Review of 2019: Atwood and Kerr enjoy Indian summers as readers flock to backlist titles—and revamps

Review of 2019: Atwood and Kerr enjoy Indian summers as readers flock to backlist titles—and revamps

Margaret Atwood (pictured) and the late Judith Kerr have both made The Bookseller's year-end Author Top 50 for the second time.

Admittedly, a head-to-head is a bit apples/oranges as they operate in different sectors, but the two titans have many chart similarities: both have careers preceding the advent of Nielsen BookScan (Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea, for example, was published 51 years ago); both have sold broadly similar amounts in the TCM era; and this year both make our year-end Author Top 50 for the second time.

Atwood’s 2019 was by far her record year—her £6.3m earned through ...

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