According to an estimate from Nielsen BookScan over 200 million print books were sold in the UK during 2021 – an astonishing turnaround by any standards. This is the first time since 2012 that book sales have reached such heights. Sales were in the region of £1.76 billion, an increase of 5.5%.
The best selling title was Charlie Mackesys’ uplifting The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.
Readers suddenly found themselves with more time on their hands and sought refuge from social media and escapism through books with an insatiable appetite.