100 BOOKS YOUR CHILD MUST READ - what are your nominations?

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Childhood books stay with you forever. Whether Roald Dahl's dark humour or the derry-do of Hardy Brothers, the earthy anarchy of Stig of the Dump or the magical excitement of The Secret Garden, they have a lasting effect on how you approach the big wide world.

What book do you think children MUST read before they leave home?

And while we're at it, what book should every adult read?

(My children's nomination: The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
My adult nomination: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

Need a reminder of the all-time classics? This Daily Telegraph list brings back the memories...

Every child should read all of Roald Dahl's books, but they must also read Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.

Every adult should read ... bugger it, I can't decide!

Kes
The Outsider

hanaflower Thu 22-Jan-09 21:35:12

The silver sword - Ian Serralier (sp?)
Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper

ellideb Thu 22-Jan-09 21:36:41

Does childhood go as far as teenage years for this thread? if so then I nominate Flowers in the attic and petals on the wind by Virginia Andrews. I loved them when I was about 13.

As for adult nominations I vote Marley and Me though I can't remember the author.

EffiePerine Thu 22-Jan-09 21:36:42

Molesworth
Kidnapped
The Three Musketeers

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:36:56

Marianne Dreams
Charlotte Sometimes (pre 1980)
Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Carries War

feedthegoat Thu 22-Jan-09 21:37:06

Younger readers - any Roald Dahl.
Slightly older - To Kill a Mocking Bird.

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:37:53

Little Princess
Secret garden
Toms Midnight garden
The Country Girls (Edna O'Brien -teen read)

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:39:38

Every Adult

Girl with a pearl earring

Hotel du lac

The Bell Jar

Bitter Honeymopn Alberto Moravia

Eating Children Jill Tweedie

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:41:57

Anna karenina
Madame Bovary

DrNortherner Thu 22-Jan-09 21:42:08

God, I've read none of these. What does that say about me?

<hides chick lit under pillow>

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:42:34

Room at the Top
Picture of Dorian Gray

Ooooh Carrie's War ... I loved that book. What about The Secret Garden?
Swallows and Amazons
Gerald Durrell's autobiographical books abour Corfu

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:43:52

The Millstone
The L shaped Room

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:46:38

Any Lynne reid banks or Drabble as a young woman - or Plath

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:47:44

Peppermint Pig ( made me go vegetarian)
Wuthering heights

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:48:30

Emil and the detectives
Far from the madding ( or any Hardy)

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 21:51:08

Are we talking older dc's now?
To kill a mocking bird
Moonfleet
Treasure Island
Harry Potter
Little women

For adults
My all time fav: Sons and Lovers

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:51:53

yes lady Chatterley

RiaParkinson Thu 22-Jan-09 21:52:47

Pride of Miss Jean Brodie - nice teen read - thought provoking

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 21:53:08

Jungle Book

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 21:54:37

Mill on the Floss

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 21:55:24

The Hobbit

Ingles2 Thu 22-Jan-09 21:55:59

Lord of the Flies

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