Good Reads Kenya


30 Best Books Based in Kenya

View from the Siria Escarpment at Angama Mara in Masai Mara National Reserve. Photo Courtesy
Out of Africa: The film that made us fall in love with Kenya, The Telegraph

Brief Overview of the Good Books in Kenya

If you are looking for inspiration to travel in Kenya, there is but a healthy list of Kenyan travel novels that you cannot go wrong with.  Away from the exotic and fab descriptions of the landscape of Kenya, they enumerate the history, culture, and beliefs of the people at different eras.  For the more adventurous traveller, some of these Good Reads Kenya offer eccentric and exciting opportunities to reenact some of these infamous adventures.​ Some of the best travel notes come not from travel guides but from like-minded travellers.  Most of the Good Reads Kenya are guaranteed to give you a serious case of wanderlust. This short list of 25 books – which is by no standard exhaustive, lists surpassing reads that have been written in or about Kenya in mind, and each book is considered a literary masterpiece – and they captures the essence and beauty of travelling in Kenya.


Out of Africa, the classic novel by Karen Blixen, is a lyrical medication of her life and times in Kenya. It is one of the greatest Good Reads in Kenya

Out of Africa

Out of Africa is a classic novel by the Danish author Karen Blixen. Published in 1937, it recounts the life-events of the 17 years when Blixen made her home in Kenya, then dubbed British East Africa. The book is a lyrical meditation of her life on her coffee farm, as well as a tribute to some of the people who influenced her life. It provides a snapshot of Kenya’s colonial life in the last decades of the Empire. Blixen first wrote the book in English and then rewrote it in Danish. Out of Africa is on some occasions published under Blixen’s pen name, Isak Dinesen.


Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story

In this deeply affecting memoir, Dame Daphne Sheldrick simply but heartwarmingly recounts her remarkable life and career as a conservationist and introduces the world to a different sphere of elephant conservation, which she described as the ‘human-animal’. “Sheldrick and her pioneering game warden husband David have often been ahead of science in their understanding of African wildlife.” ―The Daily Telegraph


Book cover for West With the Night written by Beryl Markham in 1942

West with the Night

A classic 1942 memoir by Beryl Markham, chronicling in detail her experiences growing up in Kenya (then British East Africa) in the early 1900’s, leading to her celebrated careers as a racehorse trainer and bush pilot. West with the Night is considered a classic outdoor literature and was listed in the U.S.A.’s Armed Services Editions soon after publication. In 2004, National Geographic ranked it number 8 of 100 best adventure books.  Markham was the first person to fly the Atlantic east-west in a solo non-stop trip.


Book cover for The Constant Gardener, written by John le Carre in 2001

The Constant Gardener

Published in 2001, this gripping novel by British author John le Carré tells the unputdownable spiel of Justin Quayle, a British diplomat, whose activist wife is murdered. Confidence that there is something behind the murder, he seeks to uncover the truth and finds there’s a conspiracy around corrupt bureaucracy and knotty pharmaceutical money. Quayle, investigating on his own, find out that her odd murder, reportedly committed by her friend, may have had more sinister motives.


Book Cover for No PIcnic on Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi

No Picnic on Mt. Kenya

Published in 1947 in Italian and in 1952 in English by the Italian writer Felice Benuzzi, No Picnic on Mount Kenya is a classic read recounting the 1943 attempt of 3 escaped Italian prisoners of war to reach the summit of Mount Kenya. Felice together with two fellow-prisoners, Dr. Giovanni (‘Giuàn’) Balletto from Genova and Vincenzo (‘Enzo’) Barsotti from Lido di Camaiore, escaped in January 1943 and ascended Mount Kenya with improvised equipment and meagre rations, two of them reaching a point on the north face of the steep Petit Gendarme at about 5000 metres.


Book Cover for Facing Mount Kenya by Mzee Jomo Kenyatta

Facing Mount Kenya

First published in 1938, by Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president, this classic book is a monograph on the life and customs of Gikuyu people of central Kenya prior to their contact with the Europeans. It is a first-hand description of a representative African culture, as an invaluable tome in the essence underlying “culture-contact” and change and as a personal account of the new outlook of progressive Africa.  It illustrates the life and customs of the Gikuyu people of central Kenya prior to the 1920’s.


