Kinney hits number one in multiple territories

Kinney hits number one in multiple territories

Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School has reached number one in eight territories with more than 1m copies sold around the world, publisher Penguin Random House has said.

Kinney’s 10th book, which sees Greg Heffley suffer as his town goes electronics-free, was released simultaneously in 90 countries on 3rd November.

The title reached number one in the UK, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Spain (Catalan), and across Asia, with over 1m books sold, PRH Children’s said.

In the UK, it shifted 61,951 copies for £386,874 last week, according to Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market, to achieve 2015’s biggest first-week volume total since Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann) shifted 168,455 copies in mid-July.

Francesca Dow, managing director of Penguin Random House Children’s UK, said: “We are very proud that Jeff Kinney’s tenth and latest book in the phenomenal Diary of a Wimpy Kid series Old School, has reached number one in the UK Book Chart…Diary of a Wimpy Kid is well-known for enticing even the most reluctant of readers and we are thrilled to celebrate the milestone of the tenth book in this truly phenomenal global series with the news that more children are continuing to discover and enjoy the books year on year”.

Jeff Kinney will be in the UK on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th November 2015 for select high-profile media and a special event with a leading UK charity to be announced.