Anne Enright, the Booker and booksales revisited

Eoin Purcell

I wrote a little while ago about how well Anne Enright is selling here
And how bad here reception was in the UK (She gets dissed again here). I though, it being the season of good cheer, that I’d update again and the result is stunning. Enright has sold some 34,000 books and generated over €500,000 in sales.

Enright’s Sales YTD

But what does that mean?
Well it means this: if The Gathering sells like it has been selling for the last week of Christmas (and why shouldn’t it?), it will be number five on the bestseller list for the year. These rankings are tentative but have a look.

1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K Rowling
2) The Official Driver Theory Test
3) The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
4) The Interpretation of Murder – Jed Rubenfeld*
5) The Gathering – Enright, Anne

There is a slight chance that Enright’s book will surpass Rubenfeld but I suspect it won’t (watch me be proven incorrect). All in all a stunning performance and one that I think means people found it a good read. After all, The Booker can only do so much for sales and after that it comes down to recommendations, word of mouth and book clubs.

Trying to be Christmassy (it was so much easier in Chicago with 8 inches of snow)
Eoin

* I find this one fascinating> I want to do a little digging but this hasn’t attracted as much attention as its sales would suggest. Though to be fair, neither have The Secret or The Official Driver Theory Test.

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