the ultimate reading list

A smooshing of four booklists; the the 100 most meaningful books of all time, a 2002 survey of 100 well-known authors, the American college bound reading list, compiled by the Arrowhead Library System and the Top 20 Australian Books as chosen by an ABC Radio audience and China Miéville's list of Fifty Fantasy & Science Fiction Works That Socialists Should Read.

Red means I've read it, an asterisk indicates that I own the book and I should probably read it before aquiring anything new. Ahem.

As of 29 Jan 2008 I have read 35/266 or 13%.
On 15 Feb 2008 I added another list and neutralised some of the more US-centric texts, making the total read 41/301 or 13.5%.

  1. Achebe, Chinua - Things fall apart
  2. Andersen, Hans Christian - Fairy tales and stories
  3. Beckett, Samuel - Trilogy: Molloy, Malone dies, The Unnamable
  4. Boccaccio, Giovanni - Decameron
  5. Borges, Jorge Luis - Collected fictions
  6. Camus, Albert - The Stranger
  7. Celan, Paul - Poems
  8. Celine, Louis-Ferdinand - Journey to the end of the night
  9. Chaucer, Geoffrey - Canterbury Tales
  10. Conrad, Joseph - Nostromo
  11. Alighieri, Dante - The Divine Comedy
  12. Diderot, Denis - Jacques the fatalist and his master
  13. Doblin, Alfred - Berlin Alexanderplatz
  14. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - The Idiot
  15. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - The Possessed
  16. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - The Brothers Karamazov
  17. Eliot, George - Middlemarch
  18. Ellison, Ralph - Invisible man
  19. Euripides - Medea
  20. Faulkner, William - Absalom, Absalom
  21. Faulkner, William - The Sound and the fury
  22. Flaubert, Gustave - A Sentimental education
  23. Lorca, Federico Garcia - Gypsy Ballads
  24. Marquez, Gabriel Garcia - Love in the time of cholera
  25. The Epic of Gilgamesh
  26. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von - Faust
  27. Gogol, Nikolai - Dead souls
  28. Grass, Günter - The Tin Drum
  29. Guimaraes Rosa, Joao - The Devil to pay in the backlands
  30. Hamsun, Knut - Hunger
  31. Hemingway, Ernest - The Old man and the sea
  32. Homer - The Iliad
  33. Homer - The Odyssey
  34. The Book of Job
  35. Joyce, James - Ulysses
  36. Kafka, Franz - The Complete Stories
  37. Kafka, Franz - The Trial
  38. Kafka, Franz - The Castle
  39. The Recognition of Sakuntala Kalidasa
  40. Kawabata, Yasunari - The Sound of the mountain
  41. Kazantzakis, Nikos - Zorba the Greek
  42. Laxness, Halldor K - Independent people
  43. Leopardi, Giacomo - Complete poems
  44. Lessing, Doris - The Golden notebook
  45. Lindgren, Astrid - Pippi Longstocking
  46. Lu Xun - Diary of a madman and other stories
  47. Mahabharata
  48. Mahfouz, Naguib - Children of Gebelawi
  49. Mann, Thomas - Buddenbrooks
  50. Mann, Thomas - The Magic Mountain
  51. Melville, Herman - Moby Dick
  52. Montaigne, Michel de - Essays
  53. Morante, Elsa - History
  54. Morrison, Toni - Beloved
  55. Shikibu, Murasaki - The Tale of Genji
  56. Musil, Robert - The Man without qualities
  57. Nabokov, Vladimir - Lolita
  58. Njal's saga
  59. Orwell, George - 1984
  60. Ovid - Metamorphoses
  61. Pessoa, Fernando - The Book of Disquiet
  62. Poe, Edgar Allan - The Complete tales
  63. Proust, Marcel - Remembrance of things past
  64. Rabelais, Francois - Gargantua and Pantagruel
  65. Rulfo, Juan - Pedro Paramo
  66. Rumi, Jalalu'l-Din - The Mathnawi
  67. Rushdie, Salman - Midnight's children
  68. Sheikh Saadi of Shiraz - The Bostan of Saadi (The Orchard)
  69. Salih, Tayeb - A Season of migration to the north
  70. Saramago, Jose - Blindness
  71. Shakespeare, William - Hamlet
  72. Shakespeare, William - King Lear
  73. Shakespeare, William - Othello
  74. Stendhal - The Red and the black
  75. Sterne, Laurence - The Life and opinions of Tristram Shandy
  76. Svevo, Italo - Confessions of Zeno
  77. Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's travels
  78. Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace
  79. Tolstoy, Leo - The Death of Ivan Ilyich and other stories
  80. Chekov, Anton - Selected Stories
  81. Thousand and One Nights
  82. Valmiki - Ramayana Valmiki
  83. Virgil - The Aeneid
  84. Whitman, Walt - Leaves of grass
  85. Woolf, Virginia - Mrs Dalloway
  86. Woolf, Virginia - To the lighthouse
  87. Yourcenar, Marguerite - Memoirs of Hadrian

