World Book Night 2012 Longlist

The book titles for World Book Night 2012 longlist are out and there aren’t many surprises on the list. Many of it are stock-standard but I was so pleased some classics made it too. I was a bit surprised Middlemarch made it over The Mill on the Floss though since I have always had the impression that that was the more popular and accessible title. Great Expectations rather than Oliver Twist or A Tale of Two Cities is the only Dickens but I’m glad Wilkie Collins made the list with The Woman in White. I’m quite ecstatic Jasper Fforde made it too! I’m a bit muffled as to the double listing of Harry Potter – once as the box set and the other as only the Philosopher’s Stone – while only the the first Stieg Larsson book is included.

I’m not quite sure why I’m analysing this list anyway. I don’t live in the U.K. where this event is held! Having ‘world’ in the event name is quite misleading but who can go past a booklist?

Those in bold are the ones I’ve read and it equate to forty out of the hundred!

1 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

2 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

3 The Book Thief Markus Zusak

4 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

5 The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger

6 The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

7 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

8 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte

9 Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier

10 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

11 American Gods Neil Gaiman

12 A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini

13 Harry Potter Adult Hardback Boxed Set J. K. Rowling

14 The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon

15 The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

16 One Day David Nicholls

17 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks

18 The Help Kathryn Stockett

19 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

20 Good Omens Terry Pratchett

21 The Notebook Nicholas Sparks

22 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson

23 The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood

24 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

25 Little Women Louisa M. Alcott

26 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

27 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

28 Atonement Ian McEwan

29 Room Emma Donoghue

30 Catch-22 Joseph Heller

31 We Need to Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver

32 His Dark Materials Philip Pullman

33 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis De Bernieres

34 The Island Victoria Hislop

35 Neverwhere Neil Gaiman

36 The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

37 The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

38 Chocolat Joanne Harris

39 Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

40 The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom

41 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez

42 Animal Farm George Orwell

43 The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett

44 The Eyre Affair Jasper Fforde

45 Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

46 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl

47 I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith

48 The Wasp Factory Iain Banks

49 Life of Pi Yann Martel

50 The Road Cormac McCarthy

51 Great Expectations Charles Dickens

52 Dracula Bram Stoker

53 The Secret History Donna Tartt

54 Small Island Andrea Levy

55 The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett

56 Lord of the Flies William Golding

57 Persuasion Jane Austen

58 A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving

59 Notes from a Small Island Bill Bryson

60 Watership Down Richard Adams

61 Night Watch Terry Pratchett

62 Brave New World Aldous Huxley

63 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon

64 Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell Susanna Clarke

65 The Color Purple Alice Walker

66 My Sister’s Keeper Jodi Picoult

67 The Stand Stephen King

68 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell

69 The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov

70 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

71 Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons

72 Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

73 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer

74 The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

75 Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

76 The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman

77 The Woman in White Wilkie Collins

78 The Princess Bride William Goldman

79 A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth

80 Perfume Patrick Suskind

81 The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas

82 The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy

83 Middlemarch George Eliot

84 Dune Frank Herbert

85 Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel

86 Stardust Neil Gaiman

87 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov

88 Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie

89 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J. K. Rowling

90 Shantaram Gregory David Roberts

91 The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro

92 Possession: A Romance A. S. Byatt

93 Tales of the City Armistead Maupin

94 Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami

95 The Magus John Fowles

96 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne

97 A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry

98 Alias Grace Margaret Atwood

99 Norwegian Wood Haruki Murakami

100 The Wind-up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami


  1. Who doesn’t love book lists? I went through this one and quite happy to see some real quality books here. No Dan Brown or Tom Clancy style bestsellers 😀

  2. I’ve read fifty of the list. Quite proud of that. 🙂

    You have to have to have to read I Capture The Castle. Have to. It is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. Ditto for The Road. Oh, and His Dark Materials is amazing.

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