Classic novels. Have you read them? Not yet ….

image-medium (24)Here’s a list of classics which Observer editor Robert McCrum recommends as the first ten of the 100 greatest novels of all time. I’ve only read two of them!

Many of them are available to download in the classic eBooks section of our eBook and eAudio.  Loads of choice and these don’t count towards your check out limit.

1. Don Quixote Miguel De Cervantes

The story of the gentle knight and his servant Sancho Panza has entranced readers for centuries.

Harold Bloom on Don Quixote – the first modern novel

2. Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan
The one with the Slough of Despond and Vanity Fair.

Robert McCrum’s 100 best novels: No 1 – The Pilgrims Progress

3. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
The first English novel.

Robert McCrum’s 100 best novels: No2 – Robinson Crusoe

4. Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
A wonderful satire that still works for all ages, despite the savagery of Swift’s vision.
Robert McCrum’s 100 best novels, No 3 – Gulliver’s Travels

5. Tom Jones Henry Fielding
The adventures of a high-spirited orphan boy: an unbeatable plot and a lot of sex ending in a blissful marriage.

Robert McCrum’s 100 best novels, No 5 – Tom Jones

6. Clarissa Samuel Richardson
One of the longest novels in the English language, but unputdownable.

Robert McCrum’s 10 best novels: No 4 – Clarissa

7. Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne
One of the first bestsellers, dismissed by Dr Johnson as too fashionable for its own good.

8. Dangerous Liaisons Pierre Choderlos De Laclos

An epistolary novel and a handbook for seducers: foppish, French, and ferocious.

9. Emma Jane Austen

Near impossible choice between this and Pride and Prejudice. But Emma never fails to fascinate and annoy.

10. Frankenstein Mary Shelley

Inspired by spending too much time with Shelley and Byron.

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