    American Literature

  88. Agee, James - A Death in the Family
    Story of loss and heartbreak felt when a young father dies.
  89. Anderson, Sherwood - Winesburg, Ohio
    A collection of short stories lays bare the life of a small town in the Midwest.
  90. Baldwin, James - Go Tell It On the Mountain
    Semi-autobiographical novel about a 14-year-old black youth's religious conversion.
  91. Bellamy, Edward - Looking Backward: 2000-1887
    Written in 1887 about a young man who travels in time to a utopian year 2000, where economic security and a healthy moral environment have reduced crime.
  92. Bellow, Saul - Seize the Day
    A son grapples with his love and hate for an unworthy father.
  93. Bradbury, Ray - Fahrenheit 451
    Reading is a crime and firemen burn books in this futuristic society.
  94. Cather, Willa - My Antonia
    Immigrant pioneers strive to adapt to the Nebraska prairies.
  95. Chopin, Kate - The Awakening
    The story of a New Orleans woman who abandons her husband and children to search for love and self-understanding.
  96. Clark, Walter Van Tilburg - The Ox-Bow Incident
    When a group of citizens discovers one of their members has been murdered by cattle rustlers, they form an illegal posse, pursue the murderers, and lynch them.
  97. Cormier, Robert - The Chocolate War
    Jerry Renault challenges the power structure of his school when he refuses to sell chocolates for the annual fundraiser.
  98. Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage
    During the Civil War, Henry Fleming joins the army full of romantic visions of battle which are shattered by combat.
  99. Dorris, Michael - A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
    Three generations of Native American women recount their searches for identity and love.
  100. Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
    A black man's search for himself as an individual and as a member of his race and his society.
  101. Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying
    The Bundren family takes the ripening corpse of Addie, wife and mother, on a gruesomely comic journey.
  102. Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
    A young man corrupts himself and the American Dream to regain a lost love.
  103. Gaines, Ernest - The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
    In her 100 years, Miss Jane Pittman experiences it all, from slavery to the civil rights movement.
  104. Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter
    An adulterous Puritan woman keeps secret the identity of the father of her illegitimate child.
  105. Heller, Joseph - Catch-22
    A broad comedy about a WWII bombardier based in Italy and his efforts to avoid bombing missions.
  106. Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms
    During World War I, an American lieutenant runs away with the woman who nurses him back to health.
  107. Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God
    Janie repudiates many roles in her quest for self-fulfillment.
  108. Kesey, Ken - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    A novel about a power struggle between the head nurse and one of the male patients in a mental institution.
  109. Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
    At great peril to himself and his children, lawyer Atticus Finch defends an African-American man accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town.
  110. Lewis, Sinclair - Main Street
    A young doctor's wife tries to change the ugliness, dullness and ignorance which prevail in Gopher Prairie, Minn.
  111. London, Jack - Call of the Wild
    Buck is a loyal pet dog until cruel men make him a pawn in their search for Klondike gold.
  112. McCullers, Carson - The Member of the Wedding
    A young southern girl is determined to be the third party on a honeymoon, despite all the advice against it from friends and family.
  113. Melville, Herman - Moby-Dick
    A complex novel about a mad sea captain's pursuit of the White Whale.
  114. Morrison, Toni - Sula
    The lifelong friendship of two women becomes strained when one causes the other's husband to abandon her.
  115. O'Connor, Flannery - A Good Man is Hard to Find
    Social awareness, the grotesque, and the need for faith characterize these stories of the contemporary South.
  116. Parks, Gordon - The Learning Tree
    A fictional study of a black family in a small Kansas town in the 1920s.
  117. Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
    The heartbreaking story of a talented young woman's descent into madness.
  118. Potok, Chaim - The Chosen
    Friendship between two Jewish boys, one Hasidic and the other Orthodox, begins at a baseball game and flourishes despite their different backgrounds and beliefs.
  119. Salinger, J.D. - The Catcher in the Rye
    A prep school dropout rejects the "phoniness" he sees all about him.
  120. Sinclair, Upton - The Jungle
    The deplorable conditions of the Chicago stockyards are exposed in this turn-of-the-century novel.
  121. Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath
    The desperate flight of tenant farmers from Oklahoma during the Depression.
  122. Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
    The classic tale that awakened a nation about the slave system.
  123. Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Huck and Jim, a runaway slave, travel down the Mississippi in search of freedom.
  124. Vonnegut, Kurt - Slaughterhouse-Five
    Billy Pilgrim, an optometrist from Ilium, New York, shuttles between World War II Dresden and a luxurious zoo on the planet Tralfamadore.
  125. Walker, Alice - The Color Purple
    A young woman sees herself as property until another woman teaches her to value herself.
  126. Wells, H.G. - The Time Machine
    A scientist invents a machine that transports him into the future.
  127. Welty, Eudora - Thirteen Stories
    A collection of short stories about people and life in the deep South.
  128. Wolfe, Thomas - Look Homeward, Angel
    A novel depicting the coming of age of Eugene Gant and his passion to experience life.
  129. Wright, Richard - Native Son
    Bigger Thomas, a young man from the Chicago slums, lashes out against a hostile society by committing two murders.

