From the winners of the biggest literary prizes to acclaimed books that somehow missed out, a panel of literary experts have compiled what they believe should be the definitive list of the best books of the past two decades – topped by Wolf Hall, a novel that "transformed the literary landscape”.
Marking the 20th anniversary of the Independent Bath Literature Festival the project was led by its artistic director, Viv Groskop.
“I wanted to celebrate books readers have loved and to pinpoint the novels that, with hindsight, transformed the literary landscape,” Ms Groskop said. “Wolf Hall has done that with bells on.”
Here are the panel's picks: