09:46 Tuesday 31 December 2013

Bookworms have been busy reading in 2013

Written byROB SMYTH

BOOKWORMS have been busy in Burton as library chiefs revealed the top 10 borrowed authors in the town during 2013.

James Patterson, Danielle Steele and Lee Child all featured in the top list of books checked out at the facility off High Street last year.

Staffordshire County Council cabinet member for children, community and localism Mike Lawrence said: “It’s clear Burton bookworms love a thrilling read, with James Patterson once again topping the charts.

“More and more people are choosing to access their crime fiction from Burton Library online, with around 1,400 ebook loans per month.

“Library members have access to more than a million books, more than 2,000 ebooks and now a wide range of top emagazine titles.

“We’ve worked hard to make the service even more accessible to our communities, including a 24-hour renewal hotline, email and text messaging and a wide variety of free online resources, while investing in new technology to invigorate library memberships.”

The top 10 borrowed authors in the town were:

1. James Patterson;

2. Nora Roberts/JD Robb;

3. Anna Jacobs;

4. MC Beaton;

5. Danielle Steele;

6. Lee Child;

7. Clive Cussler;

8. Harlan Coban;

9. Rosie Goodwin; and

10. Michael Connelly.

British-born thriller writer Child claimed the top individual title of 2013, with 1,300 issues of his Jack Reacher novel A Wanted Man.

Titles topping 600 loans included A Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling, Inferno by Dan Brown and Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson.

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