Taken from Telegraph I thought I would put this up as The Telegraph seem to be refusing to post my comments on their site, probably because I took the p*ss out of their more elitist readership. So comments, what would you add, take away etc. "The story by Harper Lee follows Atticus Finch, a respected lawyer, who defends a black man accused of assaulting a white woman in the deep-south of America during the depression. The 1960s classic, selling 30 million copies worldwide which later went on to become an Oscar winning film, covers the trial and the violent attacks on his family by locals through the eyes of his young daughter Scout. The novel has beaten more recent books, including The Da Vinci Code and the Harry Potter series, to the top spot in a poll of 2000 readers conducted by online retailer Play.com. In second place is Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, which is also the ninth best-selling book ever with sales of 150million. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S Lewis ranks third followed by Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice with The Da Vinci Code in fifth. The religious thriller by Dan Brown, despite only being published in 2003, is the 19th best-selling book ever with over 57 million copies being purchased. Readers are also still enjoying the classics and Charles Dickens and Jane Austen still remain popular authors - with two books each in the top 50. Joel Rickett, deputy editor of The Bookseller magazine, says the findings are not surprising. "People tend to come back to their favourites" he said. "To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that many people read at school or during their formative years. It is a hugely powerful and political book which has formed many a conscience. As a teenager a book like that can be more profound than reading a book in your 40s and 50s" he added. Modern classics which also featured in the top 50 include, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. The research also found that the average Briton buys at least one new book a month and nearly three quarters save money by buying second hand books or selling old books on trading websites. TOP 50 BOOKS OF ALL TIME 1. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee 2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S Lewis 4. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 5. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown 6. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 7. Animal Farm - George Orwell 8. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling 10. Lord of the Flies - William Golding 11. The Time Travellers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 12. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 13. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kasey 14. Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell 15. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 16. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 17. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden 18. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night -time - Mark Haddon 19. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald 20. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 21. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 22. Sons and Lovers - DH Lawrence 23. Anna Kareninia - Leo Tolstoy 24. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert 25. Emma - Jane Austen 26. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks 27. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger 28. My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult 29. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess 30. A Passage to India - E.M Forster 31. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier 32. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres 33. Atonement - Ian McEwan 34. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie 35. In Search of Lost Time - Marcel Proust 36. Middlemarch - George Eliot 37. White Teeth - Zadie Smith 38. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf 39. It - Stephen King 40. Little Women - Louisa M. Alcott 41. Vanity Fair - William Thackeray 42. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 43. The Horse Whisperer - Nicholas Evans 44. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe 45. Moby Dick - Herman Melville 46. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift 47. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley 48. Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twin 49. Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome 50. The Island - Victoria Hislop"