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Top 75 British Literature Titles

Listed below are the top 75 titles for the British literature classroom, ranked in order of popularity, chosen by literature teachers from across the country.

1. 1984

George Orwell

2. Lord of the Flies

William Golding

3. Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare


4. Brave New World

Aldous Huxley


5. Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

6. Macbeth

William Shakespeare


7. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare

8. Heart of Darkness
and The Secret Sharer

Joseph Conrad

9. Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen


10. Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte

11. Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy

12. Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte


13. Animal Farm

George Orwell

14. The Hobbit

J. R. R. Tolkien

15. Othello

William Shakespeare


16. A Portrait of the
Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce

17. Hamlet

William Shakespeare

18. Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf


19. The Curious
Incident of the Dog
in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon

20. A Tale
of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

21. Dr. Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson



22. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

J. K. Rowling

23. Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

24. Gulliver’s Travels

Jonathan Swift



25. The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde

26. To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf,
with a foreword by
Eudora Welty

27. And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians)

Agatha Christie


28. All Creatures
Great and Small

James Herriot


29. A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess

30. A Room
with a View

E. M. Forster


31.Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen

32 The Taming
of the Shrew

William Shakespeare

33. Angela’s Ashes

Frank McCourt


34. The Remains
of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro


35. Dracula

Bram Stoker

36. A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens



37. Jude the Obscure

Thomas Hardy


38. The Importance
Of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

39. Idylls of the King and a Selection of Poems

Alfred Lord Tennyson


40. Rebecca

Daphne duMaurier

41. Silas Marner

George Eliot

42. Ivanhoe

Sir Walter Scott


43. The Time Machine

H. G. Wells


44. Grendel

John Gardner

45. The Hitchhiker’s
Guide to
the Galaxy

Douglas Adams


46. Persuasion

Jane Austen

47. Lord Jim

Joseph Conrad

48. Much Ado
About Nothing

William Shakespeare


49. Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie

50. The Prime of
Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark

51. The Return
of the Native

Thomas Hardy


52. Kidnapped

Robert Louis Stevenson


53. The War
of the Worlds

H. G. Wells

54. White Teeth

Zadie Smith


55. Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys

56. 2001:
A Space Odyssey

Arthur C. Clarke

57. Beowulf

translated by Burton Raffel


58. Emma

Jane Austen

59. Far from the
Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy

60. The Hound
of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle


61. The Invisible Man

H. G. Wells

62. The Mayor
of Casterbridge

Thomas Hardy

63. Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro



64. Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

65. On the Beach

Nevil Shute

66. The Once
and Future King

T. H. White


67. A Passage
to India

E. M. Forster

68. Pygmalion

George Bernard Shaw

69. Watership Down

Richard Adams


70. The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer,
translated by R. M. Lumiansky

71. Between the Acts

Virginia Woolf

72. Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted by Lisa Norby



73. Kim

Rudyard Kipling

74. Waiting For Godot

Samuel Beckett

75. Sir Gawain and
the Green Knight