And there was much rejoicing*: Declan Burke gets a US deal

From the the horse’s mouth

Declan Burke has gotten a US deal for his excellent The Big O:

it has come to pass that the lovely people at Harcourt have in their infinite wisdom decided that THE BIG O is as good a tax deductible as any, and will be putting it between covers in the very near future.

I have been enjoying Declan’s blog for some time now and I am confident that this is just one step in an exceptionally bright future. Crime really does Always Pay.

Pleased to see it

*No Minstrels were harmed in the writing of this post. It would pain me muchly to think people don’t get this reference but just in case here.

The Fall of House Habsburg: Edward Crankshaw

Eoin Purcell

A line to unsettle you on a bank holiday Monday:

. . . she delighted in the sensitive dreamer’s nature of her second son, Maximilian, who was to dream himself to death before a firing squad in Mexico.

I picked up rather nice edition of this in hardback when I was in the US a while ago but I have only started reading it recently. A few great lines already and the historian’s biases are fairly open an clear. It is well worth reading.

– GBS data here
– LibraryThing data here
– Worldcat data here

Anne Enright, the Booker and booksales

Eoin Purcell


Well Done Anne
Here is an interesting one. Despite the negative vibes that have been put out about the Booker not driving sales and how the Booker chooses bad books, Anne Enright sold 5,481 copies in Ireland in the week to October 20th according to Bookscan* (including 4 days after she won the prize!).

You can see from the figures below two very interesting things. Firstly the bounce was huge (744% or thereabouts if my maths work out) but also, even before she won the prize, her numbers were very good. In fact she sold some 7,000 copies in the weeks to October 13th. Even if she sells not a single book more, she will be one of Ireland’s top selling authors.

Oh there is a kick off into really good territory around about the time of the Long List announcement, but even by then she had cleared the bones of 2000, a not inconsiderable feat.

Anne Enright, the Booker and booksales

So not only is The Booker good for sales in Ireland (driving them from 2000-12000 is impressive) but the notion that the book itself was obscure and unknown is a little forced I think!

Isn’t that interesting?

* There are some bigger numbers thrown about in the Irish Independent this week too that are worth looking at, especially this line which makes me smile:

The book is certain to top bestseller lists this week as Eason’s reported sales of 12,000 copies from its store, with the vast majority sold since the prize was announced.

This is in contrast to sales of just 7,340 copies here [my emphasis, how little does this journalist know about Irish book sales if he can write that line] before the Irish author’s win.

Easons upgraded website

Eoin Purcell

credit where it is due
Easons have upgraded their website in time for Christmas. The search function is better (though still not great) and browsing is a lot better. They even offer a review feature which makes a very nice change to the static sites of the past (even if Amazon have had such features for years.

It still has a way to go to match my favourite website for book sales, but it is a vast improvement on their previous site.

Having a tech focussed day,