British library statistics

British public library lending statistics cited in Clee’s weekly column reveal that borrowers are not particularly partial to literary fiction:

While Ian McEwan’s Atonement was selling more than half a million copies through bookshops, it did not make it into the libraries’ top 100. Also absent are 2001 Booker prizewinner Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang, and Yann Martel’s 2002 winner Life of Pi. Joanna Trollope is the only top 100 author whose paperbacks come from a “literary” imprint (Black Swan).


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