Bestseller Stat Shot

Ian McEwan’s had a rare career—he’s won the Booker and Jerusalem prizes and is a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, among other distinctions, as well as being a critical darling who writes thoughtful, engaged-with-the-zeitgeist bestsellers that happen to make good movies (see Atonement or Enduring Love; Sweet Tooth is in development). His newest novel is no exception. The Children Act, about an English judge’s involvement in a case brought against a family who refuse medical treatment for their leukemia-stricken son, landed at #7 on our Hardcover Fiction list, selling more print copies in its first week than new titles from the Robert B. Parker and Agatha Christie brands. And, yet, despite the strong start, The Children Act is actually slower out of the gate than McEwan’s four previous books. Here are first-week print sales of each book, going back to 2005’s Saturday (Solar, as you may be able to tell from the sales numbers, was McEwan’s first novel published in the e-reader era).

Title Year First-week sales
The Children Act 2014 8,098
Sweet Tooth 2012 14,217
Solar 2010 11,477
On Chesil Beach 2007 20,105
Saturday 2005 20,689

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