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CHARTS GLOBAL BOOK MARKETS


19.10.16 www.thebookseller.com


The swift and the Cursed


The ‘eighth Harry Potter’ text sweeps to the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic by a substantial margin, but it leaves in its wake two breakout hits: a get- fit-fast tome in the UK, and a cleaning manifesto in the US. Kiera O’Brien reports


fires, but in book terms the two nations have been relatively united: J K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is unchallenged as it tops the year to date chart up to 24th–25th September on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, the playscript surpassed one million copies sold within two weeks on sale and became the first book to break the seven-figure mark since Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals (Michael Joseph) in 2012. It did, however, take Oliver’s book 118 weeks to surpass the milestone. In the US, Cursed Child has already sold nearly four million copies. In the past four years, Rowling’s


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yearly BookScan US volume has only once dipped below a million books: in 2014, when it slid to 976,904. But the release of the “eighth Harry Potter book” meant it was never going to be a quiet year for the author; Rowling’s US volume currently stands at 5.4 million copies for the year to date, a 253% boost on the full year of 2015. In the UK, her 2016 value sales are already at £18.8m—last year’s biggest- selling author, Julia Donaldson, “only” earned £13.8m in the


entirety of 2015. And Rowling still has another playscript, the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts


his year has seen the UK and US’ politicians fight separate (and rather large)


and Where to Find Them (Little, Brown), to be published before the end of the year. If it sells a fifth of what Cursed Child has sold, it will definitely be the first time that multiple playscripts have featured in the bestselling books of the year round-up. Even before Cursed Child was a twinkle in Thorne’s eye, there was


TITLE


1 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 2


Lean in 15 3 The Girl on the Train


4 Lean in 15: The Shape Plan 5 The World’s Worst Children 6 After You


7 Me Before You 8 Make Me


9 The Road to Little Dribbling 10 Mary Berry: Foolproof Cooking 11 The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet 12 Rogue Lawyer 13 Me Before You 14 A God in Ruins


15 Harry Potter Colouring Book 16 According to Yes


17 How it Works: The Mum 18 The Girl in the Spider’s Web 19 Deliciously Ella Every Day 20 Awful Auntie


TITLE


1 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 2 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up 3 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 4 Me Before You


5 The Girl on the Train


6 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 7 Strengths Finder 2.0


8 When Breath Becomes Air 9 Me Before You 10 First 100 Words


11 Harry Potter Coloring Book 12 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School 13 Me Before You 14 A Man Called Ove 15 5 Love Languages 16 Jesus Calling


17 To Kill a Mockingbird 18 The Girl on the Train 19 Alexander Hamilton 20 You are a Badass


a Potter presence in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The Harry Potter Colouring Book was one of the biggest selling titles of 2015’s colouring book fad, eventually outselling one of the trend’s pioneers, Johanna Basford (though not her rival Millie Marotta). The Harry Potter Colouring Book also continued to sell in 2016,


AUTHOR


Rowling, J K et al Wicks, Joe


Hawkins, Paula Wicks, Joe


Walliams, David Moyes, Jojo Moyes, Jojo Child, Lee Bryson, Bill Berry, Mary


Mosley, Michael Grisham, John Moyes, Jojo


Atkinson, Kate –


French, Dawn


Hazeley, Jason & Morris, Joel Lagercrantz, David Woodward, Ella Mills Walliams, David


AUTHOR


Rowling, J K et al Kondo, Marie Dr Seuss


Moyes, Jojo


Hawkins, Paula Riggs, Ransom Rath, Tom


Kalanithi, Paul Moyes, Jojo Priddy, Roger -


Kinney, Jeff Moyes, Jojo


Backman, Fredrik Chapman, Gary Young, Sarah Lee, Harper


Hawkins, Paula Chernow, Ron Sincero, Jen


PUBLISHER


Little, Brown Bluebird


Black Swan Bluebird


something many other colouring books couldn’t manage: since January, it has shifted 172,375 copies in the UK. In the US, The Harry Potter Coloring Book has fared even better—perhaps it’s something to do with the missing “u” . . . —selling 343,346 copies in 2016 to date. Though both the UK and US have


ISBN


9780751565355 9781509800667 9780552779777 9781509800698


HarperCollins Children’s 9780008197032 Penguin Books Michael Joseph Bantam


Black Swan BBC


Short


Hodder Paperback Michael Joseph Black Swan Studio Press


Penguin Books Michael Joseph Maclehose Press Yellow Kite


PUBLISHER


Arthur A Levine Ten Speed


Random House Penguin


Riverhead Quirk


Gallup


Random House Penguin


St Martin’s Press Scholastic Hachette Penguin


Washington Square Moody


Thomas Nelson Grand Central Riverhead


Penguin USA Perseus


9781405909075 9780718157838 9780857502681 9780552779838 9781785940514 9781780722405 9781473622883 9780718181185 9780552776646 9781783705481 9781405921558 9780718184216 9781848667785 9781473619487


HarperCollins Children’s 9780007453627 ISBN


9781338099133 9781607747307 9780679805274 9780143124542 9781594634024 9781594746031 9781595620156 9780812988406 9780143130154 9780312510787 9781338029994 9781419717017 9780143109464 9781476738024 9780802412706 9781591451884 9780446310789 9781594633669 9780143034759 9780762447695


A.S.P.


£10.81 £8.05 £4.83 £8.35 £7.64 £4.40 £5.01 £4.45 £5.51


£12.87 £4.78 £5.22 £4.76 £5.09 £5.74 £5.29 £5.43 £4.63


£10.47 £4.33


R.R.P.


$29.99 $16.99 $18.99 $16.00 $16.00 $10.99 $29.99 $25.00 $9.99 $5.99


$15.99 $13.95 $16.00 $16.00 $15.99 $15.99 $9.88


$26.95 $20.00 $16.00


VOLUME


1,252,884 866,431 778,879 358,040 355,043 344,745 290,406 263,894 225,902 207,389 206,352 206,111 198,715 177,101 172,375 161,866 161,205 151,551 148,621 148,460


VOLUME


3,733,981 517,072 502,562 492,199 447,465 410,719 391,193 377,449 359,195 345,408 343,366 340,792 337,240 313,512 313,179 308,919 293,542 292,470 289,384 273,998


US


UK


Source: BookScan US, 38 weeks to 25th September 2016


Source: BookScan UK, 38 weeks to 24th September 2016


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