Fri, 18/02/2011 - 08:10
Michael Joseph has acquired world all language rights to an illustrated memoir by 16-year-old Olympic and Commonwealth diver Tom Daley.
Commissioning editor Daniel Bunyard made the deal with Jonathan Harris of Luxton Harris on behalf of Jamie Cunningham of Professional Sports Group.
Bunyard said: "Tom is one of the...
Thu, 03/02/2011 - 07:44
Michael Joseph has acquired rights in "X Factor" finalist and "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!" queen Stacey Solomon's autobiography.
Katy Follain, Michael Joseph non-fiction publisher bought British Commonwealth including Canada, serial, audio and e-book rights through Modest! Management.
Wed, 05/01/2011 - 15:39
Spending on books in the UK fell by more than £56m last year, Nielsen BookScan data has revealed. Sales during the 52 weeks to 25th December 2010 totalled £1.696bn, down 3.2% on 2009, with volume sales falling 4.3% to 225.5m. Average selling prices increased slightly, by 1.1% (eight pence) to £7.52.
The total is the...
Tue, 21/12/2010 - 15:03
Jamie Oliver has landed the coveted Christmas Number One spot after his latest cookbook, Jamie's 30-Minute Meals (Michael Joseph), sold 149,640 copies in just seven days.
It is the third time that the TV chef has scored a Christmas number one—Happy Days with the Naked Chef topped the charts in 2001 and...
Tue, 30/11/2010 - 15:58
Book sales were up last week despite plummeting temperatures, but growth is at a slower rate than previous years.
According to Nielsen BookScan data, £45.7m was spent at UK book retailers last week, up 13.3% (£5.4m) on the previous week. However, sales were down 5.4% (£2.6m) on the same week last year, while the 13.3%...
Tue, 16/11/2010 - 16:03
Spending at UK booksellers was up 4% week-on-week last week, to £37.9m—the strongest seven days since Christmas week last year. This was up 1% on the same period last year, the second consecutive week of year-on-year growth, the first time since the beginning of September this has happened.
But in a week when Jamie Oliver...
Tue, 09/11/2010 - 16:05
The book trade bounced back last week after seven consecutive weeks of poor sales compared to last year, with turnover up 3.4%. The bestseller in a good week for the trade was once again Jamie Oliver, whose Jamie's 30-minute Meals (Michael Joseph), came up with the strongest ever sale for a book in November since Nielsen BookScan...
Tue, 02/11/2010 - 16:12
Four celebrity memoirs début in the Official UK Top 50 this week, bringing the total number of celeb-mems in the chart to 12. This is a significant improvement on the same week last year when just three made the Official UK Top 50.
Three of the débuting four take positions in the top 10, led by Rolling Stones legend Keith...
Tue, 26/10/2010 - 15:32
Jamie Oliver has retained top spot in the bestseller lists for a third consecutive week, with the strongest October weekly sale in almost seven years. Jamie's 30-Minute Meals (Michael Joseph) sold a massive 69,342 copies at UK booksellers during the week ending 23rd October—the strongest October sale since Paul Burrell's...
Tue, 19/10/2010 - 15:29
Super Thursday has failed to ignite the market with sales down a disappointing 1.4% week on week, despite the more than 200 hardbacks that were officially released on what has been hailed as the biggest day in the 2010 publishing calendar (14th October). However, there was no such disappointment for Booker winner Howard Jacobson with sales of...