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David Walliams is the Christmas Number One

19 December 2017

From The Bookseller:

David Walliams’ Bad Dad (HarperCollins) has claimed the Christmas Number One, selling 60,694 copies for £376,111 through Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market. It beat challenger Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients (Michael Joseph) by 1,608 copies to claim the number one for a sixth non-consecutive week.

This tops off a stellar year for the comedian-turned-author, in which he’s twice broken his own opening-week record, had the biggest-selling week for a lone World Book Day title since records began, seen three of his backlist titles crash through the million-copies-sold mark and scored his 100th Children’s number one.

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Guinness World Records 2018 rose to third place, as E L James’ Darker (Arrow) slid down the chart to ninth place. Sinclair McKay’s Bletchley Park Brainteasers (Headline) charted in the top 10 for the first time, and Dawn French’s Me. You. A Diary (Michael Joseph)—which a fortnight ago wasn’t even in the Top 50—made possibly the most dramatic rise, to 12th place overall.

Link to the rest at The Bookseller

Perhaps visitors to TPV from the UK will need to help PG understand why David Walliams is so popular with British book buyers.

PG did a tiny bit of research and learned Walliams is an “English comedian, actor, talent-show judge, author, presenter, and activist.”

In addition to Bad Dad, he has also written a picture book called Boogie Bear “illustrated by artistic genius Tony Walsh” with a promotional page which is accompanied by an annoying sound track with no immediately obvious way of terminating the sound while still reading the page.

Boogie Bear does not appear on when PG searches for it on Amazon (although books with the same or similar title by other authors do). Perhaps we need to wait for the US translation.

For your information, Bad Dad is also known as Untitled Walliams Novel 10 on the Amazon page which shows up at Casa PG.

Authors who choose to partner with a major commercial publisher like HarperCollins do so, in part, so they can always rest assured  their books will be presented to the public in the most professional manner possible.

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7 Comments to “David Walliams is the Christmas Number One”

  1. It is sort of odd that there are no kindle editions. I buy scholastic books for my son’s (age 8) kindle. Almost everything in their catalog is available, usually for a dollar or so less than paper. Do a search on amazon for “branches book” (series aimed at ‘reluctant readers’) for examples. Scholastic is one of those publishers whose name I recognize and whose logo on the cover means something positive to me. They know what they’re doing.

  2. Sorry PG, but this Brit finds the whole David Walliams phenomenon totally incomprehensible and a quick survey of visiting family members – ages 11 to 70 – proved no help.

    Of course, the book could actually be good but I doubt that sales and quality are actually connected.

    • If he’s a mystery to the Brits, I don’t feel so bad, Mike.

      • In fairness to Mr Walliams I have to assume that he’s not a mystery to those who watch him on TV and buy his books. I’ve never found it easy to understand this celebrity business and feel sorry for all the good authors who do not have TV star fame on their side.

        Does the USA not have TV personalities who use their fame to sell lots of books (though maybe not kids books)?

  3. I agree with Mike! Don’t understand it at all. And my various friends who write excellent and imaginative books for children and young adults get even more weary of the ‘celebrity author’ phenomenon.

  4. My daughters aged 7 – almost 12 find these books highly amusing. I find them one step above the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. No further comment. 🙂

  5. I haven’t read any of Walliams’s books, but I did start Grandpa’s Great Escape, which seemed promising. Walliams has several books in this vein, which perhaps are tapping into Roald Dahl fans, based on what I read in the blurbs. Certainly there is a marketing fail (for Bad Dad) from the publisher on the Amazon US page, as you point out, but based on the reviews, there is appeal in Walliams’s humor and style. Just because he’s also an actor, etc., doesn’t mean he’s not a talented writer. Thanks for including news of Dawn French’s book, which I didn’t know existed; she’s a favorite British comedian. Perhaps I’ll enjoy her book as well.

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