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Hive Reveals Most Borrowed Authors

Worcestershire readers, young and old, have been enjoying plenty of fantasy fiction, as The Hive reveals its most borrowed authors since opening five years ago.

Number one best-selling children’s title, The Ratburger, written by comedian and author David Walliams and illustrated by award-winning Tony Ross, is the most issued junior fiction title at The Hive. The book was borrowed over 400 times in five years and was the most issued title for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016.

It comes as Tony Ross, who also illustrates the Horrid Henry series of books, was revealed as the most borrowed illustrator in UK libraries by the Public Lending Right.

In second, third and fourth place were titles from former children’s laureate and author of the fictional Tracey Beaker stories, Dame Jacqueline Wilson. The English writer has sold over 10 million books worldwide and many of her stories feature themes of mental health, bullying and separation.

For grown ups, JK Rowling remains the most popular author, despite the last book in the Harry Potter series being published in 2007. Her 2012 novel The Casual Vacancy is The Hive’s most borrowed book in adult fiction with over 600 issues in the last five years.

Mystery thriller novels prove to be popular among adult readers with best-selling authors Lee Child, Gillian Flynn and Dan Brown coming second, third and fifth. Lee Child’s book Never Go Back and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, which have both been adapted into Hollywood blockbuster films, received over 500 issues and the latest Dan Brown novel Inferno had 456.

For four years running the most issued university title was How to Do Your Research: A Guide For Students by Gary Thomas, and is therefore the most borrowed university title over five years with 3,810 issues.

The Hive has issued almost 4.5 million books since it opened in 2012, an average of 2,474 a day, with one library member borrowing almost 8,000 times in five years. The highest ever number of loans in one day was 4,406 in October 2012.

Titles that have regularly come out on top in The Hive’s annual book issuing analysis include The Affair and Make Me, by Lee Child, and children’s classics such as Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World and best-selling children’s author Jaqueline Wilson’s Emerald Star and Sapphire Battersea.

Janine Downes, Library Manager at The Hive said: “These figures for book borrowing give a genuine feel for the books that are going to hang around and become classics. Book sales tend to give you a snap shot of the titles that have received good publicity and therefore have a flood of sales. Whether a title stands the test of time in a library is a true marker for whether it has longevity and shows the signs of a masterpiece.”