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Revealed – The popular library books flying off the shelves in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 19:14 09 October 2018 | UPDATED: 22:05 09 October 2018

Suffolk Libraries chief executive Bruce Leeke 

Suffolk Libraries chief executive Bruce Leeke Picture: SONYA DUNCAN


There is nothing quite like curling up with a good book – it makes life that little bit better.

That message is more important now than ever before, Suffolk library bosses say, as we reveal which books have been flying off their shelves this year.

In a week that has turned the spotlight on reading and its link between mental health and wellbeing, the top ten most borrowed books for children and adults have been unveiled.

Classic favourites like The Tiger Who Came to Tea and The Gruffalo make an appearance in the children’s top ten – several decades after they were published – while bestselling novels such as The Chalk Pit and The Midnight Line rank highly for adults.

Baking queen Mary Berry tops the adult non-fiction chart, while Daniel Lipkowitz’s LEGO awesome ideas is a hit with the kids.

Bruce Leeke, newly appointed Suffolk Libraries chief executive, said much of what the organisation does is designed to support individual wellbeing – and make life better through a shared love of books.

“We provide a huge variety of content, events and experiences designed to engage, inform and entertain,” he said.

“Much of what we already do is designed to support individual wellbeing, and make life better for our customers.

“This week is National Libraries Week and it is a great opportunity to celebrate the positive impact libraries have on people across Suffolk.

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