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28th May, 2022

The joy of reading celebrated at Worcestershire Libraries as the most popular books of 2021 are revealed

THE joy of reading has been celebrated across the county.

In the past 12 months avid readers have been heading to libraries across Worcestershire.

Research has uncovered that the most popular page turner for the county’s adults last year was Still Life by Val McDermid, which was issued 645 times.

Taking second place was The Thursday Murder Club by TV presenter Richard Osman.

Lee Child is always a well-loved author and he rounds out the top three for most borrowed books with The Sentinel.

David Walliams yet again proved popular with younger readers in 2021. His book, Slime, had more than 300 issues.

Liz Pichon also proved to be a favourite rounding out the top three with her titles Ten Tremendous Tales and Spectacular School Trip (really…) both getting over 200 issues.

Councillor Matt Dormer, cabinet member with responsibility for communities, who is also the Leader of Redditch Borough council, said: “It’s always interesting to look back and see which page-turners proved popular in the past 12 months.

“It’s been great to see that the joy of reading has been there for so many people in Worcestershire, especially during another particularly difficult year with the pandemic.

“I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t already, to look into what our Digital Library Hub can offer.

“The magic of a good book really is there for everyone.”

Blunt Force by Lynda Le Plante topped the adult e-book charts with Parent Agency by David Baddiel taking top spot for the county’s junior readers. The top teen title was Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.

The Digital Library Hub offers a wide selection of eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines, free webinars to support job seekers and business start-ups, online connect bubbles and a range of online events and activities for families and children to enjoy together.

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