Patterson crowned most borrowed author for third year running

<p>Thriller writer James Patterson was the UK&rsquo;s most borrowed author for the third year running in 2008&ndash;09, according to figures released today by the Public Lending Right (PLR).</p><p>Patterson&rsquo;s books were taken out by library users more than 1.8 million times between July 2008 and June 2009, an increase on his total (more than 1.4 million) for 2007&ndash;08. </p><p>Daisy Meadows (the team behind Rainbow Magic) was the second most borrowed author brand, with over 1.3 million loans in 2008&ndash;09, with third-in-line Jacqueline Wilson also topping 1.3 million loans last year. Francesca Simon and Nora Roberts both had their books borrowed over 1 million times last year. </p><p>In a top 10 titles list dominated by crime and thrillers, Patterson&rsquo;s novel Sail (Century) was the most borrowed book, taken out nearly 84,000 times. The most borrowed children&rsquo;s fiction title, Francesca Simon&rsquo;s Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend (Orion Children&rsquo;s), was borrowed nearly 65,000 times. Delia Smith&rsquo;s Delia&rsquo;s How to Cheat at Cooking (Ebury) was the most borrowed non-fiction title, clocking up 29,700 library loans.</p><p>Audiobooks and some e-books may join the PLR scheme this year.</p>