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11 Aug 2020, 21:40 HRS IST
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    • Bookworm
  • Action-packed year for books
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  • Jeffrey Archer’s “Be Careful What You Wish For” saw Pan crossing previous sales records in the year of its publication for the other Archer titles in “The Clifton Chronicle” series. “While Para-Olympian Oscar Pistorius’ story ‘Behind the Door’ was one of the most controversial and topical books to be brought out, some of the titles to rise up quickly on the bestseller’s lists were Oprah Winfrey’s ‘What I Know For Sure’, Ken Follet’s ‘Edge of Eternity’ and Aroon Raman’s ‘Treasure of Kafur’,” Mukherjee says.

    “Zia Haider Rahman’s first book ‘In the Light of What We Know’ received a brilliant sales and media response for any first time writer and the year is ending on a high note with Aatish Taseer’s biggest release in ‘The Way Things Were’,” he says.
    Hachette India says the year was spectacular but one that nevertheless reminded it that silver linings notwithstanding the dark cloud that shrouds the trade publishing environment has not quite gone away.

    “I mention this despite having our most successful year ever. Because it is key to recognize that trade publishing and bookselling have undergone a huge change in the past few years and that churn is still underway,” Hachette India MD Thomas Abraham told PTI.

    “The bulk of our sales this year was concentrated in the last four months, thanks to an unusual build up of blockbusters. A huge chunk of the year’s success is of course attributable to the blockbuster of the year - Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ which smashed all adult hardback records with sales topping 220,000 copies in less than a month. We also had ‘I am Malala’ which after the Nobel logged up an exciting 70,000 copies.

    “The new John Grisham ‘Gray Mountain’ expectedly moved over 50,000 copies. ‘Silkworm’, the new instalment from Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) sold over 25,000 copies. Donna Tartt’s much acclaimed ‘Goldfinch’, Sue Monk Kidd’s ‘The Invention of Wings’ and David Mitchell’s ‘Bone Clocks’ headed up our literary lists,” he says.

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