"Children's author Jacqueline Wilson is a loan star - after being named the most borrowed author of the past decade. Prolific writer Wilson - whose books include The Illustrated Mum and Double Act - saw her titles taken out of public libraries more than 16 million times over the 10-year span. And her best-seller The Story Of Tracy Beaker is the single most borrowed book over the same period, according to new figures from PLR (Public Lending Right). For the most recent year available (July 2008-June 2009), US writer James Patterson was the most borrowed author. It is an accolade he has now held for the third year running after toppling Wilson from the number one spot in 2007. His titles were lent in excess of 1.5 million times over the year and his book Sail was also the most borrowed title overall for the year. However, over the last decade as a whole he is only the fifth most borrowed author, lagging behind Wilson, and romantic novelists Danielle Steel, Catherine Cookson and Josephine Cox"