BBC’s The Big Read

Bold titles are books I have read (I also own most of these)
A single asterisk denotes books on my personal reading lists
Double asterisks denote books I own, and obviously plan to read


The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman*

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

1984 by George Orwell

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller**

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame**

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell**

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy*

Middlemarch by George Eliot**

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving*

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck**

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez*

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett**

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens*

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Dune by Frank Herbert*

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Watership Down by Richard Adams*

The Great Gastby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas*

Brideshead Revisted by Evelyn Waugh*

Animal Farm by George Orwell

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens**

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy*

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Stand by Stephen King*

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

The BFG by Roald Dahl**

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell**

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer*

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky*

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden**

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens**

The Thorn Birds by Collen McCullough*

Mort by Teri Pratchett*

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

The Magus by John Fowles

Good Omens by Teri Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Guards! Guards! by Teri Pratchett*

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Perfume by Patrick Süskind

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell

Night Watch by Teri Pratchett*

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding**

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins*

Ulysses by James Joyce*

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson

The Twits by Roald Dahl*

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith**

Holes by Louis Sachar

Gormenghast by Mervin Peake

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy*

Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Magician by Raymond E. Feist

On the Road by Jack Kerouac**

The Godfather by Marco Puzo*

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

The Color of Magic by Teri Pratchett*

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Katherine by Anya Seton

Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez**

Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie*

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett*

The Beach by Alex Garland

Dracula by Bram Stoker**

Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy*

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend

The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo**

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy*

The Dare Game by Jacqueline Wilson

Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Shōgun by James Clavell

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray**

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski**

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle**

Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov**

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

East of Eden by John Steinbeck*

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl*

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett*

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

Girls in Tears by Jacqueline Wilson

Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque*

Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

It by Stephen King

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Green Mile by Stephen King**

Papillon by Henri Charrière

Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett*

Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian

Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz

Soul Music by Terry Pratchett*

Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett*

The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett*

Atonement by Ian McEwan**

Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey*

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Kim by Rudyard Kipling*

Cross Stitch (aka Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

River God by Wilbur Smith

Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

The World According to Garp by John Irving*

Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore

Girls Out Late by Jacqueline Wilson

The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

They Used to Play on Grass by Terry Venables and Gordon Williams

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway*

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco*

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl*

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov**

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

Silas Marner by George Eliot

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

Goosebumps by R. L. Stine

Heidi by Johanna Spyri*

Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera**

Man and Boy by Tony Parsons

The Truth by Terry Pratchett*

The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett*

The Once and Future King by T. H. White**

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

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