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Crime fiction tops county's loaned books list

23 October 2012

It’s more a case of ‘who borrowed it’ rather than ‘who dunnit’ with crime fiction stories leading the popularity stakes at Nottinghamshire libraries.

The prolific American author James Patterson has been the most demand writer from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Library Service in the last 12 months, according to book loaning figures.

The library service compiled the list of which authors’ books have been most in demand over the last year. It follows a national study by the Public Lending
Right organisation which compiled the figures for the most popular authors across the UK.

James Patterson writes thriller novels and is well known for his series about fictional psychologist Alex Cross. He writes a large volume of books and in the last year 4,367 Patterson titles were borrowed from Nottinghamshire libraries – more than a 1,000 more copies than that of the second placed author MC Beaton – another crime fiction writer who penned Agatha Raisin.

Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson, in the county earlier this month to visit Mansfield Central Library as part of her UK Libraries Tour, is listed third with titles including The Gruffalo and Zog.

Top ten in Nottinghamshire Libraries – 2011-2012:
1 Patterson, James 4,367
2 Beaton, M. C 2,578
3 Donaldson, Julia 2,479
4 Meadows, Daisy 2,434
5 Roberts, Nora 2,325
6 Simon, Francesca 2,121
7 Wilson, Jacqueline 1,863
8 Jacobs, Anna 1,832
9 Inkpen, Mick 1,660
10 Steel, Danielle 1,597

Four writers of the Rainbow Magic Children’s series who write under the pseudonym Daisy Meadows, and another children's author Mick Inkpen, also make the top ten.

Nick London, team manager for library resources at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “This type of list is always of interest but it is worth noting that these figures are very dependant on what is being published each year, and how many copies are bought by library services.

“For example, one of the most popular authors ever, Catherine Cookson, whose impact on library lending in the past 30 years has been phenomenal, is no longer on the list because there are no new titles. It means that public interest - and therefore stock buying for libraries - is at a much lower level than that of popular writers who are still publishing new work.”

For more information about Nottinghamshire Libraries visit: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/libraries

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