DAN Brown's thriller The Da Vinci Code is Scotland's favourite book, while JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy has been voted as the best series, according to a new survey.

Scots' most re-read book is AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh, with an average of four reads per person.

Brown's novel, which has sold 70 million copies worldwide, pipped Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and CS Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as Tolkien's series came ahead of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series and Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy.

Men preferred modern classics, rating George Orwell's 1984 as their favourite, while women put Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre in top place.

Across Britain, the list of favourite novels also included Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.

The survey also found Britons on average read online blogs for 112 minutes each day, followed by online sites (72 minutes), paperback or hardcover books (68), emails (61), print newspapers (33) and e-books (24.3).

Scots read for an average of 171 minutes each day, against the national average of 184 minutes.

The research was carried out for ICaps.