Cleeves usurped in most borrowed book list

Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was the most popular novel at Shetland Library last year.

The current library. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

ANN CLEEVES has been knocked off the top of the annual ‘most borrowed book’ list at Shetland Library.

Gail Honeyman’s Costa prize winning Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was the most withdrawn adult fiction book at the Lerwick library in 2018, with 51 people reading it.

Ann Cleeves, author of the DI Perez crime novels, had topped the list for much of the last decade.

Marsali Taylor’s Death in Shetland Waters was popular at the library.

Lee Child and Peter May wrote the second and third most popular books respectively, while Cleeves was joint fourth with Douglas Johnstone and Jon McGregor.

Shetland Library said local writer Marsali Taylor’s new book Death in Shetland Waters was actually the most withdrawn adult novel when taking into account both physical and e-book formats.

The hotly-contested local section saw Douglas Sinclair’s Old Lerwick prove most popular, being withdrawn 42 times, with James and Tom Morton’s Shetland: Cooking on the Edge of the World and Taylor’s Death in Shetland Waters also exciting readers.


Other popular local publications included Safely Wounded: Shetland Letters from the First World War, which was edited by Angus Johnson and Isabel Sinclair, David Malcolm’s A Photographic Guide to Shetland’s History and John Goodlad’s new book The Cod Hunters.

In the adult non-fiction section, Shetlanders were interested in a variety of topics, with I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes With Death, Guinness World Records 2018 and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls the most popular.

Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid books ruled the children’s fiction category, holding the top ten places, while books about hit computer game Minecraft was the most popular for kids when it come to non-fiction.


Read the full most borrowed lists here.

Library manager Karen Fraser said: “Ann Cleeves has no fewer than seven books in the adult fiction top 30 and is still our most popular adult author overall and she may regain her crown next year with her Shetland series finale, Wild Fire. The Shetland TV series is also among our best lending DVDs.

“Congratulations must go to Marsali Taylor, who has built up a solid following for her Cass Lynch series. It is very unusual to have eBook loans outstripping physical loans for a title. Physical books are still much more popular, especially with children – but eBooks offer more choice and access for the different ways folk like to read.

“We streamlined all our e-lending services into one site and one handy app last year and that’s made them easier to use and more attractive. Our eAudio is particularly handy since people can download books and listen on their smartphones.”