Book cover for Speak to the Earth by Vivienne de Waterville

Speak to the Earth

Below Lake Michaelson, high above the gorges of Mt. Kenya, is the exceptional 80 ms Vivienne Falls, which is both impressive for its indelible beauty and as a relic of the ventures of Vivienne de Waterville – a British travel writer and adventurer – after whom the falls was named in the 1930’s. Vivienne arrived at the Mount Kenya National Park on 25 December 1928, aged 28, and spend the next two months at Urumandi Hut from where she explored the superb mountain highlands. “She had come there to seek solace in nature after an early life marked by epic loss”.


Book cover for Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Dust

Published in 2014 by Yvonne A. Owuor, this novel portrays the violent history of Kenya in the second half of the 20th century.  It was reviewed by The New York Times as a “dazzling novel you will find the entirety of human experience – tears, bloodshed, lust, love – in proportions.” The Washington Post said: “Owuor demonstrates an extraordinary talent and range in these pages. Her style is alternately harsh and impressionistic. One moment, she keeps us trapped within the bloodied walls of a torture cell.


Book cover for White Mischief - The Murder of Lord Errol - by James Fox

White Mischief

Published in 1982 by British newsman James Fox, this corker is a fictionalized account of the famous unsolved murder in 1941 of Josslyn Hay, the Earl of Erroll – a British expatriate.  The title is a pun on the 1932 Evelyn Waugh novel Black Mischief.  Its main protagonists are the victim, Hay, the handsome and womanizing aristocrat, his beautiful married lover Lady Diana Broughton and Diana’s much older husband Sir Delves Broughton. Although the murderer (s) was never actually discovered at the time, the book claims and points to Sir Delves.


River and the Source

An epic story spanning cultures, published in 1995 by Margaret A. Ogola, The River and the Source tells the lives of three generations of women. It traces the story of Akoko in her rich traditional Luo setting, through to the children who live and die during the 20th century. The book, in its dying embers extinguishes the life of Awiti after she had buried her mother many years ago in Aluor besides Akoko. “It is an epic story that spans cultures; that is filled with tragedy, laughter and tears”.


African Bush Hunter

John A. Hunter (the avid safari guide turned dedicated wildlife warden) arrived in Kenya in the early 1900’s eager to take in the enigmatic wilder places of Africa. In this great 1952 autobiographic didactic, he recalls for the reader a collection of captivating safari memoirs and stories of early day safaris as well as of the plight of wildlife. It is a wooing epithet to understand the mind of a game hunter and imperilment of field expeditions in remotest Kenya.


Book cover for The Botler by Fances Osborne

The Bolter

Published in 2010 by Frances Osborne, this is a biography of Lady Idina Sackville who first met scandal when she left her wealthy and influential husband and two small kids for a modest penniless army officer in 1918. She married and divorced a total of five times and was christened high priestess of White Mischief among the scandalous “Happy Valley” settlers. In this gripping book, her great-granddaughter tells her story. “On Friday 25th May, 1934, a 47 woman walked into the lobby of Claridge’s Hotel to meet the nineteen-year-old son whose face she didn’t know!”


Book cover for The Ghost of Happy Valley by Juliet Barnes

Ghost of Happy Valley

Published in 2013 by Juliet Barnes, Happy Valley recounts the mind boggling tales of the “Happy Valley Set” which was the name given to the Wanjohi Valley in the highland area of Nyandarua – where a group of affluent whites settled. While the early colonial days in Kenya have been immortalised by its agricultural pioneers like Lord Delamere,  Karen Blixen, and Beryl Markham, Happy Valley became famous under influence of settlers like Lady Sackville.


Book cover for One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina

One Day I Will Write About This Place

Published in 2007 by Binyavanga Wainaina, this moving book is a journey of his troubled middle-class childhood out of kilter with the world around him. Here, he takes us through his very chaotic school days, his attempt to study in South Africa, a moving family reunion in Uganda, and travels in Kenya. Recognized in 2011 as a New York Times must-read book, this brilliantly evokes the family, tribe, and nationhood in a joyous and ecstatic language. It is a top-rated and well-founded memoir.


Book cover for The Flame Tree of Thika by Elspeth Huxley

Flame Tree of Thika

Published in 1959 by Elspeth J. Huxley who once held the office of Assistant Press Officer to the British Empire Marketing Board in 1929, she recounts – with an extraordinary gift for detail and a keen sense of humor –  her child hood on the small farm at a time when the Europeans waged their fortunes on a country that was as harsh as it was beautiful.  Huxley paints an unforgettable portrait of growing up among the Maasai and Kikuyu people, discovering both the beauty and the terrors of the jungle, and enduring the austere realities of pioneer life.


