The Bath Literature Festival Book List

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Book lists are wonderful things. Cross-referencing several lists can also be revealing, not only about the book, but also about the reader!

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.

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


Just as we vary our food diet, we should vary our reading diet. Select a book that is a little different genre from what you normally read.


Make a mini-outline as you read.

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Assignment: Select a new book to read. Make a very simple outline as you read it.