This is quite excellent for fans of pseudo-intellectual one-upmanship like me: the Guardian has said ‘Pfeh!’ to all the lists of 100 best books and created the list of a THOUSAND novels you must read in your lifetime. So obviously I have counted how many I have read and sneered a bit at their choices (it’s badly researched enough that at least three books on there aren’t even novels. It seems a bit much to compile a list like this and include books that, clearly, no one compiling the list has actually read) but I’m interested in why lists like this exist. Why do they sell newspapers? Or why do newspaper writers think they sell newspapers?