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These are the top novels of the last 20 years – how many have you read?

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These are the top novels of the last 20 years – how many have you read?

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Top books Just a selection of the best reads of the last two decades (Picture: Amazon)

Consider yourself a bookworm? Well, read on.

A panel of literary experts has compiled a list of the top novels released over the last 20 years, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Independent Bath Literature Festival.

To make the list, the books needed to have ‘transformed the literary landscape’.

An initial longlist was drawn up from every novel shortlisted for a prize in the past 20 years, as well as some the panel believed had been overlooked.

Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, recently adapted for TV by BBC Two, was picked out as the overall winner.

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The festival’s artistic director Viv Groskop said: ‘I wanted to celebrate books readers have loved and to pinpoint the novels that, with hindsight, transformed the literary landscape.

‘Wolf Hall has done that with bells on.’

Commentator John Walsh, who…

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