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Harper Lee tops World Book Night picks
27.07.11 | Charlotte Williams
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird has been voted the most popular title to be given away as part of World Book Night 2012.
The organisation launched a public vote last month asking people to vote for the titles they would like to see given away at the event next year. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is in second place and Markus Zusak's The Book Thief rounds out the top three.
Also in the top 10 are The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. J K Rowling's first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, sits just outside the top 10 in 11th place.
The nominations and their popularity are being revealed on the World Book Night site for one week, until 1st August, with the chart normally ranked in alphabetical order.
In an email sent to World Book Night givers, organisers also revealed 4,814 titles have been voted for in total, with 943 titles receiving more than one vote. Neil Gaiman is the author with most books on the list, with Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book and Stardust, as well as American Gods, though nine authors each have more than one book on the list, including Austen, Kazuo Ishiguro, Haruki Murakami and Margaret Atwood. There are consequently 85 authors in the current top 100.
The list is predominantly made up of adult fiction, with two non-fiction titles in the top 100, three children's books, and 25 'classics'. The poll will remain open on the website until 31st August, when an appointed committee will begin to select the final 25 titles.
WBN will take place on 23rd April next year.