23Dec

Faulks Ranks on Bestsellers of the Decade

Filed under: Devil May Care,Sebastian Faulks on Dec 23, 2009 at 5:39 pm

[singlepic id=31 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=right] Sebastian Faulks ranked #40 in a list of bestsellers of the decade (2000 – 2009) according to Nielsen BookScan. Not sure how much James Bond did to propel him to that rank because Faulks has actually been quite successful over this decade without him. For instance, in 2008 it was reported by Nielsen that Faulks’ most critically acclaimed book, Birdsong, was the #1 must-have in-stock book at a bookseller. Of course this list is UK only, but that’s 3,782,665 books sold or £27.5 million. Not bad at all. So how much of an impact did Bond have? Back in March I dug up information about Pearson PLC (Penguin’s owner, publisher of Devil May Care): it was Penguin UK’s fastest selling fiction hardback for their almost 75-year history and it ranked #3 overall for the year (2008) according to BookScan. As a side note, keep in mind that Devil May Care had a first print run of only 100,000 and the majority of that was sold within a month.

Still curious how Devil May Care did in the United States.


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