Christmas Book Sales the best they’ve been in Ten Years

By January 8, 2017News

In recent years the news has regularly been filled with tales of dwindling book sales, drastic drops in people reading and a slow and steady decline in the numbers of physical bookstores that can be found in our towns and cities so any positive news is always gratefully received by we booklovers and that’s just what we have for the Christmas book sales figures.

According to Nielsen BookScan who collects the retail sales information from point of sale systems in more than 35,500 bookshops around the world UK print book sales alone topped the £83.3m mark in the run up to Christmas which is the highest they’ve been since 2007.

It’s not only the Christmas period that has seen the number of physical book sales rising Nielson’s figures show that the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script by Jack Thorne was the bestselling book of 2016 with sales of 1.45 million copies earning £15.8m and these sales figures are also represented in the numbers of high street bookshops that are in our towns and cities.

Booksellers Association CEO Tim Godfray said: “The graph for booksellers is starting to move up after a very difficult period.”

“Thank heavens so many were … wide of the mark when predicting the death of the physical bookshop and the demise of the printed book. I have been hugely heartened by the anecdotal sales reports from our members in the UK and Ireland. Consumers do appear to be coming back to the printed book and bookshops.”

Let’s hope this is just the start of a trend that sees the return of bookshops on every corner.

Terry Pratchett: His World – A Review of the Exhibition

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On until January 2018, the Salisbury Museum with donations and support from The Estate of Terry Pratchett, and Paul Kidby – Sir Terry Pratchett’s artist of choice – present an exhibition entitled ‘Terry Pratchett: His World’.

The exhibition is a unique collection of artefacts which portray his amazing life and career, from his first novel The Carpet People which was published in 1971 to his later novels including the Discworld series. Artwork from the Discworld novels including over 40 original illustrations by Paul Kidby adorn the walls and will make any Discworld fan nostalgic for the books.

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The Room of Requirement Coming to Cardiff’s Historic Arcades

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Calling all Cardiffian Potterheads – Magic is coming to town! In the coming months, should you find yourself traipsing through the Castle Arcade, concentrating on something you require in particular, you might just be lucky enough to stumble upon the arcade’s newest addition. Relocating from Hogwarts’ seventh floor is the ‘Come and Go Room’ – and if you’re not a Hogwarts house-elf – better known as the ‘Room of Requirement’.

In the past, the room has served to fulfil many witches and wizards’ greatest needs. Dumbledore once stumbled upon the room with an especially full bladder, to find it full of chamber pots. Whilst it transformed into a broom cupboard for the mischievous Fred and George to hide from Filch. Lest not forget, the room fulfilled the requirements of Dumbledore’s Army, serving as their headquarters and practice area. For you, the room will transform into a shop, stocking everything Harry Potter (basically essentials for every doting fan). Read More

To Kill a Mockingbird Removed from Mississippi School Reading List

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic novel about racism in the American South has been removed from a school’s reading list because language in the book “makes people uncomfortable.”

The Biloxi school board this week decided that the novel should be removed from the curriculum, though it will still be available in the school’s library. The vice-president of the school board told the Sun Herald newspaper that they had received several complaints about the book because the language it uses makes people feel uncomfortable.

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These Festive Bookmarks from MyBookmark are Going Straight on Our Christmas List

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We’ve featured the handmade creations from MyBookmark previously after falling in love with their signature ‘Ruby Slippers’ bookmark. They’re all handmade and the designs are plentiful, and now they’ve added a selection of festive designs too and they’re going straight on our Christmas list!

We love all the designs from MyBookmark but these festive designs are stunning and make perfect stocking fillers, from gingerbread men to Santa’s feet, little elves and reindeer, we love them all! Read More

BBC 100 Women 2017 Tackles Illiteracy

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What is BBC 100 Women?

BBC 100 Women is an annual, multi-format series examining the role of women in the 21st century. It began in 2013 by BBC Controller Liliane Landor and BBC editor Fiona Crack, to address the under-representation of women in the media.

A survey in 26 different languages was set out and gained responses from women all over the world. Participants of 100 women were chosen to attend a conference in which they discussed challenges they faced in their daily lives. Since the first series they have covered topics such as education, healthcare, equal pay, genital mutilation, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.

Each annual series provides women with a platform to examine every day sexism they face and discuss how to improve the world. Women from all over the globe, and diverse fields of expertise, are included on the BBC 100 Women list. The list includes some celebrities, and many unknown heroic champions of women.

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Ansel Elgort to Star in Film Adaptation of the Goldfinch

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Actor Ansel Elgort shot to fame earlier this year for his performance in the hit film Baby Driver. Both bibliophiles and film buffs will be pleased to learn that the talented actor has been cast in the upcoming film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch.

The Goldfinch follows the story of a young boy who loses his mother in a terrorist attack and ends up becoming a criminal with a conscience. The book was published in 2013 and was very well received by critics. It went on to win several prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014. Read More



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