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David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

I was recently discussing my reading challenge with a colleague when he asked whether reading my way through the BBC Top 100 had changed my life in any way. And while I would hasten to say my reading challenge has changed my life per se, it has certainly impacted it a great deal. First and foremost, the challenge […]

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Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton

  I first came across Edith Wharton at university; indeed reading and studying The Age of Innocence immediately cemented it as one of my favourite books. And while usually when I find an author I like, I read as many of their books as I can get my hands on in as short a time as […]

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Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

  Having read – and thoroughly enjoyed – Tess of the D’Urbevilles towards the end of 2014, I was keen to read Thomas Hardy’s second entry in the BBC Top 100 as soon as possible. Voted the nation’s 48th best loved book of all time, Far From the Madding Crowd was Hardy’s fourth novel and […]

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Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

  When it comes to Christmas and birthday gifts, I’m very easily pleased. And so when my cousin Hal asked for present suggestions prior to my annual visit to Yorkshire, I emailed him with the names of the books I had left to read from the Top 100 and was delighted to receive copies of […]

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Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada

The number of books I have to read over the next twelve months dictates that as soon as I’ve finished one, I almost immediately need to start a second. And so it was that having finished Dracula for one of the book clubs I belong to, I began Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlin for the second. […]

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Dracula – Bram Stoker

    Not one to do things by halves, on top of setting myself the challenge to have finished the Top 100 BBC Reads by the end of the year, I’ve also joined two books clubs; one at work which is to meet once a month, one with a group of friends, which – thankfully […]

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The Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M Auel

  The Clan of the Cave Bear was one of only a very small number of novels that made the BBC Top 100 Reads that I hand’t heard of prior to working my way through the list. Written by Jean M Auel and published in 1980, The Clan of the Cave Bear is the first […]

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Persuasion – Jane Austen

  Prior to making the decision to read my way through the BBC Top 100 Reads I was yet to read any of Jane Austen’s novels. Thus, finishing the third of her books to have made the list of the nation’s best loved books feels like something of a personal achievement. Persuasion – at number […]

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Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Many of the books I l have left to read from the BBC’s Top 100 Books remain unread for a reason; put quite simply, they’re books I’ve avoided. Many of them are sci-fi; a genre I would never opt to read out of choice; a couple of them are dauntingly long; and until recently, three that remained […]

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Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

  Despite having studied – and hugely enjoyed – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde during my degree in English Literature, it was only as I neared the end of Treasure Island that it dawned on me that both novels were by the same author. Such is his prestige that Scottish Robert Louis Stevenson is […]

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