The UK's Most Borrowed Books.
The United Kingdom's Public Lending Right Office maintains statistics on most borrowed authors and titles from libraries (as authors receive royalties from this program). I'll avoid the usual suspects (eg, Rowling, Patterson, Dan Brown) and list a few selections from the Top 100 for 2005-06:
#10 Ian Rankin, Fleshmarket Close (Orion, 2004)
#16 Michael Connelly, The Closers (Orion, 2005)
#20 Lee Child, One Shot (Bantam, 2005)
#23 Jack Higgins, Without Mercy (HarperCollins, 2005)
#28 Ruth Rendell, End in Tears (Hutchinson, 2005)
#30 Elizabeth George, With No One as Witness (Hodder, 2005)
#33 Harlan Coben, The Innocent (Orion, 2005)
#53 Jeffery Deaver, The Twelfth Card (Hodder, 2005)
#54 P. D. James, The Lighthouse (Faber, 2005)
#64 Andrew Taylor, The American Boy (Harper, 2004)
#77 Minette Walters, The Devil's Feather (Macmillan, 2005)
#89 Frederick Forsyth, Avenger (Bantam, 2003)
#95 Reginald Hill, The Stranger House (HarperCollins, 2005)
For the most borrowed classic authors, the ones still going strong include Georgette Heyer, Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, The House on the Strand), and Agatha Christie (The Hollow, Taken at the Flood).