‘War and Peace’ Debuts In Bookseller’s Top 50 Following BBC Adaptation | TV News
War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy’s epic tome, has made it into the Bookseller’s Top 50 following the BBC’s new TV adaptation. The show put the novel into the Bookseller’s Top 50 for the first time since Nielsen BookScan’s records began back in 1998.
According to a recent poll by YouGov, only 4% of people have read the book, with 14% expressing a wish to do so. With the recent surge in popularity, that figure is bound to rise.
Waterstones buyer Joseph Knobbs noticed a shift in the book’s fortunes: “Judging by our recent sales … an awful lot of people have finally crossed this classic off their must-read list. Four different editions of the book have hit our bestseller list, shifting an almost equal number of copies each”.
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