List :: The Big Read by BBC

  • Anne of Green Gables


    Anne of Green Gables

    by L. M. Montgomery

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 173

    115 points

    "Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the..."

  • Watership Down


    Watership Down

    by Richard Adams

    (11 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 82

    225 points

    "The primroses were over."

  • The Great Gatsby


    The Great Gatsby

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    (95 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 1

    994 points

    "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since."

  • The Count of Monte Cristo


    The Count of Monte Cristo

    by Alexandre Dumas

    (15 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 107

    180 points

    "On February 24, 1815, the watchtower at Marseilles signaled the arrival of the three-master Pharaon, coming from Smyrna, Trieste and Naples."

  • Brideshead Revisited


    Brideshead Revisited

    by Evelyn Waugh

    (8 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 64

    269 points

    "When I reached C Company lines, which were at the top of the hill, I paused and looked back at the camp, just coming into full view below me through the grey mist of early morning."

  • Animal Farm


    Animal Farm

    by George Orwell

    (45 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 23

    495 points

    "Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes."

  • A Christmas Carol


    A Christmas Carol

    by Charles Dickens

    (10 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 289

    74 points

    "Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it:..."

  • Far from the Madding Crowd


    Far from the Madding Crowd

    by Thomas Hardy

    (7 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 182

    107 points

    "When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them,..."

  • Good Night, Mr. Tom


    Good Night, Mr. Tom

    by Michelle Magorian

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 394

    52 points

    "Yes," said Tom bluntly, on opening the door. "What d'you want?"

  • The Shell Seekers


    The Shell Seekers

    by Rosamunde Pilcher

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 350

    62 points

    "She sometimes thought that for her, Nancy Chamberlain, the most straightforward or innocent occupation was doomed to become, inevitably, fraught with tedious complication."