Bookies’ favourites

January 01, 2011, 12:00 AM GMT+0

In a recent poll to find the nation’s best books of 2010, Stephen Fry’s memoir The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography was crowned favourite receiving the highest share of the vote, closely followed by Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals and I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett.

  • 20% voted The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography by Stephen Fry the best book of 2010
  • 19% voted for Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals
  • 18% of the vote put Terry Pratchett’s I Shall Wear Midnight in third place
  • Autobiographies by Michael McIntyre, Paul O’Grady and Alan Sugar scooped 4th, 5th and 6th places with 9%, 8% and 7% respectively.

It has been a big year for Stephen Fry, previously voted a national treasure in another YouGov poll, and in addition to releasing his second autobiography, he also gave a series of live performances at the Royal Albert Hall in September. The same is true of Jamie Oliver, whose new TV cooking series, Jamie’s American Food Revolution, aired on Channel 4 in August.

In addition to autobiographies by comedians Michael McIntyre and Paul O’Grady, and business tycoon Alan Sugar, Tony Blair’s A Journey and Keith Richards’ autobiography also made it into the top 10, along with fiction works Jump! by Jilly Cooper and Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.

See the survey details and full results for the YouGov Awards 2010 here