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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
2001: A Space Odyssey 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
A Bend in the River 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
A Christmas Carol 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
A Clockwork Orange 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
A Disaffection 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
A Farewell to Arms 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
A Fine Balance 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
A Ghost at Noon 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
A Handful of Dust 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
A Heart So White 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
A Home at the End of the World 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
A Kestrel for a Knave Barry Hines

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A Maggot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
A Maggot 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
A Man Asleep 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
A Pale View of Hills 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
A Passage to India 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
A Question of Power 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
A Room with a View 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

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A Sentimental Journey Through ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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A Severed Head is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
A Severed Head Iris Murdoch

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A Suitable Boy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth

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A Tale of a Tub is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
A Tale of a Tub Jonathan Swift

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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

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A Town Like Alice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute

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A Void/Avoid is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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A Woman’s Life is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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A world of love is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
A world of love Elizabeth Bowen

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Aaron’s Rod is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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Absalom, Absalom! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner

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Absolute Beginners is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Absolute Beginners Colin MacInnes

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Ada is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Ada Narain Gehani

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Adam Bede is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Adam Bede George Eliot

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Adjunct: An Undigest is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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Aesop’s Fables is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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After the death of Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
After the death of Don Juan Sylvia Townsend Warner

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after the quake is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
after the quake Haruki Murakami

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Against the grain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Against the grain Joris-Karl Huysmans

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Agnes Grey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Agnes Grey Anne Brontë

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Aithiopika is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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Albert Angelo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Albert Angelo B.S. Johnson

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Alias Grace is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Alias Grace Margaret Atwood

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderla... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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All About H. Hatterr is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
All About H. Hatterr G. V. Desani