Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Kareninais one of the most beloved pieces of literature in the world. Deborah Jones explores why it is so popular and why it has inspired so many adaptations – including a new ballet by starry Russian duo, choreographer Yuri Possokhov and composer Ilya Demutsky, which The Australian Ballet is about to unveil.

Anna Karenina
Robyn Hendricks as Anna Karenina for The Australian Ballet. Photo © Pierre Toussaint

In 2007 an American journalist, J. Peder Zane, asked 125 novelists to choose their 10 favourite books. It was a formidable group, including the likes of Peter Carey, Margaret Drabble, Stephen King, Annie Proulx, Kate Atkinson, Julian Barnes and Jonathan Franzen. As Zane explains in his preface to The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite...