Coffs Harbour’s most wanted!

Based on data collected since the year 2000, when Coffs Harbour Libraries moved to its current library management system, up until now, the following titles make the top ten for overall loans;

  1. False impression by Jeffrey Archer
  2. Australian geographic  [magazine]
  3. Trace by Patricia Cornwell
  4. London bridges by James Patterson
  5. At risk by Patricia Cornwell
  6. Blow fly by Patricia Cornwell
  7. The Economist [magazine]
  8. 2nd chance by James Patterson
  9. The suspect by Michael Robotham
  10. Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy

With the exception of two magazine titles all of the others are fiction! With hugely popular authors and a particular bent towards the crime and suspense genres.

The #1 title, False impression by Jeffrey Archer, published in 2006 is Archer’s 12th novel. Described as an engrossing tale that begins with the brutal murder of an aristocratic old lady in her country home the night before 9/11, it takes all the resources of the FBI and Interpol to work out the connection between her and the possible motive for her death – Van Gogh’s Self-portrait with a bandaged ear. A young woman who was in the North Tower when the first plane crashed into the building had the courage and determination to take on both sides of the law and avenge the old lady’s death. The library currently has six copies of this title which have seen 67 loans in the last 12 months!

Both Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson get more than one title on the list with both authors still being hugely popular today. The library currently holds 32 Patricia Cornwell titles with 556 loans across all titles in the last 12 months and 148 James Patterson titles with a whopping 3,657 loans across all titles in the last 12 months!

It is great to see Michael Robotham, who grew up in Coffs Harbour, make the list – as well as the magazine Australian geographic at #2.


Written by Skye Ravenscroft

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