews62
How Many Miles to Babylon? by Jennifer Johnston 272 copies, 13 reviews63
The Millstone by Margaret Drabble 861 copies, 24 reviews64
Are You Experienced? by William Sutcliffe 633 copies, 14 reviews65
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby 14,185 copies, 190 reviews66
The Circle by Dave Eggers 5,181 copies, 397 reviews67
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid 4,838 copies, 245 reviews68
White Teeth by Zadie Smith 12,887 copies, 231 reviews69
The Road to Lichfield by Penelope Lively 261 copies, 6 reviews70
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka 5,455 copies, 237 reviews71
Any Human Heart by William Boyd 2,258 copies, 91 reviews72
A Start in Life by Anita Brookner 515 copies, 17 reviews73
Twilight by Elie Wiesel 380 copies, 1 review74
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín 4,758 copies, 278 reviews75
Villages by John Updike 541 copies, 10 reviews76
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 15,467 copies, 457 reviews77
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham 4,255 copies, 109 reviews78
Age of Iron by J. M. Coetzee 1,027 copies, 17 reviews79
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle 13,627 copies, 273 reviews80
Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald 3,782 copies, 87 reviews81
Ghosts / An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter / The Literary Conference by César Aira 45 copies, 1 review82
Libra by Don DeLillo 3,417 copies, 39 reviews83
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford 1,731 copies, 62 reviews85
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell 7,185 copies, 121 reviews91
Animal Farm by George Orwell 54,196 copies, 817 reviews94
1984 by George Orwell 74,088 copies, 1,196 reviews95
The Plague by Albert Camus 16,843 copies, 225 reviews102
The Snow Goose and the Small Miracle by Paul Gallico 257 copies, 6 reviews103
Swallowing Geography by Deborah Levy 27 copies106
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak 1,658 copies, 66 reviews107
Submarine by Joe Dunthorne 355 copies, 10 reviews108
Ancient Light by John Banville 526 copies, 28 reviews109
The Rotters' Club by Jonathan Coe 1,963 copies, 38 reviews110
The Photograph by Penelope Lively 1,311 copies, 49 reviews111
Life Class by Pat Barker 991 copies, 53 reviews112
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 3,855 copies, 252 reviews113
A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore 582 copies, 22 reviews114
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle 2,542 copies, 40 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, User-written)


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