World Book Day – A celebration of the written word

5th March 2015

Today, the 5th of March 2015 is World Book Day; a celebration of all things literary, be it authors, poets, books, illustrators or anything else related to the written word. Above all, it’s a celebration of reading and all the enjoyment, knowledge and inspiration it can bring to people’s lives. According to the World Book Day website it’s the biggest literary celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and acknowledged in over 100 countries across the globe.

To join in on the World Book Day celebrations, we’ve decided to delve back in time to BBC’s Big Read survey carried out in 2003 in order to find the best-loved books of all time. After all, here at PhonicsThruMusic we understand how important it is for readers to enjoy and connect with the material they’re reading. So, in honour of this we’ve decided to republish the list of the top 20 books from the Big Read survey as voted for by the Great British public, so here goes:

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  8. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  13. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  14. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  15. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  16. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  17. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  18. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
  20. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy


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