Guardian 100 Best…Free eBooks!

The Guardian are currently running a series of the 100 Best English Language Novels of All Time. As a large number of theses books (perhaps 50%) will be in the public domain, I’m going to reproduce that list here with links to the free ebooks available at epubBooks.

As each book is announced I’ll update this post, so dig in and start enjoying some great literature.

  1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678) [Guardian Essay]
  2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719) [Essay]
  3. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726) [Essay]
  4. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (1748) [Essay]
  5. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (1749) [Essay]
  6. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (1759) [Essay]
  7. Emma by Jane Austen (1816) [Essay]
  8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818) [Essay]
  9. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock (1818) [Essay]
  10. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe (1838) [Essay]
  11. Sybil by Benjamin Disraeli (1845) [Essay]
  12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847) [Essay]
  13. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847) [Essay]
  14. Vanity Fair by William Thackeray (1848) [Essay]
  15. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1850) [Essay]
  16. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850) [Essay]
  17. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851) [Essay]
  18. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865) [Essay]
  19. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1868) [Essay]
  20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868-9) [Essay]
  21. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871-2) [Essay]
  22. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope (1875) [Essay]
  23. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884/5) [Essay]
  24. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886) [Essay]
  25. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome (1889) [Essay]
  26. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (1890) [Essay]
  27. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1891) [Essay]
  28. New Grub Street by George Gissing (1891) [Essay]
  29. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy (1895) [Essay]
  30. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (1895) [Essay]
  31. Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897) [Essay]
  32. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1899) [Essay]
  33. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (1900) [Essay]
  34. Kim by Rudyard Kipling (1901) [Essay]
  35. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (1903) [Essay]
  36. The Golden Bowl by Henry James (1904)  [Essay]
  37. Hadrian the Seventh by Frederick Rolfe (1904)
  38. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908) [Essay]
  39. The History of Mr Polly by HG Wells (1910) [Essay]
  40. Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm (1911) [Essay]
  41. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford (1915) [Essay]
  42. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan (1915) [Essay]
  43. The Rainbow by DH Lawrence (1915) [Essay]
  44. Of Human Bondage by W Somerset Maugham (1915) [Essay]
  45. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920) [Essay]
  46. Ulysses by James Joyce (1922) [Essay]
  47. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis (1922) [Essay]
  48. A Passage to India* by EM Forster (1924)
  49. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes* by Anita Loos (1925)
  50. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925) [Essay]
  51. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (1925) [Essay]
  1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932) [Essay]
  1. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (1939) [Essay]
  1. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949) [Essay]

Update January 2015: We’re seeing less and less titles from the Guardians Top 100 that are available in the Public Domain. I’ll continue adding those individual titles here when they appear, but I do recommend you check in on the Guardian website to see what books make up the remaining entries.

The Guardian Top 100 books aren’t simply a “here they are, go read them” selection, nor are they going to include just any title. Each week, for 100 weeks (finishing around August 2015), they will announce the entry for that week along with publishing a short essay with the reasoning behind its inclusion. Here’s the basic rule set they’re going to follow;

  • Only English language titles will be considered (UK, US, AU, CA, etc., though the emphasis will be on UK/US)
  • Include only titles from the late 17th century to the present day (up to around 2000…maybe!)
  • Listing will be in chronological order

Along with giving a link so you can download the ebook for free (ePub and Kindle), I’ll also include a link to the Guardian essay so you can decide for yourself if you agree with their reasoning.

When the Guardian posts a new title I’ll immediately add the entry here too, if however the Kindle/ePub book is not already on epubBooks I’ll make sure to prioritise the conversion. Please check back later if there is no free ebook download link given.

* No download available as this title is not currently in the Public Domain.

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