Great sales for Dickens after TV boost

Great sales for Dickens after TV boost

Sales of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations have rocketed thanks to the BBC's lavish three-part adaptation hitting TV screens over Christmas, with the novel scoring its highest sales since records began.

In the week ending 31st December, when overall book sales slumped 70% week on week, sales of Great Expectations rocketed 50% week on week to more than 6,100 copies sold—its strongest week of sales since Nielsen BookScan records began in 1998.

Three different editions of the classic novel sold more than 1,000 copies in the UK that week, with total sales for the month of December measuring 16,000 copies — up 450% on sales in November, and up 300% on December 2010.

In the week ending 31st December, 22 different editions of Charles Dickens' works earned a place in BookScan's top 5,000 bestseller list for the week, of which eight were editions of Great Expectations. The official TV tie-in was the bestselling edition, selling 2,317 copies, with Penguin's November 2002 edition the second most popular with sales of 1,356 copies. According to BookScan, that edition has spent more than six years in the top 5,000 chart.

Great Expectations was the eighth bestselling novel in the UK in the week ending 31st December. Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Quercus) was the overall bestseller with sales of 16,000 copies across all print editions.