BBC’s 100 Novels that shaped our world

As part of the BBC’s Novels That Shaped Our World Festival, marking the 300th anniversary of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, a panel of writers, journalists and thinkers have selected 100 novels that have shaped their world. The books, chosen to spark debate as well as celebrate the joy of reading, are classified in ten themes: Identity, Politics, Power and Protest, Rule Breakers, Love, Sex and Romance, Coming of Age, Adventure, Life, Death and Other Worlds, Class and Society, Family and Friendship & Crime and Conflict.

Follow the link to see the full list of 100 novels, then check our catalogue to see which titles we have to borrow; don't forget some titles are available in a digital format - eAudio or eBooks. Please let us know what you think about these books or tell us about the novels that have had an impact on your world. You can share your thoughts on twitter using the hashtag #MyBookLife, and please copy in @cambslib so we can share!

New Books

Looking for something new to read? Then why not explore our top picks of the month's newly published books for children and adults, our most popular authors and find out more about some of our favourite authors in the ‘author profile’.

Author profile - Barbara Nadel
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Author profile - Elly Griffiths
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Childrens classics
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New Books for June 2020
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New Books for May 2020
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New Books for April 2020
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New Books for March 2020
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New Books for February 2020
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New Books for January 2020
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New Books for December 2019
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New Books for November 2019
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Beyond the Bard Fiction List
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Author Profile February
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LGBT Booklist
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Top Non Fiction Titles
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Black History Month_ Book List
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Dyslexia book list leaflet
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Cambridgeshire Autism Collection

The library service have selected 30 titles which provide support for people with autism, their families, carers and friends as well as professionals and the general public.

The collection brings together books written by people with autism and their family, sharing their own personal accounts and experiences, and titles written by healthcare and medical professionals, who specialise in the field of autism.

There are eight complete sets of the collection in Cambridgeshire located in Cambridge Central, Cambourne, Ely, Huntingdon, March, St. Ives, St. Neots and Wisbech libraries. 

Autism book list leaflet - March 2018
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Cambridgeshire Literary Map 

View the Cambridgeshire Literary Map to see a map of novels set within the county of Cambridgeshire