The 50 Best “Cult” Books: Today in Critical Linking

Cult books are somehow, intangibly, different from simple bestsellers – though many of them are that. And people have passionate feelings on both sides. Our critics present a selection of the most notable cult writing from the past two centuries. 

Some books on this list of the 50 Best Cult Books don’t seem like cult books to me, but some are exactly what I think of when I think of a cult book.


At long last, people between the ages of 16 and 35 can now read, understand, and ? the “bestselling book of all time” thanks to an emoji translation of the Holy Bible.

Scripture 4 Millenials [sic] was released on Sunday through the iTunes Store for $2.99, a relatively inexpensive price for 3,282 pages of content.

It is so delicious that this app that translates the Bible into emojis spelled “millennials” wrong in their product name.

Speaking at a Hay Festival, sponsored by the Telegraph, Hamilton said Foyles’ new store had enticed a “younger, trendier, more vibrant” group of customers, who were well able to order books online but chose to visit a physical bookshop instead.

I do wonder, though, if this “trend” of buyings books as a respite from technology is something that publishing can count on for too much longer. I mean, remember swing music?


A “legendary” first edition of Alice in Wonderland – one of just 22 known copies in existence, after Lewis Carroll withdrew the entire print run – is due to be auctioned in New York next month, where it is anticipated to fetch between $2m and $3m (£1.3-£2m).

A truly staggering sum.

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