Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels Books
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Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels

A list of the best 99 novels of all time between 1939 and 1983 compiled by Anthony Burgess, one of the greatest literary critics of all time. Anthony Burgess is well known for reviewing over 350 books in just over two years, and that was just at the start of his career. In the 1980's, when Anthony was asked to list his favorite books, this is the list he made. Being ninety-nine novels, this list is entirely comprised of fictional stories, but beyond that, all genres have been included. If you're new to reading, or an old bibliophile, this list of the best 99 novels should help you decide what to add next to your bookshelf or e-reader.


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  1. #187 on the original list
    V.S. Naipaul Published in 1979.

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  3. #235 on the original list
    John Kennedy Toole Published in 1980.

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  4. Anthony Powell Published in 1951.

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  5. Chinua Achebe Published in 1966.

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  6. Christopher Isherwood Published in 1964.

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  7. Aldous Huxley Published in 1939.

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    Pamela Hansford Johnson Published in 1962.

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  9. Norman Mailer Published in 1983.

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  10. James Baldwin Published in 1962.

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  11. Aldous Huxley Published in 1948.

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  12. Brian O'Nolan Published in 1939.

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  13. Len Deighton Published in 1970.

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  14. #92 on the original list
    Evelyn Waugh Published in 1945.

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  15. #31 on the original list
    Joseph Heller Published in 1961.

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  16. Mordecai Richler Published in 1968.

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  17. Gore Vidal Published in 1981.

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  18. Alexander Theroux Published in 1981.

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    Bernard Malamud Published in 1979.

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  20. L. P. Hartley Published in 1960.

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    Robert Nye Published in 1976.

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    James Plunkett Published in 1977.

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  23. #130 on the original list
    James Joyce Published in 1939.

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  24. #52 on the original list
    Ernest Hemingway Published in 1940.

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  25. John Barth Published in 1966.

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  26. Ian Fleming Published in 1959.

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  27. Thomas Pynchon Published in 1973.

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    Wilson Harris Published in 1964.

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  29. David Lodge Published in 1980.

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  30. Erica Jong Published in 1977.

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  31. Saul Bellow Published in 1975.

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  32. #50 on the original list
    Ralph Ellison Published in 1952.

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  33. Aldous Huxley Published in 1962.

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  34. Alasdair Gray Published in 1981.

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  35. Angus Wilson Published in 1964.

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    Brian Aldiss Published in 1980.

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  37. Kingsley Amis Published in 1954.

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  38. #5 on the original list
    George Orwell Published in 1949.

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  39. Nevil Shute Published in 1948.

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  40. #154 on the original list
    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov Published in 1962.

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  41. Henry Green Published in 1939.

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  42. Keith Roberts Published in 1968.

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  43. Philip Roth Published in 1969.

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  44. Russell Hoban Published in 1980.

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  45. Patrick White Published in 1961.

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  46. John Braine Published in 1957.

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  47. Alan Sillitoe Published in 1958.

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    Joan Givner Published in 1950.

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  49. #120 on the original list
    William Styron Published in 1979.

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  50. Paul Scott Published in 1977.

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