Kinsella joins five million club

Kinsella joins five million club

<p>Transworld author Sophie Kinsella has become the latest novelist to sell more than five million copies in the UK, joining fellow chick-lit authors Marian Keyes and Maeve Binchy, as well as the likes of Dan Brown and Terry Pratchett.</p><p>Kinsella joins a group of 15 fiction authors to have hit the five million mark since Nielsen BookScan records began, with Hachette dominating the list. Six of its authors - Maeve Binchy, Martina Cole, Ian Rankin, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King and Alexander McCall Smith - make the cut. Random House follows closely behind with five authors making the grade: Brown, Pratchett, John Grisham, James Patterson and Danielle Steel. HarperCollins&rsquo; Bernard Cornwell and J R R Tolkien, along with Penguin&#39;s Marian Keyes, complete the list.</p><p>Sales of Kinsella&rsquo;s latest title, <em>Mini Shopaholic</em>, launched last week, pushed her into this group of top sellers. Linda Evans, Kinsella&rsquo;s long-term editor at Transworld, said: &ldquo;Sophie Kinsella&rsquo;s wonderful novels have captured the imagination of a generation, and it is an enormous thrill to have reached five million copies sold. Sophie&rsquo;s wit, warmth and brilliant storytelling, together with a great deal of hard work from everyone at Transworld, has gone into reaching this milestone. I am immensely proud of what has been achieved.&rdquo;</p>