Review of 2018 Part I: The Bestsellers

Review of 2018 Part I: The Bestsellers

At the end of 2017, Waterstones boss James Daunt bemoaned that too few of that year's books were blow-the-doors off bestsellers that “packed a wallop”. That all changed in 2018, with many titles showing impressive punching power.

Indeed, one of the reasons the UK print books market was able to notch up its fourth consecutive year of value growth is down to the very top of the table. The Official UK Top 100 of 2018 (by units sold) generated just under £130m through Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market, 11.3% up on what the top 100 shifted in 2017. Forty-nine titles earned £1m or more th...

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