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1990
1 Our Man in Havana Graham Greene 3 1
1991
1 Mort Terry Pratchet 2 2
1994
1 1984 George Orwell 5 3
2 Guards Guards!! Terry Pratchet 1 4
3 The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchet 2 5
1995
1 Keep the Aspidistra Flying George Orwell 3 6
2 Brighton Rock Graham Greene 3 7
3 Travels with My Aunt Graham Greene 2 8
4 Foucalt's Pendulum Umberto Eco 3 9
5 The Honoury Console Graham Greene 3 10
6 Tess of the d'Urbevilles Thomas Hardy 4 11
7 Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy 4 12
8 The Invisible Invaders Peter Radetsky 3 13
1996
1 Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy 4 14
2 The Moonstone Wilkie Collins 3 15
3 Good Omens T. Pratchett and Neil Gaimen 2 16
4 The Woman in White Wilkie Collins 2 17
5 The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy 4 18
6 Victory Joseph Conrad 1 19
7 Sophie's World Jostein Gaarder 2 20
8 Around the World in 80 Days Jules Verne 2 21
9 Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy 3 22
10 In Search of Shrodinger's Cat John Gibben 3 23
11 Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift 2 24
12 Dubliners James Joyce 3 25
1997
1 Dracula Bram Stoker 3 26
2 Ghost Stories M. R. James 1 27
3 The Road to Wigan Pier George Orwell 3 28
4 The Romans and Their Gods R. M. Ogilvie 2 29
5 The Return of the Native Thomas Hardy 3 30
6 Pooh and the Philosophers John Tyerman Williams 1 31
7 Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson 2 32
8 Stark Ben Elton 1 33
9 Fermat's Last Theorem Simon Singh 2 34
10 Hurry on Down John Wain 3 35
11 The Light and the Dark C. P. Snow 2 36
1998
1 The Gun Seller Hugh Laurie 1 37
2 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck 4 38
3 Les Miserables Victor Hugo 4 39
4 Armadale Wilkie Collins 3 40
5 Two on a Tower Thomas Hardy 3 41
6 Dorian Grey Oscar Wilde 3 42
7 The Plague Albert Camus 2 43
1999
1 THHGTTG, Books 1 + 2 Douglas Adams 3 44
2 Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons 3 45
3 A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson 3 46
4 The Woodlanders Thomas Hardy 3 47
5 Notes From a Small Island Bill Bryson 3 48
6 Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome 1 49
7 The Great Gatsby Scott F. Fitzgerald 2 50
8 Hard Times Charles Dickens 2 51
9 Thrust Richard Noble 3 52
10 The Temp Serena Mackesy 2 53
11 Northanger Abbey Jane Austen 2 54
12 Under the Greenwood Tree Thomas Hardy 3 55
2000
1 Rogue Trader Nick Leeson 2 56
2 THHGTTG, Books 1 - 5 Douglas Adams 3 57
3 The Jesus Mysteries Timothy Freke + Peter Gandy 3 58
4 Egypt, Myths and Legends Lewis Spence 1 59
5 The Monk + the Philosopher Jean Francois Revel + Matteieu Ricard 3 60
6 Damascus Richard Beard 2 61
7 Life, An Unauthorised Biography Richard Fortey 2 62
8 The Year 1000 Robert Lacey/ Danny Danziger 3 63
9 The Last Days of Socrates (Euthyphro/ The Apology/ Crito/ Phaedo) Plato 3 64
10 The Birth of Christ, Exploding the Myth PAH Seymour 2 65
11 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 4 66
12 The Gnostic Gospels Elaine Pagels 2 67
13 Republic Plato 3 68
14 Weaving the Web Tim Berners-Lee 3 69
15 Cicero on the Good Life (Discussions at Tusculum (V), On Duites (II), Laelius on Friendship, On the Orator (I), The Dream of Scipio) Marcus Tullius Cicero 3 70
2001
1 A Song of Stone Iain Banks 3 71
2 Secrets + Lies (Digital Security in a Networked World) Bruce Schneier 3 72
3 Early Socratic Dialogues (Ion, Laches, Lysis, Charmides, Hippias Major, Hippias Minor, Euthydemus) Plato 3 73
4 Elizabethan England Alison Plowden 3 74
5 Heaven's Mirror Graham Hancock 2 75
6 Zero Charles Seife 2 76
7 The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls Chris Morton and Ceri Louise Thomas 1 77
8 Legend, The Genesis of Civilisation David Rohl 3 78
9 Notes from a Big Country Bill Bryson 3 79
10 Philosophy, Made Simple Richard H. Popkin and Avrum Stroll 3 80
11 Symposium Plato 2 81
