The 100 Best Books of All Time?

I was sent this list in work the other day. Back in 2003 The Guardian claimed, no doubt controversially, that these were the best 100 books of all time. My favourite (Wuthering Heights) made it on there, so in that respect it’s accurate, but obviously this is a very subjective topic.

Of those of us in work I had read the most on the list (27 books) and of the books that we had read in common there was a great deal of debate.

I actually feel fairly strongly that whilst The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a good and interesting book, it does not deserve a place in the 100 best of all time! Likewise Lolita, which I just found to be somewhat sensationalist and actually rather dull. There was also a degree of debate as to whether Rebecca would have been a more suitable listing than Jane Eyre, and I have to say I favour Rebecca.

Looking at the list, what do you think? Are there any glaring omissions? Which books do you feel do not deserve their place?


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