List :: Books You Can't Live Without by The Guardian

  • Oliver Twist


    Oliver Twist

    by Charles Dickens

    (8 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 475

    30 points

    "Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to..."

  • Dracula



    by Bram Stoker

    (16 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 462

    33 points

  • The Secret Garden


    The Secret Garden

    by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    (14 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 271

    78 points

    "When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen."

  • Notes from a small island


    Notes from a small island

    by Bill Bryson

    (5 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 497

    27 points

    "My first sight of England was on a foggy March night in 1973 when I arrived on the midnight ferry from Calais."

  • Ulysses



    by James Joyce

    (12 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 4

    925 points

    "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed."

  • The Bell Jar


    The Bell Jar

    by Sylvia Plath

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 137

    141 points

    "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."

  • Swallows and Amazons


    Swallows and Amazons

    by Arthur Ransome

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 328

    68 points

    "Roger, aged seven, and no longer the youngest of the family, ran in wide zigzags, to and fro, across the steep field that sloped up from the lake to Holly Howe, the farm where they were staying for..."

  • Germinal



    by Émile Zola

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 277

    76 points

    "Dans la plaine rase, sous la nuit sans étoiles, d’une obscurité et d’une épaisseur d’encre, un homme suivait seul la grande route de Marchiennes à Montsou, dix kilomètres de pavé coupant tout..."

  • Vanity Fair


    Vanity Fair

    by William Makepeace Thackeray

    (8 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 105

    181 points

    "While the present century was in its teens, and on one sun-shiny morning in June, there drove up to the great iron gate of Miss Pinkerton's academy for young ladies, on Chiswick Mall, a large..."

  • Possession



    by A.S. Byatt

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 135

    142 points

    "The book was thick and black and covered with dust."