HE’S been around for quite a while now.
But it seems we still cannot get enough of Harry Potter.
J K Rowling’s creation is still the hot favourite among Yorkshire readers.
The author came out on top in a survey of borrowed books, with Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows at number one choice in public libraries, including Kirklees, during 2007 and 2008.
Public Lending Right (PLR), which administers a scheme of payments to authors whose books are loaned by libraries, revealed the most popular books and authors in the region.
The American writer James Patterson was revealed as the Most Borrowed Author in libraries across the UK for the second year, but did not make into the Yorkshire top 10.
Other favourites locally were Kate Morton, Kim Edwards and Mark Mills.
Amanda Ambler, a senior librarian at Huddersfield Library, said: “The book Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer, has been asked for a lot, because the film has come out.
“The appeal of the public library is that we have such a broad range of books. We have something for everyone.
“Crime is still one of the most popular genres and a lot of people like to borrow novels.
“At the moment, the age ranges that we are having the most difficultly in trying to get to come into the library are young adults and teenagers.
“We are doing what we can to encourage them to come in.”
The survey comes as Public Lending Right celebrates its 30th anniversary.
We asked some of the public of Huddersfield about their favourite book and here is what they had to say.
Yorkshore's Top 10
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J K Rowling
2The House at Riverton – Kate Morton
3The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
4The Other Side of the Bridge – Mary Lawson
5The Savage Garden – Mark Mills
6Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones
7Getting Rid of Matthew – Jane Fallon
8Relentless – Simon Kernick
9Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
10The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai