Following symbologist Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu as they
investigate a murder in the Louvre Museum in Paris, Dan Brown's novel
reveals the secret battle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei over
the possibility of Jesus having been married to Mary Magdalene.
2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The second, but most well-known, novel in C.S Lewis' fantasy adventure series The Chronicles of Narnia.
The story takes place during WWII when four siblings Peter, Susan,
Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie are evacuated to a country house to escape the
Blitz. While playing in the house, Lucy discovers an old wardrobe which
transports the Pevensie's to a magical world called Narnia.
3. Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell's dystopian novel is set in a society called
Oceania: a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and
incessant public mind control - the original Big Brother. The novel's
protagonist, Winston Smith, works for the government, however, the
disappearance of his parents and sister when he was young has left him
with a deep hatred and dreams of rebellion.
4. Great Expectations
This classic from Charles Dickens reveals the fortunes and
misfortunes of a young orphan called Pip, whose life takes unexpected
twists and turns thanks to two strangers from opposite ends of the
social spectrum: Magwitch, an escaped convict, and a wealthy spinster
named Miss Havisham.
5. The Fellowship of the Ring
The first volume in J.R.R Tolkien's epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings,
Tolkien's fantasy story takes place in the fictional universe
Middle-Earth and follows the adventures of young Hobbit Frodo Baggins,
who becomes the unlikely protector of a magic ring inviting all sorts of
unwanted attention from those looking to harness the ring's powers.
6. The Hobbit
Another epic from J.R.R Tolkien, The Hobbit acts as a prequel to The Lord of the Rings
trilogy. The novel details the quest of home-loving hobbit Bilbo
Baggins - relative of Frodo Baggins - to win a share of treasure guarded
by the dragon, Smaug. Bilbo's journey takes him from his rural
surroundings into more sinister territory, eventually leading to the
possesion of the aforementioned magic ring.
7. The Wind in the Willows
Rural England is the setting for Kenneth Grahame's children's classic The Wind in the Willows,
which focuses on four anthropomorphised animals, Mr Toad, Mr Badger,
Ratty and Mole, who wile away their time on the river in the Thames
8. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Originally a radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978, The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams has since gone on to become a cult hit, spawning
books, computer games, comics and TV and films. The main crux of the
story follows the adventures of the hapless Arthur Dent as he travels
the galaxy meeting an array of weird and wonderful characters.
9. Jane Eyre
Written by Charlotte Brontë and first published in 1847, Jane Eyre
was the voted most popular book by women that took part in ICaps study.
Brontë's heart-wrenching story tells the tale of the eponymous orphan
Jane Eyre as she goes from abusive childhood to turbulent romance,
eventually finding love in the arms of the moody Mr Rochester.
10. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel focuses on the
six-year-old character Scout Finch who lives with her brother and
widowed father, lawyer Atticus Finch. Set in the fictional US town
Maycomb, Alabama in the Deep South, Lee's book explores issues of racial
inequality and morality.