Roderick Hunt Most Borrowed Author In Irish Libraries in 2010

Roderick HuntRoderick Hunt, author of over 300 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series, is Ireland’s most borrowed author for the second successive year with over 115,000 library loans.

Daisy Meadows, creator of the Rainbow Magic series, was the second most-borrowed author, coming in just ahead of Francesca Simon of Horrid Henry fame. Reacting to the popularity of Daisy Meadows, Megan Larkin, publisher of the series, said, ‘We are delighted to hear that Rainbow Magic is so popular in Irish public libraries. The popularity of libraries among school-age readers shows their vital importance to society.’

The ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ lists are compiled by the Library Council from information supplied to the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) Scheme by public libraries. Overall they show that Irish children are the champion borrowers from public libraries, with eight children’s authors making it into the top ten ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ list for 2010.

Classic stories continue to delight today’s children with authors such as Enid Blyton, Roger Hargreaves and Roald Dahl making it into the top ten, alongside the ever popular Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson.

Prolific US author James Patterson is the most popular adult fiction author with almost 65,000 library loans.   Darren Shan is the most popular Irish author for the second year running, at number fifteen, while eighteen Irish authors feature in the top 100.

The Official Driver Theory Test continues to be the nation’s most borrowed book, clinching top spot for the second year and was one of only two non-fiction titles in the top 100 borrowed books.

In second position is Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn, which claimed the 2009 Costa Novel Award. Reacting to the news, Mr Tóibín remarked,‘I think the public libraries in Ireland are a great national resource; the people who work in them are dedicated and provide a wonderful service.’

Complete lists of the top borrowed books and authors are below.

PLR: Top 100 Most Borrowed Titles 2010
Position Title Author/Contributor
1 Official Driver Theory Test Road Safety Authority /Prometric Ireland Ltd
2 Brooklyn Colm Toibin
3 The Girl with the dragon tattoo Stieg Larsson
4 The boy in the striped pyjamas John Boyne
5 Harry Potter and the deathly hallows J.K. Rowling
6 Twilight Stephenie Meyer
7 The lost symbol Dan Brown
8 The girl who kicked the hornets’ nest Stieg Larsson
9 Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone J.K. Rowling
10 The BFG Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
11 Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
12 Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
13 Once in a lifetime Cathy Kelly
14 Horrid Henry and the football fiend Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
15 The return journey Maeve Binchy
16 The secret scripture Sebastian Barry
17 Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
18 The girl who played with fire Stieg Larsson
19 Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
20 Let the great world spin Colum McCann
21 Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling
22 New moon Stephenie Meyer
23 The Twin Gerbrand Bakker
24 The brightest star in the sky Marian Keyes
25 Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets J.K. Rowling
26 Happy ever after Patricia Scanlan
27 George’s marvellous medicine Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
28 Horrid Henry gets rich quick Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
29 Harry Potter and the half-blood Prince J.K. Rowling
30 The Witches Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
31 The Twits Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
32 Horrid Henry tricks the tooth fairy Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
33 Horrid Henry’s underpants Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
34 Eclipse Stephenie Meyer
35 Horrid Henry meets the Queen Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
36 Horrid Henry’s Christmas cracker Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
37 Candyfloss Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
38 Horrid Henry and the mummy’s curse Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
39 Breaking dawn Stephenie Meyer
40 Lessons in heartbreak Cathy Kelly
41 Horrid Henry’s haunted house Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
42 The scarecrow Michael Connelly
43 James and the giant peach Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
44 Heart and soul Maeve Binchy
45 Horrid Henry v Moody Margaret Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
46 Horrid Henry’s revenge Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
47 Horrid Henry’s nits Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
48 Under the hawthorn tree Marita Conlon-McKenna
49 A thousand splendid suns Khaled Hosseini
50 My sister Jodie Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
51 The lovely bones Alice Sebold
52 The perfect man Sheila O’Flanagan
53 Horrid Henry robs the bank Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
54 Skulduggery Pleasant Derek Landy
55 Horrid Henry and the abominable snowman Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
56 Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix J. K. Rowling
57 The magic finger Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
58 Nine dragons Michael Connelly
59 Horrid Henry and the secret club Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
60 Handle with care Jodi Picoult
61 The secret Rhonda Byrne
62 Horrid Henry’s evil enemies Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
63 The help Kathryn Stockett
64 Long lost Harlan Coben
65 Gruffalo Julia Donaldson: illustrated by Axel Scheffler
66 Cookie Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
67 The picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
68 Danny the champion of the world Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
69 The brass verdict Michael Connelly
70 Coming home Patricia Scanlan
71 Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
72 Swimsuit James Patterson
73 Horrid Henry rules the world Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
74 Picture perfect Jodi Picoult
75 Best friends Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
76 This year it will be different Maeve Binchy
77 The associate John Grisham
78 The Diamond girls Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
79 Horrid Henry and other stories Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
80 Worst case James Patterson
81 Harry Potter and the goblet of fire J.K. Rowling
82 Love and summer William Trevor
83 Horrid Henry’s wicked ways Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
84 The gift Cecelia Ahern
85 206 Bones Kathy Reichs
86 Alice & Megan forever Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
87 Rodrick Rules Jeff Kinney
88 Diary of a wimpy kid Jeff Kinney
89 Star of the sea Joseph O’Connor
90 Clean break Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
91 The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
92 The last straw Jeff Kinney
93 Please forgive me Melissa Hill
94 Where’s Wally? Martin Handford
95 Forgive and forget Patricia Scanlan
96 Hetty Feather Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
97 Dog days Jeff Kinney
98 Keeping the dead Tess Gerritsen
99 The gathering Anne Enright
100 8th Confession James Patterson

