Mockingbird is Greatest Book

Old news, but I’ve always been slow anyway, haha.

To Kill a Mockingbird voted Greatest Novel Of All Time

By Urmee Khan
Last Updated: 5:15PM BST 16 Jun 2008

The story by Harper Lee follows Atticus Finch, a respected lawyer, who defends a black man accused of assaulting a white woman in the deep-south of America during the depression.

The 1960s classic, selling 30 million copies worldwide which later went on to become an Oscar winning film, covers the trial and the violent attacks on his family by locals through the eyes of his young daughter Scout.

The novel has beaten more recent books, including The Da Vinci Code and the Harry Potter series, to the top spot in a poll of 2000 readers conducted by online retailer

In second place is Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, which is also the ninth best-selling book ever with sales of 150million.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S Lewis ranks third followed by Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice with The Da Vinci Code in fifth.

The religious thriller by Dan Brown, despite only being published in 2003, is the 19th best-selling book ever with over 57 million copies being purchased.

Readers are also still enjoying the classics and Charles Dickens and Jane Austen still remain popular authors – with two books each in the top 50.

Joel Rickett, deputy editor of The Bookseller magazine, says the findings are not surprising.

“People tend to come back to their favourites” he said.

“To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that many people read at school or during their formative years. It is a hugely powerful and political book which has formed many a conscience. As a teenager a book like that can be more profound than reading a book in your 40s and 50s” he added.

Modern classics which also featured in the top 50 include, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

The research also found that the average Briton buys at least one new book a month and nearly three quarters save money by buying second hand books or selling old books on trading websites.


1. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
2. Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S Lewis
4. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
5. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
6. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
7. Animal Farm – George Orwell
8. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling
10. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
11. The Time Travellers Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

12. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
13. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kasey
14. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
15. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

16. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
17. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night -time – Mark Haddon

19. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
20. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
21. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

22. Sons and Lovers – DH Lawrence
23. Anna Kareninia – Leo Tolstoy
24. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
25. Emma – Jane Austen
26. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
27. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
28. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
29. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
30. A Passage to India – E.M Forster
31. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
32. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
33. Atonement – Ian McEwan
34. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
35. In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust
36. Middlemarch – George Eliot
37. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
38. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
39. It – Stephen King
40. Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott
41. Vanity Fair – William Thackeray
42. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
43. The Horse Whisperer – Nicholas Evans
44. Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
45. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
46. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
47. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
48. Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twin
49. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome
50. The Island – Victoria Hislop

Rather contemporary list, and like all lists I’m sure some will disagree to this! (Bolded titles are books I’ve read – I like to show off and keep track, haha.)


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