    World Literature

  130. Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart
    Okonkwo, a proud village leader, is driven to murder and suicide by European changes to his traditional Ibo society.
  131. Allende, Isabel - House of the Spirits
    The story of the Trueba family in Chile, from the turn of the century to the violent days of the overthrow of the Salvador Allende government in 1973.
  132. Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice
    Love and marriage among the English country gentry of Austen's day.
  133. Balzac, Honore de - Pere Goriot
    A father is reduced to poverty after giving money to his daughters.
  134. Borges, Jorge Luis - Labyrinths
    An anthology of literary fireworks based on Borges' favorite symbol.
  135. Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
    An intelligent and passionate governess falls in love with a strange, moody man tormented by dark secrets.
  136. Bronte, Emily - Wuthering Heights
    One of the masterpieces of English romanticism, this is a novel of Heathcliff and Catherine, love and revenge.
  137. Camus, Albert - The Stranger
    A man who is virtually unknown to both himself and others commits a pointless murder for which he has no explanation.
  138. Carroll, Lewis - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    A fantasy in which Alice follows the White Rabbit to a dream world.
  139. Cervantes, Miguel de - Don Quixote
    An eccentric old gentleman sets out as a knight "tilting at windmills" to right the wrongs of the world.
  140. Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness
    The novel's narrator journeys into the Congo where he discovers the extent to which greed can corrupt a good man.
  141. Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
    The adventures of a man who spends 24 years on an isolated island.
  142. Dickens, Charles - Great Expectations
    The moving story of the rise, fall, and rise again of a humbly-born young orphan.
  143. Dostoevski, Feodor -Crime and Punishment
    A psychological novel about a poor student who murders an old woman pawnbroker and her sister.
  144. Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss
    Maggie is miserable because her brother disapproves of her choices of romances.
  145. Esquivel, Laura - Like Water for Chocolate
    As the youngest of three daughters in a turn-of-the-century Mexican family, Tita may not marry but must remain at home to care for her mother.
  146. Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary
    In her extramarital affairs, a bored young wife seeks unsuccessfully to find the emotional experiences she craves.
  147. Forster, E.M. - A Passage to India
    A young English woman in British-ruled India accuses an Indian doctor of sexual assault.
  148. Fuentes, Carlos - The Death of Artemio Cruz
    A powerful Mexican newspaper publisher recalls his life as he lies dying at age 71.
  149. Garcia Marquez, Gabriel - One Hundred Years of Solitude
    A technique called magical realism is used in this portrait of seven generations in the lives of the Buendia family.
  150. Gogol, Nikolai - The Overcoat
