What are the best modern British novels?

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    #1Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is a dystopian science fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of three children who are studying in an exclusive boarding school and their 'special gift'.

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    Doris Sun
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "This book is fantastic, i has arisen in my a mix of emotions, and it has made me think differently about my partner, i love him more and i will never let him go. "
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    #2One Day

    One Day

    One Day is a romance novel by David Nicholls. It tells the story of Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley, who met on July 15th, 1988. Every year on the same day for twenty years, the novel returns to Dexter and Emma and their ever-changing relationship.

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    Jeffrey Taylor
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "A very interesting romance novel. Great characters and very well written. Read this before going to see the movie."
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    #3The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog.
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    Arturo Vargas
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "The product of the glass is nice"
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    #4Me Before You

    Me Before You

    Jojo Moyes' heartbreaking romance novel Me Before You tells the story of Louisa Clark and Will Traynor, who lives his days confined to a wheelchair. This book urges everyone to live their one life to the fullest.

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    Beverly Ross
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Me Before You is a British novel. If you like romance then this is the book for you."
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    #5Before I Go to Sleep

    Before I Go to Sleep

    Before I Go To Sleep is a psychological thriller novel by S.J. Watson. It tells the story of Christine, an amnesiac whose brain resets every time she goes to sleep, as she tries to discover the truth about her past life.

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    Willie Bishop
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "I love this book, it has helped me so much with my imagination. and i can say that all the characters here are real and have they own distinctive personality, and the situations that happen makes you so curious that you will start to read the book and finish it as fast as you can. "
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    #6A Long Way Down

    A Long Way Down

    A Long Way Down is a novel by English author Nick Hornby. It tells the story of four people brought together by an unlikely commonality: the desire to end their life. The four of them help each other overcome their demons.

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    Sean Carlson
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "This novel is a very interesting story, and the charachters on it are so real, and everyone has its distinctive personality and they interact with each other and make the story very interesting. I have had a very good time while on vacation, reading this book, and i reccomend it to all. "
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    #7American Gods

    American Gods

    American Gods is a multi-award-winning novel by the acclaimed British author, Neil Gaiman. It tells the story of Shadow and Mr. Wednesday as they travel around America to recruit American reincarnations of old deities to fight the new ones.

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    Olivia Cooper
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love this novel. I had a great time reading it."
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    #8When We Were Orphans

    When We Were Orphans
    When We Were Orphans is a novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author, Kazuo Ishiguro. It tells the story of Christopher Banks, who lived in Shanghai until the disappearance of his parents, and his return to China to find them.
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    Justin Aguilar
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "This is a great take on historical fiction done right. A fantastic read that pulled me in from the start"
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    #9The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)

    The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)

    The Eyre Affair by Japser Fforde is a science fiction and literary detective novel originally published in 2001.This book belongs to Fforde's Thursday Next series. It is followed by Lost in a Good Book.

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    Nicole Alvarado
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Eyre Affair is a great British novel and a fantastic addition to the science fiction genre. The concept of time travel into novels is compelling and produces a very rewarding read! Worth a read for fans of science fiction or just fans of literature!"
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    #10Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell)

    Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell)

    Bring Up The Bodies is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Hilary Mantel. It tells the story of Anne Boleyn as she stands trial for adultery, as part of Henry VIII's ploy to bring her down. It is the second book in the Thomas Cromwell series. 

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    Kathleen Reed
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "Great sequel to the first book "Wolf Hall". But it's not a modern book. so I don't think it's a good solution to this topic. I can't recommend it."
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    #11World Without End (Kingsbridge Series)

    World Without End (Kingsbridge Series)

    World Without end features the descendants of the characters from Pillars of the Earth, the first book of the Kingsbrige Series. The book tackles two major historical events - the start of The Hundrer Years' War and the Black Death. 

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    Frank Jordan
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This is a good novel about ancient Britain. It is a good read but not a modern novel. It is a throwback to the past and an intriguing story. The characters are real and vibrant and history oozes out of the pages. I liked the book and would recommend it to anyone."
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    #12The Thirteenth Tale

    The Thirteenth Tale

    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a gothic historical fiction on how children allegorically think of their birth. It tells the gothic strange encounters of the protagonist throughout the story.

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    Raymond Tucker
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Thirteenth Tale is a very strange book, but oddly interesting. I recommend this for anyone who likes British novels. "
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    #13Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a modern gothic novel written by Susanna Clarke. First published in 2004, it is the presents an alternate history set in the 19th centure England.

