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

Have you read Leeds Libraries 2014 top 10 #mostborrowedauthors?

Children of the revolutionA few changes in authors from 2013’s list, but a lot of the big hitters are in the top ten.

  1.  Children of the Revolution by popular Leeds born author Peter Robinson tops the list with crime maestro  Inspector Banks finding an ex-college lecturer dead. Issued 989 times. Last year he came in sixth.
  2. A Wanted Man by Lee Child, born in Coventry. Jack Reacher in Nebraska sporting a broken nose, hitching to Virginia, is picked up by three suspicious strangers –  935 issues
  3. Backlash by Lynda La Plante came out in 2012 – Late at night on a notorious council estate in London a van – painted with a clown’s face is being driven erratically. When the police pull over the driver, they discover a young woman’s body. 921 issues
  4. NYPD red by James Patterson – Last year’s No.1 James Patterson wrote 8 books for adults plus several for young readers in 2014. Definitely prolific! This one’s set in Hollywood when the celebs are in town for a film festival. 921 issues
  5. Life after Life by Kate Atkinson -Another Yorkshire author whose Jackson Brodie novels were adapted for TV. This one won the Costa novel of the Year in 2013. Ursula Todd lives through the turbulent events of the last century again & again. 866 issues
  6. The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling – The only one I’ve read and can personally recommend! Brilliant story set in the little town of Pagford –a parish council seat becomes vacant after an unexpected death. 828 issues
  7. The racketeer by John Grisham  – He’s sold over 100 million books. US Legal thriller featuring the murder of a judge. 817 issues
  8. The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin (Inspector Rebus) is his second Malcolm Fox novel – Cop corruption case set in Fife issued x 808
  9.  Forgive me by Lesley Pearse – Not in the league of the giant big hitters yet, she’s sold over 7 million copies of her books. This one starts in 1991 with a mother’s suicide and her daughter discovering her mysterious past. Her latest is Survivor 769 issues
  10. The Black Box by US bestseller Michael Connelly  – Harry Bosch storyCrime thriller set in LA about unsolved murder issued x 768