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The best books ever?

A while ago, I had an email from The Book Depository inviting me to join their ‘vote for the best ever books’. You had to choose from pre-selected books, so I didn’t bother. Now, the results are in and here is the list. Some curious choices, don’t you think? And like all ‘best’ lists, strongly biased towards recent publications. Claire Rayner but not George Eliot? It makes you wonder.

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This list is even weirder than most- with Dante tucked in among the slew of recent bestsellers- and contains at least one book which I consider absolutely bloody awful.
Oh, which one?

Lots of books there I've never heard of and have no desire to read, let alone buy from TBD, which I assume was the point of the exercise.
The Time Traveller's Wife.
Thanks. Never read it!
Lists have a subjective bias. I would certainly add Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier...
Very true!

I disliked Birdsong. A much better WW1 novel is A Very Long Engagement, IMO.

As for Rebecca, it's one of those books, like Jane Eyre, that annoys me yet, every now and then, I just have to read again. No wonder they've always been bestsellers.
On your recommendation I have just ordered a copy of A Very Long Engagement. I haven't heard of Sebastien Japrisot but I look forward to reading it.
I wrote a very brief review here.
Thanks for the link to your review.