Telegraph: J. K. Rowling Bestselling Author of the Decade
December 22, 2009, 07:45 PM
The Telegraph has ranked Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling in the number one spot of their list compiling the top 100 bestselling authors of the decade. With over twenty-nine million copies sold, Miss Rowling's novels beat out books by such other authors as Dan Brown, John Grisham, J. R. R. Tolkien, William Shakespeare, and Frank McCourt. According to the paper, sales figures the Harry Potter novels released from the year 2000 to 2009 total 225.9 million pounds. The top ten bestselling authors are as follows:
Author Volume sold Value
- J K Rowling 29,084,999 £225.9m
- Roger Hargreaves 14,163,141 £26.6m
- Dan Brown 13,372,007 £74.1m
- Jacqueline Wilson 12,673,148 £69.9m
- Terry Pratchett 10,455,397 £77.2m
- John Grisham 9,862,998 £65.9m
- Richard Parsons 9,561,776 £49.2m
- Danielle Steel 9,119,149 £51m
- James Patterson 8,172,647 £53.8m
- Enid Blyton 7,910,758 £31.2m
To those who posted something about Twilight not being there, its at no. 23. Anyway, Congrats, Jo! I’m quite surprised that Roger Hargreaves is there. I love his little Mr. Men books, but I didn’t think they were that popular.
JK Rowling is AWESOME!!! She deserves to be in first Place!!!!!!!
I do wish though that the Movies version was closer to the Book version!!! I know that sometimes they have to leave out parts, but the Movies would even be more awesome, if they followed the books version.!!!!
Oh! how exciting!! SQUEE!!! By all means Congrats Jo, you deserve it!!! it is really impressive to see the statistics! I mean we all knew HP was awesome beyond words, but its nice to see figures prove how special it is!
I’m not surprised that she made the number one list. What was surprising is the difference between the volumes of books compared to the other authors. Nevertheless, I highly doubt anybody will come close to her numbers anytime soon.