The best books of the last twenty years
We're always ready for a good list and the Bath Literature Festival have put together a great one. A panel of judges have looked at all the major books of the last twenty years and decided which are the best titles from each year. Some of them are multi-award winners, others have never been officially recognised and Wolf Hall was deemed to be the best of the entire selection.
There's always three questions when it comes to this kind of list. Let's work our way through them.
How many of these have you read? Which ones do you vehemently disagree with? And what would you have in their place?
The full list:
1995 - Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
1996 - Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
1997 - American Pastoral by Philip Roth
1998 - England, England by Julian Barnes
1999 - Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
2000 - White Teeth by Zadie Smith
2001 - Atonement by Ian McEwan
2002 - Any Human Heart by William Boyd
2003 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
2004 - Small Island by Andrea Levy
2005 - We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
2006 - The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2007 - Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2008 - The Outcast by Sadie Jones
2009 - The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
2010 - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
2011 - A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
2012 - State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
2013 - Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
2014 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Find out more about the Bath Literary Festival on their website.