Chinua Achebe might be late, but his literal legacy lives forever.

While he has blessed us with several books, short stories and essays, one piece seems to stand shoulders and head above the others - Things Fall Apart.

So, it's not a surprise that the master piece has been named as one of the 12 greatest books ever written, in a recent list compiled by Encyclopaedia Brittanica.

Published in 1958, Things Fall Apart chronicles Nigeria and the arrival of the Europeans during the late nineteenth century, through the life of the protagonist, Okonkwo.

The acclaimed novel joins 11 other celebrated books on the list, including Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Alice Walker's The Colour Purple and Toni Morrison's Beloved.

Popular award winning author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has mentioned Chinua Achebe as one of her early influences as a writer.