Zamani – A Survey of East African History

Edited by Bethwell Allan Ogot (1974), one of the most prolific historians Kenya has yet been blessed with, and the former President of the International Scientific Committee for the Drafting of a General History of Africa (1978 to 1983), this is in-depth survey of the prehistory, settlement, cultures, geography, colonization, independence and contemporary life in East Africa.


The White Masai

This is a classic love story novel, between a European woman and a Masai warrior. She falls in love with an African warrior while on holiday in Kenya. Overcoming severe obstacles, she moves into a tiny hut with him, and spends the next four years living in his rural village. Slowly but surely, the dream starts to crumble, and she hatches a plan to return back home with her daughter, a baby born of the unique love between a white woman and a Masai man.


Book cover for Running With The Kenyans by Adharanand Finn

Running With The Kenyans

Originally published in 2013 by Adharanand Finn, this book offer insights and discoveries about the secrets of the fastest people.  “Whether running is your recreation or your religion, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the famous training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you, as he ventures to uncover the secrets of the world’s fastest people. His mesmerizing quest combines a fresh look at barefoot running, advice on the sport, and the fulfillment of a big dream: to run with his heroes.”


Green Hills of Africa

First published in 1935, this is an account of Hemingway’s month long safari in Kenya in company with his wife Pauline M. Pfeiffer in December 1933. Enumerated masterfully and with enchanting details of the landscapes and the cultures, this is a lyrical journey through beautiful Africa from a warm heart that oh-so fell in love with the place. At best, this much loved treatise is a chance to fall in love with Africa all over again.


Fortune Favours the Bold. An Africa Aviation Odyssey

D. L. Van Dyke’s long career was filled with many adventures and sometimes bedeviled by tales of trouble and war. This good read finds its role in the African air commerce, ultimately operating the initial British Airways outfit outside Europe. “The great raid on Fort Elwak, speeding Allied victory in Abyssinia by almost a year, by revealing the weaknesses in the Italian resistance, was one of the major achievement of the British East Africa (BEA) forces”.


I Dreamed of Africa

Originally published in 1991 and adapted into a screen play of the same title in 2000, I Dreamed of Africa is a heartwarming story as Kuki Gallmann’s recounts her life – filled with pain and joy, beauty and drama. Kuki first arrived in Kenya at age 25, after her painful divorce and near death accident in Italy. She set-up and settled at Ol Ari Nyiro Ranch – in Laikipia County with her second husband, Gallmann. “But Africa’s splendor came with a price”. A-must-read!


Born Free

“Since its publication in 1960, when it was hailed by The New York Times as a “fascinating and remarkable book,” Born Free has stood alone in its power to move us”. Joy Adamson’s great story of a lion cub in transition between the captivity in which she (Elsa) is raised and the fearsome wild to which she is returned captures the abilities of both humans and animals to cross the seemingly unbridgeable gap between their radically non-identical worlds.


Journey Through Kenya

First published in 1993 by Amin Mohammed, Duncan Willets and Brian Tetley and told with 150+ full colour photographs, with an introduction by William Holden, it is an exciting story of Kenya’s natural beauty well told as the three capture the extraordinary atmosphere of Kenya’s famous landscapes, wildlife and cultures.


It’s Our Turn to Eat

Published in 2010, Michela Wrong’s account of how a pillar of the establishment turned to whistle-blower, and becoming in equal parts one of the most hated and admired men in Kenya; grips like a political thriller while also probing the roots of Africa’s deep woes with corruption. “It is one of those rare books that deliver more than the title suggests. This is more than a story about the whistleblower, and more than about Kenya” – The Guardian


“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” ― Oscar Wilde


Official Trailer – Out of Africa

10 Inspirational Travel Quotes

1. “Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe the magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?” – Brian Jackman

2. “There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne – bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.” – Karen Blixen

3. “To see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce is like scaling an unconquered mountain for the first time, or like finding a forest without roads or footpaths, or the blemish of an axe. You know then what you had always been told — that the world once lived and grew without adding machines and newsprint and brick-walled streets and the tyranny of clocks.” – Beryl Markham​

4. Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter’s Valhalla, an escapist’s Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations. It is the last vestige of a dead world or the cradle of a shiny new one. To a lot of people, as to myself, it is just home.” – Beryl M.

