A survey asked 2,000 UK adults which novels or plays they most enjoyed reading during their time in formal education.
Animal Farm by George Orwell topped the list with 25 per cent of the vote, followed by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (21 per cent) and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (19 per cent).
Orwell and Dickens both appear twice in the list (also with 1984 and Great Expectations respectively). William Shakespeare is also named twice (for Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet), while other titles featuring include To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies.
The top 10 favourite books as revealed by the survey, which was conducted by Oxford Home Schooling, were:
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