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.