In 2003 the BBC had The Big Read -a search for nation's best loved novel.
Some 250 000 people took part. Soon Australia USA and Germany followed with roughly the same attendance. So here is the Top 100, the combined results of voting by almost a milion readers :

1 The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein
2 To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
3 The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams
4 Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
5 Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
6 The Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger
7 Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
8 Catch-22, Joseph Heller
9 The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
10 A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
11 Dune (Dune Chronicles), Frank Herbert
12 The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
13 Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
14 One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
15 The Bible
16 The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
17 Das Parfum, Patrick Süskind
18 Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
19 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, J.K. Rowling
20 Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, J. K. Rowling
21 Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
22 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Joanne K. Rowling
23 The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
24 The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame
25 Animal Farm, George Orwell
26 War And Peace, Leo Tolstoy
27 The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
28 A Town like Alice, Nevil Shute
29 Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis De Bernieres
30 Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
31 Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
32 Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
33 The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
34 Anne Of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
35 Persuasion, Jane Austen
36 A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
37 Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, J. K. Rowling
38 The Stand, Stephen King
39 Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
40 Ulysses, James Joyce
41 Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
42 Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
43 Lord of the Flies, William Golding
44 Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
45 Winnie The Pooh, A. A. Milne
46 Middlemarch, George Eliot
47 Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
48 The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
49 Battlefield Earth, L. Ron Hubbard
50 His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
51 Brave New World , Aldous Huxley
52 Cloudstreet, Tim Winton
53 The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
54 Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann
55 Anthem, Ayn Rand
56 The Physician, Noah Gordon
57 Watership Down, Richard Adams
58 We the living, Ayn Rand
59 Mission Earth, L. Ron Hubbard
60 The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
61 A Fortunate Life, A.B. Facey
62 The Pope Joan, Donna W. Cross
63 Fear , L. Ron Hubbard
64 Magician, Raymond E. Feist
65 On The Road, Jack Kerouac
66 Dirt Music, Tim Winton
67 Tintenherz, Cornelia Funke
68 800 Horseman, Col Stringer
69 Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
70 The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
71 Der Vorleser, Bernhard Schlink
72 Emma, Jane Austen
73 Zhaun Falun, Li Hongzhi
74 Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
75 The Moon is A Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein
76 Captain Underpants And The Invasion Of The Incredibly naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space, Dav Pikey
77 The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón
78 Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein
79 Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
80 The Shell Seeker, Rosamunde Pilcher
81 The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
82 Illuminati, Dan Brown
83 The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
84 Effi Briest, Theodor Fontane
85 Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
86 Der Zauberberg, Thomas Mann
87 Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
88 Possession, A.S. Byatt
89 Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
90 Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
91 A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
92 The Discovery of Heaven, Harry Mulisch
93 Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
94 Die unendliche Geschichte, Michael Ende
95 Shane, Jack Schaefer
96 Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
97 Das verborgene Wort, Ulla Hahn
98 Trustee from the Toolroom by Nevil Shute
99 Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt
100 Narziß und Goldmund, Hermann Hesse

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