Brits’ Favourite Holiday Books Revealed

The nation’s favourite read has been named as Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice, in a poll* of over 7,000 people released today after receiving over a quarter (26 per cent) of votes.

The research, undertaken by travel specialists Holiday Extras, revealed that over half of us (57 per cent) read three or more books on holiday. While Jane Austen’s classic romantic novel was top of the list, a third of those polled (32 per cent)  said that they preferred a dystopian story to dive into when they were on holiday.

Of the dystopian novels, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins came first with 19 per cent of the votes. Surprisingly, while the on-screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale kept audiences at the edge of their seats earlier this year, only one in ten (13 per cent) claimed it was their top choice.

Also, statistics showed that one in five men preferred to read children’s novels on holiday – with The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Frann Preston Gannon’s Dave’s Cave hailed as favourite titles.

Commenting on the research, Ant Clarke Cowell at Holiday Extras said: “The research shows that reading books is still an important part of the holiday experience. So it’s interesting to find out which novels and genres keep people turning the pages – and there certainly were some unexpected results from this survey!”

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*Research by Holiday Extras completed with 7,837 people in September 2017.