He may have died more than 23 years ago, but Roald Dahl’s books have left a lasting impression on Bute’s readers, according to the results of the most comprehensive survey ever carried out of the island’s reading habits.
Four of Dahl’s best-known and best-loved works - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and The Twits - appear in the list of favourite children’s books in the survey, organised by Rothesay Joint Campus librarian Shiona Lawson and carried out in November and December.
The list also includes the Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, and the Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton, as well as The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny and Guess How Much I Love You?, written by Sam McBratney.
The list of favourite adult books was much more varied, with no one author appearing more than once in the most popular titles.
Included in the latter list were:
* The Fault in our Stars, by John Green;
* Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell;
* A Town Like Alice, by Nevil Shute;
* Grace Notes, by Bernard MacLaverty;
* Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien;
* The songs and poetry of Robert Burns;
* Goodnight Mr Tom, by Marjorie Margorian;
* Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography.
Ninety-seven copies of the survey, which was published in the campus’s November newsletter and also made available at Rothesay Library, The Buteman and local bookseller Print Point - were returned. For more detail on the results, see the next edition of The Buteman, on sale on World Book Day - Thursday, March 6.