Review of 2017: the genres

Review of 2017: the genres

Given the gloomy chat about fiction in the general media, you would be excused for thinking it was dire times for the sector. But 2017 was the third year in a row of growth for Nielsen BookScan’s Adult Fiction category; four of the top 10 of our Revenue High Flyers chart are fiction sub-genres, led by Crime, Thriller & Adventure’s £11.3m gain (to £117.7m); and Fiction had the greatest percentage jump of any of BookScan’s four key categories.
 
Granted, this needs context. The three successive years of revenue rises followed a 2014 which was Fiction’s all-time TCM low (£322.4m), and the £3...

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