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Wilson named top library author
Jacqueline Wilson
Wilson's books have sold more than 15 million copies in the UK
Children's author Jacqueline Wilson has held onto the title of most borrowed author for the second year in the annual public library book charts.

Last year Wilson, whose works include The Illustrated Mum and The Story of Tracy Beaker, surpassed Dame Catherine Cookson who spent 17 years at the top.

This year Danielle Steel was runner-up, with Josephine Cox in third place, both for the second year in a row.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the most borrowed book.

Another children's author, Mick Inkpen, came fourth in the author stakes, with Dame Catherine Cookson in fifth place.

MOST BORROWED AUTHORS JULY 2003-JUNE 2004
1. Jacqueline Wilson
2. Danielle Steele
3. Josephine Cox
4. Mick Inkpen
5. Catherine Cookson
6. James Patterson
7. Janet and Allan Ahlberg
8. Agatha Christie
9. Ian Rankin
10. Roald Dahl
Source: Public Lending Right
Wilson's books were borrowed more than two million times, according to the Public Lending Right (PLR) organisation.

The popular children's author has sold more than 15 million books in the UK alone and in 2002 she was awarded an OBE for her services to literacy in schools.

"It shows children are still using libraries," she said. "Everybody says nowadays children aren't interested in reading.

"But obviously they're coming into libraries in droves and experiencing what an interesting place a library can be."

In addition, the BBC has made her book The Story of Tracy Beaker, about a 12-year-old girl in care, into a successful television series.

Classic works

The PLR found The Rough Guide To Spain was the most popular travel guide, whilst the top cookery book was Jamie Oliver's Happy Days with the Naked Chef.

Many classic authors still feature in the chart, including Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Beatrix Potter.

The title of most borrowed adult fiction novel went to John Grisham's The King of Torts, with the most popular non-fiction work being Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything.

The PLR distributes funds to authors whose books are borrowed by library users.


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