Discussions: The Best 20 Books From The Last Two Decades?

Fourth Estate, 2010.

Fourth Estate, 2010.

Vintage, 2004

Vintage, 2004

This week, the Independent published a list of the best novels from the past two decades. A panel of literary experts have put together the list which helped mark the 20th Anniversary of the Bath Literature Festival.

The list was topped by Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel which has ‘transformed the literary landscape’ according to artistic director, Viv Groskop.

I have to admit, I’ve only read one of the books listed below and that is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (which I very much enjoyed.) There are a few that are on my TBR pile though. Do you agree with this list?

 

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Virago, 2010

Virago, 2010

Vintage, 1998

Vintage, 1998

England, England by Julian Barnes

Disgrace by JM Coetzee

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Any Human Heart by William Boyd

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

Small Island by Andrea Levy

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Outcast by Sadie Jones

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

 

How many have you read from this list? Are there any you feel are missing?

To read the original article, visit: http://i100.independent.co.uk

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2 Responses to Discussions: The Best 20 Books From The Last Two Decades?

  • It’s definitely a ‘literary’ list, isn’t it. I much prefer more commercial fiction – which probably explains why I’ve only read one of these (The Goldfinch) and really didn’t enjoy it 🙁

    I tried to read Little Stranger a few years ago, and really couldn’t get into it.

    Like you Laura, a few of these are on my TBR list: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (especially if you enjoyed it), Atonement, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Half of a Yellow Sun and Life After Life.

    So ask me in a couple of years, and I should have read more of them!

    • Novel Kicks says:

      I want to read Atonement and We Need to Talk About Kevin but I’ve seen both films and I wondering if that is why I haven’t read the books. I was the same with Little Stranger. I just couldn’t get into it.

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