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The HarperCollins 200
Why I Read
Inside The Archives
The Gulag Archipelago
Named “the best nonfiction book of the 20th century” by
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
A multimillion-copy benchmark of adventure/survival nonfiction.
I owe my mother everything.
The first Sharpe novel published in Cornwell’s classic series.
Seven Years in Tibet
A landmark in travel writing, it has been translated into fifty-three languages.
Master and Commander
First book in O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, widely regarded as the greatest series of historical novels ever written.
Under the Volcano
A landmark of modernism, hailed as “one of the towering novels of this century” (
New York Times
Why I write: Some years ago, although enjoying great success, I was accused by certain literary critics of repeating myself too much in my work.
The Hunt for Red October
Clancy’s debut novel launched a spectacular career and introduced the world to a new hero, Jack Ryan.
When this novel was first published, many critics mistakenly accepted it as a genuine historical memoir.
The Other Side of Midnight
This suspenseful, glamorous thriller was a genre-busting bestseller from Sheldon, an acclaimed master storyteller.
Empire of the Sun
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
A bestselling phenomenon and classic memoir of prison breaks and adventure.
I write because I love to read.
The Kon-Tiki Expedition
This classic, inspiring tale of daring and courage has been translated into sixty-five languages.
Love and War in the Apennines
The early life story of a man who would become one of Britain’s best-loved literary adventurers.
The phenomenal worldwide bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner.
The most magical phrase I knew as a child was “Once upon a time” because those four words meant a story was coming.
A sweeping masterpiece considered by many to be Conrad’s greatest novel.
First book in the Arkady Renko series, which became an instant bestseller and changed the crime fiction genre.
The Dangerous Book for Boys
A genre-busting “guidebook” that was a bestseller in the U.K., the U.S., and Canada.
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly
Memoir offering a haunting, harrowing look inside the cruel prison of locked-in syndrome.
Often called the greatest American novel of all time.