The Grauniad reports on the top 100 books, as decided by a BBC poll. I was gratified to discover that I’ve read 51 of them, so clearly I get my intellectual tosser badge for 2003. I was also rather pleased to have pointed out to me that Donna Tartt’s The Secret History is on the list, because it’s one of (if not the) best book ever. And I will read Anna Karenina one day, promise. Why did the His Dark Materials trilogy only get one entry while J. K. Rowling got one for each Harry Potter book, I wonder? Oh, and every time Gabriel Garcia Marquez turns up on one of these lists he should be replaced by one of Louis de Bernieres’ Cochadebajo books, ideally The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts.