Patterson named most borrowed again

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Published: Friday 13th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Thriller-writing phenomenon James Patterson has been named the country’s most borrowed author for an eighth year running, according to new library figures.

Three of his books were among the top 10 most borrowed with Dan Brown’s Inferno at number one.

The top 10 most borrowed authors is dominated by children’s writers who hold six of the places, with Daisy Meadows – a collective pseudonym for a group of authors behind the Rainbow Magic series – in second place.

The data from Public Lending Right, which organises payment for authors whose books are borrowed from libraries, showed Julia Donaldson was the third most popular choice.

She said: “I’m thrilled that my books are being widely borrowed from libraries, which are some of my favourite places. I developed my own love of books in my local library and would quite possibly not otherwise have become a writer myself.

“When I was the Children’s Laureate and went on a six-week library tour I was impressed with how libraries continue to inspire today’s children, from the popular Rhyme-Time sessions for toddlers through to the homework clubs for schoolchildren.

“With the closure of so many bookshops the libraries have an added importance, and it’s important that they remain open and at the heart of our communities.”

The most borrowed British author of books for adults is M C Beaton, the creator of Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, who was at number five.

Other popular writers include F rancesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry series, Jacqueline Wilson, Lee Child and Roald Dahl – all of whom figure in the top 10.

David Walliams, the author of a string of books for children, was at number 74 – up from 157 last year.

Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors 2013/14:

1 – James Patterson

2 – Daisy Meadows

3 – Julia Donaldson

4 – Francesca Simon

5 – M C Beaton

6 – Adam Blade

7 – Jacqueline Wilson

8 – Nora Roberts

9 – Lee Child

10 – Roald Dahl

Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles, 2013/14:

1. Inferno by Dan Brown

2. Never Go Back by Lee Child

3. A Wanted Man by Lee Child

4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

5. Private Down Under by James Patterson and Michael White

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

7. Six Years by Harlan Coben

8. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson

9. Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis

10. The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham

Published: Friday 13th February 2015 by The News Editor

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