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The 20 greatest books that are guaranteed to make you cry

The beautiful thing about literature is that it captures all variations of emotions, from pure joy to the darkest moments of the human condition. Sad, morose and poignant books resonate something inside and evoke memories and sensations we can relate to - so it's no wonder the fates of their characters stay with us a long time after reading them.

From war-torn romances in Birdsong and Atonement, to courageous tales of adversity in The Fault In Our Stars and To Kill A Mockingbird, or the loss of beloved characters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we've selected the most tear-jerking moments in literature to remember with affection. Yes, you will need the tissues close by.

(It goes without saying that there may be spoilers to why these books are sad, so look away if you're half way through one of them!)

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