A few of my favourite books (in no particular order)

A Listmania! list by Iris Edwards (Oxford, UK)
 
James and the Giant Peach
1.  James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The list author says:
  "My favourite book as a small child, but the characters are so beautifully written that I still enjoy it now."
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To Kill A Mockingbird
2.  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The list author says:
  "Much much more than the typical 'coming of age' novel."
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The New Quantum Universe
3.  The New Quantum Universe by Tony Hey
The list author says:
  "The book that convinced me I wanted to study physics."
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The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
4.  The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The list author says:
  "Clever, funny, yet also very poignant at times. This should still be essential reading for any self respecting physicist."
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The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics)
5.  The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics) by Margaret Atwood
The list author says:
  "Haunting and written in prose so brilliant that it's almost poetry. Written in reponse to the rise of Christian fundamentalism in the US, this unfortunately feels very prophetic."
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The Book of Lost Things
6.  The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The list author says:
  "I can't look at fairy tales in the same way again."
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Great Expectations (Penguin Classics)
7.  Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens
The list author says:
  "Food for thought, with Dickens' typical brilliant characterisation."
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American Gods
8.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "Dark, witty and very clever."
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The Old Man and the Sea
9.  The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The list author says:
  "Very touching and poignant, and a wonderful example of Hemingway at his best."
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The Remains of the Day
10.  The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The list author says:
  "A beautiful book about loss, regret and the passing of time."
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The Green Mile
11.  The Green Mile by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Haunting and unsettling, I read this several years before watching the film."
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Goodnight Mister Tom (Puffin Modern Classics)
12.  Goodnight Mister Tom (Puffin Modern Classics) by Michelle Magorian
The list author says:
  "The first book that made me cry, and still can."
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All Quiet on the Western Front
13.  All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The list author says:
  "Probably the best book about WW1 I have read. I regret that I cannot read German so I have to read a translation."
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Cloud Atlas
14.  Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The list author says:
  "The interwoven stories fit together perfectly and the whole is haunting and poignant."
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Tom's Midnight Garden
15.  Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
The list author says:
  "Another of my favourite childhood books that has enough substance for me to still enjoy it now."
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Le Petit Prince (French)
16.  Le Petit Prince (French) by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The list author says:
  "Either in the original French or a translation, this is absolutely beautiful."
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Gulliver's Travels (Penguin Popular Classics)
17.  Gulliver's Travels (Penguin Popular Classics) by Jonathan Swift
The list author says:
  "Definitely not a children's book, this is in fact very clever and unforgiving satire."
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When the Wind Blows
18.  When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
The list author says:
  "Haunting. It is sad and frustrating to know how few people realise there is much more to Raymond Briggs than 'The Snowman.'"
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The Canterbury Tales (Penguin Classics)
19.  The Canterbury Tales (Penguin Classics) by Geoffrey Chaucer
The list author says:
  "Wonderful. It is a shame that so few peole attempt to tackle this in the original middle English."
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The Origin of Species (Classics of World Literature)
20.  The Origin of Species (Classics of World Literature) by Charles Darwin
The list author says:
  "The result of more than 20 years of thought, and it shows."
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The Colour of Magic: The First  Discworld Novel: 1
21.  The Colour of Magic: The First Discworld Novel: 1 by Terry Pratchett
The list author says:
  "Or any of the Discworld novels. Not just sci-fi/fantasy, they are also cleverly satirical."
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Last updated: 21/03/2009
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