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Critics pick The Little Stranger
01.01.70 | Katie Allen
Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger (Virago) has been found to be the most popular choice for summer reads by the critics this year.
According to a study by Booktrust, the top three places were all held by titles shortlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize, with Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate) and A S Byatt's The Children's Book (Chatto & Windus) also listed.
The list of summer reads was collected from over 780 recommendations from eight publications and was compiled by James Smith, Booktrust's website editor.
The most popular non-fiction title was Anthony Beevor's D-Day (Viking) followed closely by Gillian Tett's Fools Gold (Little, Brown). Penguin was found to be the most popular publisher.
Smith said: "Each year, our round-up of the newspapers' summer reading recommendations highlights the season's big new titles, but it's as interesting to find out about the books that you've never heard of, or have always meant to read but somehow never found the time for. Personally I'll be reading a lovely reissue of the The South Country by Edward Thomas (Dovecote Press)."
The Bookseller has already reported that Sarah Waters' Little Stranger is the most popular title in terms of sales from the Booker longlist.