What are the 1000 best novels? The Guardian thinks it knows. This list was put together by The Guardian's review team and a panel of experts. As you'll see, the definitive list is helpfully subdivided into themes: love, crime, comedy, family and self, state of the nation, science fiction and fantasy, war and travel.
On that note, I should also highlight a collection of Life-Changing Books put together by our readers. You'll find many good reads here as well.