    Russian tales of good and evil.
  151. Golding, William - Lord of the Flies
    English schoolboys marooned on an uninhabited island test the values of civilization when they attempt to set up a society of their own.
  152. Grass, Gunter - The Tin Drum
    Oskar describes the amoral conditions through which he has lived in Germany, both during and after the Hitler regime.
  153. Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the D'Urbervilles
    The happiness of Tess and her husband is destroyed when she confesses that she bore a child as the result of a forced sexual relationship with her employer's son.
  154. Hesse, Hermann - Siddhartha
    Emerging from a kaleidoscope of experiences and pleasures, a young Brahmin ascends to a state of peace and mystic holiness.
  155. Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World
    A bitter satire of the future, in which the world is controlled by advances in science and social changes.
  156. Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    A novel about a young man growing up in Ireland and rebelling against family, country, and religion.
  157. Kafka, Franz - The Trial
    A man is tried for a crime he knows nothing about, yet for which he feels guilt.
  158. Lawrence, D.H. - Sons and Lovers
    An autobiographical novel about a youth torn between a dominant working-class father and a possessive genteel mother.
  159. Mann, Thomas - Death in Venice
    In this novella, an author becomes aware of a darker side of himself when he visits Venice.
  160. Orwell, George - Animal Farm
    Animals turn the tables on their masters.
  161. Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago
    An epic novel of Russia before and after the Bolshevik revolution.
  162. Paton, Alan - Cry, the Beloved Country
    A country Zulu pastor searches for his sick sister in Johannesburg, and discovers that she has become a prostitute and his son a murderer.
  163. Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front
    A young German soldier in World War I experiences pounding shellfire, hunger, sickness, and death.
  164. Scott, Sir Walter - Ivanhoe
    Tale of Ivanhoe, the disinherited knight, Lady Rowena, Richard the Lion-Hearted, and Robin Hood at the time of the Crusades.
  165. Shelley, Mary W. - Frankenstein
    A gothic tale of terror in which Franken-stein creates a monster from corpses.
  166. Solzhenitsyn, Aleksander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
    Ivan Denisovich Shukhov endures one more day in a Siberian prison camp and finds joy in survival.
  167. Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels
    Gulliver encounters dwarfs and giants and has other strange adventures when his ship is wrecked in distant lands.
  168. *Tan, Amy - The Joy Luck Club
    After her mother's death, a young Chinese-American woman learns of her mother's tragic early life in China.
  169. Tolstoy, Leo - Anna Karenina
    Anna forsakes her husband for the dashing Count Vronsky and brief happiness.
  170. Weisel, Elie - Night
    A searing account of the Holocaust as experienced by a 15-year-old boy.


