Dahl tops children’s author poll


Roald Dahl has been named the most popular children’s author, with Harry Potter creator JK Rowling taking fourth place.

The survey, which quizzed young adults aged between 16 and 34, named CS Lewis - author of The Chronicles of Narnia - second, before Peter Pan scribe JM Barrie third.

Roald Dahl literary estate director Amanda Conquy said: “It’s always great to hear how enduringly popular Roald Dahl’s stories are.

“They truly seem to be passed on from one generation to the next with the utmost enthusiasm and affection.”

Fifth place was taken by Anthony Horowitz, creator of the Alex Rider spy novels, with Jacqueline Wilson at sixth.

The final places included Dr Seuss, Philip Pullman and Francesca Simon, with Famous Five author Enid Blyton taking last place at 10.

The poll was commissioned by ITV3 to mark its Roald Dahl weekend on September 22.


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