M C Beaton: The most borrowed adult British author in UK libraries

M C Beaton remains the UK’s most borrowed adult British author in UK libraries, according to the latest PLR data released today. She is also the 7th most borrowed author in UK libraries during 2012/13, clocking up over 1 million loans.

M C Beaton is the author of the much-loved Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth crime fiction books published in the UK by Constable & Robinson, and has also written more than 100 historical romance novels under her own name and under several pseudonyms.

M C Beaton said: “I have always been a great supporter of libraries and the work they do. I am absolutely delighted.”

Agatha Raisin was created by M C Beaton in 1992 and there are presently 24 titles in the series, with the newest, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMEONE DEAD published in paperback in April 2014 by C&R Crime, an imprint of Constable & Robinson. A new Agatha Raisin story, AGATHA RAISIN AND THE BLOOD OF AN ENGLISHMAN will be published in hardback in October, with February 2015 seeing the publication of DEATH OF A LIAR, a Hamish Macbeth title, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the series.

Library event: M C Beaton will be speaking at Oadby Library, Leicestershire on Wednesday 23rd April 2014, 7pm as part of World Book Night.

Public Lending Right (PLR) was established by Act of Parliament in 1979. It gives authors the legal right to receive payment from government each time their books are loaned through the public library system.