Big Read

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The Big Read can refer to either a 2003 survey carried out by the BBC,[1] or a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.[2] In addition, a dubious blog meme has circulated that purports to originate with the Big Read, though the origins of the given list are more likely from a World Book Day survey.[3]


[edit] BBC version

The BBC started the Big Read with the goal of finding the "Nation's Best-loved Book" by way of a viewer vote via the Web, SMS, and telephone. The show attracted controversy[citation needed] for adopting an allegedly sensationalist approach to literature, but supporters[who?] praised it for raising the public awareness of reading. The British public voted originally for any book that they wished. From this, a list of 200 was drawn up, with the highest 21 then put forward for further voting, on the provision that only one book per author was permitted in the top 21.

Contests similar to Big Read were held in other countries:

[edit] Top 200 in Great Britain

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  8. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  13. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  14. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  15. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  16. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  17. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  18. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
  20. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  21. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  22. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
  23. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  25. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  26. Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  27. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  28. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  29. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  30. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  31. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
  32. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  33. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  34. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  35. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  36. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  37. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  38. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  39. Dune by Frank Herbert
  40. Emma by Jane Austen
  41. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  42. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  43. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  44. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  45. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  46. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  47. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  48. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  49. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  50. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
  51. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  52. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  53. The Stand by Stephen King
  54. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  55. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  56. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  57. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  58. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  59. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  60. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  61. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  62. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  63. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  64. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  65. Mort by Terry Pratchett
  66. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  67. The Magus by John Fowles
  68. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  69. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
  70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  71. Perfume by Patrick Süskind
  72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  73. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
  74. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  75. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
  76. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  77. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  78. Ulysses by James Joyce
  79. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  80. Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
  81. The Twits by Roald Dahl
  82. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  83. Holes by Louis Sachar
  84. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
  85. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  86. Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
  87. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  88. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  89. Magician by Raymond E. Feist
  90. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  91. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  92. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
  93. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  94. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  95. Katherine by Anya Seton
  96. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
  97. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  98. Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
  99. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  100. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
  1. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
  2. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
  3. The Beach by Alex Garland
  4. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  5. Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz
  6. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  7. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  8. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  9. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  10. The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
  11. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  12. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend
  13. The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
  14. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  15. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  16. The Dare Game by Jacqueline Wilson
  17. Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
  18. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  19. Shōgun by James Clavell
  20. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  21. Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
  22. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  23. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
  24. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  25. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  26. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
  27. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  28. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  29. Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
  30. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  31. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  32. Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  33. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  34. George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
  35. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
  36. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  37. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
  38. The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan
  39. Girls in Tears by Jacqueline Wilson
  40. Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson
  41. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  42. Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
  43. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  44. It by Stephen King
  45. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  46. The Green Mile by Stephen King
  47. Papillon by Henri Charrière
  48. Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
  49. Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
  50. Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz
  51. Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
  52. Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
  53. The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
  54. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  55. Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson
  56. The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  57. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  58. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  59. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  60. Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
  61. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  62. River God by Wilbur Smith
  63. Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  64. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
  65. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  66. Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
  67. Girls Out Late by Jacqueline Wilson
  68. The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
  69. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  70. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
  71. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  72. They Used to Play on Grass by Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
  73. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  74. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  75. Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
  76. Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson
  77. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  78. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  79. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  80. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  81. The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson
  82. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  83. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  84. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  85. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  86. Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
  87. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  88. Goosebumps by R. L. Stine
  89. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  90. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  91. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  92. Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
  93. The Truth by Terry Pratchett
  94. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  95. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
  96. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  97. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
  98. The Once and Future King by T. H. White
  99. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  100. Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

[edit] Authors by number of novels in the Top 100

[edit] Authors by number of novels in the Top 200

[edit] References

  1. ^ The BBC's Big Read BBC - The Big Read April 2003, Retrieved 2008-12-9
  2. ^ The NEA's Big Read National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program Retrieved 2008-12-9
  3. ^ Proffitt, Jacob Book Geek 2008-6-25, Retrieved 2008-12-9

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