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21/03/00
Dickens of a Survey
- Dahl, Cookson trounce literary figures

DESPITE a spate of recent TV adaptations, London literary legend Charles Dickens was left trailing in a humiliating 13th place in a poll to find Britain's favourite author.

Out in front in the survey of 40,000 readers was Roald Dahl, famous for penning modern children's classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach as well as some ropey twist-in-the-take adult short stories. Runner-up was Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

The success of children's writers is partly explained by the fact kids formed part of the polling sample. But even when the votes of youngsters are discounted, the huge survey makes poor reading for our literary greats as Catherine Cookson came top, well ahead of Dickens and Jane Austen



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