April 5, 2017

Second novels are a notorious challenge for writers. Whether their first novel was a triumph or a flop, the pressure is always on the follow-up. But what do readers make of second novels? Do we even know which of our favourite novels are second novels? We decided to hold a public vote to find out Britain’s Favourite Second Novel. We had an open call for public suggestions in January and the final voting list of over 100 second published novels was agreed by the RSL’s governing Council.

The top ten
1. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice
2. Tan Twan Eng – The Garden of Evening Mists
3. Anne Brontë – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Half of a Yellow Sun
5. Barbara Pym – Excellent Women
6. Gabriel Garcia Márquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
7. Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita
8. Salman Rushdie – Midnight’s Children
9. James Joyce – Ulysses
10. = Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist
= J.R.R. Tolkien – Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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