The top three adult authors for July 2008-June 2009 were all Americans: the thriller writer James Patterson, followed by the romantic novelists Nora Roberts and Danielle Steele.You read that correctly: 1. James Patterson, 2. Nora Roberts, 3. Danielle Steele
I don't begrudge those folks their sales and popularity (well, yes, I am repelled by Patterson's business model through which he slaps his name on dozens of books a year that are largely written by other writers) but it is a bit disheartening to see them atop a list of ALL writers whose works are housed in U.K. libraries.
On the other hand, read on, U.K., because I suppose that reading these guys is better than reading nothing at all.
Follow the link at the beginning of this post to see a list of the Top 250 books borrowed from U.K. libraries. You will find that three of the top four are Patterson titles and that he even wrote one of them all by himself. What a guy.