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The best 60 books of the past 60 years

The Times team...

The Times team has compiled its favourites to celebrate the Cheltenham Literary Festival anniversary. Do you agree?

1949

Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell

1950

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C. S. Lewis

1951

The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

1952

Pigs Have Wings

P. G. Wodehouse

1953

Casino Royale

Ian Fleming

1954

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

1955

Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov

1956

The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Dodie Smith

1957

Doctor Zhivago

Boris Pasternak

1958

Our Man in Havana

Graham Greene

1959

The Leopard

Giuseppe di Lampedusa

1960

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

1961

Catch 22

Joseph Heller

1962

The Golden Notebook

Doris Lessing

1963

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

1964

Funeral in Berlin

Len Deighton

1965

Dune

Frank Herbert

1966

Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys

1967

Towards the End of the Morning

Michael Frayn

1968

2001

Arthur C. Clarke

1969

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

John Fowles

1970

Play it as it Lays

Joan Didion

1971

Americana

Don DeLillo

1972

Watership Down

Richard Adams

1973

Crash

J. G. Ballard

1974

Fear of Flying

Erica Jong

1975

Salem’s Lot

Stephen King

1976

Even Cowgirls get the Blues

Tom Robbins

1977

A Scanner Darkly

Philip K. Dick

1978

The World According to Garp

John Irving

1979

Smiley’s People

John le Carré

1980

Earthly Powers

Anthony Burgess

1981

Lanark

Alasdair Gray

1982

The House of the Spirits

Isabel Allende

1983

Waterland

Graham Swift

1984

Money

Martin Amis

1985

Love in The Time of Cholera

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1986

Tourist Season

Carl Hiaasen

1987

More Die of Heartbreak

Saul Bellow

1988

Mother London

Michael Moorcock

1989

Sexing the Cherry

Jeannette Winterson

1990

Get Shorty

Elmore Leonard

1991

The Famished Road

Ben Okri

1992

The Secret History

Donna Tartt

1993

Trainspotting

Irvine Welsh

1994

How Late it Was, How Late

James Kelman

1995

Northern Lights

Philip Pullman

1996

Angela`s Ashes

Frank McCourt

1997

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

J. K. Rowling

1998

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami

1999

Disgrace

J. M. Coetzee

2000

The Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood

2001

The Corrections

Jonathan Franzen

2002

Atonement

Ian McEwan

2003

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Audrey Niffenegger

2004

The Line of Beauty

Alan Hollinghurst

2005

Twilight

Stephenie Meyer

2006

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

2007

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

2008

Netherland

Joseph O’Neill

2009

The Little Stranger

Sarah Waters

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