List :: The Big Read by BBC

  • 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."

  • Of Mice and Men


    Of Mice and Men

    by John Steinbeck

    (37 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 36

    349 points

    "A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green."

  • The Stand


    The Stand

    by Stephen King

    (10 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 200

    98 points

    "Hapscomb's Texaco sat on Number 93 just north of Arnette, a pissant four-street burg about 110 miles from Houston."Sally.""

  • Anna Karenina


    Anna Karenina

    by Leo Tolstoy

    (23 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 22

    505 points

    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. (C. Garnett, 1946) and (J. Carmichael, 1960)All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy..."

  • A Suitable Boy


    A Suitable Boy

    by Vikram Seth

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 134

    143 points

    "'You too will marry a boy I choose' said Mrs Rupa Mehra firmly to her younger daughter."

  • The BFG


    The BFG

    by Roald Dahl

    (12 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 351

    62 points

    "Sophie couldn't sleep. A brilliant moonbeam was slanting through a gap in the curtains. It was shining right onto her pillow."

  • 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..."

  • Black Beauty


    Black Beauty

    by Anna Sewell

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 428

    43 points

    "The first place that I can well remember, was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it."

  • Artemis Fowl


    Artemis Fowl

    by Eoin Colfer

    (9 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 432

    42 points

    "How does one describe Artemis Fowl? (Prologue)Ho Chi Minh City in the summer."

  • Crime and Punishment


    Crime and Punishment

    by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    (17 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 58

    298 points

    "On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge. (Garnett..."