Who: Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman
What: Topped 2015 US Bestseller List
When: First week of January 2016
Why: Sold 1.6 million copies
Go Set a Watchman: Harper Lee
The book Go Set a Watchman written by Harper Lee was in news in the first week of January 2016 as it topped the 2015 US bestseller list.
Around 1.6 million copies of the book were sold in the USA since it was published in July 2015. The figures were based on US print unit sales reported to Nielsen.
Go Set a Watchman was published more than half a century after Harper’s Pulitzer-winning first book, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published.
The spike in the sales of Go Set a Watchman can be attributed to the fact that 89-year-old Harper Lee is now confined to a nursing home and may not publish a word in future.
The second and third bestseller in the list was Jeff Kinney’s Diary of Wimpy Kid series (1.48 million copies) and British author EL James’Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian (1.4 million) respectively.