A century of world-changing literature...

Hay Festival 100 - A century of world-changing literature

Joyce's Ulysses, Woolf's Jacob's Room, Eliot's The Waste Land, Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned, Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit... 1922 has been called the annus mirabilis (“miracle year”) of literary modernism and was a turning point in English literature that spawned a flood of influential works still in heavy circulation today.

To mark this centenary, we invited Festivalgoers to take a fresh look at the past 100 years of literature, drawing up a list of the 100 most influential books - all genres, fiction or non-fiction, old or new, were welcome.

Explore the full selection over on our Bookshop.org page now.