The 100 works provide a fascinating insight into contemporary design trends. But they also give readers an authoritative list of titles to pick up at their local bookshop. McCrum’s list is inevitably slanted towards British and American fiction. Those from the Low Countries may be disappointed to find that there are no classics of Dutch or Flemish literature among the 100 best reads. The 100 covers can be seen at Doedemee’s online gallery. www.doedemee.be/showcase/.