Roald Dahl Would Be So Happy With This Honour

Dahl beats Rowling as young adults’ favourite author

Roald Dahl remains the most popular children’s author among young adults, a survey has found.

JK Rowling, whose first Harry Potter book sparked a publishing sensation when it hit the bookshelves 10 years ago, is only the fourth most popular author.

Second and third place were taken by CS Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia series, and Peter Pan creator JM Barrie.

Prolific children’s writer Enid Blyton, famous for the Famous Five series and the Noddy books, only made 10th place.

She was scooped by Anthony Horowitz, creator of the Alex Rider teenage spy novels, followed by bestselling writer Jacqueline Wilson.

Dr Seuss, whose most famous book was The Cat in the Hat, was seventh, followed by His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman and Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry books.

The survey of 16- to 34-year-olds was commissioned by ITV3 to mark its Roald Dahl weekend on September 22.

Roald Dahl literary estate director Amanda Conquy said: “It’s always great to hear how enduringly popular Roald Dahl’s stories are.

“They truly seem to be passed on from one generation to the next with the utmost enthusiasm and affection.”

The top 10
1. Roald Dahl
2. CS Lewis
3. JM Barrie
4. JK Rowling
5. Anthony Horowitz
6. Jacqueline Wilson
7. Dr Seuss
8. Philip Pullman
9. Francesca Simon
10. Enid Blyton

I’m glad one of my favourite authors is held in such esteem by so many other readers! If you haven’t read a Roald Dahl, such fun and craziness you’re missing out on!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. B0bbyG
    Nov 25, 2007 @ 19:07:42

    I was impressed to see that Anthony Horowitz made it so high on the list as well. When I was younger, I really liked the Alex Rider books.

    Dahl well deserves that number one slot. I’m not convinced CS Lewis deserves to be ahead of Rowling though.

    nylusmilk: i heard that series is good! the teenage version of james bond or something. 🙂 yes, i love dahl, though i’m surprised enid blyton is only at number 10. i grew up with enid’s books before i was introduced to roald dahl’s, so she has a sentimental spot in me. 😉 same here, rowling over cs lewis for me! maybe the future generation of kids will feel the same way?


  2. tazzylm
    Nov 29, 2007 @ 09:45:28

    What, no Madeline L’Engle?

    I did know about Raleigh’s response. One response I thought was particularly funny was John Donne’s response “The Bait.”

    nylusmilk: well, to me lists are highly subjective because it’s based on selected opinions. 😉

    hmm, i got a 404 so unable to view the link.


  3. Ros
    Jan 13, 2008 @ 10:24:46

    What did Francesca Simon write? She’s the only one I’ve never heard of.

    nylusmilk: me too. time for wikipedia! 🙂


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