Classics picked for World Book Night giveaway

Wuthering Heights, The Book Thief and The Lord of the Rings voted the nation's favourite reads

Emily Bronte’s windswept love story Wuthering Heights, soon to be released as a film with newcomer James Howson as the brooding anti-hero Heathcliff, has been voted into the top 10 of the nation’s best-loved reads. It joins other 19th-century classics: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre in the top 10 most popular titles nominated for World Book Night.

The annual book-giving jamboree is gearing up for next year's event by revealing the 100 most popular titles picked by more than 6,000 members of the public to be given away on the night. A committee will pick the final 25.

The most voted-for title was Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and also received the accolade of being dubbed Victoria Beckham's favourite book (so much so she named her first daughter after the author).

"It's wonderful to see the passionate choices of so many people," said Julia Kingsford, c.e.o. of World Book Night. “And though many 'old favourites' from previous top 100s are present, it's a really fresh, dynamic and fascinating snapshot of the books people love with some genuine surprises."

Twenty-first century titles to make the top 10 are Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife and Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner.

Other top 10 favourites were Daphne du Maurier's classic thriller Rebecca, J.R.R. Tolkein's fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings and Douglas Adams' cult novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

The 25 titles to be given away free on World Book Night will be revealed on 12th October, when the process to become a "giver" opens. WBN takes place on 23rd April next year.

WLTB editor Ed Wood recently revealed his WBN top 10.