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des
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 01:57 am:   

Overnight, as voted by the public on the BBC, Britain's favourite works of fiction have been whittled down to 21 titles (in alpha order):

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Captain Correlli's Mandolin by Louis de Berničres

Catch-22 by Joseph L Heller

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontė

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontė


The only two I haven't read are the Pullman and the Rowling.
Des
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sax rohmer
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 02:14 am:   

Wok of Fiction? a few ripe characters, a pinch of plot, a few coddled dreams, one honeydew vision, and a a good slice of flair
all stir fried
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Minz
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 06:57 am:   

2 woks of SF, and 5 fantasy. Not bad . . .
Someone pass the sweet chili sauce
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Cheryl
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 07:21 am:   

We shouldn't forget that the BBC made a rule that no author could have more than one book in the top 21. Otherwise The Hobbit would have made it, and the three other Harry Potter books that were published when the process started.

I also note that schools have been encouraging kids to vote.
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Jimbo and the jet set.
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 01:59 pm:   

the Big read board on MSN (uk) is pretty funny- everbody seems to have wandered completly off topic mind...

last time I looked they were talking about samari warrior penguins...
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des
Posted on Saturday, December 13, 2003 - 02:30 pm:   

Breaking news. Just this minute LORD OF THE RINGS has won the 'Big Read' all time favourite novel as voted by the UK public on the BBC (after several months of voting).
des

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