This absolute classic has been voted the UK's favourite book

We can totally see why

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We can totally see why

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a bookworm, you'll probably know that Harry Potter readers are nicer than their muggle counterparts, and you'll no doubt have read up on how to write your first novel.

You'll also be clued up on the best break-up books, to the best thrillers, to books about bravery and self help.

But which books top the list when it comes to the UK's favourites? Does your favourite make the cut? And which authors are the nation's favourites?

Wordery conducted a survey to find out more about the UK's reading habits, as well as to discover their favourite books and authors of all time.

And the results may not be too surprising...

Topping the list is the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, with The Lord of the Rings coming in a close second, and The Da Vinci Code placing third.

Let's take a look at the top 10.


  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
  3. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James
  5. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
  6. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
  7. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  8. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The UK also voted for their favourite authors, and once again J.K Rowling topped the list for 16 - 44 year olds, whereas Agatha Christie took the top spot for the over 45's.

Barry Magennis, spokesperson for Wordery, said: 'It’s great to see that so many people still love to get lost in a good book and it’s not surprising that for so many of us it’s a really important way to relax and unwind.

'The survey provides a fascinating insight into what the British public think are the best books and authors.

'There's a few non-surprises; The Harry Potter series as number one for instance, but it’s also great to see some literary classics make the top 10 top book, like A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.'

How many of the top ten have you read?

Jadie Troy-Pryde
News Editor

Jadie Troy-Pryde is News Editor, covering celebrity and entertainment, royal, lifestyle and viral news. Before joining the team in 2018 as the Lifestyle and Social Media Editor, she worked at a number of women’s fashion and lifestyle titles including Grazia, Women’s Health and Stylist, and now heads the Marie Claire UK news desk.