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'The Litigators' most borrowed book in 2012 12.05.13

IRISH readers had legal matters on their minds last year with John Grisham's 'The Litigators' the most borrowed book from public libraries in 2012.
Preliminary figures show that the courtroom thriller topped the list of most borrowed adult fiction by library members last year.
The most borrowed book of adult non-fiction was the 'The Official Driver Theory Test', according to the statistics.
Meanwhile, younger readers were more interested in the trials and tribulations of growing up with 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' by Jeff Kinney the most borrowed children's book at public libraries around the country.
The Library Development Unit of the Local Government Management Agency is currently compiling a full list of the most borrowed books at public libraries last year and expects to publish the completed figures in June.
Its preliminary list shows that the most borrowed author at Irish libraries in 2012 was US crime writer James Patterson. Patterson is best known for his books featuring criminal psychologist Alex Cross.
The most borrowed children's author at Irish libraries last year was Roderick Hunt with his popular titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series featuring characters including Biff, Chip and Kipper.
Last year's most popular novel among adult borrowers, 'The Litigators', tells the story of a small Chicago legal firm's spirited go at the big-time with a class action suit against a big pharmaceutical company.
A whopping 16.5 million books were borrowed from Irish libraries in 2011.
People in Cork city borrow the most library books with 6.2 books borrowed per head of population last year compared to 4 books per head in Fingal. Library members in Waterford City borrowed 5.3 books; Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (5.2 books); Cork county (4.6 books); Limerick city ( 4.4 books); Clare (4.3 books); Mayo (4.2 books); Wexford (4.1 books) and Westmeath (4 books). Public libraries are receiving increasingly less money to spend on buying books for the public. Just over 10m was spent in stock acquisition nationally in 2010, falling to 8.7 million in 2011 and an estimated 7.6 million last year.
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