A popularity poll to find Britain’s best loved author has been topped by Enid Blyton followed by Roald Dahl with JK Rowling in third place.

The survey of 2000 adults was commissioned to mark the 2008 Costa Book Awards.

‘Golden Oldies’ did well with Jane Austen fourth, followed by William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and JRR Tolkien.

Agatha Christie was eighth followed by Stephen King. Rowling and King were the only living authors in the Top 10.

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Tenth, eleventh and twelfth places went to go to Beatrix Potter, CS Lewis and Catherine Cookson.

Surprise omissions included Ian Fleming (James Bond), AA Milne (Winnie the Pooh) and Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones).

Enid Blyton 10th in previous poll

However in a poll commissioned by ITV3 in September last year Roald Dahl was named the most popular childrenâ??s author, with Harry Potter creator JK Rowling taking fourth place. In this poll Enid Blyton came 10th.

The poll conducted amongst young adults aged between 16 and 34 found CS Lewis – author of The Chronicles of Narnia – second, before JM Barrie – author of Peter Pan.

Fifth place went to Anthony Horowitz and sixth place went to Jacqueline Wilson.

Other top 10 places went to Dr Seuss, Francesca Simon and Philip Pullman.

This poll was commissioned by ITV3 to mark its Roald Dahl weekend.