The superstar British chef has dominated a list of the most frequently borrowed books from Australian libraries.
A survey conducted by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) found that Australia’s passion for cooking has turned into an addiction to Jamie Oliver – or at least his recipes. The British chef’s book, Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals, ranked at the top of the list for most borrowed book in the adult non-fiction category.
Oliver made the list not once, not twice, but three times, with Save with Jamie coming in at number six, and Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals ranking at number ten on the list.
The survey also found that when library users aren’t making 15 minute meals for the family, they’re most likely enjoying their down time with the high adrenaline adventures of Jack Reacher in Never Go Back by Lee Childs.
Chief Executive Officer of ALIA, Sue McKerracher, said that libraries were asked to provide their top five most borrowed books in four categories: adult fiction, adult non-fiction, children’s and young adult.
Taking out the most popular title for Children was the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.
Best-sellers like the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and the Divergent series by Veronica Roth dominated the young adult section.
The most borrowed adult fiction titles
1. Never Go Back by Lee Child (British/thriller)
2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Australian/humour)
3. The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly (American/crime)
4. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Australian/contemporary literature)
5. Eyrie by Tim Winton (Australian/contemporary literature)
6. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Australian/contemporary literature)
7. Inferno by Dan Brown (American/thriller)
8. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (Australian/science fiction)
9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (American/thriller)
10. A Wanted Man by Lee Child (British/thriller)
The most borrowed adult non-fiction titles
1. Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver (British/cookery)
2. Guinness World Records 2014
3. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Pakistani/biography)
4. I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson (Australian/health)
5. The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do (Australian/biography)
6. Save with Jamie by Jamie Oliver (British/cookery)
7. Father Bob the Larrikin Priest by Sue Williams (Australian/biography)
8. Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth (British/biography)
9. Three Crooked Kings by Matthew Condon (Australian/true crime)
10. Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver (British/cookery)
The most borrowed children’s books
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney (American/humour)
2. 13-Storey, 26 Storey and 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Australian/humour)
3. Geronimo and Thea Stilton series by Elisabetta Dami (Italian/adventure)
4. Spot series by Eric Hill (British/picture book)
5. The Wrong Book by Nick Bland (Australian/picture book)
6. Just! series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Australian/humour)
7. Once by Morris Gleitzman (Australian/Holocaust)
8. Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins (Australian/picture book)
9. Selby series by Duncan Ball (Australian/adventure)
10. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (Irish/Holocaust)
The most borrowed young adult fiction titles
1. Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (American/science fiction adventure)
2. Divergent series by Veronica Roth (American/science fiction adventure)
3. The Fault in our Stars by John Green (American/romance)
4. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (Australian/Holocaust)
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green (American/romance)
6. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (American/fantasy adventure)
7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (American/science fiction)
8. Every Breath by Ellie Marney (Australian/thriller)
9. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (American/romance)
10. Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (American/fantasy adventure)