5. “Africa – You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heart, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.” – Jodi Picoult

6. “The biggest lesson from Africa was that life’s joys come mostly from relationships and friendships, not from material things. I saw time and again how much fun Africans had with their families and friends and on the sports fields; they laughed all the time.” – Andrew Shue

7. “Throughout my life, I have never stopped to strategize about my next steps. I often just keep walking along, through whichever door opens. I have been on a journey and this journey has never stopped. When the journey is acknowledged and sustained by those I work with, they are a source of inspiration, energy and encouragement. They are the reasons I kept walking, and will keep walking, as long as my knees hold out.” – Wangari Maathai.

8. “We of the present day, who love our machines, cannot quite imagine how people in the old days could live without them. But we could not make the Athanasian Creed, or the technique of the Mass, or of a five-act tragedy, and perhaps not even of a sonnet. And if we had not found them there ready for our use, we should have had to do without them. Still we must imagine, since they have been made at all, that there was a time when the hearts of humanity cried out for those things, and when a deeply felt want was relieved when they were made.” – Karen Blixen

9. “For as long as I can remember, I have been passionately intrigued by ‘Africa,’ by the word itself, by its flora and fauna, its topographical diversity and grandeur; but above all else, by the sheer variety of the colors of its people, from tan and sepia to jet and ebony.” – Henry Louis Gates.

10. “Africa has her mysteries, and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.” – Miriam Makeba



