Novels 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die  

Walter Graves
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A list of the 1001 books you must read before you die. This list has been used by book lovers for years. Featuring classics and newer books alike, this list is a fantastic resource for bibliophiles (and if you're checking out this list, that probably includes you). This is considered by many to be the authoritative list of the best books of all time. The list includes both fiction and non-fiction, and all genres have been included as well. Whether you're new to reading, or a long time reader just looking to fill in the gaps, this is the list for you.

What are the books you need to read before you die? Look and see.

Source: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall
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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Arthur C. Clarke

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A Bend in the River is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
V.S. Naipaul

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A Boy’s Own Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Charles Dickens

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Anthony Burgess

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A Dance to the Music of Time is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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A Day Off is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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A Disaffection is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
James Kelman

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A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Ernest Hemingway

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A Fine Balance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Rohinton Mistry

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A ghost at noon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Alberto Moravia

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A Handful of Dust is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Evelyn Waugh

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A Heart So White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Javier Marías

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A Home at the End of the World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Michael Cunningham

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A Kestrel for a Knave is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Barry Hines

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A Maggot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
John Fowles

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A Man Asleep is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Georges Perec

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A Modest Proposal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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A Pale View of Hills is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Kazuo Ishiguro

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A Passage to India is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
E. M. Forster

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A Portrait of the Artist as a ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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A Prayer for Owen Meany is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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A Question of Power is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Bessie Head

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A Room with a View is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
E. M. Forster

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A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die