Review of the year: Authors and genres

Review of the year: Authors and genres

If there is a consistent thread in this, our seventh edition of rounding up the top-selling authors of the year, it is that backlist matters. Yes, many names on the chart are 2013-specific, the result of zeitgeisty bestsellers (Mimi Spencer, Gillian Flynn), Christmas gifting (Sir David Jason, Harry Redknapp) or a record-breaking hit (Sir Alex Ferguson). Yet the majority have built a following over time, with the bulk of their revenue coming from older titles. 

Image previewExhibit number one is our number one: Julia Donaldson (pictured above). The Gruffalo author’s £12.8m through Nielsen BookScan...

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