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Big Read: The final 21
What are the nation's favourite works of fiction? BBC2's Big Read polled the country in April to find the favourite top 100.

Below are the final 21 to make the shortlist.

For each of the next seven weeks, three celebrity advocates will make the case for their favourite title. Their names are in brackets after the book titles, which are in alphabetical order.

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks (William Hague MP)

Captain Correlli's Mandolin by Louis de Berničres (Clare Short MP)

Catch-22 by Joseph L Heller (John Sergeant)

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (Ruby Wax)

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Arabella Weir)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (David Dimbleby)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (Fay Ripley)

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (Benedict Allen)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Sanjeev Bhaskar)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontė (Lorraine Kelly)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis (Ronni Ancona)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Sandi Toksvig)

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (Ray Mears)

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (Jo Brand)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Meera Syal)

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (Alan Titchmarsh)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (John Humphrys)

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (Simon Schama)

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Bill Oddie)

Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne (Phill Jupitus)

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontė (Alistair McGowan)

The BBC's Kim Barnes
"It's been a tough choice and it's got noses stuck into books"

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