THE SITE FOR DIE HARD CRIME & THRILLER FANS
News

Crime fiction still strong in UK libraries

2 Mins read

agatharaisinquicheofdeath300What do you think the most borrowed book was in UK libraries last year? Go on, have a guess… OK, we’ll tell you. It was Lee Child’s Personal, a book we gave three stars in our review. A respectable score, but not the five twinklers awarded to the best books. Hey-ho, shows what we know.

Lee Child’s success is one of several interesting findings in figures released by Public Lending Right, the service that monitors library loans and makes sure authors and illustrators receive a micropayment each time one of their works is borrowed. The statistics for 2014-15 reveal that after several years of dominance crime might be losing its grip, with children’s titles on the rise. However, James Patterson remains the most-borrowed author for the ninth year in a row.

In addition to James Patterson, the top 10 most-borrowed writers include MC Beaton, Nora Roberts and Lee Child. The rest of the slots are filled with children’s authors, plus Anna Jacobs, who writes historical and modern fiction.

Top 10 most borrowed authors 2014-15
1 James Patterson
2 Julia Donaldson
3 Daisy Meadows
4 Francesca Simon
5 MC Beaton
6 Adam Blade
7 Nora Roberts
8 Jacqueline Wilson
9 Lee Child
10 Anna Jacobs

Patterson’s success – and that of the crime genre – is further established in the top 10 chart for individual titles. Lee Child books come in first and second, with books by Peter Robinson, Robert Galbraith, Gillian Flynn, James Patterson and Peter James filling the rest of the top eight. Only one children’s book made the top 10 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

Top 10 most borrowed books 2014-15
1 Personal
2 Never Go Back by Lee Child
3 Abattoir Blues by Peter Robinson
4 The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
5 Invisible by James Patterson
6 Unlucky 13 by James Patterson
7 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
8 Want You Dead by Peter James
9 Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer
10 Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

cuckooscalling100PLR’s remit also covers audiobooks, and in that category crime took the top spot with Lesley Pearce’s Without A Trace. Pearce’s books are typically romance adventures, but in this one the female protagonist Molly Heywood is trying to solve a murder and kidnapping in World War II East London, before stumbling upon the chance of love. Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling were also in the top 10 audiobooks, alongside Never Go Back by Lee Child.

This month, PLR will make payments totalling £6 million to 22,347 writers, illustrators, photographers, editors, translators, adaptors, narrators, producers and abridgers. This year’s rate per loan is 7.67p.

Have you borrowed any of the books mentioned from your library? Tell us about what you think of these stats in the comments below.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related posts
iBookKindlePrintReviews

Fear No Evil by James Patterson

Fear No Evil is the 29th Dr Alex Cross mystery and as you’d expect from the thrill-meister James Patterson it’s a fast-paced, twisty adventure with a rip-roaring ending. Opening with torture and murder in the nooks and crannies of the Washington spy world, it leads to…
iBookKindlePrintReviews

Better Off Dead by Lee and Andrew Child

If ever there was a case of ‘it does what it says on the tin’ in crime fiction it’s the Jack Reacher novels. We really know what to expect and we get it every time. When it comes to ‘what would Reacher do?’ the answer…
eBookPrintReviews

Afraid of the Shadows: An Anthology of Crime Stories

Edited by Miranda Jewess — This anthology of 19 brand new tales on the theme of Halloween comes from some of the best-loved contemporary British and Irish crime writers. It’s the third in the Afraid of the Light series and all the books have been…
Crime Fiction Lover