Time Magazine’s All-TIME Best

– 100 Best Non-Fiction Books

1.In Cold Blood 
by Truman Capote 
2.The Elements of Style 
by William Strunk Jr. 
3.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Maya Angelou’s Autobiography 
by Maya Angelou 
4.Fast Food Nation:
The Dark Side of the All-American Meal 
by Eric Schlosser 
5.The Omnivore’s Dilemma:
A Natural History of Four Meals 
by Michael Pollan 
6.Maus: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History
by Art Spiegelman 
7.On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft 
by Stephen King 
8.Silent Spring 
by Rachel Carson 
9.Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies 
by Jared Diamond 
10.Hiroshima 
by John Hersey 
11.A Walk in the Woods:
Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail 
by Bill Bryson 
12.The Autobiography of Malcolm X 
by Malcolm X 
13.Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:
An Inquiry Into Values 
by Robert M. Pirsig 
14.A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius 
by Dave Eggers 
15.Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America 
by Barbara Ehrenreich 
16.A Room of One’s Own 
by Virginia Woolf 
17.A Brief History of Time 
by Stephen Hawking 
18.Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee:
An Indian History of the American West 
by Dee Brown 
19.Out of Africa 
by Isak Dinesen 
20.All the President’s Men 
by Carl Bernstein 
21.A People’s History of the United States 
by Howard Zinn 
22.Our Bodies, Ourselves 
by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective 
23.Black Boy 
by Richard Wright 
24.The Feminine Mystique 
by Betty Friedan 
25.The Selfish Gene 
by Richard Dawkins 
26.And the Band Played On:
Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic 
by Randy Shilts 
27.The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich:
A History of Nazi Germany 
by William L. Shirer 
28.What Color Is Your Parachute? 2007:
A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers 
by Richard Nelson Bolles 
29.A Moveable Feast 
by Ernest Hemingway 
30.The Hero With a Thousand Faces 
by Joseph Campbell 
31.Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance 
by Barack Obama 
32.The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test 
by Tom Wolfe 
33.Mastering the Art of French Cooking 
by Julia Child 
34.The Joy of Sex 
by Alex Comfort 
35.The Gnostic Gospels 
by Elaine Pagels 
36.The Beauty Myth 
by Naomi Wolf 
37.The Double Helix 
by James D. Watson 
38.How to Win Friends and Influence People 
by Dale Carnegie 
39.Homage to Catalonia 
by George Orwell 
40.The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding
by Robert Hughes 
41.Baby and Child Care 
by Benjamin Spock 
42.No Logo 
by Naomi Klein 
43.The Executioner’s Song 
by Norman Mailer 
44.Alcoholics Anonymous 
by Alcoholics Anonymous 
45.Slouching Towards Bethlehem 
by Joan Didion 
46.Let Us Now Praise Famous Men 
by James Agee 
47.The Making of the President 1960 
by Theodore H. White 
48.The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York 
by Robert A. Caro 
49.Speak, Memory 
by Vladimir Nabokov 
50.The Naked Ape: A Zoologist’s Study of the Human Animal 
by Desmond Morris 
51.Notes of a Native Son 
by James Baldwin 
52.Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do 
by Studs Terkel 
53.The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher 
by Lewis Thomas 
54.The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas 
by Gertrude Stein 
55.The Best and the Brightest 
by David Halberstam 
56.The Civil War: A Narrative 
by Shelby Foote 
57.Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid 
by Douglas R. Hofstadter 
58.Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation 
by Margaret Mead 
59.Capitalism and Freedom 
by Milton Friedman 
60.Manchild in the Promised Land 
by Claude Brown 
61.The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer 
by Siddhartha Mukherjee 
62.A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again:
Essays and Arguments 
by David Foster Wallace 
63.Against Interpretation and Other Essays 
by Susan Sontag 
64.The Structure of Scientific Revolutions 
by Thomas S. Kuhn 
65.The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 
by Lawrence Wright 
66.Why We Can’t Wait 
by Martin Luther King Jr. 
67.Ball Four 
by Jim Bouton 
68.Unsafe at Any Speed 
by Ralph Nader 
69.Animal Liberation 
by Peter Singer 
70.Orientalism 
by Edward W. Said 
71.The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money 
by John Maynard Keynes 
72.The Closing of the American Mind 
by Allan Bloom 
73.God and Man at Yale:
The Superstitions of ‘Academic Freedom’ 
by William F. Buckley Jr. 
74.The Other America: Poverty in the United States 
by Michael Harrington 
75.The Origins of Totalitarianism 
by Hannah Arendt 
76.Dispatches 
by Michael Herr 
77.The American Way of Death Revisited 
by Jessica Mitford 
78.The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order 
by Samuel P. Huntington 
79.The Last Lion 2: Winston Spencer Churchill:
Alone, 1932-40 
by William Manchester 
80.The End of History and the Last Man 
by Francis Fukuyama 
81.Syntactic Structures 
by Noam Chomsky 
82.On Human Nature 
by Edward O. Wilson 
83.The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays 
by Richard Hofstadter 
84.The Conscience of a Conservative 
by Barry M. Goldwater 
85.The Death and Life of Great American Cities 
by Jane Jacobs 
86.Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama:
The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution 
by Diane McWhorter 
87.The Nature and Destiny of Man, Vol 1 
by Reinhold Niebuhr 
88.The Story of Art 
by E.H. Gombrich 
89.How to Cook a Wolf 
by M.F.K. Fisher 
90.A Theory of Justice 
by John Rawls 
91.The American Cinema:
Directors and Directions, 1929-1968 
by Andrew Sarris 
91.A Child of the Century 
by Ben Hecht 
93.Sexual Behavior in the Human Male 
by Alfred C. Kinsey 
94.Living to Tell the Tale 
by Gabriel García Márquez 
95.What It Takes: The Way to the White House 
by Richard Ben Cramer 
96.Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man 
by Marshall McLuhan 
97.Within the Context of No Context 
by George W.S. Trow 
98.Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll 
by Greil Marcus 
99.The Sweet Science 
by A.J. Liebling 
100.The Great War and Modern Memory 
by Paul Fussell 


