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Top 20 books to argue about

If the reactions to Fifty Shades (amazing sex scenes! revolutionary! so badly written!) have taught us anything, it's that there's nothing like an exceptionally good - or bad - book to spark debate. Book groups, of course, already knew this. When you're three glasses of wine down opinions fly fast.

We sounded out your views on Twitter about the most opinion-dividing books of all-time; novels that have won a string of awards or plaudits that you simply don't get, or vice versa - the ones that slice public sentiment right down the middle. Your feedback triggered heated arguments in the Stylist office (seriously, things haven't been this fraught since we judged the cute pets competition) and formed the basis of this top 20 shortlist - including best-sellers and classic works of fiction....

Do you agree with our choices? Are there any books you feel have been massively over-hyped - or do you adore something other people can't stand? Let us know @stylistmagazine Twitter or in the comments section, below

Do you agree with our choices? Are there any books you feel have been massively over-hyped - or do you adore something other people can't stand? Let us know @stylistmagazine Twitter or in the comments section, below

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