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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.

A Bend in the River is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
A Bend in the River V.S. Naipaul - Published in 1979.

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A Chronicle of Ancient Sunligh... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight Published in 1951.

A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole - Published in 1980.

A Dance to the Music of Time is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
A Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell - Published in 1951.

A Man of the People is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
A Man of the People Chinua Achebe - Published in 1966.

A Single Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
A Single Man Christopher Isherwood - Published in 1964.

After Many a Summer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
After Many a Summer Aldous Huxley - Published in 1939.

An Error of Judgement is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
An Error of Judgement Pamela Hansford Johnson - Published in 1962.

Ancient Evenings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Ancient Evenings Norman Mailer - Published in 1983.

Another Country is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Another Country James Baldwin - Published in 1962.

Ape and Essence is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Ape and Essence Aldous Huxley - Published in 1948.

At Swim-Two-Birds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
At Swim-Two-Birds Brian O'Nolan - Published in 1939.

Bomber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Bomber Len Deighton - Published in 1970.

Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh - Published in 1945.

Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Catch-22 Joseph Heller - Published in 1961.

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Cocksure is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Cocksure Mordecai Richler - Published in 1968.

Creation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Creation Gore Vidal - Published in 1981.

Darconville's Cat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Darconville's Cat Alexander Theroux - Published in 1981.

Dubin's lives is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Dubin's lives Bernard Malamud - Published in 1979.

Facial Justice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Facial Justice L. P. Hartley - Published in 1960.

Falstaff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Falstaff Robert Nye - Published in 1976.

Farewell companions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Farewell companions James Plunkett - Published in 1977.

Finnegans Wake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Finnegans Wake James Joyce - Published in 1939.

For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway - Published in 1940.

Giles Goat-Boy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Giles Goat-Boy John Barth - Published in 1966.

Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Goldfinger Ian Fleming - Published in 1959.

Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon - Published in 1973.

Heartland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Heartland Wilson Harris - Published in 1964.

How Far Can You Go? is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
How Far Can You Go? David Lodge - Published in 1980.

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How to Save Your Own Life is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
How to Save Your Own Life Erica Jong - Published in 1977.

Humboldt's Gift is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Humboldt's Gift Saul Bellow - Published in 1975.

Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison - Published in 1952.

Island is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Island Aldous Huxley - Published in 1962.

Lanark: A Life in Four Books is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Lanark: A Life in Four Books Alasdair Gray - Published in 1981.

Late Call is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Late Call Angus Wilson - Published in 1964.

Life in the West is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Life in the West Brian Aldiss - Published in 1980.

Lucky Jim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis - Published in 1954.

Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell - Published in 1949.

No Highway is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
No Highway Nevil Shute - Published in 1948.

Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Pale Fire Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov - Published in 1962.

Party Going is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Party Going Henry Green - Published in 1939.

Pavane is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Pavane Keith Roberts - Published in 1968.

Portnoy's Complaint is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Portnoy's Complaint Philip Roth - Published in 1969.

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Riddley Walker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Riddley Walker Russell Hoban - Published in 1980.

Riders in the Chariot is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Riders in the Chariot Patrick White - Published in 1961.

Room at the Top is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Room at the Top John Braine - Published in 1957.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morn... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Alan Sillitoe - Published in 1958.

Scenes from provincial life is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Scenes from provincial life Joan Givner - Published in 1950.

Sophie's Choice is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Sophie's Choice William Styron - Published in 1979.

Staying On is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Anthony Burgess's List of the Best 99 Novels
Staying On Paul Scott - Published in 1977.