One Day film boosts book sales

Jim Burgess and Anne Hathaway star in One DayWith the film starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway (right) as the lead characters Dexter and Emma now on release, One Day by David Nicholls was the bestselling book at UK booksellers last week according to the Bookseller Top 50. It's the third time the book has topped the fiction bestseller list.
The book, first published in 2009, sold 60,140 copies ahead of the release of the film later this week. The title actually occupied the top two places on the chart, with the original paperback racking up 32,357 while a new film tie-in edition achieved sales of 27,780.

Harry Potter

It's the first time two editions of the same book have topped the fiction charts since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows did so in August 2007. One Day also topped the charts in February and December last year. Sales of the novel were up 45%, with 12,00 sold in ebook format.

Some £26.2m was spent in the UK's bookstores last week, and fall of 2.3% on the figure taken the previous week and 7.2% down on the same period last year. The spend on printed novels was markedly down as ebook sales continued to rise.

One Day is something of a publishing phenomenon, a sleeper hit which has achieved success through word of mouth – inviting comparison with the success of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which was released in 1994 and became an international bestseller and a major film.

St Swithin's Day

It's also achieved the difficult feat of being popular with both men and women, despite essentially being a love story. It tells the tale of the lives of Dex and Em by using the device of a series of snapshots taken on successive St Swithin's Days starting in 1988.

The jokes are funny, the romance moving and unsentimental, the characters and situations well-observed. I read it almost in a single sitting and loved because, like many fans of my age, it tells the story of our own life and times as well as that of the central characters.

Nicholls had previously written episodes of the successful TV series Cold Feet and adapted Tess of the d'UBervilles for a BBC production. The expected success of the film, despite some worries over American Anne Hathaway's Yorkshire accent, will underline his status as an international publishing heavyweight.

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