J.R.R. TOLKIEN Waterstone' is a bookstore chain with more than 200 stores in the United Kingdom , Republic of Ireland and Europe. In January 1997, Waterstone's announced the results of its Books of the Century poll to find out what the public considered to be the hundred greatest books of the twentieth century. Over 25, 000 people took part in the poll and the Book of the Century was revealed as J.R.R. Tolkien 's The Lord of the Rings. All 100 of the books selected by the public are listed below in rank order. (Thanks to Iain MacDonald for suggesting this list.) {IF YOU WISH TO BUY NEW OR USED BOOKS CLICK HERE} 1 J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings 2 George Orwell 1984 3 George Orwell Animal Farm 4 James Joyce Ulysses 5 Joseph Heller Catch-22 6 J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye 7 Harper lee To Kill a Mocking Bird 8 Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude 9 John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath 10 Irvine Welsh Trainspotting 11 Jung Chan Wild Swans 12 F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby 13 William Golding The Lord of the Flies 14 Jack Kerouac On the Road 15 Aldous Huxley Brave New World 16 Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows 17 A.A. Milne Winnie the Pooh 18 Alice Walker The Colour Purple 19 J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit 20 Albert Camus The Outsider 21 C.S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 22 Franz Kafka The Trial 23 Margaret Mitchell Gone With the Wind 24 Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 25 Salman Rushdie Midnight's Children 26 Anne Frank The Diary of Anne Frank 27 Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange 28 D.H. Lawrence Sons and Lovers 29 Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse 30 Primo Levi If This Is a Man 31 Vladimir Nabokov Lolita 32 Iain Banks The Wasp Factory 33 Marcel Proust A la Recherche du Temps Perdu (Remembrance of Things Past) 34 Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 35 John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men 36 Toni Morrison Beloved 37 A.S. Byatt Posession 38 Joseph Conrad The Heart of Darkness 39 E.M. Forster A Passage to India

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Richard Adams Watership Down Jostein Gaarder Sophie's World Umberto Eco The Name of the Rose Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love in a Time of Cholera Daphne du Maurier Rebecca Kazuo Ishiguri The Remains of the Day Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sebastian Faulks Birdsong E.M. Forster Howard's End Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited Vikram Seth A Suitable Boy Frank Herbert Dune John Irvine A Prayer for Owen Meaney Patrick Suskind Perfume Boris Pasternak Doctor Zhivago Mervyn Peake Gormenghast Laurie Lee Cider with Rosie Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale Vera Brittain Testament of Youth John Fowlws The Magus Graham Greene Brighton Rock Robert Tressell The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists Mikhail Bugakov The Master and Margarita Armistead Maupin Tales from the City John Fowles The French Lieutenant's Woman Louis de Bernieres Captain Corelli's Mandolin Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Five Robert Persig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance E.M. Forster A Room with a View Kingsley Amis Lucky Jim Stephen King It Graham Greene The Power and the Glory Stephen King The Stand Erich Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front Roddy Doyle Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha Roald Dahl Matilda Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Stephen Hawking A Brief History of Time Roald Dahl James and the Giant Peach D.H. Lawrence Lady Chatterley's Lover Tom Wolfe The Bonfire of the Vanities Delia Smith Complete Cookery Course Brian Keenan An Evil Cradling D.H. Lawrence The Rainbow George Orwell Down and Out in Paris and London Arthur C. Clarke 2001 - A Space Odyssey Gunter Grass The Tin Drum Alexander Solzhenitsyn A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene Michael Crichton Jurassic Park Lawrence Durrell The Alexandria Quartet Alan Paton Cry the Beloved Country Nick Hornby High Fidelity Roddy Doyle The Van Roald Dahl The BFG Anthony Burgess Earthly Powers Robert Graves I, Claudius

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