Mantel helps HC to 'best week since 2008'

Mantel helps HC to 'best week since 2008'

HarperCollins has released the digital figures of its Man Booker Prize-winning titles Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies in the week following Hilary Mantel’s historic second win.

The surge in sales for the two books has pushed the publisher to what it describes as its best weekly performance since August 2008.

Group m.d. Simon Johnson said: “The Man Booker Prize effect has obviously been a very powerful boost and since the win Hilary Mantel has dominated all books sold over the internet in the UK in both physical and electronic format. Wolf Hall has sold 10,000 units in paperback and over 10,000 e-books.”

He added: “Bring Up The Bodies has sold over 10,000 hardbacks and over half as much again in digital.  More broadly,  the win has galvanised our retail partners across the land who have done the most brilliant job persuading people to start at the beginning of the trilogy. No wonder our market share is at a four-year high of 13.2%.”

Other hits for the publisher include Cheryl Cole’s autobiography, which has sold 28,000 copies in hardback and 5,000 e-books, bringing total sales in all formats to more than 65,000 in ten days.
David Walliam’s Ratburger is the number one children’s book for the fifth week running, while Bring Up The Bodies, One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern and Bernard Cornwell’s 1356 are in the top five of hardback fiction.