BookLore and The Big Read
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The Big Read
The Big Read was created by the BBC as the country's biggest ever celebration of the magic of reading with the Top 100 reads voted for by members of the public... you and I in other words.
BookLore & The Big Read
BookLore unashamedly jumped on the BBC's bandwagon when it did The Big Read. Why? Because it was a very fine idea and generated an unprecedented interest in reading... which can only be good. We have kept these pages as a memento to this outstanding achievement by the BBC.
Admin 28th February 2006
Big Read Top Book
For all those out there that may have missed it the Big Read 'winner' was JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and is therefore the UK's best-loved book… or is that film?
At the end of the television series on 13th December 2003 three quarters of a million votes had been received via The Web, SMS and phone. See the final positions here – Top 21 by Result.
Admin 13th January 2004
Big Read Results
The Big Read final show is to be broadcast on 13th December 2003 when the votes for the Top 21 books will be made known and the Nations Favourite Read will be revealed. Vote now if you want your book to win…
Admin 30th November 2003
Top 21 Revealed
Clive Anderson revealed the Top 21 titles on BBC2 recently. Is your favourite title there? Is the content of the list a surprise? Some notable titles missing and surprisingly not a single Terry Pratchett novel in the Top 21... you can't please all the people I suppose.
Admin 31st October 2003
Clive Anderson to Host The Big Read
Clive Anderson is to host BBC2's coverage of The Big Read this autumn. There are to be nine 90-minute programs, the first detailing the Top 100 and revealing the Top 21 from the votes cast earlier in the year. Seven shows will then feature 3 books from the Top 21 with each title being championed by a celebrity.
The final show at the end of the year will detail the votes cast for the Top 21 books and reveal the overall winner and Nations Favourite Read.

Admin 14th August 2003
BookLore Reviews in the Top 100
Check out all the books in the Top 21 and the Top 100 that have BookLore reviews:
BookLore Big Read Reviews
BookLore Top 21 Big Read Lists
All the Top 21 books listed:
By Result
By Author
By Title
BookLore Top 100 Big Read Lists
All the Top 100 books listed:
By Author
By Title
Big Read Links:
BBCi Big Read Website
BBCi Top 100 List
The Big Read Sales
The Big Read has increase book sales dramatically following the publication of the Top 100 list on 17th May 2003.
The listed titles sold 500,000 copies in all editions in the 4 weeks to 14th June 2003 almost twice the sales for the previous month.
Admin 29th July 2003
BBC 4 - Battle of the Books
The Big Read Battle of the Books is being screened twice a week for twenty weeks on BBC 4. Forty titles are pitched head-to-head while other related titles on the list are discussed.
Admin 29th July 2003
The Big Read Statistics
For all you number crunchers out there here are a few facts and figures for the Top 100 list:
  • 140,000+ people voted
  • 7,000 titles nominated
  • 700 different editions of the Top 100 sold in 2002
  • Top 5 publishers (Bloomsbury, HarperCollins, Random House, Scholastic & Penguin) share more than 85% of the titles' sales last year
  • Since publication of the list sales of the Top 100 titles have exceeded 500,000
Admin 29th July 2003
The Big Read Book of Books
In November the BBC are to publish The Big Read Book of Books listing the Nations 100 favourite books with author features, first manuscripts, original artwork, settings, facts, stats... in fact, everything you need to know about your favourite read. Order your copy here.
Admin 29th July 2003
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