Bookshop footfall gets a 'Watchman' boost

Bookshop footfall gets a 'Watchman' boost

Booksellers say they are enjoying a “bumper summer”, with the release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman encouraging people to “re-engage with books and bookshops again.”

James Daunt, m.d of Waterstones, said the release of the William Heinnemann title last month had injected life into the chain’s shops, with book sales up across the board.

“The boost from Go Set a Watchman has been huge,” he told The Bookseller. “It has made everyone think about books and engage with bookshops again. There have been a lot of people in our shops and footfall has soared. That is how Harry Potter worked in m...

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