To Kill A Mockingbird has been voted the most inspiring book of all time by British readers


Pictured: To Kill A Mockingbird has been voted the most inspiring book of all time by British readers

Pictured: To Kill A Mockingbird has been voted the most inspiring book of all time by British readers

To Kill a Mockingbird has been hailed as the most inspiring book of all time, according to a new study by British readers.

Researchers surveyed the country’s literature aficionados to discover the books that have inspired, amazed, and influenced us the most.

And Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, came first in the survey of Britons of all ages.

Originally banned in some schools because of 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, her neighbors, and an event that took place near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama when she was 10.

Scout Finch and her older brother Jem spend much of their time with their friend Dill, spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.

When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson against trumped-up rape charges, the trial and the common ground expose the children to the evils of racism and stereotyping.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

How to win friends and influence people and The Handmaid’s Tale make 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 of attorney Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch Lee.

She was known as Nelle to family and friends.

Lee’s older sister Alice once described her sister as “Atticus in a skirt,” referring to her beloved Mockingbird character Atticus Finch, who was believed to have been inspired by their father.

After moving to New York in the spring of 1957, Lee spent several years working on the manuscript for what would eventually become To Kill a Mockingbird.

Meanwhile, interest in racial relations in the South had grown nationally, as the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the desegregation of schools in 1954.

When the novel was finally finished, the author chose to use the name “Harper Lee,” rather than risk her first name Nelle being mistakenly identified as “Nellie.”

According to the publisher, the manuscript ended up under the title Atticus. The title later became ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, referring to an old saying that it was good to kill a blue jay, but a sin to kill a mockingbird, which gives the world its music.

Published on July 11, 1960, the book was an instant bestseller and garnered critical acclaim.

It remains a bestseller, with over 30 million copies in print. In 1999, it was named “Best Novel of the Century” by the Library Journal.

The Female Eunuch, written by Germain Greer in 1970, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by the spy master John Le Carre also ranked in the top 25, according to the 1,500 book lovers polled by the Amazon Literary Partnership .

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald and JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye also made the final cut.

Dale Carnegie’s 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 percent) of those surveyed claim they have read at least one novel that has changed their lives.

According to the survey, more than a quarter of the nation (27 percent) think they have a best-selling book waiting to be written, though 54 percent admit they just wouldn’t know where to start.

Darren Hardy of said: ‘With such a diverse range of literature out there, it’s no surprise that we as a country feel inspired by so many different genres of books.

“By working with incredible literary organizations supported by the Amazon Literary Partnership, we know that there is so much untapped writing talent waiting to be discovered in the UK.”

Through programs such as the Amazon Literary Partnership, Amazon provides grants to a range of UK literary organizations that empower writers of all ages and stages.

The 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 literary non-profit organizations whose mission is to promote emerging writers and diversity in storytelling.

One in five Britons (20 percent) think their writing skills have deteriorated dramatically since leaving school, while half say the constant texting and use of instant messaging has not helped their writing skills either.

In fact, 42 percent admit that they have become completely dependent on automatic spelling and grammar checking, while 38 percent say increased use of social media has affected their ability to write well.

Or Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Or Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice also made the top 5

But 37 percent believe that, thanks to technology, it is now easier and more accessible than before to write a book.

As for the books we enjoy reading, half say they think there are more diverse characters in today’s books, while 43 percent believe there are more diverse authors coming out when it comes to bestselling literature.

When it comes to being creative with words, while not writing poetry or prose themselves, 37 percent of Brits enjoy making social media posts, nearly a quarter (24 percent) write a daily diary and 24 percent like to write letters to their parents. friends and family.


1. Killing a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – 13%

2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – 10%

3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – 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’s Diary by Helen Fielding – 6%

10. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger – 5%

11. The Image of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – 5%

12. The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer – 4%

13. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – 4%

14. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre – 4%

15. The Secret by Rhona Byrne – 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. Whooper Swan by Jung Chang – 3%

20. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – 3%

21. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – 2%

22. The Secret History by Donna Tartt – 2%

23. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe – 2%

24. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James – 2%

25. White Teeth by Zadie Smith – 2%