Celebrity cat is top of the pops with Moray library customers

Bob’s story is No.1 with a bullet in Moray!

Moray book readers are among the most well informed in the country – thanks to the publication of a monthly ‘Top 10’ chart on the most-borrowed books in the region.

The charts are produced every month by staff and posted online as well as an posters for display in libraries, letting readers know what is hot – and what is not.

Made possible by a sophisticated library management system that records the number of issues for each title, the monthly list has also made it possible for staff to identify the chart-topping books of the year.

That has revealed that in 2014 Michael Connelly’s ‘The Gods of Guilt’ was the No.1 book in the adult fiction section of Moray’s libraries.

Following closely in second place was Edinburgh author Ian Rankin’s ‘Standing in Another Man’s Grave’.

In the non-fiction section the top spot was claimed by James Bowen’s ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’, the amazing story of a friendship between a man living on the streets and the ginger cat that ‘adopted’ him.

The top ten most popular books in Moray were:


1. The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
2. Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankine
3. Never Go Back by Lee Child
4. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
5. Close To The Bone by Stuart MacBride
6. Unseen by Karin Slaughter
7. Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis
8. Entry Island by Peter May
9. Liverpool Angers by Lyn Andrews
10. The Blackhouse by Peter May


1. A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
2. Save With Jamie by Jamie Oliver
3. Where Memories Go by Sally Magnusson
4. Hebrides by Peter May
5. All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes by Maya Angelou
6. One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson
7. The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
8. A Final Grain Of Truth by Jack Webster
9. River Cottage Veg Everyday! By Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
10. The Breeding Birds of North-East Scotland

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