'The Sound of Things Falling' novel a hit with readers at country’s libraries

A novel exploring the violent world of Latin American drug cartels was a hit among Irish readers at the country’s 336 public libraries, figures show.

'The Sound of Things Falling' novel a hit with readers at country’s libraries

The Sound of Things Falling by acclaimed Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez was the most borrowed book of adult fiction at Irish libraries in 2014. It won the €100,000 International Impac Dublin Literary Award that year which partly accounts for its subsequent popularity among readers.

The list shows that children continue to be Ireland’s top book borrowers.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by American author Jeff Kinney dominates the top five places when all categories, including adult, children, and non-fiction, are included.

Comedy actor David Walliams is known for judging others on Britain’s Got Talent but he made an impression himself among Irish children. Walliams extracted a respectable ranking of ninth place with his sixth children’s title, Demon Dentist.

The Official Driver Theory Test Questions and Answers, cruised to number 10 on the list as learners prepared for their driving tests.

The figures are compiled by Libraries Development at the Local Government Management Agency. They show that Dan Brown’s Inferno: Robert Langdon Book 4 was the second most borrowed book of adult fiction in 2014, followed by The Thing About December by Tipperary writer Donal Ryan.

The league tables show that children’s writers dominate the ‘most borrowed author’ list, with Roderick Hunt taking top spot followed by Daisy Meadows.

US crime writer James Patterson continues his long-standing run as the most borrowed adult fiction author here.

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