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Manchester’s 10 most popular library books revealed

Ahead of International Book Giving Day, Manchester’s most-borrowed library books have been revealed.

as well as marking Valentine’s Day, February 14 will also be a day to encourage people to give books to people they care about.

And a Freedom of Information request to Manchester Central Library has unveiled the top 10 most borrowed books of 2022:

  1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – “Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.” 
  1. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman – “In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders.” 
  1. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – “Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever.” 
  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – “Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel.” 
  1. Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs – “Errol loves gardening, but there isn’t enough room in his flat to grow everything that he would like.” 
  1. The Man Who Died Twice (A sequel to The Thursday Murder Club) by Richard Osman – “It’s the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history.” 
  1. The Usborne First Book Of Numbers by Mary Cartwright – “Introduces first concepts of numbers and early math skills.” 
  1. Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason – “This novel is about a woman called Martha. She knows there is something wrong with her but she doesn’t know what it is.” 
  1. What the Ladybird Heard Next by Julia Donaldson – “Once upon a farm lived a ladybird, And these are the things that she saw and heard Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they’re heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble.” 
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – “For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village.” 

International Book Giving Day began in the UK back in 2012 by Amy Broadmoore and her son, through ‘Delightful Children’s Books’, after noticing a need for children’s books in underfunded areas.

After pitching the idea, the duo handed the day over to Emma Perry in 2013. To this day, the display of generosity is celebrated officially in over 44 countries.

Read more about the day here: 

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