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26.03.10 | Graeme Neill
Random House dominates an expanded list of “evergreens”, The Bookseller’s list of books that have never fallen out of Nielsen BookScan’s weekly top 5,000 bestseller chart since records began.
The Bookseller’s latest list identifies 81 books dubbed “evergreens”, with Random House responsible for 22 of them, including Enduring Love by Ian McEwan and Mark Haddon’s 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year winner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Random division Transworld publishes nine evergreens, thanks to the sales success of authors such as Terry Pratchett, Stephen Hawking and Bill Bryson.
However, it is Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo (right), who can be crowned queen of the evergreens, as seven of her books, published by Pan Macmillan, have never dropped out of the weekly top 5,000 chart. No other Pan Macmillan author makes the evergreen chart and Donaldson matches the number of evergreens at Penguin and Bloomsbury.
The bestselling evergreen that has consistently been in the top 5,000 chart since 1995, when BookScan began tracking national book sales, is Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong. The Vintage title has sold 1,054,119 copies up until the week ending 13th March 2010.
The overall evergreen bestseller is the original children’s paperback edition of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which has sold 2,982,688 copies to date.