Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North Book Fans Make Dark Tales Their Top 10; Author James Patterson Heads List

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North Book Fans Make Dark Tales Their Top 10; Author James Patterson Heads List

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Byline: Katie Davies

A BOOK by thriller writer James Patterson was the most borrowed publication from libraries in the North East last year, according to new statistics released today.

Patterson's latest novel Swimsuit, proved most popular with the region's borrowers between July 2009 and June last year.

Data released by the Public Lending Right (PLR) - an agency that pays fees to authors when their books are borrowed from libraries - showed the top 10 most borrowed books in the region, with adult fiction featuring strongly.

Patterson was prominent on the list, with a further three of his books in the top 10.

Sagas and romances by Josephine Cox and Danielle Steel were also favourites.

David Fay, libraries manager for Newcastle City Council, said the top 10 list showed a sign of the times.

He said: "Authors like James Paterson and Lee Child have been popular for a number of years now and reflect a fascination in some of the darker sides of human nature.

"The appearance of anti-heroes like Hannibal Lecture over 30 years ago and programmes like CSI and Waking the Dead have help to stimulate a fascination in these fast-paced thrillers."

Jim Parker, registrar of PLR, said: "The North East's top 10 borrowed books very much reflects what is going on in the rest of the country.

" It seems this year that the most popular books are adult fiction with a mixture of the crime fiction and romance.

"It shows that people in the North East really enjoy a good read.

"It's great to see how important adult reading is in the region."

Elsewhere in the country, he said that children's authors seemed more popular.

He added: "Nationally, there seems to be more one or two more children's authors on the top 10 list than there is in the North East."

Lee Child's Gone Tomorrow, Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol and Katie Flynn's In Time for Christmas also reached the list.

Catherine Cookson, who is no longer in the top 10, previously had seven of the top 10 adult fiction books from 1999-2009, including the top three. …

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