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29 Classic Novels that are still relevant today

By June 12, 2015December 17th, 2015Discussion and Recommendations

Strictly speaking, all classics have relevance that resonates through the decades, that’s what makes them classics and it’s how we can often distinguish the classics of the future. That said, there are certain books that seem to speak right now, in current times and so we asked you what you thought they were.

In the age of the selfie, for me it is The Picture Of Dorian Gray, I don’t think it’s ever been more relevant than it is today, but enough about me, here are the 19 Classics that you said are just as relevant today.

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Lee’s only novel (to date) is To Kill a Mockingbird, a firm favourite on school reading lists and arguably as relevant today as the day it was written.

To Kill a Mockingbird (US)
To Kill a Mockingbird (UK)

1984 – George Orwell

Possibly the writer most quoted by political pages across social media, Orwell was one of the most insightful authors of his time and we’re totally unsurprised to see this so high on the list.

1984 (US)
1984 (UK)

Animal Farm – George Orwell

And again Orwell makes the list with Animal Farm and many of the ideas carried through in human form to 1984.

Animal Farm (US)
Animal Farm (UK)

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice has remained popular with modern readers throughout the generation and often tops many of our ‘favourites’ lists.

Pride and Prejudice (US)
Pride and Prejudice (UK)

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Growing up is hard to do and it’s as hard today as it was back in 1847 when Jane Eyre was penned. Another firm favourite with modern readers and making our list for being still relevant today.

Jane Eyre (US)
Jane Eyre (UK)

Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Many of you thought the same as me, and in the age of social media and the ‘selfie’, The Picture of Dorian Gray is maybe even more relevant today.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (US)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (UK)

The Bible

We often get religious books mentioned and for many of you it was the bible that still held the most relevance today.

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

In our age of genetics and the advancements of science, maybe Mary Shelley was on to something with her dark and far-fetched work.

Frankenstein (US)
Frankenstein (UK)

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

This dystopian classic from Bradbury imagines a future America and for many of you it’s coming true, retaining the book’s relevance even today.

Fahrenheit 451 (US)
Fahrenheit 451 (UK)

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

This is starting to read like a dystopian list and maybe these clever and insightful classics hold the most relevance to the fears we have for society, wherever we are in the world.

Brave New World (US)
Brave New World (UK)

What an impressive top 10 that is! We cut off our list at 29 and the rest are as follows:

Lord of the Flies- William Goulding
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
The Handmaids Tale- Margaret Atwood
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexadre Dumas
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

Would you agree with those, dear readers? I was glad to see my choice in the list. If yours isn’t there then feel free to add it in the comments!

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