The Help most borrowed book from Irish libraries
A smash hit US novel from 2009 still has a top spot among Irish library readers.
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, has been named as the most borrowed adult fiction book in Irish libraries in 2012.
The book, which has also been made into a film starring Emma Stone, was the most popular choice with grown-ups last year, according to figures from the Local Government Management Agency.
Stockett's novel tells the first-hand story of African-American maids working in white households in Mississippi in the 1960s.
The movie adaptation of The Help was a success at the box office in 2011, with Octavia Spencer scooping an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
John Grisham's legal thriller The Litigators came a close second, according to the figures. And Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending was named as the third most-borrowed.
The late Dublin writer Maeve Binchy's novel, Minding Frankie, just missed a spot in the top three.
HOWEVER, THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR WAS ALSO NAMED THE 25TH MOST-BORROWED AUTHOR OVERALL IN THE COUNTRY LAST YEAR.
Stieg Larsson's crime novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remains in the top 10 most-borrowed books from Irish libraries in sixth place, despite being first published in 2005.
There was another Irish victory on the list, with James Joyce's Dubliners being named in seventh place.