Thursday, December 22, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

The Midnight Gang by David Walliams and Tony Ross (illus)
David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang (HarperCollins Children's) is the 2016 Christmas Number One, selling 79,200 copies for £474,684 and seeing off a challenge by an insurgent Five on Brexit Island (Quercus), while surprise hit The GCHQ Puzzle Book (Michael Joseph) had a strong third place finish. 
Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House UK c.e.o. Tom Weldon has confirmed to staff that the company’s redundancy terms across its London sites are four weeks’ pay per year of service.
Sainsbury’s head of books and music Pete Selby has said the market this year for celebrity autobiographies has been particularly challenging", and warned that the industry is not adjusting to waning demand.
J K Rowling
J K Rowling has revealed a new “real and personal” website designed to reflect her "writing desk", which also features answers to fans’ questions about her recent film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".
The GCHQ Puzzle Book
Michael Joseph, publisher of surprise Christmas hit The GCHQ Puzzle Book, has assured retailers that the book "should remain in stock until Christmas" after a number of booksellers reported that the surge in demand for the title had resulted in it going out of stock last week.
Man Booker Prize 2017
Novelist Sarah Hall is to judge the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction alongside travel writer Colin Thubron, literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh, and artist Tom Phillips.

Lucy Banks
Amazon's competition for an aspiring writer to reinvent Clement Clarke Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas", has been won by freelance copywriter Lucy Banks for her story about a slug living under the floorboards at Christmas.
Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson has been accused of breaching the ministerial code of conduct by allegedly promoting his book The Churchill Factor (Hodder) during a diplomatic trip to Serbia last month.
While sales have steadily picked up in Germany in the run-up to Christmas, the jury is still out if this will be enough to finish the year on a positive note.
Rick Stein
Children’s reading charity BookTrust is partnering with the Rick Stein Group to encourage more children to read for pleasure by giving away special editions of A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea (Barefoot Books).

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