A simple bookshelf, neatly filled, is a lovely thing. There’s something extremely pleasing about a perfectly ordered row of books, and this is exactly what makes private libraries seem like the most luxurious of amenities. Bibliophile or not, who wouldn’t want to curl up on an armchair in front of that (↑) fireplace?
I could do without how precious this piece begins about books, but uh, I’ll be happy to live in any of these amazing private libraries currently on the New York City market.
Which are the 100 best novels ever written in the English language? No list could possibly satisfy everyone, as is always the case with listicles. When writer Robert McCrum completed his own, after developing itover the course of two years, it was greeted with a mix of enthusiasm and criticism. Most of the scepticism centred on the lack of diversity, though many readers had their own favourite omission. So we asked you to nominate the books you thought should have made the list. Here are the novels that received the most nominations, in no particular order – we have included all that received a minimum of two votes.
After lots of criticism about how white and male-heavy The Guardian’s list of the 100 best novels written in English, they opened it up for readers to suggest titles.