Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The best books of all ...

Melvyn Bragg has addressed the question as to what are The world's best books. Readers of the Sunday Times have responded.

Of course, his list is really of 12 books that changed the world. Which is also the title of his latest book. Looking at the list it seems to me that a number of them aren't exactly the sort that come to mind when we think of "best books."


  1. Anonymous11:15 PM

    Someone likes to read lovebooks and romantic books, i think there's lot of free books, but not of all , many best selling books about love and romantic here .

  2. And a lot of those things on the first list aren't "books," really. They're scientific papers or pamphlets or documents.

  3. I hate to be so mundane, but for a generation that grew up with the word "grok" in our vocabulaires, an argument could be made for the works of Robert A. Heinlein and J. R. R. Tolkien. After all, if you consider "best" books to be both enjoyed and to have had a profound influence, these authors would certainly qualify!