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100 books that defined the Noughties

This list is from today's Telegraph. It's obviously very English although I imagine many Americans will be able to beat my paltry score of 6


100 Speaking for Myself by Cherie Blair
99 Letters of Ted Hughes ed by Christopher Reid
98 Persepolis: the Story of an Iranian Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
97 Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
96 The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl by Belle de Jour
95 A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
94 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, or the Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale
93 Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
92 Bad Blood by Lorna Sage
91 The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
90 No Expenses Spared by Robert Winnett and Gordon Rayner
89 Appetite by Nigel Slater
88 The Damned Utd by David Peace
87 Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky, tr by Sandra Smith
86 Stuart: a Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
85 The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
84 Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
83 The Life of Kingsley Amis by Zachary Leader
82 Speech! Speech! by Geoffrey Hill
81 The Island by Victoria Hislop
80 Austerlitz by WG Sebald, tr by Anthea Bell
79 Feminine Gospels, by Carol Ann Duffy Picador, 2003 £8.99
78 The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
77 Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
76 The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
75 My Booky Wook by Russell Brand
74 The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell, tr by Steven T Murray
73 The Islamist by Ed Husain
72 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
71 District and Circle by Seamus Heaney
70 Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
69 Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
68 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
67 Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
66 My Defence by Ashley Cole
65 The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
64 The Google Story by David Vise
63 The Dangerous Books for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden
62 Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
61 Dissolution by CJ Samson
60 Peeling the Onion by Günter Grass, tr by Michael Henry Heim
59 How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
58 The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
57 Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, tr by Philip Gabriel
56 Decsent into Chaos
55 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
54 The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
53 White Heat: a History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties by Dominic Sandbrook
52 The Road by Cormac McCarthy
51 Edwina Currie: Diaries 1987-1992 Little, Brown, 2002 n/a
50 Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling
49 Experience by Martin Amis
48 Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord by Max Hastings
47 I Can Make You Thin by Paul McKenna
46 The Return of the Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver
45 It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong
44 We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
43 The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
42 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ed by HCG Matthew and Brian Harrison
41 The Music Room by William Fiennes
40 Fool’s Gold by Gillian Tett
39 A Royal Duty by Paul Burrell
38 A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
37 Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill
36 Miracles of Life by JG Ballard
35 The Insider by Piers Morgan
34 Elizabeth by David Starkey
33 Second Lives by Tim Guest
32 Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
31 Platform by Michel Houellebecq, tr by Frank Wynne
30 Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller
29 A Life’s Work by Rachel Cusk
28 Berlin by Antony Beevor
27 Brick Lane by Monica Ali
26 Homage to Gaia by James Lovelock
25 Homicide by David Simon
24 The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
23 The Blair Years by Alastair Campbell
22 The Ghost by Robert Harris
21 Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
20 Schott’s Original Miscellany by Ben Schott
19 Snow by Orhan Pamuk, tr by Maureen Freely
18 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
17 Madoff: the Man Who Stole $65 billion by Erin Arvedlund
16 The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
15 Samuel Pepys by Claire Tomalin
14 Boyhood (1997), Youth (2002), Summertime (2009) by JM Coetzee
13 9/11 Commission Report WW Norton
12 Jade: My Autobiography by Jade Goody
11 The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
10 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, tr by Reg Keeland
9 Atonement by Ian McEwan
8 White Teeth by Zadie Smith
7 The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño tr by Natasha Wimmer
6 Being Jordan by Katie Price
5 The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
4 A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
3 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
2 Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Comments

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thefon
Jun. 15th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
14, mostly because I was in book group for a while and therefore had to read books like #3 #4 #16 #21 #24 #27 #76 and a few others.
serpentstar
Jun. 16th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
I'm uninterested in any such list that fails to have Niall Griffiths in it. I became more uninterested when I saw which books were in places 1 & 3.
gbsteve
Jun. 16th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
It's a bit hard to argue that they didn't define the 00s, however less than impressive the writing was. I've not heard of Niall Griffiths.

Edited at 2010-06-16 12:55 pm (UTC)
serpentstar
Jun. 16th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
Well -- they defined the 00s in the same way that McDonalds define fast food, or Stella Artois defines sports pubs. Doesn't mean I want anything to do with any of them.

Griffiths -- the closest comparison is probably Irvine Welsh, but Griffiths's work has a more mythic, more literary, and far deeper content to it.
former_pirate
Jun. 18th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
95 (it was a Christmas gift), 93, 88, 52, 42, 20, 16, 8.

I'm so out of touch.
undyingking
Jun. 18th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
I've read quite a few of those, getting on for half I think -- some for the same reason as thefon, others just because they sounded interesting.

Can I just say though how brilliant Anthea Bell is. To span the whole range of translation from WG Sebald to Asterix is dead impressive.
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