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    Grace Diaz
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I watched the tv show put on by SYFY a few years ago and decided to buy the book since i miss it so much. Honestly i think the show was way better. i know, i know. People are gonna disgree but i jusy wasn't a fan of this book so much. "
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    #14Cloud Atlas: A Novel

    Cloud Atlas: A Novel
    Cloud Atlas: A Novel is a fantasy, drama and science fiction novel written by David Mitchell. It was published August 17, 2004 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.
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    Philip Chapman
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book was very interesting. Had a lot of twists I was not expecting and that is saying something. Would recommend."
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    #15Doctor Who: Way through the Woods

    Doctor Who: Way through the Woods

    Doctor Who: The Way Through the Woods is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Una McCormack. Originally published in 2010 by BBC Books, it is the 45th book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Rosalba Escamilla
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a cool fiction and fantasy."
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    #16Doctor Who: The Stealers Of Dreams

    Doctor Who: The Stealers Of Dreams

    Doctor Who: Stealers of Dreams is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Steve Lyons. Originally published in 2005 by BBC Books, it is the 6th book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Anthony Montgomery
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Can you really go wrong with Doctor Who? The answer is "YES". Do not read this book and do yourself a favor and look at the surplus of better modern British novels out there. The show is great, but the book is something we should all forget."
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    #17Doctor Who: The Forgotten Army

    Doctor Who: The Forgotten Army

    Doctor Who: The Forgotten Army is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Steve Lyons. Originally published in 2010 by BBC Books, it is the 39th book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    María Luisa Armenta
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Doctor Who, the tv series, is pretty popular, and I figured this book would be good to. It's not great. It's definitely lacking and it just doesn't quite meet the high standards set by the show. "
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    #18The Enchanted April

    The Enchanted April

    The Enchanted April is a standalone classic romance novel written by Elizabeth von Arnim which centers on four English women who divorced their husbands and receives an amount of money for a book deal so they go to Italy. 

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    Johnny Reyes
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Another time in which more examples should have been given. There is only a single book being suggested when the writer was asking for more."
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    #19Scaredy Cat

    Scaredy Cat

    Scaredy Cat is a mystery fiction and suspense-thriller novel written by Mark Billingham. This book was originally published in 2000 by Time Warner. It was nominated for the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel.

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    Song Zhou
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "If you love crime dramas, you'll love this. There are plot twists galore. Really an amazing mystery read."
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    #20Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow

    Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow

    Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Una McCormack. Originally published in 2010 by BBC Books, it is the 54th book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Kathleen Murphy
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow is a book based on the British TV show, Doctor Who. Even though it was written and published in 2013, it doesn't really meet the qualifications for a modern British novel."
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    #21The People on Privilege Hill

    The People on Privilege Hill

    The People on Privilege Hill is a British fiction book written by Jane Gardam. It is first published in 2007 by Europa Editions.

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    Bobby Brown
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The novel, The People on Privilege Hill, is a British fiction book. It was written by Jane Gardam in 2007. It's a great approach to reading about Britain."
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    #22Doctor Who: Borrowed Time

    Doctor Who: Borrowed Time

    Doctor Who: Borrowed Time is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Naomi Alderman. Originally published in 2011 by BBC Books, it is the 49th book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Juan Santos
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is the first Dr Who book I've read, I am an avid fan of the new televised series, Season 1 to 6. It is a nice adventure, assuming the characters from the TV show. The book would not stand alone because it is assumed you already know the main characters. I do not want to spoil the plot...it is believable in conjunction with the TV series, but I think the author took too much liberty in her interpretation of the characters."
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    #23Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel

    Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel

    Doctor Who: Touched by an Angel is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Naomi Alderman. Originally published in 2011 by BBC Books, it is the 47th book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Harry Wheeler
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Doctor Who continues to amaze!! Easily one of my favorites throughout the series. I must say I am a bit biased because I have been a Doctor Who fanatic for years, but I would still definitely recommend for anyone new to the series!"
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    #24Doctor Who: The King's Dragon

    Doctor Who: The King's Dragon

    Doctor Who: The King's Dragon is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by Una McCormack. Originally published in 2010 by BBC Books, it is the 41st book in the book series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures.

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    Raymundo Meléndez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Doctor Who: The King's Dragon is one of my favorite of the Doctor Who books. I have always loved dragons and I am a big Doctor Who fan and The King's Dragon didn't disappoint me."
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    #25Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood

    Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood
    Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood is a fiction romance novel by Abby McDonald. It follows the story of Hallie and Grace Weston who packs up and goes to Beverly Hills for a new life. It was published in 2013 by Candlewick Press.
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    Amit Pawar
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Add: A retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. A contemporary take on the classic with some references to alcohol and sex! Author Abby McDonald was a music journalist and entertainment critic and now is a full time author and screenwriter."

Summary

Best What are the best modern British novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Never Let Me GoBooks 33 Paid
2One DayBooks 30 Paid
3The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBooks 28 Paid
4Me Before YouBooks 27 Paid
5Before I Go to SleepBooks 25 Paid
6A Long Way DownBooks 24 Paid
7American GodsBooks 22 Paid
8When We Were OrphansBooks 21 Paid
9The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)Books 17 Paid
10Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell)Books 15 Paid
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