EMMA by Jane AustenRead about another book on the list.
Archetypal Austen, this is witty, elegant and romantic. I read it first when I was a teenager. After three pages to get used to the flowery language, she had me.
Every character is a gem and you are longing for them to come back into the narrative so you can enjoy their brilliance or hideousness.
Emma is on John Mullan's list of ten of the best wines in literature, and among Tanya Byron's six best books, Judith Martin's five favorite novels, and Monica Ali's ten favorite books.