Which is your favourite paperback book ever written?

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WH Smiths asked its followers on social media which was their all time favourite paperback book ever written and from the 1000’s of suggestions, this is their top 20.

Does your all time favourite appear on this list?  Is there a title that has been missed out in your opinion?  Feel free to leave your suggestions under the poll …

 

Top 20 paperbacks ever written - which is your first choice?

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
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The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
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The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
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Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
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The Catcher in Rye - JD Salinger
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - JK Rowling
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The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
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The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
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Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
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Gone Gil - Gillian Flynn
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The Fault in our Stars - John Green
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Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
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Lord of the Flies - William Golding
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Life of Pi - Yann Martel
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The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
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Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
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One Day - David Nicholls
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nigh-time - Mark Haddon
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1984 - George Orwell
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Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
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Based on 410 public votes.

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LittleMinx
7th Nov 2016
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The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell.

The Hero's journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions
He explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.
Absolutely fascinating, it has to be read time and again, to fully grasp the fullness of this book.
Tzeitel10
15th Jan 2016
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I really enjoyed The Valley by Richard Benson and Watership Down by Richard Adams.
nettap
17th Dec 2015
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acctim
4th Dec 2015
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A graphic reminder that anyone can be manipulated into a mindset such that self-reflective reasoning, self- restraint and other people's right to life is ultimately discarded and their homicide becomes the inexorable end game.
Peter4933
2nd Nov 2015
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Lost Horizen by James Hilton. Have read it at least four times. Wondeful "cheer you up" book. I have it on Audible and the first film version as well. The second film featuring I believe Peter Finch was turned into a sort of musical. Terrible!
lizfid3
1st Nov 2015
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Sara Dane by Catherine Gaskin and The Mill on The Floss by George Eliot, both delightful reads.
Dullahan78
29th Oct 2015
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softiesoutherner
24th Oct 2015
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I have found all the series of Miss Read books to be the most entertaining books I have ever read, also the Thrush Green series also written by Miss Read. Anyone else agree
happy dave
23rd Oct 2015
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Birdsong- Sebastion Faulks is my favourite book, absolutley enthralled.
Wilf
23rd Oct 2015
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Yes its a brilliant book. I went over to Flanders about 15 years ago with one of my brothers for a day and we went to Hill 60 where some of the book took place. At the bottom of Hill 60 is a small museum which has masses of artefacts from WW1. It is an incredible place and very sad.
Nad
23rd Oct 2015
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Illusions by Richard Bach is up there but then so is The Worldly Philosophers by Heilbroner and Narcissus and Goldman by Hesse.
mikerobbie
22nd Oct 2015
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liked all the hornblower novels of C S Forester
softiesoutherner
24th Oct 2015
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I never read the books but I loved the Hornblower series on TV
Wilf
22nd Oct 2015
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Yes I enjoyed these as well. A friend has just recommended Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr which is a murder mystery set in Germany and Austria in the 1930s. Have ordered off Amazon
Sandgrown
18th Oct 2015
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I liked The Thornbirds too and also absolutely loved Black Beauty both as a child and as an adult.
matty
17th Oct 2015
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I was a merchant seaman in the 50s and remember whiling away many a happy night at sea reading the quite long tale of Shaka Zulu, it was enthralling.

Matty
cardyl
17th Oct 2015
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The Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean Auel
Barbara58
17th Oct 2015
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Shindler's List - awesome and so visual. But there's a tale - I bought Shindler's Ark as a holiday read, then, next holiday saw Shindler's List so, thinking it was a sequel, bought it. Realised quite quickly it was the same book, just a different title.
It seems that, as the film of this amazing story had been made, the director felt that they'd miss out on cinema goers who might think it was Biblical and wouldn't want to see it, so the name was changed from 'Ark' to 'List'.
Incidentally the same happened with The Madness Of King George which was originally titled 'The Madness Of George The Third' - they felt the American market wouldn't view it as they hadn't seen George 1 or 2!!!!!!!
leo-lady30
17th Oct 2015
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My favorite book of the last few years was The Shadow in the Wind by Carole Ruiz Zafon, one of the best written books I have every read and if you love Barcelona this book will intrigue you, it has everything.
maria mc
16th Oct 2015
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What about Moby Dick?
BJG
16th Oct 2015
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My favourite of all time is Arabian Nights which I read as a little girl but now know is really an adult book, lol
caravan1
16th Oct 2015
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None of these, it would have to be Margaret Atwoods Year of the Flood. Just fantastic. Second choice just has to be Doris Lessings Mara and Dann.
ronjon
16th Oct 2015
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Any Leslie Pearse book great stories so many twist and turns .
Lyn Vidler
16th Oct 2015
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None of them it has to be Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, fantastic book based in I India.
Andy30
16th Oct 2015
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The Hunger Games, could not put it down, read it within 2 days, far better than the films, which they made a complete mess of,Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - JK Rowling comes a close second, made me laugh so much and a good adventure.
bullingdon
16th Oct 2015
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The Power Of One by Bryce Courtney. I couldn't put it down.
SandieH.
15th Oct 2015
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I was transported to the era, when I read Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee.......
boldstreeter
13th Oct 2015
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My favourite book if The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd. IT's the story of an English girl who, in 1903 sails to China to marry the British military attache.It's beautifully written.
BirdofParadise
11th Oct 2015
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I loved 'The girl with the dragon tattoo' books. Have also read all Catherine Cookson novels and Wilbur Smiths. Just cannot be without a book. too many favourites to mention just one.
sooz888
11th Oct 2015
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Middlemarch, by George Eliot
kazzawin
11th Oct 2015
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'It' by Stephen King. Read it as a girl and still scares me today when I see it on the shelf. The film was rubbish but the book.....creepily clever!
dawnejohnson
11th Oct 2015
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Lord of the rings would be my choice followed by the hobbit
Dave T
11th Oct 2015
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Difficult to choose but, The Devil Rides Out has to be up there.
Dullahan78
29th Oct 2015
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Yes The Devil rides out by Dennis Wheatley and I think he wrote another but I am not sure of the title, something like to the Devil a Daughter
thefilthycripple
9th Oct 2015
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None of the above ,my favourite is The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsythe
jenbee
8th Oct 2015
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Ferny by James long, myself and both my daughters have read and enjoyed it .
Athena
5th Oct 2015
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To Kill A Mockingbird. I first read it over 40 years ago as part of my 4th or 5th year English class a school. I loved it so much that I couldn't put it down 7 I had finished it in about a week.
Wilf
2nd Oct 2015
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I really love Lord of the Rings and read it 40 years ago as a teenager where I was transfixed by it. Other amazing books here are Birdsong, 1984 and The Kite Runner-=pure genius

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