To celebrate Valentine’s Day, this week we held a poll to find the nation’s favourite Penguin love story, asking our Facebook fans and Twitter followers to vote for their favourite from a shortlist of ten of our most enduring romantic classics.

After much discussion and in-fighting among the Austen aficionados, Bronte-botherers and Hardy die-hards, the results are in:

1) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: 24% – 70 votes

2) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: 18% – 51 votes

3=) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: 15% – 44 votes

3=) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: 15% – 44 votes

4) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: 8% – 24 votes

5) Persuasion by Jane Austen: 8% – 23 votes

7) Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy: 5% – 13 votes

8=) Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan: 3% – 8 votes

8=) Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin: 3% – 8 votes

10) Le Grand Mealnes (The Lost Estate) by Henri Alain-Fournier: 1% – 2 votes


It is a truth universally acknowledged that Austen’s romantic comedy-of-manners will top pretty much any book list it is eligible for; and so it proved here, winning the vote in the end at a canter with a 24% share. The perennial favourite was perhaps still fresh in the public’s imaginations after the recent 200th anniversary celebrations.

There was little to separate the Bronte sisters however, with just six votes to separate Charlotte’s Jane Eyre (18%) and Emily’s Wuthering Heights (15%). F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was by far the most popular non-English title on the list, also garnering 15% of the vote.

To celebrate the results of the poll we’re offering a Valentine’s Day 50% discount on Pride and Prejudice at – to claim your discount, simply enter the coupon code ‘Love’ when prompted.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Join the conversation! 14 Comments

  1. I’ve heard good things about Pride and Prejudice but haven’t gotten a chance to read it. This reminded me to add it to my TBR list!

  2. I would go for pride and prejudice too. No doubt it would top over others. Very nice!

  3. A legtöbb, amit rámutatni elképesztően jogos, és ami engem miért én nem néztem ezt ennek fényében korábban. A cikk igazán tette kapcsolja be a fényt nekem személyesen, amennyiben a konkrét téma megy. De ebben az időben van valójában egy bizonyos helyzetben vagyok, nem túl kényelmes az, és bár igyekszem összeegyeztetni, hogy a fő téma a helyzet, hogy lássam, mit az összes többi az olvasók kell say.Nicely tenni.

  4. No doubt that the pride and prejudice won.It has been a classic and had been made as a motion picture.It is really a wonderful story.

  5. No doubt that the pride and prejudice won.It has been a classic and had been made as a motion picture.It is really a wonderful story.

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