1999 100 Books of the Century

J. R. Ackerley My Father and Myself (chosen by

Francis King)

W. H. Auden 

Collected Poems

(P. D. James)

J. G. Ballard 

The Atrocity Exhibition (Michael Moorcock)

Gregory Bateson Steps to an Ecology

of Mind 

(Nicholas Mosley)

Samuel Beckett 

Waiting for Godot

(Simon Armitage)

Saul Bellow

Humboldt’s Gift

(Justin Cartwright)

Brigid Brophy


(Shena Mackay)

Mikhail Bulgakov 

The Master and


(Elaine Feinstein)

Rachel Carson 

Silent Spring

(Artemis Cooper)

C. P. Cavafy

Collected Poems

(Paul Bailey)

Apsley Cherry-Garrard

The Worst Journey in

the World

(Beryl Bainbridge)

John Stewart Collis

The Worm Forgives

the Plough

(Angela Huth)

Cyril Connolly

The Unquiet Grave

(Sybille Bedford)

Jim Corbett 

Man-Eaters of Kumaon

(Martin Booth)

Charles Doughty

Travels in Arabia


(Jan Morris)

T. S. Eliot

The Waste Land

(David Lodge)

William Faulkner 

The Sound and the Fury

(Joyce Carol Oates)

F. Scott Fitzgerald 

The Great Gatsby

(Anthony Powell)

Ford Madox Ford

The Good Soldier

(William Trevor)

E. M. Forster

A Passage to India

(Anita Desai)

Robert Frost

Mountain Interval

(Paul Muldoon)

North of Boston

(D. M. Thomas)

Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows

(John Bayley)

Gabriel García Márquez

Love in the Time of


(Mary Wesley)

One Hundred Years

of Solitude

(Rose Tremain)

Henry Green

Pack My Bag: a


(Emma Tennant)

Vasily Grossman

Life and Fate

(Antony Beevor)

Thomas Hardy

Collected Poems

(Dan Jacobson)

Ernest Hemingway 

In Our Time

(Allan Massie)

Christopher Hibbert

Cavaliers &


(Barbara Cartland)

Adolf Hitler

Mein Kampf

(Tony Benn)

Gerard Manley Hopkins 


(Rachel Billington)

A. E. HousmanLast Poems

(Penelope Fitzgerald)

Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

(J. G. Ballard)

Henry James

The Golden Bowl

(Grey Gowrie)

Sebastian Junger

The Perfect Storm

(Patrick O’Brian)

James Joyce


(Salman Rushdie)

Franz Kafka 

The Trial

(Mordecai Richler)

Jack Kerouac

On the Road

(Richard Holmes)

J. M. Keynes 

The General Theory of


Interest and Money

(Roy Jenkins)

Rudyard Kipling


(Barbara Trapido)

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

The Leopard

(Peter Vansittart and William Waldegrave)

D. H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers

(Claire Tomalin)

Halldór Laxness Independent People

(Fay Weldon)

Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand

(Victoria Glendinning)

Primo Levi

If This Is a Man

(Marina Warner)

Sinclair Lewis


(Jeremy Lewis)

Wyndham Lewis

Blasting and

Bombadiering: an



(George Walden)

Hendrik Willem Van Loon

Van Loon’s Lives

(Bernard Levin)

Rose Macaulay

The Towers of


(Joanna Trollope)

Robert McAlmon and Kay Boyle

Being Geniuses Together: 1920-1930

(Carmen Callil)

Claudio Magris




William Manchester

The Last Lion:

Winston Spencer Churchill – Alone


(George V. Higgins)

Thomas Mann

Joseph and His Brothers

(David Malouf)

Daphne du Maurier


(Patrick Gale)

Michael Moorcock

Jerusalem Commands

(Iain Sinclair)

Vladimir Nabokov

Pale Fire

(William Boyd)

Speak, Memory

(Penelope Lively)


(Auberon Waugh)

Flann O’Brien

The Third Policeman

(A. L. Kennedy)

F. S. Oliver

The Endless Adventure

(W. F. Deedes)

George Orwell

Animal Farm

(Ruth Rendell)

Homage to Catalonia(Michael Shelden)

Nineteen Eighty-four

(Alan Judd and

Jane Gardam)

Frances Partridge 

Good Company: Diaries

(Susan Hill)

Boris Pasternak

Doctor Zhivago

(Clare Francis)

Anthony Powell

A Dance to the Music of Time

(Hilary Spurling)

John Cowper Powys

A Glastonbury Romance

(Margaret Drabble)

Marcel Proust

A la recherche du temps perdu

(Muriel Spark,

Anita Brookner and Doris Lessing)

Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front

(Dirk Bogarde)

Henry Handel Richardson

The Getting of Wisdom

(Germaine Greer)

Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children

(Malcolm Bradbury)

Bertrand Russell 

The Problems of Philosophy

(Francis Partridge)

History of Western Philosophy

(John Cole)

J. D. Salinger 

The Catcher in the Rye

(Christopher Hope)

André Schwarz-Bart

The Last of the Just

(Bernice Rubens)

W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman

1066 and All That

(Philip Ziegler)

Vikram Seth

A Suitable Boy

(Gerald Kaufman)

Mikhail Sholokov

Quiet Flows the Don

(Hilary Mantel)

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago

(Brian Aldiss)

W. Olaf Stapledon

Last and First Men

(Arthur C. Clarke)

Edward Thomas


(Andrew Motion)

William Trevor

The Collected Stories

(David Profumo)

Barbara Tuchman

The Proud Tower

(John le Carré)

John Updike

Pigeon Feathers

(Carol Shields)

Kurt Vonnegut 

Breakfast of Champions

(Maggie Gee)

Sylvia Townsend Warner

Mr Fortune’s Maggot

(Michael Holroyd)

Evelyn Waugh 

The Loved One

(Alice Thomas Ellis)

H. G. Wells

The History of Mr Polly

(Michael Foot)

Geoffrey Willans 

Down with Skool

(Wendy Cope)

Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire

(Christopher Bigsby)

Chester Wilmot

The Struggle for Europe

(John Keegan)

Ludwig Wittgenstein 

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

(David Sylvester)

P. G. Wodehouse

The Inimitable Jeeves

(John Mortimer)

Virginia Woolf

The Diary of Virginia Woolf

(Isabel Colegate)

W. B. Yeats

The Tower

(Barry Unsworth)


4 thoughts on “1999 100 Books of the Century

  1. My favorites from this list are The Great Gatsby, Animal Farm, The History of Mr. Polly and The Inimitable Jeeves.

    I’ve read fourteen books. There are seven authors listed by whom I’ve read at least one book, but not the one(s) listed.

  2. Now, of course, I’ll have to come back and count these too. Curious to see from which list I’ve read the most. I’m betting it might be the older list. Thanks for posting these, Laura. What fun!

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