| 5.3°C Dublin

Strumpet and Fifty Shades of Grey - books makes libraries' top ten


50 shades

50 shades

50 shades

IRISH readers had austerity on their minds last year with Strumpet City the most borrowed book of adult fiction from public libraries, new figures show.

But library users also opted for racy Fifty Shades of Grey which made it on to the top ten most borrowed list for the first time in 2013.

EL James' novel, first published in 2011, was the fifth most borrowed adult fiction title at the country's 336 public libraries, ahead of its movie release next year. But the new edition of James Plunkett's 1969 historical novel Strumpet City was the most borrowed title.

The novel recounts the dramatic events of Dublin's 1913 Lockout and was nominated by libraries in the capital for their 'One City One Book' scheme last year.

The figures, compiled by the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) service for the Local Government Management Agency, show that there were some 17 million visits to public libraries last year.

A PLR representative said Irish fiction is "dominant" with 22 Irish titles in the top 100.

The figures reveal that the top five most popular books among Irish adults included The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling in at second spot, followed by A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy and City of Bohane by Kevin Barry in fourth.

The figures show that children continue to be Ireland's top borrowers with Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid the most checked-out title.