Gosport-born author tops library list again

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A GOSPORT-born author who has set many of her romantic novels in Portsmouth is set to become one of the most-borrowed authors in UK public libraries for the 20th year in a row.

Lilian Harry’s books have been borrowed 258,735 times in the past year, according to figures released by the Office of Public Lending Rights.

Her most borrowed book An Heir for Burracombe was taken home 31,484 times.

Based on this week’s statistics, the author estimates she will come close to last year’s ranking of 96th most-borrowed author.

She said: ‘I’m very pleased to see more than a quarter of a million people have borrowed my books – it’s nice to have so many readers.’

Lilian was born and bred in Leesland in Gosport and moved to Devon in the 1960s when she was in her early 20s to join her husband who was in the Royal Navy.