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David Walliams hails Northern Ireland kids as his book tops most borrowed list

By Rebecca Black

Published 05/02/2016

David Walliams with his Awful Auntie book
David Walliams with his Awful Auntie book

Comedian David Walliams has paid tribute to the "fantastic taste" of children in Northern Ireland after it emerged his Awful Auntie is the most borrowed book from libraries in the province.

The tale of heiress Stella Saxby and her stately home trying to evade her Auntie Alberta's attempts to seize her inheritance has proven a massive hit with our youngsters.

However, favourite children's author Julia Donaldson can boast not one, but three books in the top 10 most borrowed books from libraries in Northern Ireland.

Princess Mirror-Belle And The Dragon Pox is at number two, The Scarecrows' Wedding is at four, and The Flying Bath is sixth.

Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt was third, and Irish novelist Sheila O'Flanagan took seventh place with If You Were Me, just ahead of the Guinness Book Of Records 2015.

Lee Child's Personal was ninth and another children's book, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney was the 10th most popular library book, according to data released by the Public Lending Right office based on the July 2014 and June 2015 period.

Comedian turned author Walliams said: "What fantastic taste the children of Northern Ireland have. I am beyond delighted.

"Libraries are vital for children and adults to discover a wide variety of books.

"Long may they live!"

Awful Auntie won audiobook of the year at the 2014 UK National Book Awards, and is being made into a film, which will be released in December.

Children's books were much more popular in Northern Ireland's libraries than England's, with seven out of the province's top 10 being children's titles.

TOP 10 LIBRARY BOOKS: NORTHERN IRELAND

1. Awful Auntie David Walliams

2. Princess Mirror-Belle And The Dragon Pox Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks

3. Opal Plumstead Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt

4. The Scarecrows' Wedding Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

5. Horrid Henry's Krazy Ketchup Francesca Simon & Tony Ross

6. The Flying Bath Julia Donaldson & David Roberts

7. If You Were Me Sheila O'Flanagan

8. Guinness World Records 2015

9. Personal Lee Child

10. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Jeff Kinney

TOP 10 LIBRARY BOOKS: UK OVERALL

1. Personal Lee Child (right)

2. Never Go Back Lee Child

3. Abattoir Blues Peter Robinson

4. The Silkworm Robert Galbraith

5. Invisible James Patterson

6. Unlucky 13 James Patterson

7. Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

8. Want You Dead Peter James

9. Be Careful What You Wish For Jeffrey Archer

10. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Jeff Kinney

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