Love Sex and Romance

Posted 4 Feb 2020 by Sue Lawson in Latest Libraries News

How many of the BBC's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World have you read?

February's theme is Love, Sex and Romance - take a look at this month's book list  titles and reserve them at your local library.  February's Novels That Shaped Our World characters range from provincial middle class society of the 19th Century English countryside, in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, to fame-hungry show jumpers in Jilly Cooper's Riders.

Anything missing? Share your favourites on the Novels that Shaped our World Facebook page or use #MyBookLife on Twitter or share your book on Instagram.

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Tying into the BBC’s year-long celebration of literature, a BBC-assembled expert panel of six leading British writers, curators and critics today reveal a list of 100 English language titles that have shaped their world.

The list, which includes contemporary works such as Bridget Jones’s Diary and His Dark Materials series to classics like Pride And Prejudice and Middlemarch, is designed to spark debate about the novels that have had a big impact on us all personally and culturally, and will form the basis of digital reading resources that will be made available on the BBC Arts website from January 2020.

Here's the list month by month:

100 Novels That Shaped Our World

Identity - January

Beloved - Toni Morrison
Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
Fugitive Pieces - Anne Michaels
Half Of A Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
Small Island - Andrea Levy
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
The God Of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
White Teeth - Zadie Smith Love

Sex & Romance - February

Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
Forever - Judy Blume
Giovanni’s Room - James Baldwin
Pride And Prejudice - Jane Austen
Riders - Jilly Cooper
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
The Far Pavilions - M.M. Kaye
The Forty Rules Of Love - Elif Shafak
The Passion - Jeanette Winterson
The Slaves Of Solitude - Patrick Hamilton


Adventure - March
City Of Bohane - Kevin Barry
Eye Of The Needle - Ken Follett
For Whom The Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
His Dark Materials Trilogy - Phillip Pullman
Ivanhoe - Walter Scott
Mr Standfast - John Buchan
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
The Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins
The Jack Aubrey Novels - Patrick O’Brian
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkein

Life, Death & Other Worlds - April
A Song Of Ice And Fire (Game Of Thrones Series) - George R.R. Martin
Astonishing The Gods - Ben Okri
Dune Series - Frank Herbert
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
The Chronicles Of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
The Discworld Series - Terry Pratchett
The Earthsea Trilogy - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Sandman Series - Neil Gaiman
The Road - Cormac McCarthy

Politics, Power & Protest - May
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Home Fire - Kamila Shamsie
Lord Of The Flies - William Golding
Noughts & Crosses - Malorie Blackman
Strumpet City - James Plunkett
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
V For Vendetta - Alan Moore
Unless - Carol Shields

Class & Society - June
A House For Mr Biswas - V.S. Naipaul
Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee
Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens
Poor Cow - Nell Dunn
Saturday Night And Sunday Morning - Alan Sillitoe
The Lonely Passion Of Judith Hearne - Brian Moore
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
The Remains Of The Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys

Coming of Age - July
Emily Of New Moon - L.M. Montgomery
Golden Child - Claire Adam
Oryx And Crake - Margaret Atwood
So Long, See You Tomorrow - William Maxwell
Swami And Friends - R.K. Narayan
The Country Girls - Edna O’Brien
The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ - Sue Townsend
The Twilight Saga - Stephanie Meyer

Family & Friendship - August
A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild
Cloudstreet - Tim Winton
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
I Capture The Castle - Dodie Smith
Middlemarch - George Eliot
Tales Of The City - Armistead Maupin
The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx
The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall - Anne Brontë
The Witches - Roald Dahl

Conflict & Crime - September
American Tabloid - James Ellroy
American War - Omar El Akka
Ice Candy Man - Bapsi Sidhwa
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
Regeneration - Pat Barker
The Children Of Men - P.D. James
The Hound Of The Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid
The Talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
The Quiet American - Graham Greene

Rule Breakers - October
A Confederacy Of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
Bartleby, The Scrivener - Herman Melville
Habibi - Craig Thompson
How To Be Both - Ali Smith
Orlando - Virginia Woolf
Nights At The Circus - Angela Carter
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
Psmith, Journalist - P.G. Wodehouse
The Moor’s Last Sigh - Salman Rushdie
Zami: A New Spelling Of My Name - Audre Lorde

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