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Classics lead the way on World Book Night list

28th July 2011

The top 100 list for World Book Night 2012, voted for by the British public, is being dominated by classic titles, including Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

Voting for the titles that will make up the 25 books given away on World Book Night next year began a month ago and, at the halfway stage, Lee's book is the most popular choice with British readers, followed by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte occupy two of the other top five spots on the ever-changing list, with Markus Zusak's The Book Thief the only contemporary title in the top five.

People have until August 31st to vote for their favourite title at www.worldbooknight.org, after which the 100 most popular books will be narrowed down to the 25 given away on April 23rd 2012.

Recently, World Book Night chief executive Julia Kingsford said that seeing the passionate comments left by readers and watching the list change 'cuts to the core' of what the event is all about.

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