List :: Books of the Century by Waterstone

  • Jurassic Park


    Jurassic Park

    by Michael Crichton

    (8 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 582

    9 points

    "The late twentieth century has witnessed a scientific gold rush of astonishing proportions: the headlong and furious haste to commercialize genetic engineering."

  • The Alexandria Quartet


    The Alexandria Quartet

    by Lawrence Durrell

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 445

    39 points

    "The sea is high again today, with a thrilling flush of wind."BALTHAZAR" - Landscape-toes: brown to bronze, steep skyline, low cloud, pearl ground with shadowed oyster and violet reflections...."

  • Cry, the Beloved Country


    Cry, the Beloved Country

    by Alan Paton

    (2 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 593

    7 points

    "There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills."

  • High Fidelity


    High Fidelity

    by Nick Hornby

    (3 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 409

    48 points

    "My desert-island, all-time, top five most memorable split-ups, in chronological order: 1) Alison Ashworth 2) Penny Hardwick 3) Jackie Allen 4) Charlie Nicholson 5) Sarah Kendrew."

  • The Van


    The Van

    by Roddy Doyle

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 604

    5 points

    "Jimmy Rabbitte Sr. had the kitchen to himself. "

  • 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."

  • Earthly Powers


    Earthly Powers

    by Anthony Burgess

    (1 Review)

    Overall Rank: 614

    3 points

    "It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me."

  • I, Claudius


    I, Claudius

    by Robert Graves

    (6 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 129

    151 points

    "I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives..."

  • The Horse Whisperer


    The Horse Whisperer

    by Nicholas Evans

    (4 Reviews)

    Overall Rank: 622

    1 points

    "There was death at its beginning as there would be death again at its end."