Booksellers

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UK book sales in 2021 highest in a decade
Booming appetites for crime, sci-fi and romance drive fiction sales 20% higher than in 2019, with Richard Osman the year’s bestselling author

Alison Flood

11, Jan, 2022 @5:21 PM

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New chapter of hope: indie bookshops defy the odds to hit nine-year UK high
Independent sellers have battled lockdowns, supply-chains issues and Amazon to reclaim their place in the industry. We speak to the people who opened their own

Alison Flood

07, Jan, 2022 @12:15 PM

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Crowdfunding offers the UK’s independent booksellers a pandemic lifeline
As local bookshop numbers grow, readers have come together to back them in Crickhowell, Brighton and Buckley

Alison Flood

06, Dec, 2021 @4:50 PM

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Bookseller Samir Mansour: ‘It was shocking to realise I was a target’
The Palestinian bookseller whose shop was destroyed in the most recent conflict in Gaza on how it has been crowdfunded back into existence – three times bigger

Bethan McKernan

04, Dec, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Julia and the Shark’s writers on their pandemic-driven book lauded by Waterstones
The novel written and illustrated by husband-and-wife duo, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston, has been named children’s gift of the year by Waterstones, while Paul McCartney’s The Lyrics wins book of 2021

Alison Flood

02, Dec, 2021 @9:35 AM

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Sally Rooney novels pulled from Israeli bookstores after translation boycott
Following the acclaimed author’s decision not to have Beautiful World, Where Are You translated by an Israeli publisher, two major retailers have removed her work from their shelves

Lucy Knight

05, Nov, 2021 @4:14 PM

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Cosy crime and Greek myth retellings: the Waterstones book of the year shortlist
Janice Hallett’s murder mystery has pipped Richard Osman to a spot on the bookseller’s list

Alison Flood

28, Oct, 2021 @9:01 AM

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John le Carré, Daisy May Cooper and Paul McCartney expected to boost book sales at Christmas
The annual event known as ‘Super Thursday’, when most of the hardbacks aimed at the Christmas market are published, promises big names and a boon for the industry

Alison Flood

08, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You tops UK book charts
In its first week on sale, Rooney’s new novel has outsold Jamie Oliver and beaten day-one sales of her previous book Normal People by 1,200% at Waterstones

Alison Flood

14, Sep, 2021 @2:20 PM

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Booksellers warn over Christmas supplies amid UK lorry driver shortage
Shops build up stocks early to offset bottlenecks as publishers warn Brexit and pandemic are delaying distribution

Sarah Butler

07, Sep, 2021 @3:53 PM

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Advance copies of Sally Rooney’s unpublished book sold for hundreds of dollars
Uncorrected proofs of upcoming novels have been selling for large sums on eBay and Depop – despite the practice being banned by publishers

Weronika Strzyżyńska

20, Aug, 2021 @12:47 PM

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‘I’m giddy to be here’: the risk-takers who opened bookshops during Covid
Who would open a bookshop in a pandemic? We asked five of them to share their stories, while Val McDermid remembers the bookshops of her youth

Val McDermid and Killian Fox

15, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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