Readers like mystery
By EMMA CORNFORD
MYSTERY, drama and a sprinkle of intrigue. These are the ingredients which seem to attract Clarence Valley residents when it comes to books.
And if you have requested Dan Brown's topseller The Da Vinci Code lately, don't think you are alone.
More than 25 people are on the waiting list for the book, despite the region's libraries holding 16 copies of the fictional historical thriller.
Di Morrissey, Bryce Courtenay and Wilbur Smith are among the other top 10 authors, according to the Clarence Regional library.
Regional librarian Richard Nichols said selecting the correct books to buy for the region was a balancing act with an annual budget of just $160,000 to buy books for 10 libraries.
"We've got to be careful when there's a lot of interest initially because if we buy one for each library we satisfy everyone first off then after a while we won't be able to make anyone happy," Mr Nichols said.