100 Books of the Noughties

The Telegraph from the UK has created their list of the 100 books that defined the Noughties.  As you might expect, it is dominated by British and US books but a few Australian, or quasi-Australian entries sneak in.

The Crimson Petal and the White
by Michel Faber
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Boyhood, Youth, Summertime by J.M. Coetzee

I would have thought The Road by Cormac McCarthy would have been higher than number 52.  Maybe the film has taken too long to be released.

You can compare this list to the one in The Times which lists the 100 best books of the decade.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
Youth by J.M. Coetzee
The Arrival by Shaun Tan

And here The Road gets the number 1 spot.  And, believe it or not, I didn't know that before I wrote about the Telegraph's list.

[Thanks to "The Literary Saloon" for the links.]


I'm always amazed at the lack of patience of people who publish best of/highlights BEFORE the period they are talking about is over. I know it's nearly over but it isn't quite. It's one of my pet peeves. Not your fault though Perry I know - you are just reporting on what someone else has done.

It does seem a little early to be announcing the "best of the year" lists, but the bulk of the people producing these will work for organisations that see advance reading copies of books that haven't hit the shelves as yet. So, by November, or even October, they will have seen all that will be published in that calendar year. A number of Australian publishers are now releasing their March/April catalogues and those books are now available for review.

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