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Top Books of the 20th Century

The following selections were chosen as the top books of the 20th century in a survey of 25,000 people by Waterstone's booksellers. As modern classics they all, to some degree, tell the story of our times, and of our world and wisdom.

For you, for your family and friends, for your children, these are important books. They deserve to be read and cherished. In short, they belong in every home library.

You can order these books directly from this page by clicking on the hypertexted link for the items you want. They are all discounted by at least 20% (many by 40% or more) off of list price, and you save on sales tax by ordering by mail rather than at your local bookstore.

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Illustrated Hardcover Audio
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
    Paperback Hardcover
  3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
    Paperback Hardcover Audio
  4. Ulysses by James Joyce
    Paperback
  5. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    Paperback Hardcover Audio
  6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    Paperback Hardcover
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Paperback Hardcover Audio
  8. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Paperback
  9. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    Paperback
  10. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
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