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The Telegraph has more on the top 25 authors as voted for by Waterstone's staff and readers of the newspaper. Unsurprisingly, the best book of the past 25 years is J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. "If the list gives food for thought, it is that analysing British literary tastes is a perilous exercise. We are a nation of very broad interests."
"The top 25 contains a Booker Prize winner - Yann Martel's Life of Pi; some beach reads - The Da Vinci Code and Kate Mosse's Labyrinth; powerful politics - Jung Chang's Wild Swans; and much highly praised literary fiction - Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong, Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy."