Literature in Britain Today

New research for the Royal Society of Literature looks at how many people read literature, what literature means to them, and which writers they consider to be writers of literature.

Literature in Britain Today

The Royal Society of Literature commissioned Ipsos MORI to run a face to face survey with 1,998 adults aged 15+ in GB. The results were used to inform a report written by The Royal Society of Literature, ‘Literature in Britain today'. The report looks at how many people read literature, what literature means to them, and which writers they consider to be writers of literature. The research found that three-quarters of the British population have read literature in the last 6 months, based on their own definition of what literature is.

Technical Note

  • Results are based on a survey 1,998 respondents (adults aged 15+)
  • Fieldwork dates: 23rd September- 11th October 2016
  • Data are weighted by age, gender, region, working status, social grade, tenure and ethnicity to the known population profile of adults aged 15+ in GB.
  • Where results do not sum to 100%, this may be due to computer rounding, multiple responses, or the exclusion of “don’t know” categories
  • Results are based on all respondents 1,998 unless otherwise stated

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