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Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and other African writers are named in the BBC’s “100 Novels that shaped our world”

A panel of leading writers, curators and critics come together to compile and choose from the array of novels 100 genre-busting English language novels that have had an impact on their lives on the demand of BBC.

The books selected were the ones written over the last 300 years and the list covers children’s classics to popular page-turners.

For easier classification, the books were organised into themes showing the ways books help shape and influence people’s thinking

In a list, novels by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ghanaian writer Yaa Gyasi were named among classics like Chinua Achebe‘s “Things Fall Apart” and Toni Morrison‘s “Beloved.”

Adichie’s “Half of a Yellow Sun” and Gyasi’s “Homegoing” were named under the “Identity” section, with Ben Okri‘s “Astonishing the Gods” also on the list, under the “Life, Death & other Worlds” section.

Books by James Baldwin, Zadie Smith, Ernest Hemingway, and Arundhati Roy also make the list, as well as crowd favourites like “The Twilight Saga” by Stephanie Meyer and the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

Check out the full list on BBC.

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