Most borrowed authors and books

  18th February 2015

James Patterson was the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the eighth year running, according to data recently released by the Public Lending Right (PLR).

Daisy Meadows holds second place, while children's authors Julia Donaldson and Francesca Simon remain in third and fourth place respectively. 

Dan Brown's Inferno was the most borrowed book of the year. Over the last 20 years, Catherine Cookson is the UK's most borrowed author, with 37 million loans between 1994 and 2014. Danielle Steel has ranked in the top 20 most borrowed authors for the past 20 years, with more than 30 million recorded loans.

Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles (2013-14)

1.  Inferno (Dan Brown)  
2.  Never Go Back (Lee Child)      
3.  A Wanted Man (Lee Child)
4.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney)
5.  Private Down Under (James Patterson & Michael White)
6.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Jeff Kinney)
7.  Six Years (Harlan Coben)
8.  Second Honeymoon (James Patterson)
9.  Mistress (James Patterson & David Ellis)
10. The Dying Hours (Mark Billingham)

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