  171. Angelou, Maya - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    An African-American writer traces her coming of age.
  172. Brown, Dee - Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    A narrative of the white man's conquest of the American land as the Indian victims experienced it.
  173. Cooke, Alistair - Alistair Cooke's America
    A history of the continent, with anecdotes and insight into what makes America work.
  174. Criddle, Jan. D. and Teeda Butt Mam - To Destroy You Is No Loss: The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family
    After the 1975 Communist takeover of Cambodia, Teeda's upper-class life is re-duced to surviving impossible conditions.
  175. Curie, Eve - Madame Curie
    In sharing personal papers and her own memories, a daughter pays tribute to her mother, a scientific genius.
  176. Delany, Sara and A. Elizabeth with Amy Hill Hearth - Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
    Two daughters of former slaves tell their stories of fighting racial and gender pre- judice during the 20th century.
  177. Epstein, Norrie - Friendly Shakespeare: A Thoroughly Painless Guide to the Best of the Bard.
    Gain a perspective on Shakespeare's works through these sidelights, interpretations, anecdotes, and historical insights.
  178. Frank, Anne - The Diary of a Young Girl
    The story of a Jewish family forced by encroaching Nazis to live in hiding.
  179. Franklin, Benjamin - The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    Considered one of the most interesting autobiographies in English.
  180. Haley, Alex - Roots
    Traces Haley's search for the history of his family, from Africa through the era of slavery to the 20th century.
  181. Hersey, John - Hiroshima
    Six Hiroshima survivors reflect on the aftermath of the first atomic bomb.
  182. Karlsen, Carol - The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England
    The status of women in colonial society affects the Salem witch accusations.
  183. Keller, Helen - The Story of My Life
    The story of Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf, and her relationship with her devoted teacher Anne Sullivan.
  184. King, Martin Luther, Jr. - A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    King's most important writings are gathered together in one source.
  185. Machiavelli, Niccolo - The Prince
    A treatise giving the absolute ruler practical advice on ways to maintain a strong central government.
  186. Malcom X, with Alex Haley - The Autobiography of Malcom X
    Traces the transformation of a controversial Black Muslim figure from street hustler to religious and national leader.
  187. Marx, Karl - The Communist Manifesto
    Expresses Marx's belief in the inevitability of conflict between social classes and calls on the workers of the world to unite and revolt.
  188. Maybury-Lewis, David - Millenium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World
    Profiles members of several tribal cultures.
  189. McPherson, James - Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
    From the Mexican War to Appomattox, aspects of the Civil War are examined.
  190. Mills, Kay - This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
    Fannie Lou Hamer, a sharecropper's daughter, uses her considerable courage and singing talent to become a leader in the civil rights movement.
  191. Plato - The Republic
    Plato creates an ideal society where justice is equated with health and happiness in the state and the individual.
  192. Thoreau, Henry David - Walden
    In the mid-19th century, Thoreau spends 26 months alone in the woods to "front the essential facts of life."
  193. Tocqueville, Alexis de - Democracy in America
    This classic in political literature examines American society from the viewpoint of a leading French magistrate who visited the U.S. in 1831.
  194. Tuchman, Barbara - A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
    Tuchman uses the example of a single feudal lord to trace the history of the 14th century.
  195. Yolen, Jane - Favorite Folktales From Around the World
    Yolen frames these powerful tales with explanations of historical and literary significance.


  196. Attenborough, David - The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth
    Various habitats expand the vision of Planet Earth.
  197. Bronowski, Jacob - The Ascent of Man
    A scientist's history of the human mind and the human condition.
  198. Carson, Rachel - Silent Spring
    Carson's original clarion call to environmental action sets the stage for saving our planet.
  199. Darwin, Charles - The Origin of Species
    The classic exposition of the theory of evolution by natural selection.
  200. Hawking, Stephen - A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
    Cosmology becomes understandable as the author discusses the origin, evolution, and fate of our universe.
  201. Leopold, Aldo - A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There
    Leopold shares his present and future visions of a natural world.

