Teens get their teeth into vampire tales
THE most borrowed Irish author in libraries across Ireland in 2009 was not Marian Keyes or Joe O'Connor, or one of the other bestselling writers of adult fiction. It was Darren Shan, whose tales of vampires and demons aimed mainly at teenagers have sold 15 million copies worldwide.
And the annual figures for the libraries released yesterday show that once again children were by far the busiest borrowers of library books.
Top of the children's authors was the British writer Roderick Hunt, author of over 300 titles in the Reading Tree series.
He was narrowly ahead of another British writer Francesca Simon, who created the popular Horrid Henry books.
American writer Nora Roberts, who also writes as JD Robb, was the most-borrowed adult fiction author last year, followed by fellow Americans James Patterson and Lee Child, author of the Reacher thrillers.
In the list of Most Borrowed Adult Authors in 2009, only two Irish writers figure, Darren Shan at number four and Maeve Binchy at number nine.
However, when it comes to the most-borrowed individual books, six Irish books are in the top 10. The top spot is taken by the Official Driver Theory Test, with John Boyne's 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' the second most-borrowed.
Mr Boyne said yesterday: "I spent a huge part of my childhood in libraries. I discovered my love of books there. So to hear that one of my novels is so popular among library-goers today makes me very proud."