12 Stickleback John McCabe 3 82
13 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig 4 83
14 Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernieres 3 84
15 The Secret Country (More Mysterious Britain) Janet and Colin Bored 2 85
16 Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley 1 86
17 Brave New World Aldous Huxley 2 87
18 Colditz Henry Chancellor 2 88
2002
1 The Trumpet Major Thomas Hardy 3 89
2 Down Under Bill Bryson 2 90
3 A Very Short Introduction to The Koran Michael Cooke 2 91
4 Eclipse J P McEvoy 2 92
5 The Joy of Pi David Blatner 2 93
6 The Greek Philosophers (from Thales to Aristotle) W.K.C.Guthrie 3 94
7 Waiting for Godo Samuel Becket 2 95
8 The Histories Herodotus 2 96
9 Genome Matt Ridley 3 97
10 The Illiad Homer 3 98
11 The Odyssey Homer 3 99
12 Flight from Deathrow Harry Hill 3 100
13 Emergence Steven Johnson 2 101
14 Whatever Michel Houellebecq 3 102
15 The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera 2 103
2003
1 Winter King [1] Bernard Cornwell 3 104
2 1984 George Orwell 4 105
3 Behind Deep Blue Feng Hsiung Hsu 2 106
4 The Pattern on the Stone W Daniel Hillis 1 107
5 Immortality Milan Kundera 2 108
6 Midnight's Children Salmen Rushdie 2 109
7 A History of God Karen Armstrong 2 110
8 The Lost Continent Bill Bryson 3 111
9 Life of Pi Yann Martel 2 112
10 Salamander Thomas Wharton 3 113
11 Enemy of God [2] Bernard Cornwell 3 114
12 Michelangelo, Biography of a Genius Bruno Nardini 3 115
13 Empire, How Britain Made the Modern World Niall Ferguson 2 116
14 Prisoner's Dilemma (John Von Neumann, Game Theory and the Puzzle of the Bomb) William Poundstone 3 117
15 Excalibur [3] Bernard Cornwell 3 118
2004
1 Carter Beats The Devil Glen David Gold 3 119
2 Northern Lights [1] Phillip Pullman 2 120
3 The Subtle Knife [2] Phillip Pullman 3 121
4 The Amber Spy Glass [3] Phillip Pullman 1 122
5 Lovely Bones Alice Sebold 2 123
6 Girl With a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier 3 124
7 Red Dog Louis de Bernieres 2 125
8 Sea Change Robert Goddard 3 126
9 Animal Farm George Orwell 3 127
10 On The Road Jack Kerouac 4 128
11 The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger 3 129
12 Down and Out in Paris and London George Orwell 3 130
13 The Bookseller of Kabul Asne Seierstad 2 131
14 The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac 3 132
15 Franny and Zooey J. D. Salinger 2 133
16 Big Sur Jack Kerouac 1 134
17 Desolation Angels Jack Kerouac 3 135
18 Baudolino Umberto Eco 3 136
19 Moby Dick Herman Melville 1 137
20 The Voynich Manuscript Gerry Kenedy + Rob Churchill 2 138
21 A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess 3 139
2005
1 The Letters of J R R Tolkien Tolkien/ Humphrey Carpenter / Christopher Tolkien 2 140
2 Emperors of Dreams - Drugs in the Nineteenth Century Mike Jay 4 141
3 The World of Caffeine Bennett Weinberg + Alan Bannte K Bealer 2 142
4 Who Runs This Country? Anthony Sampson 3 143
5 Free Lunch David Smith 3 144
6 The End of Oil Paul Roberts 3 145
7 Forces of Habit David T Courtwright 3 146
8 War of the Worlds H G Wells 4 147
9 Preséntations de la Philosophie André Comte-Sponville 2 148
10 Rubicon Tom Holland 3 149
11 The Story of the Blues Paul Oliver 2 150
2006
1 The Mystery of Easter Island Katherine Routledge 2 151
2 A Short History of Everything Bill Bryson 4 152
3 Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down Nicey and Wifey 3 153
4 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky 4 154
5 Made in America Bill Bryson 4 155
6 The Bridge Iain Banks 4 156
7 The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick Peter Lamont 3 157
8 Samurai Williams, The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan Giles Milton 3 158
9 The End of Faith Sam Harris 3 159
10 The Wisdom of Crowds James Surowiecki 3 160
11 Breakfast at Tiffany's Truman Capote 4 161
12 On the Edge - The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore Brian Bagnall 3 162
2007
1 In Cold Blood Truman Capote 4 163
