Top 10 most borrowed books from Norfolk’s libraries revealed

The most borrowed books from Norfolk's libraries have been revealed. Pic: James Bass.

The most borrowed books from Norfolk's libraries have been revealed. Pic: James Bass. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2009

The most borrowed books from Norfolk's libraries last year have today been revealed, with a mix of adults and children's favourites topping the chart.

The most borrowed book in 2015/16, being issued 1,854 times across the county, was Susan Lewis's novel Too Close To Home.

The 2015 novel, from the bestselling author of No Child of Mine, Don't Let Me Go and Never Say Goodbye, is a drama about a family whose idyllic life is ripped apart.

For the third year running, children's favourite Liz Pichon's The Brilliant World of Tom Gates made the top 10, while the author's Tom Gates Is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things) also made the leaderboard.

Children's Jeff Kinney had three books in the top 10, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid.


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The top 10 library books borrowed in Norfolk were:

1. Too Close to Home by Susan Lewis

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2. Without a Trace by Lesley Pearse

3. Wish You Were Here by Catherine Alliott

4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

5. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon

6. Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (at some things) by Liz Pichon

7. Personal by Lee Child

8. Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney

9. Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

10. Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Café by Milly Johnson

The 10 most borrowed books were loaned out in the county more than 16,000 times.

The data was compiled by Public Lending Right (PLR).

In total, Norfolk County Council's libraries issued more than five million items in 2015/16.

While the vast majority of these items were books, e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, DVDs, CDs and console games are included within that total.

Norfolk has 47 library buildings and eight mobile libraries.

Norfolk's Millennium Library loaned more items than any other public library in the UK, lending 984,445 books and other items in 2015/16.

Nationally, the Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles in 2015/16 were:

1. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

2. Personal - Lee Child

3. Make Me - Lee Child

4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney

5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul - Jeff Kinney

6. Alert - James Patterson

7. Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee

8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney

9. Awful Auntie - David Walliams (illustrated by Tony Ross)

10. Truth or Die - James Patterson

A recent survey showed that one in 10 people do not own a single book.

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