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Saturday, 2 March, 2002, 17:29 GMT
Vote on which book we should read
You can decide which book BBC News Online users should read by voting below.

As we reported on Wednesday, people in US cities are involved in schemes to read the same book together.

Readers in Chicago have worked through To Kill a Mockingbird. In Los Angeles they're reading Fahrenheit 451. London may follow suit - Ken Livingstone's office is looking at the scheme.

Our own search to find a book for BBC News Online users to read together has thrown up some interesting suggestions. You can vote on five of the best nominations below.

AND THEN... let's get reading! It is two weeks until World Book Day on 14 March, when we will host a discussion on the book you choose.

If you're interested in taking part, vote for your choice, and then send us your name and e-mail address so we can keep in touch.


1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Nominated by Jonny Betts: "If anything goes close to illustrating the present world situation, this must be it."

2. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by GK Chesterton
Nominated by Lori Schwabenbauer: "An excellent book for redefining the meaning of a community, and re-awakening civic pride."

3. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Nominated by Joanne Lake: "A beautifully written novel with wonderful characterisation and atmosphere. I was in tears when I reached the last page, not just because of the emotive storyline, but because I knew I'd never read a book like it again."

4. How to be Good by Nick Hornby
Nominated by Darrell Hall: "It would be one way to get Londoners smiling on the Tube, unless of course the Northern Line has broken down again."

5. Middlemarch by George Eliot
Nominated by Jeffrey Georlett: "It's easily one of the greatest novels ever written, in any language."

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After you have voted, if you want to take part in reading the winning book with other BBC News Online users, send us your name and e-mail address by using the form below.

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STEP 1: Read shortlist
STEP 2: Vote
STEP 3. E-mail us if you want to take part.


The Napoleon of Notting Hill


How to be Good


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