One novel on the list:
Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter CareyRead about the other books on the list.
The eponymous protagonists of Carey's novel, set in the 19th century, meet on a voyage from England to Australia. They are brought together by their shared love of gambling, enjoying a long, sexily tense, one- on-one game of poker for penny bets. Never will either be happier.
Oscar and Lucinda also appears on the Guardian's list of ten of the best unconsummated passions in fiction and Elise Valmorbida's top ten list of books on the migrant experience.