The Affair by Lee Child was the most borrowed book in Scottish libraries during 2012/13, it has been revealed. Overall, crime fiction and thrillers are hugely popular in Scotland, with all the Top 10 Most Borrowed Books belonging to the genre. Scottish writers Ian Rankin and Stuart MacBride appear in 5th and 7th position.
Three titles by James Patterson also feature in the Top 10. It was announced that the US thriller writer was the Most Borrowed Author in libraries across the UK as a whole for the seventh year running.
Data released by the Public Lending Right (PLR) office shows exactly which books and authors proved most popular with library borrowers between July 2012 and June 2013.