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The Borrowers

January 19, 2023

Authors always keep a careful eye on book sales but around this time of year we receive news about how our books are faring in libraries across the UK. The Public Lending Right (PLR) monitor the statistics (via the British Library) and authors receive a small payment for each book loaned.
 
The latest figures for 1st July 2021 to 30th of June 2022 show that my books (excluding ‘One of Our Ministers is Missing’ which was published in September 2022) were borrowed 5,325 times. ‘The Late Train to Gipsy Hill’ was the most popular with 2,084 loans – nowhere near Richmond Osman’s figures no doubt but pleasing given that the book wasn’t published until two months into the period in question. It was my first work of fiction and the first of my books to be borrowed more than the evergreen ‘This Boy’ (which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year).
 
My thanks to all the wonderful people who run our libraries and to those at PLR and the British Library who laboriously collate this information.

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