    Social Science

  202. Campbell, Joseph - The Power of Myth
    Explores themes and symbols from world religions and their relevance to humankind's spiritual journey today.
  203. Hamilton, Edith - Mythology
    Gods and heroes, their clashes and adventures, come alive in this splendid retelling of the Greek, Roman and Norse myths.


  204. Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot
    Powerful, symbolic portrayal of the human condition.
  205. Brecht, Bertolt - Mother Courage and Her Children
    A product of the Nazi era, Mother Courage is a feminine "Everyman" in a play on the futility of war.
  206. Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard
    The orchard evokes different meanings for the impoverished aristocrat and the merchant who buys it.
  207. Ibsen, Henrik - A Doll's House
    A woman leaves her family to pursue personal freedom.
  208. Marlowe, Christopher - Doctor Faustus
    First dramatization of the medieval legend of a man who sold his soul to the devil.
  209. Miller, Arthur - Death of a Salesman
    The tragedy of a typical American who, at age 63, is faced with what he cannot face: defeat and disillusionment.
  210. O'Neill, Eugene - Long Day's Journey Into Night
    A tragedy set in 1912 in the summer home of an isolated, theatrical family.
  211. Sarte, Jean Paul - No Exit
    A modern morality play in which three persons are condemned to hell because of crimes against humanity.
  212. Shaw, Bernard - Man and Superman, Saint Joan, Pygmalion, others.
  213. Sophocles - Oedipus Rex
    Classical tragedy of Oedipus who unwittingly killed his father, married his mother and brought the plague to Thebes.
  214. Wilde, Oscar - The Importance of Being Earnest
    Comedy exposing quirks and foibles of Victorian society.
  215. Wilder, Thornton - Our Town
    The dead of a New Hamshire village of the early 1900s appreciate life more than the living.
  216. Williams, Tennessee - A Streetcar Named Desire
    Blanche Dubois' fantasies of refinement and grandeur are brutally destroyed by her brother-in-law.
  217. Wilson, August - The Piano Lesson
    Drama set in 1936 Pittsburgh chronicles black experience in America.


  218. Angelou, Maya - And Still I Rise
    Poems reflecting themes from her autobiography.
  219. Cummings, E.E. - Complete Poems, 1904-1962
    Prepared directly from the original manuscripts, preserving the original typography and format.
  220. Dickinson, Emily - The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
    A chronological arrangement of all known Dickinson poems and fragments.
  221. Donne, John - The Complete Poetry of John Donne
    Poems distinguished by wit, profundity of thought, passion and subtlety.
  222. Eliot, T.S. - The Waste Land
    A poem of despair by one of the most important modern poets in English.
  223. Frost, Robert - The Poetry of Robert Frost
    Collected works reflecting both flashing insight and practical wisdom.
  224. Ginsberg, Allen - Howl and Other Poems
    Works from the leading poet of the so-called "beat generation."
  225. Keats, John - Complete Poems
    Among the greatest odes in English, written by a genius who died young.
  226. Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth - The Poetical Works of Longfellow
    Includes "The Song of Hiawatha" and "The Courtship of Miles Standish."
  227. Sandburg, Carl - Complete Poems
    Sandburg celebrates industrial and agricultural America and the common people.
  228. Thomas, Dylan - Poems of Dylan Thomas
    Poetry by a "word magician" with a powerful imagination.
  229. Williams, William Carlos - Selected Poems
    Williams' poetry is firmly rooted in the commonplace details of American life.
  230. Wordsworth, William - Poems
    Poetry revealing the extraordinary beauty and significance of simple things.
  231. Yeats, William Butler - The Poems
    Leading poet of the Irish Renaissance.

