Wimpy kids and drug cartels
dominate library list
A NOVEL exploring the
violent world of Latin American drug cartels was a
hit among Irish readers at the country’s 336 public
libraries, new figures show.
'The Sound of Things Falling' by acclaimed Colombian
writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez was the most borrowed
book of adult fiction at Irish libraries in 2014.
It won the €100,000 International Impac Dublin
Literary Award that year which partly accounts for
its subsequent popularity among readers.
The list shows that children continue to be
Ireland's top book borrowers.
The 'Diary of a Wimpy
Kid' series by American author Jeff Kinney dominates
the top five places when all categories including
adult, children and non-fiction are included.
Comedy actor David Walliams is known for judging
others on Britain's Got Talent but he made an
impression himself among Irish children. Walliams
extracted a respectable ranking of ninth place with
his sixth children’s title 'Demon Dentist'.
'The Official Drivers Theory Test Questions &
Answers', meanwhile, cruised to number 10 on the
The figures are compiled by Libraries Development at
the Local Government Management Agency using data
from the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) scheme.
They show that Dan Brown's 'Inferno: Robert Langdon
Book 4' was the second most borrowed book of adult
fiction in 2014 followed by 'The Thing About
December' by Tipperary writer Donal Ryan.
'The Casual Vacancy' by JK Rowling and 'Sycamore
Row' by John Grisham are at four and five
'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan; 'A Week in
Winter' by Maeve Binchy; 'The Hundred Year Old Man
Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared' by
Jonas Jonasson; 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn and
'Mad About You' by Sinead Moriarty, complete the top
ten in adult fiction.
The league tables show that children's writers
dominate the 'most borrowed author' list with
Roderick Hunt taking top spot followed by Daisy
Meadows; Franscesa Simon, Roger Hargreaves and Enid
Blyton. US crime writer James Patterson continues
his long-standing run as the most borrowed adult
fiction author here.