Top 10 Fictional Families

by Simon Mason from The Guardian
“Lifestyles have changed, and we’ve moved some way from the common-or-garden nuclear family, but the truth is that families have always been wildly varied. Think of the Greek myths. Perseus’s dad was a shower of gold. Families are also ubiquitous. Most of us grow up in them. Wherever you look there’s usually one lurking nearby. It’s certainly true in books. Settle down with a bunch of Henning Mankell thrillers and you soon start to notice that the ongoing narrative is not so much about crime as Wallander’s relationships with his father and daughter. Books about families are just as common and varied as the real things. Who knows what I might have included in my list if I’d read more. But the ones I’ve chosen are among my favourite of all books. All the great themes are here – conflict, love, betrayal, loyalty, bitterness and joy –

and each time it’s personal. It’s family.”

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

3. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

4. The Inheritors by William Golding

5. Beloved by Toni Morrison

6. The Polyglots by William Gerhardie

7. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

9. Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence

10. The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

For the complete article and Mason’s comments on each book see

As for me, I might add the following:
Rich Man, Poor Man
Chinese Cinderella
The Thornbirds
Madame Bovary
Doctor Zhivago

Any other suggestions????

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Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and historical romantic suspense.
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2 Responses to Top 10 Fictional Families

  1. Farah Khan says:

    The Godfather Trilogy.

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