To mark the 300th anniversary of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, widely considered to be the first English novel, a new BBC series will explore how novels have always been a revolutionary agent of social change.

Ahead of the series which will air this autumn, the BBC have gathered together a panel of critics, journalists, writers and thinkers to nominate the 100 novels, written in English, that they think have most significantly shaped our world.

This exciting, interactive discussion will feature panellists involved in the judging process and ask for your suggestions as to which novels should make the shortlist.

About The Speakers

Lisa Percy

Lisa Percy is co-lead on the Novels That Shaped Our World project for BBC Arts, chairing meetings of the selection panel and shaping the Festival programme. Lisa began her career as a teacher and maintains a special interest in children’s literature and engaging young readers. She has a particular passion for arts education and the new learning opportunities created by technology.

Mike Gayle

Mike Gayle became a full-time novelist in 1997 following the publication of his Sunday times top ten bestseller, My Legendary Ex-Girlfriend. Since then he has written fourteen novels including Mr Commitment, a Quick Reads novella and a work of non- fiction The To Do List. His previous novel, The Man I Think I Know, was a selection of the Zoe Ball Book Club on ITV.

About The Chair

Joe Haddow

Joe is the producer of the Radio 2 Book Club and a regular literary event chair. He also hosts the Booker Prize Podcasts and is a voracious reader.