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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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