Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte which recounts the doomed romance between Cathy Earnshaw and the dark and brooding Heathcliffe has been voted the greatest love story by the viewers of UKTV. Second came Pride and Prejudice then Romeo and Juliet with sister Charlotte’s Jane Eyre in fourth place. It shows the enduring nature of the classic English novel with only one recent effort, Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 book The English Patient, reaching the top ten.

The full list is:

1 Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë, 1847
2 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen, 1813
3 Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare, 1597
4 Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë, 1847
5 Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell, 1936
6 The English Patient Michael Ondaatje, 1992
7 Rebecca Daphne du Maurier, 1938
8 Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak, 1957
9 Lady Chatterley’s Lover DH Lawrence, 1928
10 Far from The Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy, 1874
11 = My Fair Lady Alan Jay Lerner, 1956
The African Queen CS Forester, 1935
13 The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
14 Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen, 1811
15 = The Way We Were Arthur Laurents, 1972
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy, 1865
17 Frenchman’s Creek Daphne du Maurier, 1942
18 Persuasion Jane Austen, 1818
19 Take a Girl Like You Kingsley Amis, 1960
20 Daniel Deronda George Eliot, 1876

I’m not sure what mine would be, proably more contemporary titles and certainly something by Ian McEwan and I can’t believe Anna Karenina isn’t there. I think maybe I’ll give it some thought and post a personal list later.

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