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Australia’s Favourite Library Books (Fiction)

Ever wondered which books Australians are borrowing from their local libraries? This week the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) released lists of Australia’s most borrowed library books for the first quarter of 2015…

And we were thrilled to see some of our favourites, especially by some great Australian writers, such as Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, Tim Winton’s Eyrie  and the beautiful Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.

ALIA released the lists as part of their Library and Information week. Last year they focused on favourite libraries – Sandringham in Victoria was the winner. This year, the association looked at library users’ favourite reads.

They collated the results following a survey of public libraries from February to April. They asked the libraries to provide their top five most borrowed books in four categories: adult fiction, adult non-fiction, children’s and young adult.

Sue McKerracher, CEO of ALIA, said on their website: “Australian authors held their own despite strong international contenders in the first three categories, while American writers dominated young adult fiction.

“The findings covered both print and ebooks, although ebooks still represented less than 5% of loans,” said McKerracher.

The most borrowed adult fiction titles were:

1.       Never Go Back by Lee Child (British/thriller)

2.       The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Australian/humour)

3.       The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly (American/crime)

4.       Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Australian/contemporary literature)

5.       Eyrie by Tim Winton (Australian/contemporary literature)

6.       The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Australian/contemporary literature)

7.       Inferno by Dan Brown (American/thriller)

8.       The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (Australian/science fiction)

9.       Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (American/thriller)

10.   A Wanted Man by Lee Child (British/thriller)


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