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PLR: Most Borrowed Authors 2010 No. 1 to 50

Position Author Position Author 

1 Roderick Hunt 26 Lauren Child
2 Daisy Meadows 27 Martin Waddell
3 Francesca Simon 28 Danielle Steel
4 Enid Blyton 29 Karen McCombie
5 Jacqueline Wilson 30 Dav Pilkey
6 Roger Hargreaves 31 Eoin Colfer
7 James Patterson 32 Maeve Binchy
8 Nora Roberts 33 Lucy Daniels
9 Roald Dahl 34 Tess Gerritsen
10 Terry Deary 35 Harlan Coben
11 Adam Blade 36 Megan McDonald
12 Lee Child 37 John Grisham
13 Julia Donaldson 38 Jeremy Strong
14 Vivian French 39 Ian Whybrow
15 Darren Shan 40 Marita Conlon-McKenna
16 Jodi Picoult 41 Sheila O’Flanagan
17 Michael Morpurgo 42 Stephenie Meyer
18 Dr. Seuss 43 Robert Muchamore
19 Meg Cabot 44 Judi Curtin
20 R.L. Stine 45 Karen Wallace
21 Anthony Horowitz 46 Agatha Christie
22 Michael Connelly 47 Jeffery Deaver
23 Fiona Watt 48 Wilbert Awdry
24 J.K. Rowling 49 Heather Amery
25 Rose Impey 50 Eric Hill

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PLR: Most Borrowed Authors 2010 No. 51 to 100

Position Author Position Author
51 Lemony Snicket 76 Malachy Doyle
52 Felicity Brooks 77 Allan Ahlberg
53 Josephine Cox 78 Lesley Pearse
54 Patricia Scanlan 79 Lucy Cousins
55 Henning Mankell 80 Martina Cole
56 Martin Handford 81 Hergé (Georges Prosper Remi)
57 Kelly McKain 82 Ruth Rendell
58 Cathy Hopkins 83 Linda Chapman
59 Alexander McCall Smith 84 Tony Bradman
60 Roddy Doyle 85 Mick Inkpen
61 Sue Bentley 86 Anne Cassidy
62 Anne Fine 87 Sue Graves
63 Cathy Cassidy 88 Sally Grindley
64 Dick King-Smith 89 Tony Ross
65 Marian Keyes 90 Cynthia Rider
66 Jenny Oldfield 91 Cecelia Ahern
67 Ian Rankin 92 Terry Pratchett
68 Mary Higgins Clark 93 Anita Ganeri
69 David Baldacci 94 Oisin McGann
70 John Connolly 95 Melissa Hill
71 Brianog Brady Dawson 96 Jean and Gareth Adamson
72 Anita Shreve 97 Joe O’Brien
73 Stieg Larsson 98 Jillian Powell
74 Cathy Kelly 99 Sophie Kinsella
75 Jonathan Kellerman 100 Lynda La Plante

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