14 Books to be Stuck on a Desert Island with

For many of us being stranded on a desert island sounds like the perfect opportunity to catch up on our ‘to be read’ pile; but what if we could only take one book? Well that was the question we asked our reading addicts in our latest poll. We had an astonishing 147 different books suggested. So here are your top 15 desert island books, to keep you company for the rest of your life.

A special mention should be made to you scallywags who suggested survival manuals, raft and boat building guides and their ilk.

Four books topped the poll sharing the most votes and they were:


The Book Thief – Markus ZusacThe Book Thief

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The Lord of the Rings Set


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Outlander series – Diana Gabaldonoutlander

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To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

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Next,  in joint second place were:


The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams


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A Novel of Rumi: The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak

Forty Rules of Love

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Then, finishing the list in joint third place are:


Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stephenson
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Kalheid Hoosein
Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

And that’s 14 books in all! Do you agree with these choices? Add your desert island book in the comments!

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