The Bible, the original sex and violence special effects blockbuster presented in pioneering, easy-to-digest list feature format, has been voted the most valuable book to all of humanity, despite the fact that more people read the nutritional information on the back of a KitKat Chunky than the ancient collection of life-hack parables these days.
The poll was carried out by YouGov on behalf of publisher The Folio Society, which created a top ten of the books deemed the most valuable to humanity as a whole. The Bible beat Darwin's Origin of Species into second place, with the Bible claiming 37 per cent of the vote and Darwin's we're-all-monkeys anti-Bible winning 35 per cent of the nods from the 2,044 adults asked.
Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time was in third position, ahead of Einstein's factual romp about relativity, with George Orwell's surveillance society vision of now 1984 the first fiction to appear in the fifth-place slot. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is the only other fiction piece in a list dominated by heavy religion and science epics.
But with Newton’s Principia Mathematica on the list, the people surveyed were obviously a little sidetracked by a desire to tell people what they should be reading rather that what's actually popular and currently open on their bedside tables, making this nothing more than a middle-class list of things parents think their children should be made to read at school than a list of books that actually touched people's lives.
Otherwise it'd be 50 Shades of Grey at #1 with 51 per cent of the votes and The Gruffalo at #2 with 49 per cent, as those are the only books we actually read, right? [Independent]