If I had to keep twenty books...

A Listmania! list by Frank T "frank-t"
 
Collected Poems
1.  Collected Poems by W.H. Auden
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  "Compassionate and all-seeing. Auden, like Shakespeare, was for all time."
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
2.  The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
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  "It doesn't really matter if Kundera's philosophising is "right", only that it rings true. This is both his most stimulating and his most moving novel."
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Classics)
3.  Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Classics) by Thomas Hardy
The list author says:
  "Beautifully atmospheric, tragic, and as gripping as any thriller."
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.  One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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  "A broad allegory of human civilisation, condensed into the story of a single family. Haunting, it shows human hopes and sufferings under the aspect of eternity."
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The New Penguin History of the World
5.  The New Penguin History of the World by J M Roberts
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  "How a single man managed to write this book is a mystery to me. Chock full of incisive judgments, and every bit as useful as you'd hope for."
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Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
6.  Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh
The list author says:
  "A much better book than many claim - including its author. Nostalgic and very moving."
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The Fall (Penguin Modern Classics)
7.  The Fall (Penguin Modern Classics) by Albert Camus
The list author says:
  "A fascinating ironic meditation on morality and its limits. Very gripping, full of brilliant insights and imagery - and nice and short too. If you read French, get the original - it flows better."
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The Listener's Musical Companion
8.  The Listener's Musical Companion by B.H. Haggin
The list author says:
  "The best introduction to classical music: assumes you've got a brain and don't like being patronised. Haggin could really write, and his passion is infectious."
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The New Guide to Modern World Literature
9.  The New Guide to Modern World Literature by Martin Seymour-Smith
The list author says:
  "Idiosyncratic, in fact sometimes plain barking - but brilliantly written, and will set you up with a reading list to last the rest of your life."
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Oxygen: The molecule that made the world (Popular Science)
10.  Oxygen: The molecule that made the world (Popular Science) by Nick Lane
The list author says:
  "Not about oxygen so much as the history of life itself. Credits the reader with patience and intelligence, and rewards him or her with deep scientific insights."
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Philip Larkin: Collected Poems
11.  Philip Larkin: Collected Poems by Philip Larkin
The list author says:
  "Often sad but almost always conveying a yearning for transcendence that is poignant and inclusive."
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The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature (Penguin Science)
12.  The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature (Penguin Science) by Heinz R. Pagels
The list author says:
  "A thorough introduction to quantum mechanics that is full of detail and, for the most part, very clear."
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War and Peace (Penguin Classics)
13.  War and Peace (Penguin Classics) by Leo Tolstoy
The list author says:
  "Has its longueurs, and is perhaps less than the sum of its parts... but what parts."
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Uri Geller: Magician or Mystic?
14.  Uri Geller: Magician or Mystic? by Jonathan Margolis
The list author says:
  "Although Geller may have cheated on occasions, there is enough weirdness recounted here, by dozens of witnesses, to make one wonder - not least because the author bent his own spoon. Fascinating."
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University Physics with Modern Physics (Pie) with mastering physics
15.  University Physics with Modern Physics (Pie) with mastering physics by Hugh D. Young
The list author says:
  "I don't understand a lot of this, but trying to do so would certainly keep me busy."
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Four Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth (Penguin Classics)
16.  Four Tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth (Penguin Classics) by William Shakespeare
The list author says:
  "Four plays, and enough to chew on for a lifetime."
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Metroland
17.  Metroland by Julian Barnes
The list author says:
  "Witty, atmospheric and brilliantly written. Not Barnes' most ambitious novel, but one of his most enjoyable. Always cheers me up."
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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
18.  The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The list author says:
  "Not just a wacky read for teenage geeks - it's also rather a piquant satire on human pomposity."
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Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life
19.  Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Sir Andrew Motion
The list author says:
  "Larkin's life was rather depressing, but this brilliantly readable biography really gets to the heart of the man. Despite what poets like to claim, their lives often do shed light on their work."
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Quantum Reality
20.  Quantum Reality by Nick Herbert
The list author says:
  "Slightly quirky philosophical musings on the implications of quantum mechanics. Very thought-provoking - in fact, for the unprepared, decidedly mind-bending. The world is stranger than we thought."
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