There have been doubts and criticism surrounding the decision to publish Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee's second novel. The book has sold more than 105,000 copies in its first day on sale in the UK.
William Heinemann, the UK publisher of Go Set a Watchman, announced the figure, which covers both print and ebooks in the UK, this morning.
Book sales monitor Nielsen BookScan does not generally release first-day sales figures, although in 2007 it revealed that JK Rowling’s final Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, had sold 2,652,656 copies in the UK in just one day. More recently, sales in the UK of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol reached 551,000 print copies in its first five days on sale in the UK and EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey sold over 664,000 in one week in 2012.
When a book dominates the news like this, it reminds us just how important literature and reading is to all of us.
The novel has generated many reviews and unearthed critics. Everyone will have an opinion about the story and the fact that those familiar and heroic characters have been altered, when we step 20 years into the future.