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Most Borrowed Titles at the National Poetry Library 2017 | 29-Dec-17

Drum roll please! Here are the National Poetry Library's Top 10 most borrowed titles in 2017!

1. Dart [compact disc] / Alice Oswald
2. The life and works of W.B. Yeats [compact disc] / W. B. Yeats
3. Jackself / Jacob Polley
4. Falling awake / Alice Oswald
5. Dear boy / Emily Berry
6. Tales from Ovid [compact disc] / Ted Hughes 
7. Measures of expatriation / Vahni Capildeo 
8. On balance / Sinéad Morrissey
9. Say something back / Denise Riley
10. Citizen : an American lyric / Claudia Rankine

Alice Oswald has been our most borrowed poet of 2017. Not only does she have 2 titles in the top 10 but the book version of Dart also made the top 25. Emily Berry came second with Dear boy and her latest book Stranger, baby gaining 20 loans in total, while Sinéad Morrissey was third with On balance and Parallax reaching 19 loans.

Our Top 10 most borrowed books for 2017 (not including CDs) are:

1. Jackself / Jacob Polley 
2. Falling awake / Alice Oswald
3. Dear boy / Emily Berry
4. Measures of expatriation / Vahni Capildeo 
5. On balance / Sinéad Morrissey
6. Say something back / Denise Riley
7. Citizen : an American lyric / Claudia Rankine 
8. Collected poems / Marianne Moore 
9. One secret thing / Sharon Olds
10. Parallax / Sinéad Morrissey

Clearly, the poetry prizes and shortlists influence our borrowers and the top spot is taken by T. S. Eliot Prize winning Jackself by Jacob Polley but he is the only male poet in our Top 10 most borrowed books. And Sinéad Morrissey is the only poet to have 2 books in the top 10.

We would like to wish all our members and friends of the National Poetry Library many wonderful poetry books in 2018.

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