Austin, Orwell, Bronte, Dickens... who are they? After world book day, depressing survey shows one in five can't name a single author
One quarter of people claimed they have not read a book within six months
William Shakespeare was cited as the most recognised author in history
Others suggested the names Charles Darwin, JK Rowling and Stephen King
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From Jane Austen to Terry Pratchett, Britain is not short of literary geniuses.
But it seems the nation isn’t aware of them - as one in five of people in the UK can’t name a single author, a survey has revealed.
The Royal Society of Literature asked nearly 2,000 people to name a writer of literature but 20 per cent of respondents couldn’t think of a one author.
Along with this, 25 per cent hadn’t read in the past six months 15 per cent of people said they thought that literature is too difficult to understand.
But over half of the people who said they don’t currently read literature said they would like to and 88 per cent agreed that literature should be part of everyone’s education.