Exploring novels that break the rules

This summer, we’ve been diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is rule breakers and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy TooleBartleby, the Scrivener – Herman MelvilleHabibi – Craig ThompsonHow to be Both – Ali SmithNights at the Circus – …

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Exploring novels about adventure

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is adventure and the BBC panel selected these 10* books: City of Bohane – Kevin BarryEye of the Needle – Ken FollettFor Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest HemingwayHis Dark Materials Trilogy – Philip PullmanIvanhoe – Walter ScottMr …

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Exploring novels about crime and conflict

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is crime and conflict and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: American Tabloid – James EllroyAmerican War – Omar El AkkadIce Candy Man – Bapsi SidhwaRebecca – Daphne du MaurierRegeneration – Pat BarkerThe Children of Men – …

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Exploring novels about love, sex and romance

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is love, sex and romance and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen FieldingForever – Judy BlumeGiovanni’s Room – James BaldwinPride and Prejudice – Jane AustenRiders – Jilly CooperThe Far Pavilions – M. …

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Exploring politics, power and protest

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is politics, power and protest, and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled HosseiniBrave New World – Aldous HuxleyHome Fire – Kamila ShamsieLord of the Flies – William GoldingNoughts & Crosses – …

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What are the “best” books and who decides?

As the library is exploring the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World we thought it would be interesting to see how that list compares with our literary special collections. Would the BBC judges have similar taste to the Booker Prize judging panels or the LOGOS journal board who decided on the titles in our …

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Exploring life, death and other worlds

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is life, death and other worlds, and the BBC panel selected these 10* books: A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin Astonishing the Gods – Ben Okri Dune – Frank Herbert Frankenstein – Mary Shelley …

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Exploring friendship and family

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that  shaped our world. One of the categories is identity, and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild Cloudstreet – Tim Winton Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith …

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Exploring novels about coming of age

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that  shaped our world. One of the categories is identity, and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: Emily of New Moon – L. M. Montgomery Golden Child - Claire Adam Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood So Long, See You Tomorrow – William Maxwell Swami …

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