2 Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors Lizzie Collingham 3 164
3 Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 5 165
4 Earth Work Mark Crutchfield 3 166
5 Kingmaker Mark Crutchfield 4 167
6 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey 4 168
7 Eats, Shoots and Leaves Lynne Truss 3 169
8 Cold War Jeremy Issacs and Taylor Downing 3 170
9 Days Without Number Robert Goddard 3 171
2008
1 The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Bill Bryson 3 172
2 Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier 4 173
3 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden 3 174
4 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole 4 175
5 Shakespeare Bill Bryson 3 176
6 The Tiger That Isn't Michael Blastland + Andrew Dilnot 3 177
7 The Undercover Economist Tim Harford 3 178
2009
1 Bad Science Ben Goldacre 3 179
2 How Fiction Works James Wood 2 180
3 Casino Royale Ian Flemming 3 181
4 Live and Let Die Ian Flemming 3 182
5 Moonraker Ian Flemming 3 183
6 Mother Tongue Bill Bryson 3 184
2010
1 The Black Swan Nassim Nicholas Taleb 3 185
2 Lords of Finance Liquat Ahamed 3 186
3 The Storm Vince Cable 3 187
4 Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller Jeff Rubin 3 188
2011
1 The Gods That Failed Larry Elliott & Dan Atkinson 3 189
2 Whoops! Why Everyone owes everyone and no one can pay John Lanchester 4 190
3 The Ascent of Money Niall Ferguson 3 191
4 The Cuckoo's Egg Cliff Stoll 4 192
5 Where Wizards Stay Up Late Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon 4 193
6 Hitch-22 Christopher Hitchens 3 194
7 Post Office Charles Bukowski 3 195
2012
1 Shouting at the Telly John Grindrod 2 196
2 The Cable Gillian Cookson 3 197
3 At Home Bill Bryson 2 198
4 Flashman George Macdonald Fraser 3 199
5 Who Really Runs Ireland? Matt Cooper 2 200
6 Voices Over the Horizon David Souden 2 201
7 Drugs Without the Hot Air David Nutt 3 202
8 Free Chris Anderson 3 203
9 A Mathematician Plays the Market John Allen Paulos 2 204
2013
1 You Are Not So Smart David McRaney 3 205
2 Ghost in the Wires Kevin Mitnick 3 206
3 Racing the Beam Monfort and Bogost 3 207
4 Espedair Street Iain Banks 2 208
5 Rebel Code Glyn Moody 3 209
6 Romancing Opiates Theodore Dalrymple 2 210
2014
1 Paradox, The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics Jim Al-Khalili 3 211
2 Everything is Obvious Duncan J. Watts 4 212
3 The Last Best Gift Mark Crutchfield 3 213
4 Bayes' Rule James V Stone 4 214
2015
1 The Sound of Tomorrow Mark Brend 3 215
2 Future Days, Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany David Stubbs 3 216
3 Lateral Thinking Edward de Bono 3 217
4 The Story of Southampton Peter Neal 4 218
5 Vision and Brain James V Stone 3 219
6 Whit Iain Banks 2 220
7 The Art of UNIX Programming Eric S. Raymond 3 221
2016
1 Debug It! Find, Repair & Prevent Bugs in Your Code Paul Butcher 4 222
2 The Optimism Bias Tali Sharot 3 223
2017
1 How to Drive Ben Collins 2 224
2 Ocean, the history Chris Wilkins & Roger M. Kean 3 225
3 The Story of The Oliver Twins Chris Wilkins & Roger M. Kean 2 226
4 The Improbability Principle David Hand 3 227
5 One Summer, America 1927 Bill Bryson 4 228
6 The Genius of Birds Jennifer Ackerman 4 229
7 All the Pretty Horses Cormac McCarthy 4 230
2018
1 The Road to Little Dribbling Bill Bryson 2 231
2 Commodore, The Amiga Years Brian Bagnall 3 232
3 Open Source for Business Heather Meeker 2 233
4 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism Ha-Joon Chang 3 234
5 What the Victorians Got Wrong Stan & Trevor Yorke 3 235
2019
1 Wings On My Sleeve Eric 'Winkle' Brown 3 236
2 The Shortest History of Germany James Hawes 4 237
3 Travellers in the Third Reich Julia Boyd 3 238
4 Drive Daniel H. Pink 2 239
5 Replay, The History of Video Games Tristan Donovan 3 240
6 The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien 3 241
7 99% True Paul McGowan 3 242
8 The Fellowship of the Ring J. R. R. Tolkien 5 243