ABC’s top 20 Australian books plus BBC’s top 200 books

October 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Top Australian books as polled by ABC.  BBC’s top 200 books. The poll came from three quarters of a million votes.

“Cloudstreet” – Tim Winton
“A Fortunate Life” – AB Facey
“Dirt Music” – Tim Winton
“My Brother Jack” – George Johnston
“The Magic Pudding” – Norman Lindsay
“The Tree of Man” – Patrick White
“Seven Little Australians” – Ethel Turner
“The Fortunes of Richard Mahony” – Henry Handel Richardson
“Tomorrow When the War Began” – John Marsden
“My Place” – Sally Morgan
“Power Without Glory” – Frank Hardy
“Power of One” – Bryce Courtenay
“Oscar and Lucinda” – Peter Carey
“The Harp in the South” – Ruth Park
“Snugglepot and Cuddlepie” – May Gibbs
“Eucalyptus” – Murray Bail
“The Idea of Perfection” – Kate Grenville
“The Ancient Future” – Traci Harding
“I Can Jump Puddles” – Alan Marshall
“Voss” – Patrick White

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  8. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  13. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  14. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  15. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  16. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  17. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  18. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
  20. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  21. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  22. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  23. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  25. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  26. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  27. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  28. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  29. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  30. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  31. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
  32. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  33. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  34. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  35. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  36. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  37. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  38. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  39. Dune by Frank Herbert
  40. Emma by Jane Austen
  41. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  42. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  43. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  44. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  45. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  46. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  47. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  48. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  49. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  50. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
  51. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  52. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  53. The Stand by Stephen King
  54. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  55. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  56. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  57. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  58. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  59. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  60. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  61. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  62. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  63. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  64. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  65. Mort by Terry Pratchett
  66. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  67. The Magus by John Fowles
  68. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  69. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
  70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  71. Perfume by Patrick Süskind
  72. The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  73. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
  74. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  75. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  76. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  77. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  78. Ulysses by James Joyce
  79. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  80. Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
  81. The Twits by Roald Dahl
  82. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  83. Holes by Louis Sachar
  84. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
  85. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  86. Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
  87. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  88. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  89. Magician by Raymond E. Feist
  90. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  91. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  92. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
  93. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  94. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  95. Katherine by Anya Seton
  96. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
  97. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  98. Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
  99. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  100. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie


  • Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
  • Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
  • The Beach by Alex Garland
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  • The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  • The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend
  • The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  • The Dare Game by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Shōgun by James Clavell
  • The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  • Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
  • Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
  • Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
  • The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan
  • Girls in Tears by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
  • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  • It by Stephen King
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • The Green Mile by Stephen King
  • Papillon by Henri Charrière
  • Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
  • Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
  • Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz
  • Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
  • Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
  • The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • River God by Wilbur Smith
  • Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  • The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
  • The World According to Garp by John Irving
  • Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
  • Girls Out Late by Jacqueline Wilson
  • The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • They Used to Play on Grass by Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
  • Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  • Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
  • Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  • Goosebumps by R. L. Stine
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
  • The Truth by Terry Pratchett
  • The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  • The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
  • The Once and Future King by T. H. White
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews


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