The Queen’s Library: The 100 Best Books of the Commonwealth

The list was compiled based on votes from the Goodreads community

Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart by Tim Butcher

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

1984 by George Orwell

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling

Phenomena: The Lost and Forgotten Children by Susan Tarr

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1–3) by J.R.R. Tolkien

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Complete Works by William Shakespeare

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) by Chinua Achebe

Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh

A Suitable Boy (A Suitable Boy, #1) by Vikram Seth

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1) by Hilary Mantel

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) by C.S. Lewis

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #1) by Douglas Adams

On the Beach by Nevil Shute

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1) by Margaret Atwood

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Room by Emma Donoghue

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy by Pawan Mishra

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1) by Roald Dahl

Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam, #2) by Margaret Atwood

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) by L.M. Montgomery

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Small Island by Andrea Levy

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Roméo Dallaire

I, Claudius (Claudius, #1) by Robert Graves

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul

Spoils of the Moon by Mark Shearman

The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Possession by A.S. Byatt

The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri


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