Amazon.co.uk Announces 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

Amazon.co.uk Announces 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

A curated list of a lifetime of essential reads from the Amazon.co.uk Books and Kindle editorial team

Amazon.co.uk today announced 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, a new editorially-curated list of essential books.

This list was hand-selected by the Amazon.co.uk Books and Kindle editorial team and is available at www.amazon.co.uk/100books.

“With 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, we set out to build a roadmap of a literary life that takes readers from their childhood favourites through to modern classics, and all the best books in between,” said Ezequiel Szafir, Vice President, Kindle Content, EU. “Over many months, the team passionately debated and defended the books we wanted on this list, now we can’t wait to hear what customers have to say about our selection.”

The list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime encompasses a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, written by authors from around the world, with books that span many decades. The books have been listed alphabetically by title.

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Some fun facts about the 100 Books:

Oldest book on the list: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)

Most recently published book on the list: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (2011)

Number of books on the list written by UK authors: 65

 Books on the list that inspired the most internal debate: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson and Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

 A few books that were unanimously chosen: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh and Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

 The book each editor most wished had made the list (but didn’t): Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

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“This list reveals the books that our editors have read and loved but reading is such a personal experience, we hope it sparks discussion and debate amongst readers about what their 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime are,” said Alison Forrestal, Director of Books at Amazon.co.uk Ltd.

To see a complete list of the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, visit www.amazon.co.uk/100books.

Cast your own votes for the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime: Reader Picks at Goodreads.

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