The best books of the last twenty years

Posted on 25th February 2015 by Jonathan O'Brien
As part of the 20th anniversary of the Bath Literature Festival, a panel of experts led by Viv Groskop has compiled a list of the twenty best books from 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.


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