Pride and prejudice

The libraries celebrated 150 years of continuous public library service in Boroondara in 2010 and 2011. As part of the celebrations, we asked Boroondara residents to vote for their all-time favourite books. We are now proud to present Boroondara's 150 favourite books, as voted by you.

There's a great mix of Australian and international books, recent releases and classics. Did your favourite make the list?




1 Pride and prejudice Jane Austen
2 To kill a mockingbird Harper Lee
3 Harry Potter (series) J.K. Rowling
4 The Millennium trilogy (series) Stieg Larsson
5 The lord of the rings (series) J.R.R. Tolkien
6 The faraway tree (series) Enid Blyton
7 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
8 Cloudstreet Tim Winton
9 Wuthering heights Emily Bronte  
10 Great Expectations Charles Dickens
11 Alice in wonderland & Through the looking glass Lewis Carroll
12 Persuasion Jane Austen
13 Year of wonders Geraldine Brooks
14 The Lymond chronicles (series) Dorothy Dunnett
15 The wind in the willows Kenneth Grahame
16 The kite runner Khaled Hosseini
17 The No. 1 ladies' detective agency Alexander McCall Smith
18 Winnie-the-Pooh A.A. Milne
19 Anne of Green Gables L.M. Montgomery
20 The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society Mary Ann Shaffer
21 The grapes of wrath John Steinbeck
22 My family and other animals Gerald Durrell
23 A fortunate life A.B. Facey 
24 The Narnia chronicles (series) C.S. Lewis 
25  Gone with the wind Margaret Mitchell  
26  The catcher in the rye J.D. Salinger
27  Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
28  The secret garden Frances Hodgson Burnett 
29  The very hungry caterpillar Eric Carle
30  Mao's last dancer Li Cunxin
31  A tale of two cities Charles Dickens
32  The secret river Kate Grenville
33  Discworld (series) Terry Pratchett
34  Where the wild things are Maurice Sendak
35  War and peace Leo Tolstoy
36  The Bible Various editions
37  Dirt music Tim Winton
38  The book thief Markus Zusak
39  Little women Louisa May Alcott
40  Emma Jane Austen
41  The adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
42  Asterix (series)  Goscinny and Uderzo
43  84 Charring Cross Road Helene Hanff
44  The magic pudding Norman Lindsay
45  Life of Pi Yann Martel
46  The time traveller's wife Audrey Niffenegger
47  Brother Cadfael (series) Ellis Peters
48  The fortunes of Richard Mahoney Henry Handel Richardson
49  Jeeves and Wooster (series) P.G. Wodehouse
50  Arthur & George Julian Barnes
51  The famous five (series) Enid Blyton
52  Billabong  (series) Mary Grant Bruce
53  Molly Moon (series) Georgia Byng
54  The outsider Albert Camus
55  The alchemist Paulo Coelho
56  Charlie and the chocolate factory Roald Dahl
57  The leopard Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
58  The red tent Anita Diamant
59  The Alexandria quartet (series) Lawrence Durrell
60  Ranger's apprentice (series) John Flanagan
61  Possum magic Mem Fox
62  Catch 22 Joseph Heller
63  Biggles (series)   Captain W. E. Johns
64  Tinker tailor soldier spy John Le Carre
65  Tomorrow, when the war began John Marsden
66  Now we are six A.A. Milne
67  Cry, the beloved country  Alan Paton
68  The Gormenghast trilogy (series) Mervyn Peake
69  Amelia Peabody mysteries (series) Elizabeth Peters
70  Rebus (series) Ian Rankin
71  The nine tailors Dorothy L. Sayers
72  The reader Bernhard Schlink
73  Perfume Patrick Suskind
74  The hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
75  The age of innocence Edith Wharton
76  Voss Patrick White
77  Not a penny more, not a penny less Jeffrey Archer 
78  The camel club (series) David Baldacci
79  Selby (series) Duncan Ball
80  Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
81  People of the book Geraldine Brooks
82  The twins of Emu Plains Mary Grant Bruce
83  Ender's game Orson Scott Card
84  Poirot (series) Agatha Christie
85  Artemis Fowl (series)  Eoin Colfer
86  Harry Bosch (series) Michael Connelly
87  Heart of darkness Joseph Conrad
88  The dark is rising Susan Cooper
89  Bleak house Charles Dickens
90  The three musketeers  Alexander Dumas
91  Middlemarch George Eliot
92 Mill on the Floss George Eliot
93  Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
94  The great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
95  Pillars of the earth Ken Follett
96  A passage to India E.M Forster
97  Where is the green sheep? Mem Fox
98  Anne Frank: diary of a young girl Anne Frank
99  The graveyard book Neil Gaiman
100  Let's get a pup Bob Graham
101  We of the Never-Never Aeneas Gunn
102  Tess of the D'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
103  All creatures great and small James Herriot
104  The grand Sophy Georgette Heyer
105  Dalziel & Pascoe (series) Reginald Hill
106  A thousand splendid suns Khaled Hosseini
107  Ulysses James Joyce
108  Schindler's ark Thomas Keneally
109 Kim  Rudyard Kipling
110  Seven pillars of wisdom T.E. Lawrence
111  If this is a man Primo Levi
112  Twilight (series) Stephenie Meyer
113  Love in a cold climate Nancy Mitford
114 The pursuit of love Nancy Mitford
115  Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
116  The railway children E. Nesbit
117  Nineteen eighty four George Orwell
118  The shell seekers Rosamunde Pilcher
119  Excellent women Barbara Pym
120 The fountainhead Ayn Rand
121 Deltora quest (series) Emily Rodda
122  How I live now Meg Rosoff
123  A suitable boy Vikram Seth
124  King Lear William Shakespeare
125  A town like Alice Neville Shute
126  The master Colm Toibin
127  The accidental tourist Anne Tyler
128  The surgeon of Crowthorne Simon Winchester
129  The shadow of the wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon 
130  Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy Douglas Adams
131  Peepo Janet Ahlberg
132  The adventures of the wishing chair (series) Enid Blyton
133  True history of the Kelly gang Peter Carey
134  The witches Roald Dahl
135  David Copperfield Charles Dickens
136  Tashi (series) Anna Fienberg
137  Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
138  Dog boy Eva Hornung
139  Brave new world Aldous Huxley
140  The poisonwood bible Barbara Kingsolver
141  Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
142  Lovesong Alex Miller
143  Badjelly the witch Spike Milligan
144 When we were very young A.A. Milne
145  Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
146  The lovely bones Alice Sebold
147   The man who loved children Christina Stead
148  Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
149  Dragonkeeper Carole Wilkinson
150  Veronika decides to die Paulo Coelho