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Popular vote of the UK reading public, hosted by Waterstone's UK Division in association with Britain's Channel 4. 26 of the titles have been compiled here.

Ranked: Yes

Titles Cited: 26

Publication: printed flysheet, 1996

Compile Notes
The list has been reproduced by various websites.

  1. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (series, 1954-1955)
  2. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (Secker & Warburg, 1949)
  3. George Orwell, Animal Farm (Secker & Warburg , 1945)
  4. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (In Spanish, 1967; Harper & Row, 1970)
  5. William Golding, Lord of the Flies (Faber and Faber, 1954)
  6. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (Chatto & Windus, 1932)
  7. Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows (Thames Methuen, 1908)
  8. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (Allen & Unwin , 1937)
  9. C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Geoffrey Bles, 1950)
  10. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Pan, 1979)
  11. Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children (Jonathan Cape, 1981)
  12. Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (Heinemann , 1962)
  13. Iain M. Banks, The Wasp Factory (Macmillan, 1984)
  14. Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Knopf, 1964)
  15. Toni Morrison, Beloved (Knopf, 1987)
  16. Richard Adams, Watership Down (Rex Collings, 1972)
  17. Frank Herbert, Dune (Chilton, 1965)
  18. Patrick Süskind, Perfume (Knopf, 1986)
  19. Mervyn Peake, The Gormenghast Trilogy (series, 1946-1959)
  20. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (McClelland and Stewart, 1985)
  21. John Fowles, The Magus (Little, Brown, 1965)
  22. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five (Delacorte, 1969)
  23. Stephen King, It (Viking, 1986)
  24. Stephen King, The Stand (Doubleday, 1978)
  25. Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey (NAL, 1968)
  26. Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park (Knopf, 1990)

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