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Most Borrowed Library Books

Every year the Public Lending Right releases a list of the most borrowed library books from the previous year which gives us a fascinating insight into the nation’s reading habits. 2010-2011’s figures are out today and reveal that James Patterson is easily the most popular author in libraries with over one million loans to his name and 17 appearances in the top 100. Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson are almost as successful, suggesting our reading appetites are fairly grisly at the moment. However it was heart-warming to see Julia Donaldson’s childhood classic The Gruffalo putting in an appearance at number 28, while the novel that inspired this year’s big Oscars contender, The Help, is at number 38.

See which titles made the top 50 in our gallery below – click on any image to launch the gallery, and let us know what you think of the list on Twitter @stylistmagazine



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13 Going on 30 is the latest film to get a musical makeover

by Amy Swales
24 Oct 2016

This streaming service is so boring it will send you to sleep

Forget Netflix and chill

by Harriet Hall
24 Oct 2016

Poldark slammed by women’s rights campaigners as “romanticising rape”

“It’s worse than if it had been a straightforward rape scene”

by Kayleigh Dray
24 Oct 2016

The selfie vs. the group photo: which actually makes us happier?

Time for an Instagram break?

by Moya Crockett
24 Oct 2016

Backlash follows Wonder Woman’s appointment as UN ambassador

The move has been called 'reductive'

by Harriet Hall
24 Oct 2016

Bake Off fans scandalised by Berry and Hollywood news: “I am OUTRAGED”

"It makes me feel sick and empty inside"

by Kayleigh Dray
24 Oct 2016

Meet the 'supermodel' dog whose hair is bewitching the internet

She probably has better hair than you

by Sarah Biddlecombe
24 Oct 2016

Male contraceptive pill (and nasal spray) could be here by 2021

Breakthrough “switches off sperm within minutes”

by Anna Pollitt
24 Oct 2016

Are you ready for Downton Abbey: The Musical?

One must attempt to ration one’s excitement

by Kayleigh Dray
24 Oct 2016

“How beauty rituals help me manage my depression”

One writer found comfort in an unexpected place

21 Oct 2016