FRANK McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes has been placed fifth in the top 100 books over the past four decades by the Sunday Times Culture section, since their bestsellers’ records began.
The guide put Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time in first place, followed by A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle, Wild Swans by Jung Chang and the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden in the fourth spot.
While many have accused the late McCourt of spawning a generation of ‘misery lit’, the guide stated “this book is so much more beautifully written than almost all the tales of childhood torment that came after it.”
It described the debut by the Pulitzer Prize winner as “deeply lyrical and packing a huge emotional punch”.
His follow up, ‘Tis, came in 58th place.