To Kill A Mockingbird voted UK readers’ most inspiring book of all time
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To Kill a Mockingbird has been hailed as the most inspiring book of all time, according to a new study by UK readers.
Researchers surveyed literature enthusiasts across the country to find the books that most inspired, impressed and influenced us.
And the Pulitzer Prize winner and American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee came first in the survey of Britons of all ages.
Originally banned in some schools due to its themes of racism and sexual violence, the book continues to captivate younger generations of readers and feels as relevant today as it did when it was first published in 1960.
The plot and characters are loosely based on Lee’s observations of her family, neighbors, and an event that happened near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, when she was 10 years old.
Scout Finch and his older brother, Jem, spend much of their time with their friend Dill and spy on their lonely and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.
When Atticus, their widowed father and respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson against trumped-up rape charges, the trial and side events expose the children to the evils of racism and stereotypes.
How to Make Friends and Influence People and The Handmaid’s Tale are the top three
An American classic: Harper Lee and the most influential novel of all time
Harper Lee was born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, the youngest of four children to lawyer Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch Lee.
She was known to her family and friends as Nelle.
Lee’s older sister Alice once described her sister as “Atticus in a Skirt,” in reference to her beloved mockingbird character Atticus Finch, who was said to have been inspired by their father.
After moving to New York City in the spring of 1957, Lee worked on the manuscript of what would become To Kill a Mockingbird for several years.
Meanwhile, interest in race relations in the South had grown nationwide, with the United States Supreme Court ruling on school desegregation in 1954.
When the novel was finally ready, the author chose to use the name “Harper Lee”, rather than risk her first name Nelle being mistakenly identified as “Nellie”.
The manuscript, according to the publishing house, arrived under the title Atticus. The title later became “To Kill a Mockingbird”, in reference to an old adage that killing a blue jay was fine but a sin to kill a mockingbird, which gives the world its music.
Published on July 11, 1960, the book immediately became a bestseller and received critical acclaim.
It remains a bestseller, with over 30 million copies printed. In 1999, it was voted “Best Novel of the Century” in a Library Journal poll.
The Female Eunuque, written by Germain Greer in 1970, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by spy master John Le Carre were also in the top 25, according to 1,500 book lovers surveyed. by the Amazon Literary Partnership.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald and Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, also made the final cut.
Dale Carnegies’ self-help book How to Win Friends and Influence People, first published in 1936, also made the list of the most influential books of all time.
Literature is so important to the nation, nearly a quarter (22%) of those surveyed say they have read at least one novel that has changed their life.
According to the survey, more than a quarter of the nation (27 percent) believe they have a bestselling book waiting to be written, although 54 percent admit they just wouldn’t know where to start.
Amazon.co.uk’s Darren Hardy said: “With such a diversity of literature, it’s no surprise that as a nation we feel inspired by so many different kinds of books.
“We know, working with incredible literary organizations supported by the Amazon Literary Partnership, that there is still so much untapped writing talent to be discovered in the UK.”
Through programs like the Amazon Literary Partnership, Amazon provides grants to a range of literary organizations across the UK that empower writers of all ages and skill levels.
Grans help them create, publish, learn, teach, experiment and thrive.
Now in its second year in the UK, the Amazon Literary Partnership has awarded grants to nonprofit literary organizations whose mission is to advocate for emerging writers and diversity in storytelling.
One in five Britons (20%) believe their writing skills have deteriorated significantly since leaving school, while half say that constant texting and using instant messaging does not also did not improve his ability to write.
In fact, 42% admit that they have become completely dependent on automatic spelling and grammar checks, while 38% say that increased use of social media has affected their ability to write well.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen also made the top 5
But 37% think technology means it’s now easier and more accessible than before to write a book.
When it comes to the books we love to read, half say there are more diverse characters appearing in books today, while 43 percent think there are more diverse authors coming. in the foreground when it comes to bestselling literature.
When it comes to getting creative with words, without writing poetry or prose themselves, 37% of Britons like to write articles on social media, almost a quarter (24%) write a daily journal and 24% enjoy writing letters to friends and family.
THE 25 MOST INSPIRATIONAL BOOKS OF ALL TIME, ACCORDING TO LATEST BRITONS SURVEY
1. Kill a Harper Lee Mockingbird – 13%
2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – 10%
3. Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale – 10%
4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – 9%
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – 8%
6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelo – 8%
7. About a boy by Nick Hornby – 8%
8. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald – 6%
9. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding – 6%
10. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger – 5%
11. Oscar Wilde’s Portrait of Dorian Gray – 5%
12. La Femme Eunuch by Germaine Greer – 4%
13. I know why the bird in a cage sings by Maya Angelou – 4%
14. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré – 4%
15. Rhona Byrne’s Secret – 3%
16. My sister the serial killer by Oyinkan Braithwait – 3%
17. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo – 3%
18. Fear of flying by Erica Jong – 3%
19. Jung Chang’s Wild Swan – 3%
20. Kazuo Ishiguro’s Day Leftovers – 3%
21. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – 2%
22. Donna Tartt’s Secret Story – 2%
23. Mrs. Dalloway from Virginia Wolfe – 2%
24. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James – 2%
25. White Teeth by Zadie Smith – 2%