    Australian Fiction

  232. Tim Winton - Cloudstreet
  233. AB Facey - A Fortunate Life
  234. Tim Winton - Dirt Music
  235. George Johnston - My Brother Jack
  236. Norman Lindsay - The Magic Pudding
  237. Patrick White - The Tree of Man
  238. Ethel Turner - Seven Little Australians
  239. Henry Handel Richardson - The Fortunes of Richard Mahony
  240. John Marsden - Tomorrow When the War Began
  241. Sally Morgan - My Place
  242. Frank Hardy - Power Without Glory
  243. Bryce Courtenay - Power of One
  244. Peter Carey - Oscar and Lucinda
  245. Ruth Park - The Harp in the South
  246. May Gibbs - Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
  247. Murray Bail - Eucalyptus
  248. Kate Grenville - The Idea of Perfection
  249. Traci Harding - The Ancient Future
  250. Alan Marshall - I Can Jump Puddles
  251. Patrick White - Voss

    Socialist SF and Fantasy

  252. Iain M. Banks—Use of Weapons (1990)
  253. Edward Bellamy—Looking Backward, 2000–1887 (1888)
  254. Alexander Bogdanov—The Red Star: A Utopia (1908; trans. 1984)
  255. Emma Bull & Steven Brust—Freedom & Necessity (1997)
  256. Mikhail Bulgakov—The Master and Margarita (1938; trans. 1967)
  257. Katherine Burdekin (aka “Murray Constantine”)—Swastika Night (1937)
  258. Octavia Butler—Survivor (1978)
  259. Julio Cortázar—“House Taken Over” (1963?)
  260. Philip K. Dick—A Scanner Darkly (1977)
  261. Thomas Disch—The Priest (1994)
  262. Gordon Eklund—All Times Possible (1974)
  263. Max Ernst—Une Semaine de Bonté (1934)
  264. Claude Farrère—Useless Hands (1920; trans. 1926)
  265. Anatole France—The White Stone (1905; trans. 1910)
  266. Jane Gaskell—Strange Evil (1957)
  267. Mary Gentle—Rats and Gargoyles (1990)
  268. Charlotte Perkins Gilman—“The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892)
  269. Lisa Goldstein—The Dream Years (1985)
  270. Stefan Grabi?ski—The Dark Domain (1918–22; trans. and collected 1993)
  271. George Griffith—The Angel of Revolution (1893)
  272. Imil Habibi—The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist (1974; trans. 1982)
  273. M. John Harrison—Viriconium Nights (1984)
  274. Ursula K. Le Guin—The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia (1974)
  275. Jack London—Iron Heel (1907)
  276. Ken MacLeod—The Star Fraction (1996)
  277. Gregory Maguire—Wicked (1995)
  278. J. Leslie Mitchell (Lewis Grassic Gibbon)—Gay Hunter (1934, reissued 1989)
  279. Michael Moorcock—Hawkmoon (1967–77, reprinted in one edition 1992)
  280. William Morris—News From Nowhere (1888)
  281. Toni Morrison—Beloved (1987)
  282. Mervyn Peake—The Gormenghast Novels (1946–59) one down...two to go
  283. Marge Piercy—Woman on the Edge of Time (1976)
  284. Philip Pullman—Northern Lights (1995)
  285. Ayn Rand—Atlas Shrugged (1957)
  286. Mack Reynolds—Lagrange Five (1979)
  287. Keith Roberts—Pavane (1968)
  288. Kim Stanley Robinson—The Mars Trilogy (1992–96)
  289. Mary Shelley—Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818)
  290. Lucius Shepard—Life During Wartime (1987)
  291. Norman Spinrad—The Iron Dream (1972)
  292. Eugene Sue—The Wandering Jew (1845)
  293. Michael Swanwick—The Iron Dragon’s Daughter (1993)
  294. Jonathan Swift—Gulliver’s Travels (1726)
  295. Alexei Tolstoy—Aelita (1922; trans. 1957)
  296. Ian Watson—Slow Birds (1985)
  297. H.G. Wells—The Island of Dr Moreau (1896)
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