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Borrowers’ favourite books of 2013

Kingston libraries have unveiled the borough’s favourite books of last year as they enjoyed a rise in the number of visitors and items borrowed compared to 2012.

The number of people using the borough’s libraries in 2013 was up 22 per cent on the previous year and there was a four per cent increase in the volume of books, films and music borrowed.

Local author Tim Everson, chair of the Friends of Kingston Museum and Heritage Service, made the top ten non-fiction list with Kingston upon Thames: Then and Now (issued 71 times) while another local writer and former Children’s Laureate, Jacqueline Wilson, featured strongly again in the list of children’s favourites.

Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (258 issues) topped the list of most-borrowed adult fiction. 

Other titles appearing in the fiction top 10 include Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James (163) and J K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy (152).

The most popular adult non-fiction book was The 15 Minute Rule: How to Stop Procrastinating and Take Charge of Your Life (98) closely followed by Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals (90). 

Young readers favoured Jeff Kinney, with four of his Diary of a Wimpy Kid titles in the top ten. Two Jacqueline Wilson books – Queenie (186) and The Longest Whale Song (167) - were top ten hits. 

Councillor David Ryder-Mills, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for libraries, said: 

“People really value their local libraries and our staff do a great job putting on lots of events throughout the year. It is good to see even more people, especially children, coming through the doors.”

Top ten adult fiction

(number of issues in brackets)

  • Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel (258) 
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson (198)
  • Fifty Shades of Grey, E L James (163) 
  • The Bat: The First Harry Hole Case, Jo Nesbo (162) 
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford (161) 
  • The Man Who Forgot His Wife, John O'Farrell (160) 
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, Sue Townsend (158) 
  • The Casual Vacancy, J K Rowling (152) 
  • The Hobbit, J R R Tolkien (150) 
  • A Wanted Man:Jack Reacher, Lee Child (147) 

Top ten non-fiction

  • The 15 Minute Rule:How to Stop Procrastinating and Take Charge of Your Life, Caroline Buchanan (98) 
  • Jamie's 15-Minute Meals, Jamie Oliver (90) 
  • All Sewn Up: 35 Exquisite Projects Using Applique, Embroidery and More, Chloe Owens (87) 
  • My Kitchen Table: 100 Cakes and Bakes, Mary Berry (78) 
  • Great British Bake Off: How to Turn Everyday Bakes into Showstoppers, Linda Collister (73) 
  • Kingston-upon-Thames:Then & Now, Tim Everson (71) 
  • Top 100 Meals in Minutes: All New Quick and Easy Meals for Babies and Toddlers, Annabel Karmel (70) 
  • My Kitchen Table: 100 Family Meals, Annabel Karmel (70) 
  • Knit Step by Step, Vikki Haffenden & Frederica Patmore (69) 
  • Italy: Country Guides, Paula Hardy (69) 

Top ten children’s books

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney (255) 
  • Queenie, Jacqueline Wilson (186) 
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Jeff Kinney (183) 
  • Mr Stink, David Walliams (177) 
  • Horrid Henry Robs the Bank, Francesca Simon (173) 
  • The Witches, Roald Dahl (171) 
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Jeff Kinney (169) 
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, Jeff Kinney (167) 
  • The Longest Whale Song, Jacqueline Wilson (167) 
  • Aliens Love Underpants!, Claire Freedman (165) 

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