In a difficult year for the book trade, with book sales down by 11.5% (Independent, 13/07/09), Verso is delighted to announce that its UK sales have increased by 33.6% in the first 6 months of this year. European and export sales increased by 10%.
This increase in sales has been felt across the book trade, from online to high street, and from frontlist to backlist. Titles performing particularly well include BBC Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason’s Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed, the paperback edition of John Berger’s Booker-longlisted From A to X, and the latest set of classic philosophy titles in Verso’s Radical Thinkers series.
And with a strong list for this Autumn – including renowned Middle East historian Avi Shlaim’s Israel and Palestine; Shlomo Sand’s international bestseller The Invention of the Jewish People; Italian collective Wu Ming’s epic historical novel Manituana; a new book by philosopher Slavoj Žižek First as Tragedy, Then as Farce; and a guide to avant garde music with The Wire Magazine, The Wire Primers – Verso is looking forward to consolidate an already very successful year.
Verso’s UK Sales and Marketing Director, Rowan Wilson, said:
“The Verso team has done an extraordinary job and we are thrilled with the enthusiasm and gusto with which Yale Representation is selling the list. As well as our wholesaler and online sales increasing dramatically, we are very pleased how positively high street stores have responded to the list – they recognise that it takes more than Dan Brown and a few cook books to make an enticing bookshop!
“The response from readers has been phenomenal – it shows that in a period of economic crisis, political corruption and disastrous foreign policy, people are keen on discovering alternative explanations as to how things went so badly wrong, and ideas for what can be done.”