British readers love Harper Lee novel

Dec. 22, 2005 at 7:54 PM
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LONDON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- More than 500 British readers have chosen Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" as the ultimate read, it was reported Thursday.

Sebastian Faulks' "Birdsong" was second followed by Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," Sky News reported.

The poll asked members of book groups across Britain to rate their favorites from a list of 100 titles.

Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has sold more than 30 million copies in 45 years and was made into a hit movie starring Gregory Peck in 1962.

"Its powerful, transforming message about the fight for justice never fades," Vintage Publishing Director Rachel Cugnoni said.

The Top 10 list chosen by British readers is:

1. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (1960)

2. "Birdsong" by Sebastian Faulks (1993)

3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon (2003)

4. "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque (1929)

5. "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood (1985)

6. "Catch 22" by Joseph Heller (1961)

7. "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley (1932)

8. "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" by Louis de Bernieres (1994)

9. "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1962)

10. "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden (1997)

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