Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Nation’s Favourite School Book


We have featured a number of articles recently on some of our authors’ favourite stories read during their schooldays. But which stories prove most popular on a grander scale? We polled the public to find out. George Orwell’s Animal Farm came out as the clear winner with over a quarter of the vote, followed by Great Expectations and Lord of the Flies.

It can be hard to find time to read in among our busy work and social lives, but we thought that by reminding people of the books they enjoyed at school, it could encourage people to set aside some time, put the kettle on and begin reading again.

Dr Nick Smith, Principal at Oxford Home Schooling, said: “You can help make the most of studying a book by setting yourself reading targets, and tools such as a tablet or mobile mean you can take a full yet easy-to-carry text with you wherever you go. Similarly, with personal reading, it can be nice to embed yourself in a good story during the morning commute, and a lightweight device like a Kindle can be ideal. Many people also find evening reading a great way to unwind.”

So, who makes the list?

The Top 10 Favourite School Books are…

  1. Animal Farm 27.08%
  2. Great Expectations 20.3%
  3. Lord of the Flies 19.75%
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird 18.95%
  5. Wuthering Heights 17.96%
  6. Macbeth 17.71%
  7. Romeo and Juliet 17.16%
  8. A Midsummer Night’s Dream 15.71%
  9. Of Mice and Men 13.77%
  10. Charlotte’s Web 12.62%

Other books people said they remembered fondly from school included Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Hobbit, Pride and Prejudice and The Wind in the Willows.
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