Tue, 20/07/2010 - 15:07
English novelist Lesley Pearse has scored her first ever number one, having smashed her previous weekly sales personal best by more than 12,000 copies.
The mass-market edition of Stolen, her 18th novel, sold 38,244 copies in its first full week on sale, some 12,189 copies more than her previous personal best of 26,055—set...
Tue, 15/06/2010 - 16:18
Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Atom), sold 136,995 copies in its first full week at UK bookshops, taking £778,400 through the tills, an incredible achievement for a book that has been free to view online at www.breetanner...
Tue, 25/05/2010 - 16:07
As temperatures rose across the UK towards the end of last week, book sales wilted in the heat.
According to Nielsen BookScan data, £23.7m was spent on books during the seven days to 22nd May, down 6.8% week-on-week and down 11.6% on the same week last year—when Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta (Sphere) topped the...
Wed, 12/05/2010 - 14:29
Two blockbuster films adapted from Nicholas Sparks novels have propelled the author's romantic fiction to sales of an all-time high.
Sales of Sparks' titles across all editions have sold more copies in the past six weeks (to the week ending 1st May) than throughout the entirety of 2009 according to Nielsen BookScan. Sparks racked...
Fri, 05/03/2010 - 11:50
Sphere has pre-empted a title by comedy duo Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller for publication later this year, amid "extremely keen interest" from "several major" publishers.
Editor-in-chief Antonia Hodgson and deputy publisher David Shelley bought British Commonwealth rights to the as-yet-untitled work from agent...
Thu, 11/02/2010 - 13:24
Sphere has expanded its team for acquiring crime fiction with two hires, following the departure of Nikola Scott, who was editorial director specialising in crime and thrillers.
The two new positions split her former role by gender: Catherine Burke joins as editorial director, specialising in female-focused crime and thrillers and some...
Fri, 20/11/2009 - 10:15
Sphere has has bought the rights to a "buzzing" book by beekeeper and co-presenter of BBC Breakfast Bill Turnbull.
Antonia Hodgson, editor-in-chief for Sphere, fought off competition from four other publishers to buy UK and Commonwealth rights at auction from Jonathan Conway of Mulcahy Conway Associates.
Wed, 08/07/2009 - 07:11
When standing as a candidate for the US elections, Barack Obama said he would keep his BlackBerry if elected—now Sphere is publishing an imagined look at the president’s handheld device.
Billed as being perfect for “fans of clever satire and silly humour”, the book was created by US comedy group Kasper Hauser....
Thu, 18/06/2009 - 08:25
The long-awaited memoir from rock veteran Ozzy Osbourne will be published by Sphere this autumn in the UK. I Am Ozzy will come out on 1st October, with Osbourne visiting the UK on publication for a week of publicity and two book signings.
Antonia Hodgson, publisher of the commercial division at Little, Brown, said the book was...
Wed, 27/05/2009 - 11:03
Patricia Cornwell's succinctly-titled Scarpetta (Sphere), is this week's new number one, ousting Dan Brown's Angels and Demons (Corgi) from top spot. Cornwell's 16th thriller starring forensics expert Kay Scarpetta sold 34,060 copies during the seven days to 23rd March period, securing pole position by a 4,623...