10 spectacular second novels

Luke Leitch of the Times Online rounds up the most successful literary sequels ever.  And we’re not talking about Harry Potter or Twilight or something from Dan Brown, rather an author’s second novel. 

The authors listed didn’t get the sophomore slump.  If anything, their second act is what sealed their literary legacy.  Jane Austen, James Joyce, Salman Rushdie, Charles Dickens, Evelyn Waugh, Yan Martel, and F. Scott Fitzgerald all make the list. 

Sadly, somehow David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest and Jack Kerouac’s progression from The Town and the City to On the Road weren’t good enough to make the list. Though the list is decidedly British in flavor and that may have something to do with it.

Any authors or books not make the list that should have?

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