Most Borrowed

Whilst trawling through a magazine, I stumbled upon a set of statistics about the British Library that I thought quite fascinating – I know, statistics and libraries, how can it get any better?

How did the author discover these wonderful facts? Well, they were on the Public Lending Right website.

In an effort not to plagiarise the snippet that I read, I’m going to select some of the other statistics available and just allow readers to go visit the website and snoop around for themselves.

What do these statistics tell us? Well, in 2011/2012 we loved reading James Patterson whilst cooking a 30-minute meal alongside studying for the DSA Theory Test. We had a rampant stamp collection, relished in our pride for Britain (and Downtown Abbey) whilst dreaming of visiting Italy where we could grow our own veg and potentially end up with a bad back. We would then turn to the secret of the mind, body and spirit for a way to set everything right again.

UK Library Chart Toppers 2011/12

Most Borrowed Author: James Patterson
Most Borrowed Children’s Author: Daisy Meadows
Most Borrowed Titles:

1. 10th Anniversary (James Patterson and Maxine Paetro)
2. Worth Dying For (Lee Child)
3. Miracle Cure (Harlen Coben)
4. Private London (James Patterson)
5. The Help (Kathryn Stockett)

Most Borrowed Non-Fiction Titles (Adult):

1. At Home: An Informal History of Private Life (Bill Bryson)
2. Madeleine (Kate McCann)
3. Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals (Jamie Oliver)
4. The Official DSA Theory Test for Car Drivers (Driving Standards Agency)
5. Stanley Gibbons Stamps of the World 2011 (Simplified Catalogue)

Most Borrowed Children’s Titles:

1. The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson)
2. Aliens Love Underpants (Claire Freedman / Ben Cort)
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Jeff Kinney)
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (Jeff Kinney)
5. The Snail and the Whale (Julia Donaldson)

Most Borrowed Classic Authors:

1. Roald Dahl
2. Enid Blyton
3. Agatha Christie
4. Georgette Heyer
5. Charles Dickens
6. PG Wodehouse
7. Beatrix Potter

Most Borrowed History Book: At Home: An Informal History of Private Life (Bill Bryson)
Most Borrowed Biography: Madeleine (Kate McCann)
Most Borrowed Travel & Holiday Book: The Days That Made Britain (Stuart Maconie)
Most Borrowed Cookery Book: Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals (Jamie Oliver)
Most Borrowed Television Book: The World of Downtown Abbey (Jessica Fellowes)
Most Borrowed Holiday Guide: Italy (Damien Simonis)
Most Borrowed Gardening Book: Grow Your Own Veg (Carol Klein)
Most Borrowed Complementary Medicine Book: Beat Back Pain Alexander Technique (Richard Craze)
Most Borrowed Mind, Body & Spirit Book: The Secret (Rhonda Byrne)

As per a request on the PLR website, I hereby acknowledge PLR’s role in compiling these statistics and wish they had a much larger back-catalogue. (I would love to see what these stats were for the year I was born, and also which book cost the most money in fines – surely that’s the accolade to aim for, a book that no-one wants to take back!).

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