Most borrowed book, most popular author

InfernoWhat was the most borrowed book in the UK last year?  

Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ with 65,471 loans. The year before it was Lee Child’s Jack Reacher thriller The Affair, borrowed 79,338 times.

The most borrowed non-fiction book this year was Jamie Oliver’s ‘Save With Jamie’. It ranked number 11 overall – a rare appearance in the top 100 for a non-fiction book

Lee Child is still up there with the second and third most borrowed titles of 2014, Never Go Back and A Wanted Man, 64,216 and 57,757 loans respectively

The most borrowed author in libraries across the UK  is still James Patterson. Though he does write and co-write a lot of books! Save with JamieHe’s held the top spot for eight years.

Children’s authors Daisy Meadows , Julia Donaldson and Francesca Simon are second, third and fourth.

Nora Roberts, M. C. Beaton, Adam Blade and Jacqueline Wilson remain the top 10, joined by Roald Dahl and Lee Child, who replace David Baldacci and Mick Inkpen.

Regional breakdowns show that Child was the most borrowed author in the north east, Wales and Yorkshire( The Affair was rated 5* loads of times by Leeds readers); Dan Brown was tops in Scotland and James Patterson was most popular in Northern Ireland. In London, the most borrowed book was the Home Office title, Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents.

The number of people borrowing books from libraries has halved since 1997, with loan rates also falling figures from CIPFA. Data  on the most loaned books etc is published by the Public Lending Right (PLR) and was released on 13th February

Dan Brown Fans – a new book is on the way – eventually

InfernoDan Brown has said that his next novel will feature symbology Professor Robert Langdon, but he’s warned fans it may be some time before he’s finished the book, saying he’s in the research phase. His last book was Inferno: Set in the heart of Europe, ‘Inferno’ follows renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon as he becomes drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno

He says some books take two to three years – he’s still got 12 books in mind which he might write saying ” That number has probably grown. Every book I write spins off ideas for another three or four so there is no shortage of material for Robert Langdon in this world. Symbols, religion, conspiracy, all of that is a really rich world to explore.”

He added: “I wish I wrote these books faster, I think a lot of people do, but I don’t. They take an enormous amount of research and for every one page you read in the book I have written 10 that are thrown out so I don’t know how many books I have time to write.”