The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844). We said: A swooningly romantic book with an exhilaratingly combative pairing at the centre.

We said:  Gabriel García Márquez’s multi-generational spanning magnum opus was a landmark in Spanish literature. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni (1827). Analytics cookies help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it.

Guy V, Facebook, 56. In this outing, the duo hatches a daring and hilarious scheme to steal an 18th-century cow-creamer. From the fantastical gobblefunk of Roald Dahl to Malorie Blackman's game-changing dystopias, celebrate World Book Day with stories that will inspire a love of reading in children of all ages. Would one desire immortality at the cost of one’s morality and soul? 26.

You’ll come out the other side angry, uplifted, and crazy. You said: Magic realism at its best. Learn More > Discover the Prologue to Jodi Picoult's Poignant New Novel. We said: Every American writer since 1851 has been chasing the same whale: to somehow write a novel as epic and influential as Melville’s. This is Willa Cather’s final book in the Great Plains trilogy and was praised for bringing the American West to life. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham (1944). 12. We said: To the Lighthouse is a daring novel with little regard for rules. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

We said: Joseph Conrad’s novella has been deemed by many as a ‘difficult read’, but this enigmatic and atmospheric piece of fiction of Charles Marlow’s journey up the Congo river – which also provided the inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now – will leave you unfolding its many layers for a long time after. You said: Given the exponential growth of AI, Machine Learning & Robotics, Huxley's vision acts as a warning.

Steinbeck and his French Poodle encounter everyone from migrant farmers to KKK members in this reminder of a complicated political landscape that’s no less disparate today. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. The book takes you into the mind of this awful character and lets you roll around in the gorgeous word-play as the story unfurls. 11. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (1973).

We said: Vive la révolution! 4. Browse below to find all kinds of biographies and memoirs. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908).

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The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (1955). You said: This is an incredibly beautiful and uplifting book. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859). By clicking Sign Up, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. We said: Having survived censorship, controversy and even legal action, James Joyce’s most famous novel is renowned for its use of inner monologue and stream-of-consciousness technique. We said: ‘When it first came out it was viewed as being far-fetched,’ said Margaret Atwood in 2017. We said: Alessandro Manzoni's novel takes is the story of two young lovers trying to be together, set against a wider backdrop of 17th-century Italian life. You said: In my opinion, there is no book that better captures human nature and the futility of conflict. We said: Step into the dystopian USA and follow the saga of Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden as they attempt to bring their Transcontinental railroad into existence, and uncover the secrets of a shadowy figure called John Galt along the way. What's your favourite classic read? You said: This should be called the little book of common sense. Split between Paris and London, A Tale of Two Cities is a mammoth story set during the brutal years of the French Revolution. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1966).

64. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960). Sign up for news about books, authors, and more from Penguin Random House, Visit other sites in the Penguin Random House Network. It's simple, it's beautifully written and it's all about capturing a vanishing way of life as countryside farming turns to Victorian towns... really eloquent, really moving!

You said: This novel has so much to say about human nature, political power and the elite, and always will do. We said: Bram Stoker's novel is told by multiple narrators in a series of diary entries, letters, newspaper articles and ships’ logs; an old folklore tale becomes a frightening reality for solicitor Jonathan Harker and his friends after he visits Count Dracula. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952), We said: Mostly set in California, John Steinbeck’s most ambitious novel follows two families and their interwoven stories. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence (1920). One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (1962). You said: This novel teaches us about the position of women in the past and their moments of frailty versus moments of strength.


The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (1895). The Penguin Science Fiction series travels to the limits of the human imagination with a selection of visionary works from around the world.

You said: It’s a great novel about the rise and fall of a family, the relationship between fathers and sons, and the conflict between art and business.

Here are pioneering works by Lovecraft and Zamyatin; New Wave classics by Lem and Vonnegut; and essential examples of space opera, dystopia, slipstream and speculative fiction from the great science fiction writers of Russia, Argentina, Germany and beyond. She was the Shakespeare of her day and Middlemarch is her finest novel. You said: The original YA novel, which sparked many crushes and made me fall in love with reading. Shawna R, Facebook. What could go wrong?

You said: This book is superb in form and content.

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H. G. Wells' novel is the book that popularised time travel, but read deeper and it’s also a metaphor for the fractured society that we still live in today.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1902). You said: This is the most magical and well-written book I've read.

Timeless. Although the story centres on the critical events of the last year of the Trojan war, Homer also explores themes of humanity, compassion and survival. Whether you were Peter, Edmund, Susan or Lucy, we all wanted to put on a fur coat and go on a snow-laden adventure with Mr Tumnus.

And the Count is not a hero like our modern vampires aka Edward Cullen.

It tells the story of an isolated miser, who is given a second chance to transform his life when he adopts a young orphaned child.

Beautifully written, it tugs the heartstrings.

You said: A magnificent story about human nature, ambition and society (in any century). You said: This novel is just gripping and beautifully written. A brilliant read if you loved Breaking Bad. Some answers have been edited for clarity and style. You said: In this groundbreaking novel, completed after six arduous years of research, Capote invented a new genre - the 'Nonfiction Novel' - applying prose techniques to fact. ‘Stay gold Ponyboy… stay gold’.

Honoré de Balzac paints a vivid and brutal picture of the hypocrisy and moral history of his times. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (1962). Chilling and brilliant. The history of the partition of the Indian subcontinent told as a delightful allegory. But also of the brightest ones… You said: A story that shows there is more to life than following rules. 75. Still makes my skin tingle.

They perform functions like preventing the same content from reappearing, ensuring ads are displayed and, in some cases, selecting content based on your interests. You said: This is a book that shows how everyone can live and love together, passionately, dangerously, with exquisite music. 54. Salinger (1951).

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (1860). You said: A story of growing up and changing and the world set around a group of young girls.

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She’s married, she’s wealthy, she’s well-liked – but she feels her life is empty until she meets Count Vronksy.

We said: Primarily set in New York’s Greenwich Village, James Baldwin's Another Country tackled many themes that were taboo at the time of its publication including bisexuality, interracial couples and extramarital affairs - all in the sensational world of Harlem jazz and the Bohemian underworld. The layperson might not be involved in warfare but the advice within is just as useful for navigating the workplace or daily life.