(Read about his selection criteria.)
A couple of the titles to make the list:
THE WOMAN IN WHITERead more about Pullman's list.
by Wilkie Collins
For sheer plotting genius, Collins had no rival. If you've never read this, I can promise you one of the most gripping stories of all time.
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ART AND ILLUSION
by E.H. Gombrich
This is all about the mysterious business of looking and seeing, and E.H. Gombrich looked deeper and saw more than almost any other writer on art.