Books by R.K. Narayan, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth are among titles which made it to BBC's 100 ‘Novels That Shaped Our World’ list to mark the 300th anniversary of the publication of Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe," believed to herald the birth of the English language novel. The list, which ranges from classics to contemporary, is split into ten categories.
Roy's debut novel “The God of Small Things” features in the Identity category, Narayan's “Swami and Friends’ in the Coming of Age section while Rushdie's “The Moor's Last Sigh” is in the Rule Breakers section. Seth's “A Suitable Boy” features on the list in the Family and Friendship category and V.S. Naipaul's “A House for Mr Biswas” is placed named in the Class and Society section.
American–Pakistani novelist Bapsi Sidhwa’s “Ice Candy Man,” is in the Crime & Conflict category, while Pakistani authors Mohsin Hamid “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” also features in the same category, and Kamila Shamsie's “Home Fire” is features in Politics, Power & Protest section.