Top 100 World Book Night nominations revealed
14th September 2011
The top 100 nominations for next year's second annual World Book Night have been revealed, with the general public voting for a mixture of classic and modern titles.
Over 6,000 literature lovers cast their votes to nominate the books they think should be included in the 25 titles given out at the event on April 23rd 2012, with Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird leading the list.
In second place was Jane Austen's enduringly popular Pride and Prejudice, followed by the highest-ranked contemporary title on the list – Markus Zusak's The Book Thief.
The top five is rounded off by Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, which recently received another film adaptation, and Audrey Niffenegger's bestselling debut novel The Time Traveler's Wife.
The public vote will be used to inform the decisions of the World Book Night 2012 editorial selection committee, chaired by novelist Tracy Chevalier.
Julia Kingsford, CEO of World Book Night, said it is great to see a mixture of classic and contemporary titles in the list, highlighting the diverse tastes of British readers.
'We had always expected there to be a wide range of books nominated but to have so many titles chosen is a great reminder of the power and passion of individual readers,' she added.
The selection committee now has four weeks to narrow down the list to 25 titles that will be given out across the UK on World Book Night 2012, with the announcement being made at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 12th.