The complete works of William Shakespeare tops a list of books which have not left Northamptonshire’s libraries in the past two years.
Northamptonshire County Council has released the list of the least popular books at the county’s 36 libraries.
The figures show 2,622 books have not left library shelves in the past two years.
Among them are classics such as Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and the complete works of Shakespeare, as well as more modern works such as Crystal by former glamour model Jordan and children’s books written by Geri Halliwell.
The council’s cabinet member for libraries, Councillor Heather Smith (Con, Prebendal) said: “It could be that some people don’t know we have these books and after seeing this list, they’ll taken them out. Every so often though, we do have a review of the stock we’ve got and the less popular books are sold off.”
Celebrity authors featured highly on the list. Biographies which remained on the shelves included those by Jonathan Ross, David Beckham, Anne Robinson and Michael Parkinson.
Television chefs were also snubbed with books by Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver, Delia Smith and Ainsley Harriott all listed as un-borrowed.
The availability of low-cost books on the internet has been highlighted as one reason some books may feature on the list, including Glitz by former Northamptonshire MP Louise Mensch and Sons of Fortune by Jeffery Archer, which are both available on Amazon for just one pence.