Belfast Telegraph

Private Down Under is most read book in Northern Ireland's libraries

By Linda Stewart

The most borrowed book in Northern Ireland's libraries? Despite what you might think, it's NOT Fifty Shades Of Grey.

In fact, if you're a library user, it looks like a good crime story is more likely to float your boat.

The latest data reveals that Private Down Under by James Patterson and Michael White is Northern Ireland's most borrowed book for 2013/14 - although, in fairness, the title does sound like it might be some kind of riposte to the kinky blockbuster.

Runner-up is Goldilocks And The Three Bears - a gripping account of a home invasion aimed at the under-threes - and in third place is Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis.

Also in the top 10 are crime novels The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham; The Kill Room by Jeffrey Deaver and Never Go Back by Lee Child. Meanwhile, The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce makes an appearance, along with the romance/suspense best-seller Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts.

And there is plenty of evidence that younger readers are using the library too, with the aforementioned Goldilocks, Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules all featuring.

The data released by the Public Lending Right office shows which books and authors were the most popular with borrowers between July 2013 and June 2014.

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