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New Nielsen Bestseller Hall of Fame recognises ‘platinum’ sales

In the UK, Nielsen Book has published its inaugural Bestseller Hall of Fame, recognising titles that have sold more than one million copies between 1998 and the end of 2015, reports the Bookseller.

The list comprises 97 titles by 64 authors, including 46 fiction titles, 34 children’s books and 14 nonfiction titles.

J K Rowling appears on the list nine times, followed by Dan Brown (six times) and E L James and the team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (four times each).

Nielsen Book Research director Andre Breedt said the list offers ‘a fascinating snapshot of the reading tastes of the British public’. ‘Most titles are of recent publication, reflecting the fact that Nielsen Book began tracking book sales 18 years ago,’ said Breedt. ‘This makes the achievement of titles dating back to more than three-quarters of a century even more impressive.’ Breedt adds: ‘It is interesting to note how fiction dominates over nonfiction, while the oft-presumed dominant celebrity memoir is represented by only a handful of authors.’

To view the books in the Hall of Fame, click here.


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