Record book sales for Edinburgh Festival in first two days

Record book sales for Edinburgh Festival in first two days

Edinburgh International Book Festival’s two bookshops sold more than 10,000 books in the first two days of the event – a record for the festival.

The two bookshops are owned and managed by the festival itself.

Top sellers on 15th and 16th August were The Shed that Fed a Million Children by Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow (William Collins), How to be Both by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton) and Julian Clary’s first children’s book, The Bolds (Andersen Press), illustrated by David Roberts.

All three authors have appeared at the festival in the first two days of the event.

James Shaw, head of book sales and retail at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said: “It’s a great start to what is going to be a very exciting festival.”

Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, added: “These extraordinary sales figures prove that books are vibrant, exciting and inspiring. Stories cross borders, cross cultures and cross languages and books are the vehicle through which we can make sense of the world we live in today.”

The festival runs for two weeks, finishing on Monday 31st August.

Authors appearing include George The Poet, Helen Lederer, Howard Jacobson, A C Grayling and 2015 Man Booker Prize nominees Anna Smaill, Andrew O’Hagan and Anne Enright.