Time Magazine’s All-TIME Best

– 100 Best Novels (English) from 1923 to 2005

1.To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee 
2.1984 
by George Orwell 
3.The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien 
4.The Catcher in the Rye 
by J.D. Salinger 
5.The Great Gatsby 
by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
6.The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis 
7.Lord of the Flies 
by William Golding 
8.Animal Farm 
by George Orwell 
9.Catch-22
by Joseph Heller 
10.The Grapes of Wrath 
by John Steinbeck 
11.Gone with the Wind 
by Margaret Mitchell 
12.Slaughterhouse-Five 
by Kurt Vonnegut 
13.Lolita 
by Vladimir Nabokov 
14.One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 
by Ken Kesey 
15.A Clockwork Orange 
by Anthony Burgess 
16.Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret 
by Judy Blume 
17.Atonement 
by Ian McEwan 
18.Watchmen
by Alan Moore
19.Never Let Me Go 
by Kazuo Ishiguro 
20.Things Fall Apart 
by Chinua Achebe 
21.Invisible Man 
by Ralph Ellison 
22.Mrs. Dalloway 
by Virginia Woolf 
23.Beloved 
by Toni Morrison 
24.On the Road 
by Jack Kerouac 
25.The Sun Also Rises 
by Ernest Hemingway 
26.Possession 
by A.S. Byatt 
27.The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler 
28.A Passage to India 
by E.M. Forster 
29.I, Claudius
by Robert Graves 
30.Their Eyes Were Watching God 
by Zora Neale Hurston 
31.The Sound and the Fury 
by William Faulkner 
32.All the King’s Men 
by Robert Penn Warren 
33.The Blind Assassin 
by Margaret Atwood
34.Native Son 
by Richard Wright 
35.To the Lighthouse 
by Virginia Woolf 
36.Ragtime 
by E.L. Doctorow 
37.The French Lieutenant’s Woman 
by John Fowles 
38.Light in August 
by William Faulkner
39.Naked Lunch 
by William S. Burroughs 
40.The Spy Who Came In from the Cold 
by John le Carré 
41.The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter 
by Carson McCullers 
42.Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West 
by Cormac McCarthy 
43.White Noise 
by Don DeLillo 
44.Infinite Jest 
by David Foster Wallace 
45.Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder 
by Evelyn Waugh 
46.Snow Crash 
by Neal Stephenson
47.Revolutionary Road 
by Richard Yates 
48.Midnight’s Children 
by Salman Rushdie 
49.The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 
by Muriel Spark 
50.Death Comes for the Archbishop 
by Willa Cather 
51.The Bridge of San Luis Rey 
by Thornton Wilder 
52.American Pastoral
by Philip Roth 
53.The Power and the Glory 
by Graham Greene 
54.The Crying of Lot 49 
by Thomas Pynchon 
55.Portnoy’s Complaint 
by Philip Roth 
56.Wide Sargasso Sea 
by Jean Rhys 
57.Neuromancer
by William Gibson 
58.The Corrections 
by Jonathan Franzen 
59.Gravity’s Rainbow 
by Thomas Pynchon 
60.Red Harvest 
by Dashiell Hammett 
61.White Teeth 
by Zadie Smith 
62.Under the Volcano 
by Malcolm Lowry 
63.The Painted Bird 
by Jerzy Kosiński 
64.Go Tell It on the Mountain 
by James Baldwin 
65.A House for Mr Biswas 
by V.S. Naipaul 
66.Play It As It Lays 
by Joan Didion 
67.Lucky Jim 
by Kingsley Amis 
68.Ubik 
by Philip K. Dick 
69.Rabbit, Run
by John Updike 
70.The Golden Notebook 
by Doris Lessing 
71.The Heart of the Matter 
by Graham Greene 
72.Pale Fire 
by Vladimir Nabokov 
73.The Moviegoer 
by Walker Percy 
74.The Confessions of Nat Turner 
by William Styron 
75.Tropic of Cancer 
by Henry Miller 
76.Appointment in Samarra 
by John O’Hara 
77.Money 
by Martin Amis 
78.Deliverance 
by James Dickey 
79.The Day of the Locust 
by Nathanael West 
80.Housekeeping 
by Marilynne Robinson 
81.The Man Who Loved Children 
by Christina Stead 
82.The Sot-Weed Factor 
by John Barth 
83.The Adventures of Augie March 
by Saul Bellow 
83.Herzog 
by Saul Bellow 
85.At Swim-Two-Birds 
by Flann O’Brien 
86.Call It Sleep 
by Henry Roth 
87.The Sheltering Sky 
by Paul Bowles 
88.A Handful of Dust 
by Evelyn Waugh 
89.The Sportswriter 
by Richard Ford 
90.The Berlin Stories:
The Last of Mr Norris/Goodbye to Berlin 
by Christopher Isherwood 
91.A Death in the Family 
by James Agee 
92.The Recognitions 
by William Gaddis 
93.Dog Soldiers 
by Robert Stone 
94.The Assistant 
by Bernard Malamud 
95.Loving 
by Henry Green 
96.Under the Net 
by Iris Murdoch 
97.A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement
by Anthony Powell 
98.An American Tragedy 
by Theodore Dreiser 
99.Falconer 
by John Cheever 
100.The Death of the Heart 
by Elizabeth Bowen