The Guardian: Best Novels Written in EnglishGulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift A wonderful satire that still works for all ages, despite the savagery of Swift's vision. Tom Jones Henry Fielding The adventures of a high-spirited orphan boy: an unbeatable plot and a lot of sex ending in a blissful marriage. Clarissa Samuel Richardson One of the longest novels in the English language, but unputdownable. Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne One of the first bestsellers, dismissed by Dr Johnson as too fashionable for its own good. But Emma never fails to fascinate and annoy. Wrongly overlooked.
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McCrum has received both praise and criticism for his list. Owing to this, he created a brief epilogue to the series, in which he explained many of his choices, such as his choice of Emma of the Jane Austen novels. He also commented on purposeful exclusions owing to his personal preference, such as books by Elizabeth Gaskell , Norman Mailer , Kingsley Amis , John Fowles , Walter Scott and Iris Murdoch , the latter of which had caused a surge of controversy in the disclusion of The Black Prince. One of the most frequent complaints was that, of the , only 21 were by women. Delafield 's Diary of a Provincial Lady. Another criticism was a lack of Irish authors.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had enjoyed more editions, spin-offs and translations. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson Tom Jones by Henry Fielding Tom Jones is a classic English novel that captures the spirit of its age and whose famous characters have come to represent Augustan society in all its loquacious, turbulent, comic variety. Emma by Jane Austen Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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The best novels Robert McCrum selects the definitive novels written in English. The best novels in English: readers' alternative list. After Robert McCrum finished his two-year-long project compiling the best novels written in English, you had a lot to add. Here are the 15 books that received most votes to join the list. Published: PM.