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Tuesday 29 July 2014

'The Help' tops Irish library-goers' favourites in 2012

Denise Calnan

Published 04/11/2013|08:39

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'The Help' - Stockett’s novel tells the story of African-American maids working in white households in Mississippi during the 1960s.

Book-lovers’ queues were for Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel ‘The Help’ last year as the tome has been named the most borrowed adult fiction book in Irish libraries in 2012.

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The book, which also hit the big screens as an award-winning film, was the most popular choice with grown-up readers last year, according to figures from the Local Government Management Agency.

Stockett’s novel tells the story of African-American maids working in white households in Mississippi during the 1960s.

John Grisham’s legal thriller ‘The Litigators’ came a close second with Julian Barnes’s ‘The Sense of an Ending’ coming in third place.

The late Irish writer Maeve Binchy’s novel ‘Minding Frankie’ just missed a spot in the top three, but the author was also named the 25th most borrowed author overall in the country last year.

Stieg Larsson’s crime novel ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ remains in the top ten most borrowed books from Irish libraries in sixth place, despite being first published in 2005.

For younger book-lovers, ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ by Jeff Kinney topped the most-borrowed list for children across the country last year.

Top 10 library loans 2012 (Adult fiction)

1. The Help – Kathryn Stockett

2. The Litigators – John Grisham

3. The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes

4. Minding Frankie – Maeve Binchy

5. Even the Dogs – Jon McGregor

6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

7. Dubliners – James Joyce

8. On Canaan’s Side – Sebastian Barry

9. Headhunters – Jo Nesbo

10. The Affair – Lee Child

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