London: On Tuesday, BBC announced a list of “100 Novels That Shaped Our World”. The panel consisted of Syima Aslam, director of the Bradford literature festival , journalist Mariella Frostrup, Stig Abell, editor of the “Times Literary Supplement”, authors Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal and Alexander McCall Smith.
The books in the list were divided into 10 categories that includes life, adventure, death and other worlds, class and society, politics, power and protest, identity, love, sex and romance, family and friendship, coming of age, class and society, crime and conflict and rule breakers.
The list of 100 books also comprised of 5 books by Indian authors, which are Arundhati Roy’s “God of Small Things” published in 1997, Salman Rushdie’s “The Moor’s last Sigh” published in 1995, RK Narayan’s “Swami and Friends” published in 1935, Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy” published in 1993 and VS Naipaul’s “A House for Mr Biswas” published in 1961.
Jonty Claypole, BBC Arts Director, stated that he wanted the list to spark debate and inspire curiosity among the readers.