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Stats show 'Gone Girl' is book most often left on BA planes recently

Stats show 'Gone Girl' is book most often left on BA planes recently
1 Aug 2014

It's that time of year when people are considering what to read when they head off on their summer holidays.

Indeed, British Airways research suggests that for eight in ten holidaymakers who always take books when they head away, a good fiction or nonfiction read is essential when it comes to having a relaxing break.

The research shows that three fifths go away with a book and one fifth with an e-reading device like a Kindle.

BA has also revealed that some 600 printed books and 1,400 kindle e-reading devices are left on its flights annually - with the Bible being the most common book that people do not take with them, making up six per cent on the total number of books left on planes.

Personal diaries and notebooks are among the more unusual examples of books discovered left behind.

During the past three months, the book that has been most often left behind is Gone Girl, a critically acclaimed thriller by Gillian Flynn.

In a list of the top ten left-behinds from this period which BA suggests could provide inspiration for those after something good to read when they head away, David Baldacci's King and Maxwell Series titles were at two.

The third most common book to be found left was John Green's The Fault in our Stars, an emotional and philosophically-themed Young Adult novel about a teen who has cancer falling in love.

Non fiction title Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty is fourth on the list, and James Patterson thriller Alex Cross, Run is at five.

According to BA's stats, 22 per cent of the books discovered on planes would be stocked in the fiction section of a bookshop, with crime thrillers the second most common finds and learning and study books the third.

BA has audiobooks on its onboard library collection which can be enjoyed on certain long-haul journeys.ADNFCR-408-ID-801739470-ADNFCR

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