Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice celebrated its 200th birthday back in January and was honoured with its own Royal Mail stamp. Now a Times Educational Supplement survey has revealed that the novel is a classroom favorite too!
500 teachers were asked in an online survey to name their favorite books to help form a top 100, and Pride and Prejudice was pride of place at the summit among a list crammed with literary heavyweights including Dickens, Orwell, Tolstoy – and The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
The top 10 was as follows:
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
6. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
7. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
9. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
10. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Needless to say we have copies of all these works in our collection (oh, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar too!) so if you want to take a leaf out of teacher’s book, why not have a browse among our literature and Leisure Reading collections today?
To view the full Top 100, visit the TES website here:
Pride & Prejudice cover image by Thalita Carvalho, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.