Orange Prize for Fiction's top 10 books
Luffy Sunday, April 06, 2008 World NewsIs your favourite book one of the best contemporary novels of our time? Find out with our picture gallery. The 50 must-read books, as published by the Orange Prize for Fiction, has Captain Corelli's Mandolin, by Louis de Bernieres, at number eight.
Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks, is one step ahead at seven. The list has caused controversy as it ignores many of today's big sellers - Harry Potter included.
Being Dead, by Jim Crace, is on the list however.
As is Atonement by Ian McEwan. McEwan does well - he has two entries, Atonement at five and Enduring Love at 11. Do you think he's worth it?
The list - which included American Pastoral by Philip Roth - was compiled by the organisers of the Orange Prize for Fiction from a poll of book lovers who attended the Hay literary festival.
Several favourites, however, have been ignored. So while A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth comes in at number three, there's no space for last year's Booker winner, BDC Pierre's Vernon God Little; Monica Ali's Brick Lane or Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding.
A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving, was luckier. He's on the list, although just missed out on the top slot, coming in at number two.
And he was beaten by this book, A Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. One of Oprah's favourites.
Disgrace, by JM Coetzee, comes in at number ten.
While Cloudstreet, by Tim Winton, is at number nine. If your favourite novel isn't in the top ten, don't despair. It could be in the top 50