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What were the most borrowed books from the library last year?

What a well-read bunch!

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CHILDREN’S AUTHORS DOMINATED the list of Ireland’s top 100 most borrowed books from the library with nine children’s authors making it into the top ten.

Roderick Hunt, the creator of over 400 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series, was the most popular author for the fifth successive year with almost 160,000 library loans.

Classic stories remain among children’s favourites with authors such as Enid Blyton, Roger Hargreaves and Roald Dahl in the top ten list of children’s authors.

The ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series by American author Jeff Kinney takes the top six places on the most borrowed titles list.

While world classic, Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, continues to be borrowed from libraries across the country – sixty-seven years after the first publication of the diary of life during the Holocaust.

For the grown ups

It looks like Irish adults love their crime thrillers as they stay in high demand among library users.

US writer James Patterson is the most popular adult fiction author for the fourth year in a row- with over 68,000 library loans.

In total, six authors writing in the crime and thriller genres appear in the list of top 10 most borrowed adult fiction authors.

And the most borrowed non-fiction book?

The Official Driver Theory Test came out on top in that particular category.

Keeping it Irish

Irish children’s author Judi Curtin, creator of the ‘Alice and Megan’ and ‘Eva’ series, was the most borrowed Irish author for the second year running.

Irish fiction remains dominant in the lists for Irish writers – with 22 Irish fiction titles making it into the top 100.

James Plunkett’s Strumpet City made first place as the most borrowed adult fiction title by an Irish author.

The second most borrowed adult fiction title by an Irish writer was A Week in Winter; the last novel written by Maeve Binchy.

The winner of the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2013 also attracted the attention of many readers, with Kevin Barry’s winning debut novel, City of Bohane, the fourth most borrowed adult fiction title last year.

To view all the lists for the most borrowed books and authors of 2013, go to the Public Lending Remuneration site, www.plr.ie

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