Reading

Following Oxford's recent Literary Festival, Blackwell's, which is the official bookseller at the nine-day celebration of words, has announced the top ten best selling books from the event.

Around 40,000 people attended the Literary Festival and Blackwell's was the only bookseller on site, so its results do indeed reflect the reading tastes of those who visited Oxford for the festivities. The full top ten runs:

  1. John Carey, The Unexpected Professor 
  2. AC Grayling, Friendship
  3. Ian McEwan, Sweet Tooth 
  4. Roger Scruton, Soul of the World 
  5. Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries 
  6. Jeremy Paxman, Great Britain's Great War 
  7. Ben MacIntyre, Spy Among Friends 
  8. Linda Blair, The Key to Calm 
  9. Michael Morpurgo, The Mozart Question
  10. Melvyn Bragg, Grace and Mary

Blackwell's admits that the results aren't, perhaps, too surprising. "The Unexpected Professor has sold very well since its release earlier this year and we anticipated that it would do well at the Oxford Literary Festival,"  explained Zool Verjee, Sales Development Manager at Blackwell’s. "Equally, Ian McEwan and AC Grayling’s sell consistently well, so it’s no surprise to see their latest titles towards the top of the bestsellers list."

You can read our review of the Literary Festival here.

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